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November 26, 2007

Health experts suspect bromide poisoning in Angolan disease outbreak

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Health experts suspect bromide poisoning in Angolan disease outbreak

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Location of Angola within Africa.

Health authorities from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the government of Angola have revealed that bromide poisoning may be the source of a mystery illness first reported in early October.

The outbreak of over 400 reported cases of a neurological disorder was centred in the Cacuaco district of Angola’s capital city Luanda. A majority of the afflicted have been children under the age of 15. There have been no deaths attributed directly to the disorder.

According to a statement in the state-run AngolaPress, symptoms have included “sleepiness, blear-eyedness, dizziness and difficulty to speak, walk and extreme tiredness.” WHO described the drowsiness as being so severe that the patient would require “painful stimuli” to be awoken.

Sodium bromide.

Results from laboratory tests carried out in London and Munich indicated elevated levels of bromide present in the blood and kitchen salt samples examined. It is suspected that sodium chloride (table salt) may have been contaminated with sodium bromide, an agent used in pharmaceuticals and industry.

However, authorities caution that more investigation is required to determine the source and cause of the illness. Consequently, further testing of blood, food and water has been initiated.

On Wednesday, WHO dispatched additional technical and support personnel to Angola to assist local health officials.



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June 29, 2007

EU bans all Indonesian airlines as well as several from Russia, Ukraine and Angola

EU bans all Indonesian airlines as well as several from Russia, Ukraine and Angola

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Friday, June 29, 2007

The European Union banned all of Indonesia’s air carriers yesterday, none of which presently operate services to Europe, as well as several from Russia, Ukraine and Angola. They are the latest additions to the already extensive List of air carriers banned in the EU. The ban is scheduled to come into effect on July 6. Just hours after the ban a Boeing 737 operated by one of the blacklisted airlines, TAAG Angola Airlines, crashed into a house during landing, causing at least six fatalities in Northern Angola.

Indonesia currently has 51 airlines, having grounded several and revoked the licences of others on June 25. The EU said that substandard maintenance and operation and a slow reaction by Indonesia to solve the problem were the main causes of the ban. EU holidaymakers who have booked flights with banned airlines via travel agents will be refunded for the services.

EU transport commissioner Jacques Barrot said of the ban “Once more, the EU blacklist will prove to be an essential tool not only to prevent unsafe airlines from flying to Europe and to inform passengers travelling worldwide, but also to make sure that airlines and civil aviation authorities take appropriate actions to improve safety.”

Operations and safety editor at Flight International David Learmount commented that Indonesia, whose airline industry was deregulated the early 1990s, is one of a handful of cases where deregulation has lowered safety standards instead of improving them, saying of the move by the EU “Standards in aviation safety have been going up dramatically on a worldwide basis, but there are still places where they are [of the standards of] the 70s and 80s. In Indonesia the safety watchdog was told earlier this year to pull its socks up, but the EU is clearly convinced that it has not done so.”

One unnamed EU official was reported by The Guardian to have described Indonesia’s civil aviation authority as “not very reliable”, referring to a lack of reaction to warnings of an imminent ban and requests that Indonesia reassured officials that the problem was being dealt with.

Indonesia has responded to the ban by saying that, according to information unseen by the EU, Indonesian safety standards are rising. Director-general of civil aviation at the Indonesian transport ministry Budhi Mulyawan Suyitno told Reuters new agency that, “Our data can show them that we have improved on every line. The US had already downgraded Indonesia’s safety rating earlier this year.

Also affected by the bans are Ukraine’s Volare Aviation, while Russia has imposed bans on four of its airlines after consulting the EU and restricted six others, Bulgaria has revoked the licences of six cargo airlines and Moldova has banned eight airlines.

Meanwhile, Pakistan International Airlines, subject of a controversial EU ban earlier this year, had restrictions on some of its aircraft lifted. The airline’s fleet of Boeing 777s and some of their Boeing 747s and Airbus 310s will now be allowed back into European airspace.

The announcements come after three accidents involving Indonesian airliners – the New Year’s Day crash of Adam Air Flight 574, which killed 102 people, the subsequent accident involving Adam Air Flight 172, which cracked in half on a hard landing but held together, preventing serious injury, and the March crash of state-run Garuda Indonesia Flight 200, which claimed 23 lives. All the accidents involved ageing Boeing 737 aircraft.

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June 21, 2006

Angola draw 1-1 with Iran in Group D

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Angola draw 1-1 with Iran in Group D

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

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Angola scored its first Fifa World Cup goal against Iran in a 1-1 draw that was not enough to put the African side into the round of sixteen.

Angola needed to win at least 2-0 in their game and for Mexico to lose 2-0 to Portugal in the other Group D game played, Wednesday.

For fifteen minutes Goncalves De Oliveira might have thought his side could do what was necessary when Ze Kalanga’s beautiful cross to Flavio was headed over Ebrahim Mirzapour and Angola were one-up.

The news from the other Group D game played concurrently was that Mexico were losing 2-1; two more goals for Angola or Portugal or one more goal for each would do it.

However; Branko Ivankovic’s team were not to be beaten. Iran had 55 per cent of ball possession in the match and saw twelve shots saved by the Angolan keeper, Ricardo.

Iran may consider they were the better side on the day and deserved to share the point they earned 15 minutes after they conceded.

A corner met Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh who, barely challenged, guided his header into the open net to the right of a stationary Ricardo.

In the first half, on 26 minutes, a similar move almost resulted in a goal for Iran. Vahid Hashemian saw his header, also from a corner, cleared off the line by the man on the post, Mendonca. When Iran scored there was nobody on the post.

Statistics

Group D

June 21, 2006
16:00
Flag of Iran.svg Iran 1–1 Flag of Angola.svg Angola Zentralstadion
Bakhtiarizadeh 75′ Flavio 60′

Attendance: 38’000

Referee: Mark Shield (Australia) Yellow card.svg Red card.svg

Iran

Flag of Iran.svg
  • 01 E Mirzapour
  • 03 S Bakhtiarizadeh
  • 05 R Rezaei
  • 13 H Kaabi (Substituted: 67′ A Borhani)
  • 20 M Nosrati (Substituted: 13′ M Shojaei)
  • 02 M Mahdavikia
  • 07 F Zandi 91’+ Yellow card.svg
  • 14 A Teymourian 55′ Yellow card.svg
  • 21 M Madanchi 37′ Yellow card.svg
  • 09 V Hashemian (Substituted: 39′ R Khatibi)
  • 10 A Daei

Angola

Flag of Angola.svg
  • 01 P Joao Ricardo
  • 03 J Jamba
  • 05 C Kali
  • 20 M Loco 22′ Yellow card.svg
  • 21 L Delgado
  • 06 M Miloy
  • 07 P Figueiredo (Substituted: 72′ M Rui Marques)
  • 11 d Mateus (Substituted: 23′ A Love)
  • 14 A Mendonca 46’+ Yellow card.svg
  • 17 J Ze Kalanga 67′ Yellow card.svg
  • 10 F Akwa (Substituted: 51′ A Flavio)

Table

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Portugal 9 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4
Mexico 4 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1
Angola 2 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1
Iran 1 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4

Fifa World Cup Group D table June 21, 2006



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June 16, 2006

Angola hold Mexico to 0-0 draw in Group D

Angola hold Mexico to 0-0 draw in Group D

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Friday, June 16, 2006

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João Ricardo was the hero as Angola held Mexico to a 0-0 draw in the AWD Arena, Hanover, Friday.

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AWD Arena, Hanover.

While the Angolan’s game was not all defense, they had eight shots and five corner kicks, it was Mexico who had much the best chances in the game and will be disappointed not to have scored a number of goals.

Three minutes into injury time Ramon Morales hung a high ball that dipped over the Angolan keeper. Ricardo stretched and the 36 year old goalkeeper, who did not have a football club, clinched the ball like a trophy and earned his team a 0-0 draw. It was Angola’s first World Cup point.

For a nation where average life expectancy is 38 years this was the biggest result in Angolan football history. The result also meant if Angola beat Iran they still had a mathematical chance to get into the knock-out stage of the Fifa World Cup.

In the first half the crowd was subdued as chances were few. Mexico had free kicks saved, one from Rafael Marquez had come off the post. For Angola Figueiredo’s free kick found Fabrice Akwa only for the captain’s header to go nowhere near the goal.

The best chance in free play before the break fell to Mexico’s Guillermo Franco. A long ball into box on 44 minutes bounced off a defender but Ricado was in the way of Franco’s weak shot.

Ricardo La Volpe had been banned from smoking on the touchline by Fifa after being observed doing so in his first game. Against Iran the Mexican coach was credited with a change in the game after half time.

Sans cigarettes, this happened again against Angola but his team just couldn’t get past Ricardo.

Franco was denied once more on 55 minutes when he tried to lob the keeper but Ricardo got a hand to it. The ball then dropped to Jesus Arellano but his shot was tame and a defender on the line cleared.

When a defensive clearance rebounded to Omar Bravo Ricardo was in the right place to pick up the striker’s scuffed shot.

Ricardo, the Fifa Man of the Match, missed a few crosses but when he got them he didn’t drop them. On 64 minutes a cross was whipped in from the right and he caught the cross spectacularly with one-hand.

Angolan attacks were limited. Mendonca’s drive went straight to Oswald Sanchez while a Figueiredo blast from outside the box cleared the bar.

On 80 minutes Andre was sent off for deliberate hand ball, his second yellow card offense in the game. All Angolan energies were now diverted to keep the scores level.

It was a difficult last ten minutes. Jesus Arellano floated a cross from midfield to Jose Fonseca but his volley went wide. With great technique Marquez connected superbly with a long 35 yard drive but Ricardo leapt to his right and used both hands to push the ball behind for a corner.

While two minutes remained Mexico hit the post for the second time in the match. Ricardo missed a fast cross but Omar Bravo’s instinctive redirection toward goal was centimeters out.

The qualifiers from Group D was not settled by the result, Friday. Mexico’s progress became more tricky. But the Central Americans still had the upper hand. Luis De Oliveira Goncalves’s side had to score goals against Iran while Mexico needed only to not lose to Portugal in their last game to certainly go through.

Statistics

Group D

June 16, 2006
21:00
Flag of Angola.svg Angola 0–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico AWD Arena

Attendance: 43’000

Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore) Yellow card.svg Red card.svg

Angola

Flag of Angola.svg
  • 01 P Joao Ricardo 86′ Yellow card.svg
  • 03 J Jamba
  • 05 C Kali
  • 21 L Delgado 13′ Yellow card.svg
  • 20 M Loco
  • 07 P Figueiredo (Substituted: 72′ M Rui Marques)
  • 08 A Macanga 44′ Yellow card.svg 79′ Red card.svg
  • 11 D Mateus (Substituted: 68′ P Mantorras)
  • 14 A Mendonca
  • 17 J Ze Kalanga 50′ Yellow card.svg (Substituted: 83′ M Miloy)
  • 10 F Akwa

Mexico

Flag of Mexico.svg
  • 01 O Sanchez
  • 03 C Salcido
  • 04 R Marquez
  • 05 R Osorio
  • 14 G Pineda 59′ Yellow card.svg (Substituted: 78 R Morales)
  • 06 G Torrado
  • 07 A Zinha (Substituted: 52′ J Arellano)
  • 08 P Pardo
  • 16 M Mendez
  • 10 G Franco (Substituted: 74′ J Fonseca)
  • 19 O Bravo

Table

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Mexico 4 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
Portugal 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
Angola 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1
Iran 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2

Fifa World Cup Group D table June 16, 2006

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May 18, 2006

Cholera outbreak hits Angola

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Cholera outbreak hits Angola

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A cholera epidemic in Angola has killed over 1,200 people in the past three months. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) says about 35,000 people have fallen ill, half the victims in the capital of Luanda, where the first cases were detected in February.

The UN say the epidemic is Angola’s worst cholera outbreak in almost two decades continues to rage on with 546 new cases and 31 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. A third of the victims are children under 5.

The medical charity Mangola, Medecines Sans Frontieres and the World Health Organisation say it is the worst outbreak recorded in the country. Spokesman for Medecines Sans Frontiere Richard Veerman said: “Angola is heading for its worst ever outbreak and the situation remains very bad in Angola,” he said.

“It’s very worrying, the official number of deaths countrywide is now more than 1,200, which is likely under-reported. Many people will be at home and die at home and have no possibility to come to one of our treatment centres.”

Cholera, an acute intestinal disease caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, causes copious, painless, watery diarrhoea that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment, including rehydration, is not given promptly.

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September 7, 2005

UN holding recruitment exams in under-represented countries

UN holding recruitment exams in under-represented countries

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Wednesday, September 7, 2005

In order to find P-2 level officers for the United Nations Secretariat, the international organization is holding competitive recruitment competitions in 42 countries. The examinations will take place in February, 2006.

Six occupational groups are being sought: Architecture, Demography, Library, Security, Science and Technology, and Statistics. There will be a written examination (both a general paper and a specialised paper) and an interview.

The written examination questions are given in English and French, the two working languages of the Secretariat. Candidates must write their answers for the general paper in English or French. However, they may write their answers for the specialized paper in English, French, or any of the other four official languages of the Secretariat, i.e., Arabic, Chinese, Russian, or Spanish.

The examinations will take place on February 28, 2006 in New York, Addis Ababa, Andorra La Vella, Athens, Bangkok, Beirut, Geneva, Monaco, Nairobi, Santiago, Vaduz, Valletta, and Vienna.

According to the UN, applicants “should hold at least a first-level university degree relevant to the occupational group in which they would like to take the examination. Furthermore, applicants should not be more than 32 years old on 31 December, 2006 … Fluency in either English or French is required.”

The following countries have been selected for the 2006 competition: Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Comores, Republic of Korea, Gambia, Japan, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Israel, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, San Marino, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, Oman, Panama, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tonga, Tuvalu, USA, and Vietnam.

The practice of scouting under-represented nations for highly-qualified employees is an annual occurrence.

The United Nations Secretariat is one of the principal organs of the United Nations and it is headed by the United Nations Secretary General and assisted by a staff of international civil servants worldwide. It provides studies, information, and facilities needed by United Nations bodies for their meetings. It also carries out tasks as directed by the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, the UN Economic and Social Council, and other UN bodies. The United Nations Charter provides that the staff be chosen by application of the “highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity,” with due regard for the importance of recruiting on a wide geographical basis.

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May 20, 2005

Marburg virus outbreak in Angola claims over 300 lives

Marburg virus outbreak in Angola claims over 300 lives

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Marburg virus

Friday, May 20, 2005

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday that an outbreak of viral hemorrhagic fever, caused by Marburg virus, in Angola has claimed the lives of 311 Angolans. The outburst can be traced back to October 2004. The great majority of cases have originated in Uige Province. WHO estimates that 75% of the cases have occurred in children under the age of 5 years old.

Marburg virus growth rate in Angola

From the WHO:

‘Marburg virus disease has no vaccine or curative treatment, and can be rapidly fatal. In the present outbreak, most deaths have occurred between 3 to 7 days following the onset of symptoms. Past outbreaks indicate that close contact with bodily fluids of infected people, as may occur in health care settings or during burial practices, increases the risk of infection.’

This is the largest recorded outbreak of Marburg viral hemorrhagic fever in history.

The risk to international travelers is low, according to the WHO, because the disease requires close personal contact to be transmitted.

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March 10, 2005

United Nations passes Declaration on human cloning

United Nations passes Declaration on human cloning

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

The declaration was passed at the UN general assembly

A divided UN General Assembly has voted to approve a nonbinding statement against all forms of human cloning.

The vote, held Tuesday, came after four years of debate and an end to attempts for an international ban.

In the 191-nation assembly, there were 84 votes in favor of a nonbinding statement, 34 against and 37 abstentions.

Proposed by Honduras, the statement was largely supported by Roman Catholic countries and opposed by countries with active embryonic stem cell research programs. Many Islamic nations abstained.

The UN Declaration on Human Cloning, as it is named, calls for all member states to adopt a ban on human cloning, which it says is “incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life.”

The US, which has long pushed for a complete ban, voted in favor of the statement while traditional ally Britain, where therapeutic cloning is legal and regulated, voted against it.

The statement should have no impact on countries that allow therapeutic cloning, such as Britain and South Korea, as it is not legally binding.

“The foes of therapeutic cloning are trying to portray this as a victory for their ideology,” Bernard Siegel, a Florida attorney who lobbies to defend therapeutic cloning, said in a Reuters report. “But this confusing declaration is an effort to mask their failure last November to impose a treaty on the world banning therapeutic cloning.”

Breakdown of the vote

Of the 191 countries eligible to vote:

In favor

84 countries voted in favor of the declaration against cloning:

Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Burundi, Chile, Comoros, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Morocco, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Suriname, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uzbekistan, Zambia.

Against

34 countries voted against the declaration:

Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People`s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Iceland, India, Jamaica, Japan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom.

Abstention

37 countries abstained from voting on the declaration against cloning:

Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Absent

36 countries were absent from and during the vote on the declaration against cloning:

Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bhutan, Botswana, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russian Federation, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland, Togo, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam.

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