After 60 years of Zika in Asia, why worry?   

Zika has been in Asia and the Pacific for at least 60 years, though its mostly mild symptoms have prompted little cause for concern. But with the World Health Organization declaring a global emergency after an outbreak in Brazil that's been linked to serious birth defects, some countries in the region are taking special precautions.

Tonga has declared an epidemic, and the government of the Cook Islands has advised women to delay becoming pregnant. Japan, South Korea, Nepal and India have issued advisories to pregnant women against travelling to infected countries.

South Korea has announced a fine of two million won (about $1,700) on doctors who fail to immediately report suspected cases, while Malaysia has asked travellers to the country to report to health centres if they have symptoms.

Nepal is trying to get rid of any standing water where the Aedes mosquito, which carries the Zika virus, can easily breed, said Dr. Babu Ram Marasini, director of the disease control division at the Department of Health Services.

“We carry out search and destroy campaigns, and request people to throw the water from external containers and dry them out for a few hours,” he said.

India has set up a technical group to monitor the situation, posted warnings at international airports and has promised to ramp up community awareness to stop mosquito breeding.

Although no cases of infection have ever been documented in India, it was in that country, back in 1953, where the first evidence emerged that Zika had jumped from animals to humans. In that study just six years after Zika was discovered in monkeys in Uganda, researchers from the National Institute of Virology, in the city of Pune, found that 33 out of 196 people surveyed had immunity to the virus.

For the most part, symptoms have not been particularly serious, usually a rash and a fever, and little attention was paid to Zika for a long time after the study. But in 2007, Zika exploded in the tiny Pacific island of Yap, in the Federated States of Micronesia, where almost three quarters of its approximately 10,000 inhabitants tested positive.

Six years later, Zika infected about 35,000 people in French Polynesia. It was there that researchers discovered the potential connection between the virus and Guillian-Barré syndrome, according to a 2014 article in Eurosurveillance, a scientific journal that focuses on communicable diseases. Guillian-Barré syndrome causes the immune system to attack the nervous system, leading to a weakening of the limbs and sometimes paralysis.

It is unclear how Zika arrived in Brazil, but researcher published in a US Center for Disease Control journal theorised last year that it may have arrived with participants from Pacific countries at the World Canoeing Championships in Rio de Janeiro in August 2014.

Zika is now spreading rapidly through the Americas after recently showing up first in Brazil, where there have been about 1.5 million cases. Preliminary research appears to show a link between Zika and Guillian-Barré syndrome as well as microcephaly, which can cause babies to be born with small heads and underdeveloped brains.

Despite Zika's relatively benign history in Asia and the Pacific, there is risk that a stronger form of the virus may have emerged, and that it could spread throughout the region with much more severe consequences than previous outbreaks.

"The strain in Brazil could be new because mutation rates in these viruses are high. Moist tropical climates, population explosion and international travel mean Asia is susceptible to Zika," said Dr. Shailendra Saxena, of the Indian Virological Society.

He said that rapidly growing populations in many Asian countries make them vulnerable to an outbreak of Zika. As migration to cities increases, so do slums with poor sanitation and stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed.

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A model of an Aedes mosquito and its larvae used in public education programmes about dengue in Malaysia where it affected record numbers of people in 2015 News Health Is Zika a risk to Asia? Nimisha Jaiswal IRIN Delhi Brazil Asia India Japan Nepal Republic of Korea Cook Islands French Polynesia Tonga Micronesia Marshall Islands
          Passage from Honolulu to Port Angeles on Laysan   
Last month, I joined our friends John, Kathleen and Sarah on MY Laysan on their passage from Honolulu, HA to Port Angeles, WA. John and I helped deliver their boat to Hawaii from the Marshall Islands in 2012 and now was time for Laysan to explore the Pacific Northwest.
Laysan's crew leaving Honolulu, with Diamond Head in the background.


The trip was "near ideal". Or depending on your perspective, that might be better phrased as "as good as it gets". The motion was rolly and mostly uncomfortable, but always safe and interesting. The highlight was our participation in a research study called the Mega Expedition 2015. It was organized by Boyen Sladt's Ocean Cleanup organization. You may have seen his TED talk sharing how he plans to passively clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Well, step one is determining the density of plastic to be found in the Pacific Gyre. We were happy to be one of 30 boats that would drag a trawl to sample the amount of plastics in the areas that we traveled.
Kathleen, Sarah and I hoist the MEGA back into the water for another hour of sampling.

Here's the tracker that shows each of the boats that was participating in the research expedition. Can you guess which of these tracks belongs to MY Laysan? We sampled 3 times per day, for an hour each, for the entire period that we were inside the research area - the yellow square on the map below.

Most of the fleet were sailboats returning to the mainland after the Transpac race.


Here's our route, showing our daily noon position.



You can read more on Laysan's blog: www.roundtopdr.wordpress.com.

The 2370 nautical mile journey took us 20 days at an average speed of 5.2 knots. We used about 1032 gallons of diesel.

Our first delivery of Laysan in 2012 was recorded on this blog. You can find the posts by searching for the posts labelled "Laysan". 




          Income and Financial Aid Eligibility   
Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

Federal student aid does not have any explicit income cutoffs on need-based aid eligibility. The number of children in college can have a big impact on aid eligibility. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

The EFC is the sum of a student contribution and a parent contribution, and the parent contribution is roughly divided by the number of children in college. So if the number of children in college increases, it can significantly cut the EFC and thereby allow a family to qualify for student aid despite having a higher income.

It is important to apply for financial aid every year even if you didn’t qualify for any financial aid last year. Suppose you apply for financial aid for your freshman year in college and don’t qualify for any aid because you are the first in your family to enroll. If you give up and stop submitting the FAFSA, you might miss out on a lot of financial aid in a subsequent year when you and one or more siblings are enrolled in college at the same time.

But even if you don’t qualify for grants it is still worthwhile to submit the FAFSA. The unsubsidized Stafford loan and the PLUS loan are available without regard to financial need. You can be extremely wealthy and still qualify for these loans. The Hope Scholarship tax credit is available to families with income up to $90,000 (single filers) and $180,000 (married filing joint).

Note that student employment can have a big impact on aid eligibility, especially for independent students. A portion of student income is sheltered from the financial aid formula, but as much as half of income above this income protection allowance will be counted as part of the EFC.

To be eligible for federal student aid, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident (green card holder). There are also a variety of types of noncitizens who are eligible for federal student aid, such as citizens of the Freely Associated States, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands. Individuals who have been granted asylum or refugee status and victims of human trafficking are eligible for federal student aid.

Your parents, however, do not need to be US citizens or permanent residents. They can be foreign nationals or even undocumented. If your parents do not have a Social Security Number, use 000-00-0000 on the FAFSA where it asks for the parent’s Social Security Number. Do not use a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).

If your parents are not US citizens or permanent residents, they will be unable to borrow from the PLUS loan program. In that case you will be eligible for increased unsubsidized Stafford loan limits, the same limits that are available to independent students.


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          For sale - hp laserjet Pro mfp M127fn Networked Monochrome... - Auction   

Virginia 4014, Australia
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          For sale - Magicard Tango 2e Two Sided Color id Card Printer - Auction   

Virginia 4014, Australia
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          For sale - hp Laserjet P4515x Workgroup Laser Printer and Tray... - Auction   
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          Marshall Islands, FSM, seek answers after citizens shot by US police   
Ambassadors from the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands are seeking information about their citizens who were shot by police officers in the United States in recent weeks.
          Capitol Women   

The 2017 East-West Center #galswithLEI (Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Inspriration) Forum keynote panel, featuring current and former elected women leaders:
-Dame Jenny Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand
-Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands
-Patricia Saiki, former U.S. Representative from Hawai‘i
-Beth Fukumoto, Hawai‘i House of Representatives
Moderator: Amanda Ellis, Special Adviser, East-West Center and Former New Zealand Head of Mission and Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva.
Recorded at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
June 29, 2017

Cast: East-West Center

Tags: Hilda Heine, Patricia Saiki, Amanda Ellis, Beth Fukumoto, wome leaders, leadership, New Zealand, Marshall Islands, Hawaii and Jenny Shipley


          Win a Free Trip to Mr. Olympia   

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          Pile Driving Foreman (Marshall Islands Project) - San Juan Construction - Hagåtña, GU   
Foreman (Pile Driving) (FLSA – Non-Exempt) JOB LOCATION: Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Project Superintendent...
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          Pile Driving Foreman (Marshall Islands Project) - San Juan Construction - Hagåtña, GU   
Foreman (Pile Driving) (FLSA – Non-Exempt) JOB LOCATION: Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Project Superintendent...
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          For sale - 1:22 champion racing motor bikes moto gp ducati... - $12   
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Wynnum 4178, Australia
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Wynnum 4178, Australia
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