Cupcake Week hits Facebook

first_imgWith preparations for National Cupcake Week (NCW) now under way, why not get involved by linking to our official NCW Facebook page? You’re welcome to post pictures of your outlandishly impressive cupcake creations, recipe suggestions, cupcake-themed shop fronts or messages of support. National Cupcake Week is set to take place 14-19 September, 2009. Find the page at: tinyurl.com/cljdbalast_img

Los Caballeros Templarios Cartel Kills Mexican Navy Personnel

first_img The three detainees admitted they “belonged to a criminal organization known as ‘Los Caballeros Templarios’,” Mexican Prosecutor General Jesús Murillo Karam told the press in Mexico City. On July 29, the Prosecution accused the violent cartel of ambushing Vice Admiral Carlos Miguel Salazar Ramonet, one of the highest ranked military officers, killed in the fight against drug trafficking in Mexico, whose funeral included the presence of President Peña Nieto on that same afternoon. By Dialogo July 31, 2013 On July 28, armed men aboard two pick-up trucks ambushed and shot the Navy vehicle where Salazar Ramonet, who died immediately, was with his assistant, 2nd Petty Officer Ricardo Francisco Hernández Mercado. The driver and Salazar’s wife were also injured in the attack, both suffered serious injuries but are “out of danger,” the government reported. In recent days, confrontations between security forces and Los Caballeros Templarios have intensified in Michoacán, where President Enrique Peña Nieto started his first major security deployment in May. Three members of the violent Los Caballeros Templarios cartel were arrested by Mexican authorities for allegedly killing a Navy vice admiral and his assistant in the tumultuous state of Michoacán (west) on July 28, where a local chief of police was found dead a day later. Salazar Ramonet, commander of the 8th Naval Zone based in Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco, west), was returning to the facility after spending the weekend with his family, and he was not in uniform at the moment of the attack, Murillo Karam said. The attack occurred on a rural state road near Churintzio municipality, northeast of Michoacán, after Salazar’s vehicle was forced to change its initial route through a highway due to a blockade made by protesters. The assassination of the vice admiral adds to the killing of four federal police officers murdered last week in a bloody confrontation against Los Caballeros Templarios, of whom 20 hit men were killed, and to the killing of a police commander in the port municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas, whose corpse was found on July 29.last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesia finally begins contact tracing of patients who tested positive in Singapore

first_imgAn Indonesian Health Ministry official confirmed that the ministry had received information from Singaporean authorities regarding Indonesian citizens being treated for COVID-19 in the city-state, saying that authorities at home had started tracing the patients’ close contacts.“[We] have received the information from the Foreign Ministry,” the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said on Saturday. “We have started tracing.”However, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Sunday that the standard protocol implemented worldwide was that information sharing was supposed to be conducted through inter-ministerial communication – by the ministries in charge of public health in each country or between officials in charge for handling such a communicable disease. In a separate statement Friday, a spokesperson for the Singaporean Health Ministry denied the allegation, saying that “Singapore and Indonesia are state parties to the World Health Organization International Health Regulations (IHR)”, and that “Singapore has promptly shared information with Indonesia through the official IHR channel on all the confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Indonesians, to facilitate contact tracing in Indonesia”.“The Indonesian IHR national focal point (NFP), who is an official from the Indonesian Health Ministry, has acknowledged receipt of all correspondences on these cases sent by Singapore’s IHR NFP,” the spokesperson added.As of Sunday, Indonesia has recorded 96 confirmed cases, resulting in five deaths. Meanwhile, Singapore has recorded 212 cases and zero deaths.The WHO stated in its report on Saturday that the pandemic had reached 136 countries, with 13 new countries having reported their first cases. At least 5,393 people have died from the lethal virus but more than 73,900 have recovered worldwide. (asp)Topics : “That is the information being shared by the Health Ministry with the Foreign Ministry,” said the ministry’s spokesman, Teuku Faizasyah.The Indonesian government claimed that Singapore had insisted on withholding the personal information of several Indonesian citizens believed to have shown COVID-19 symptoms in Jakarta and tested positive for the lethal virus in the city-state.At least eight people with COVID-19 in Singapore are believed to have contracted the virus in Indonesia, two of whom are Singaporean citizens with a history of travel to the archipelago.   Yurianto claimed the Health Ministry had asked for the identities of the Indonesian citizens from Singapore but authorities in the country rejected the request, saying that such behavior had hindered the Indonesian government from conducting tracing at home.last_img read more