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Polio Eradication Shifts into Emergency Mode

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New cases at lowest levels ever, but funding gap threatens progress

GENEVA, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Despite the dramatic drop in polio cases in the last year, the threat of continued transmission due to funding and immunization gaps has driven the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to launch an Emergency Action Plan.

The plan aims to boost vaccination coverage in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the three remaining polio endemic countries, to levels needed to stop polio transmission. In parallel, health ministers meeting at the World Health Assembly this week are considering a resolution to declare “the completion of polio eradication to be a programmatic emergency for global public health,” in an acknowledgement of the urgency of the situation.

Polio eradication activities resulted in several landmark successes in 2010-2012. India, long-regarded as the nation facing the greatest challenges to eradication, was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in February 2012. Outbreaks in previously polio-free countries were nearly all stopped.

Although the number of polio cases was lower in the first four months of this year than during the same period in any other year, cases continue to occur in Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Chad. Outbreaks in recent years in China and West Africa due to importations from Pakistan and Nigeria, respectively, highlight the continued threat of resurgence. By some estimates, failure to eradicate polio could lead within a decade to as many as 200,000 paralyzed children a year worldwide.

“Polio eradication is at a tipping point between success and failure,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “We are in emergency mode to tip it towards success – working faster and better, focusing on the areas where children are most vulnerable.”

Once achieved, polio eradication would generate net benefits of US $40-50 billion globally by 2035, with the bulk of savings in the poorest countries, calculated based on investments made since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was formed and savings from reduced treatment costs and gains in productivity.

“We know polio can be eradicated, and our success in India proves it,” said Kalyan Banerjee, president of Rotary International, a global humanitarian service organization. “It is now a question of political and societal will. Do we choose to deliver a polio-free world to future generations, or do we choose to allow 55 cases this year to turn into 200,000 children paralyzed for life, every single year?”

Full funding of new plan critical

Already, funding shortages have forced the GPEI to cancel or scale-back critical vaccination activities in 24 high-risk countries. This leaves more children vulnerable to contracting the disease, and exposes polio-free countries to the risk of re-emergence.

“All our efforts are at risk until all children are fully immunized against polio — and that means fully funding the global eradication effort and reaching the children we have not yet reached,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We have come so far in the battle against this crippling disease. We can now make history — or later be condemned by history for failing.”

Full implementation of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is currently hindered by a critical funding gap of nearly US$1 billion through 2013.

“We are all responsible for creating a polio-free world while we still can,” said Chris Elias, president of global development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Achieving this goal is a critical step in protecting all children from vaccine-preventable diseases.”

The Global Emergency Action Plan

The global EAP was developed in coordination with new country national emergency plans. The plan builds on India’s successes and outlines a range of new strategies and initiatives to better support eradication efforts, including:

— Intensified focus on worst-performing areas of Nigeria, Pakistan
and Afghanistan to increase vaccination coverage by end of 2012
to levels needed to stop transmission;
— New approaches tailored to each country to tackle persistent
challenges and improve polio vaccination campaign performance;
— Heightened accountability, coordination and oversight to ensure
success at every level of government and within every partner
agency and organization.
— Surge of technical assistance and social mobilization capacity.

Working in emergency mode

“We need everyone’s commitment and hard work to eradicate polio and cross the finish line,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “It won’t be easy, but together we can eradicate polio forever and for everyone.”

Already since the start of the year, the GPEI has moved its operations into emergency mode. CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center; UNICEF has officially activated an Interdivisional Emergency Coordinating Committee operating directly under the Deputy Executive Director; and WHO has moved its polio operations to its Strategic Health Operations Centre (SHOC). Such measures are reserved for responding to global health emergencies — such as the H1N1 pandemic or the 2004 Southeast Asia tsunami — and will enable a massive surge in technical capacity, real-time tracking of program performance and the immediate implementation of corrective action plans as necessary. Also this year, the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation reaffirmed polio eradication as the organization’s most urgent priority. In addition, Rotary senior leaders have launched a series of one-on-one meetings with the heads of state of the polio endemic countries.

Notes for editors:

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is spearheaded by national governments, the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF, and supported by key partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Since 1988 (the year the GPEI was launched), the incidence of polio has been reduced by more than 99%. In 1988, more than 350,000 children were paralyzed each year in more than 125 endemic countries. In 2012, 55 cases have been reported (as of 15 May 2012), and only three countries remain endemic: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Links to:

Global Emergency Action Plan (EAP) 2012-2013( http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Resources/StrategyWork/EAP_201205.pdf )
Country fact sheets( http://www.polioeradication.org/Mediaroom/Factsheets.aspx ): Nigeria( http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Media/FactSheet/EAP/EAP_Nigeria.pdf ), Pakistan( http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Media/FactSheet/EAP/EAP_Pakistan.pdf ), Afghanistan( http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Media/FactSheet/EAP/EAP_Afghanistan.pdf )
Funding gap( http://www.polioeradication.org/Financing.aspx )
Infographic( http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Media/Newsletter/PN201205_RotaryInfographic.pdf )
B-roll( http://rotary.synapticdigital.com/Visuals/Raw-Video-Footage/rotary-international-and-the-polioplus-program-to-eradicate-polio-worldwide—raw-video-footage/s/01bd0f4f-676d-4ecd-ad67-926f43aca160 )

SOURCE﹛Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)

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May 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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Polio Eradication Shifts into Emergency Mode

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New cases at lowest levels ever, but funding gap threatens progress

GENEVA, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Despite the dramatic drop in polio cases in the last year, the threat of continued transmission due to funding and immunization gaps has driven the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to launch an Emergency Action Plan.

The plan aims to boost vaccination coverage in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the three remaining polio endemic countries, to levels needed to stop polio transmission. In parallel, health ministers meeting at the World Health Assembly this week are considering a resolution to declare “the completion of polio eradication to be a programmatic emergency for global public health,” in an acknowledgement of the urgency of the situation.

Polio eradication activities resulted in several landmark successes in 2010-2012. India, long-regarded as the nation facing the greatest challenges to eradication, was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in February 2012. Outbreaks in previously polio-free countries were nearly all stopped.

Although the number of polio cases was lower in the first four months of this year than during the same period in any other year, cases continue to occur in Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Chad. Outbreaks in recent years in China and West Africa due to importations from Pakistan and Nigeria, respectively, highlight the continued threat of resurgence. By some estimates, failure to eradicate polio could lead within a decade to as many as 200,000 paralyzed children a year worldwide.

“Polio eradication is at a tipping point between success and failure,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “We are in emergency mode to tip it towards success – working faster and better, focusing on the areas where children are most vulnerable.”

Once achieved, polio eradication would generate net benefits of US $40-50 billion globally by 2035, with the bulk of savings in the poorest countries, calculated based on investments made since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was formed and savings from reduced treatment costs and gains in productivity.

“We know polio can be eradicated, and our success in India proves it,” said Kalyan Banerjee, president of Rotary International, a global humanitarian service organization. “It is now a question of political and societal will. Do we choose to deliver a polio-free world to future generations, or do we choose to allow 55 cases this year to turn into 200,000 children paralyzed for life, every single year?”

Full funding of new plan critical

Already, funding shortages have forced the GPEI to cancel or scale-back critical vaccination activities in 24 high-risk countries. This leaves more children vulnerable to contracting the disease, and exposes polio-free countries to the risk of re-emergence.

“All our efforts are at risk until all children are fully immunized against polio — and that means fully funding the global eradication effort and reaching the children we have not yet reached,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We have come so far in the battle against this crippling disease. We can now make history — or later be condemned by history for failing.”

Full implementation of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is currently hindered by a critical funding gap of nearly US$1 billion through 2013.

“We are all responsible for creating a polio-free world while we still can,” said Chris Elias, president of global development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Achieving this goal is a critical step in protecting all children from vaccine-preventable diseases.”

The Global Emergency Action Plan

The global EAP was developed in coordination with new country national emergency plans. The plan builds on India’s successes and outlines a range of new strategies and initiatives to better support eradication efforts, including:

— Intensified focus on worst-performing areas of Nigeria, Pakistan
and Afghanistan to increase vaccination coverage by end of 2012
to levels needed to stop transmission;
— New approaches tailored to each country to tackle persistent
challenges and improve polio vaccination campaign performance;
— Heightened accountability, coordination and oversight to ensure
success at every level of government and within every partner
agency and organization.
— Surge of technical assistance and social mobilization capacity.

Working in emergency mode

“We need everyone’s commitment and hard work to eradicate polio and cross the finish line,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “It won’t be easy, but together we can eradicate polio forever and for everyone.”

Already since the start of the year, the GPEI has moved its operations into emergency mode. CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center; UNICEF has officially activated an Interdivisional Emergency Coordinating Committee operating directly under the Deputy Executive Director; and WHO has moved its polio operations to its Strategic Health Operations Centre (SHOC). Such measures are reserved for responding to global health emergencies — such as the H1N1 pandemic or the 2004 Southeast Asia tsunami — and will enable a massive surge in technical capacity, real-time tracking of program performance and the immediate implementation of corrective action plans as necessary. Also this year, the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation reaffirmed polio eradication as the organization’s most urgent priority. In addition, Rotary senior leaders have launched a series of one-on-one meetings with the heads of state of the polio endemic countries.

Notes for editors:

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is spearheaded by national governments, the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF, and supported by key partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Since 1988 (the year the GPEI was launched), the incidence of polio has been reduced by more than 99%. In 1988, more than 350,000 children were paralyzed each year in more than 125 endemic countries. In 2012, 55 cases have been reported (as of 15 May 2012), and only three countries remain endemic: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Links to:

Global Emergency Action Plan (EAP) 2012-2013( http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Resources/StrategyWork/EAP_201205.pdf )
Country fact sheets( http://www.polioeradication.org/Mediaroom/Factsheets.aspx ): Nigeria( http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Media/FactSheet/EAP/EAP_Nigeria.pdf ), Pakistan( http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Media/FactSheet/EAP/EAP_Pakistan.pdf ), Afghanistan( http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Media/FactSheet/EAP/EAP_Afghanistan.pdf )
Funding gap( http://www.polioeradication.org/Financing.aspx )
Infographic( http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Media/Newsletter/PN201205_RotaryInfographic.pdf )
B-roll( http://rotary.synapticdigital.com/Visuals/Raw-Video-Footage/rotary-international-and-the-polioplus-program-to-eradicate-polio-worldwide—raw-video-footage/s/01bd0f4f-676d-4ecd-ad67-926f43aca160 )

SOURCE﹛Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)

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May 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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EquiLend Signs SuMi Trust, First Japanese Trust Bank

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NEW YORK, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — EquiLend, a leading provider of global securities finance trading and post trade services, announced today that SuMi Trust (Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited) has become the latest Japanese domestic client to join the platform.

SuMi Trust went live on the platform through its agent on 30th March 2012 and EquiLend expects several other leading domestic participants to join in the near future. During the last 12 months EquiLend has seen a 15% increase in volumes year on year in Japan.

Brian Lamb, CEO of EquiLend, said, “Having a bank of SuMi Trust’s stature join the platform is a strong endorsement of EquiLend’s suite of trading services and represents an important move for the business in the Japanese marketplace.” He continued, “We currently work with a number of international trustee banks and custodians in the country. However, SuMi Trust represents a major pinnacle for EquiLend with the domestic Japanese trust banks.”

Nobuyoshi Fujii, Senior Manager of SuMi Trust London Branch, commented, “SuMi Trust is a leading provider of one-stop global trust services including pension plan advisory, investment management and custody. With $770 billion AUM, our group is Japan’s largest asset manager and one of the country’s dominant custodians managing and administering significant public and corporate pension funds. We believe the integration of EquiLend’s services into our securities lending operations will result in significantly improved efficiencies to the benefit of our customer base. Furthermore, the adoption of EquiLend will help improve the efficiency and liquidity of the Japanese equity market.”

About EquiLend

EquiLend is a leading provider of trading and post trade services for the securities finance industry backed by 10 global financial institutions: BlackRock; Credit Suisse; Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan Clearing; J.P. Morgan; Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Morgan Stanley; Northern Trust; State Street; and UBS. With its robust suite of automated trading tools, EquiLend enables its clients to scale their businesses with great efficiency on a global basis in all securities finance markets. Used by borrowers and lenders throughout the world, the EquiLend platform automates formerly manual trading and post-trade processes. Using EquiLend’s complete end-to-end services reduces the risk of potential errors and eliminates the need to maintain costly point-to-point connections while allowing firms to drive down unit costs. Firms can then free more resources to expand their business and grow trading volumes without increasing costs. This makes the EquiLend platform a cost-effective choice for all institutions, regardless of their size. EquiLend has offices in New York, Toronto, London and Hong Kong.

SOURCE﹛EquiLend

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May 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm

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MK 943/23 May Melbourne/Mauritius Flight Rescheduled for 24 May 2012

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PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Flight MK 943 left Melbourne Tullamarine airport at 13h35 (Local time Melbourne) with 181 passengers and 13 crew members. Shortly after takeoff, the Captain was informed of a suspicious item on board. In accordance with safety procedures, he took the decision to return to Melbourne. The aircraft landed safely at 14h55 (local time).

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120523/533429 )

All passengers disembarked and were transferred to the airport terminal under the supervision of the Australian authorities. Arrangements were made for the transfer of all passengers to an airport lounge where they could rest and were offered refreshments. Once Police clearance was obtained, arrangements were made for accommodating all passengers overnight in Melbourne hotels.

The flight will now operate as MK 3943 on 24 May leaving Melbourne at 11h30 (Local time Melbourne) and reaching Mauritius at 16h55 (Local time Mauritius).

In a statement issued by Victoria Police earlier today, the item was described as a “soft drink can with the word BOMB written on it.” Australian authorities are carrying out further investigations in Melbourne.

Air Mauritius apologizes for all inconveniences and wishes to reiterate that the safety of its passengers and crew are its topmost priority at all times.

Air Mauritius is the national carrier of the Republic of Mauritius. Created in 1967, it currently operates a fleet of four A340-300, two A340-300E, two A330-200, two A319-100 and two ATR72-500. Air Mauritius presently flies to twenty-five destinations in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Indian Ocean

Communications & Corporate Affairs, 3rd Floor, Air Mauritius Centre
President John F. Kennedy Street, Port-Louis, Republic of Mauritius
T +230-2077361/2 F +230-2135901 e-mail: com@airmauritius.com( mailto:com@airmauritius.com )

SOURCE﹛Air Mauritius

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May 25, 2012 at 11:56 am

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MK 943/23 May Melbourne/Mauritius Flight Rescheduled for 24 May 2012

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PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Flight MK 943 left Melbourne Tullamarine airport at 13h35 (Local time Melbourne) with 181 passengers and 13 crew members. Shortly after takeoff, the Captain was informed of a suspicious item on board. In accordance with safety procedures, he took the decision to return to Melbourne. The aircraft landed safely at 14h55 (local time).

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120523/533429 )

All passengers disembarked and were transferred to the airport terminal under the supervision of the Australian authorities. Arrangements were made for the transfer of all passengers to an airport lounge where they could rest and were offered refreshments. Once Police clearance was obtained, arrangements were made for accommodating all passengers overnight in Melbourne hotels.

The flight will now operate as MK 3943 on 24 May leaving Melbourne at 11h30 (Local time Melbourne) and reaching Mauritius at 16h55 (Local time Mauritius).

In a statement issued by Victoria Police earlier today, the item was described as a “soft drink can with the word BOMB written on it.” Australian authorities are carrying out further investigations in Melbourne.

Air Mauritius apologizes for all inconveniences and wishes to reiterate that the safety of its passengers and crew are its topmost priority at all times.

Air Mauritius is the national carrier of the Republic of Mauritius. Created in 1967, it currently operates a fleet of four A340-300, two A340-300E, two A330-200, two A319-100 and two ATR72-500. Air Mauritius presently flies to twenty-five destinations in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Indian Ocean

Communications & Corporate Affairs, 3rd Floor, Air Mauritius Centre
President John F. Kennedy Street, Port-Louis, Republic of Mauritius
T +230-2077361/2 F +230-2135901 e-mail: com@airmauritius.com( mailto:com@airmauritius.com )

SOURCE﹛Air Mauritius

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May 25, 2012 at 11:56 am

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Over 5 million Tonnes of Global Newsprint Capacity at Risk of Closure

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BOSTON, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced a high risk of closure for over 2 million tonnes of the 7 million total tonnes of newsprint capacity in North America over the next 5 years. These closures as well as 2.5 million tonnes of shuts in Western Europe and over 1 million tonnes in Asia will become necessary as newsprint demand declines across the globe, according to the recently released Global Newsprint Risk of Closure Study( http://www.risiinfo.com/risi-store/do/product/detail/Global-Newsprint-Risk-of-Closure-Study.html?source=DM1204SG ).

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080521/NEW122LOGO)

“Declines in newspaper circulation in developed economies over the last decade – due largely to media tablets and mobile devices – will continue over the next several years,” said John Maine, RISI’s VP of Graphic Paper.

“This soft demand in Europe and North America, combined with new machines coming online in Asia are creating an increasingly competitive global marketplace. North America, where the export market has come to account for over 30% of shipments, faces the toughest challenges.”

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120523/NE12522-INFO)

The above chart is taken from RISI’s Global Newsprint Risk of Closure Study. It indicates the company and machine (names withheld for this release) risk of closure compared to the industry average in the North American Newsprint market.

The Global Newsprint Risk of Closure Study( http://www.risiinfo.com/risi-store/do/product/detail/Global-Newsprint-Risk-of-Closure-Study.html?source=DM1204SG )uses a range of company and machine risk criteria to identify the newsprint machines most likely to close by 2016 in North America, Europe and Asia. It indicates forced and likely proactive closures, as well as potential conversions and divestments.

The study finds that mills in North America and Europe that are highly reliant on recycled newsprint as a fiber source are at the greatest risk of closure. This is due to the increased demand for recycled fiber driven by Asian producers combined with a decreasing supply caused by the decline of newspapers in North America and Western Europe.

To view all companies covered in the study, visit http://www.risi.com/gnr.

About RISI (www.risi.com)

Owned by UBM plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions.

Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For Press Enquiries, please contact:

Thom Smith
Dir. Marketing
O: +1-781-734-8990
E: tsmith@risi.com( mailto:tsmith@risi.com )

SOURCE﹛RISI

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May 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

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