Feb 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Two new human cases of H5N1 avian influenza were announced by Indonesia’s health ministry today, as the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed Egypt’s latest case.One of Indonesia’s patients is a 15-year-girl from an upscale Jakarta neighborhood who caught a wild bird that died 2 days later, Joko Suyono, a spokesperson for the health ministry’s bird flu information center, told Reuters today. He said the other patient is a 30-year-old man from West Java province neighborhood where chicken deaths had been reported.If the WHO confirms the patients’ avian flu status, they will become Indonesia’s 82nd and 83rd cases.Avian flu has taken a heavy toll on Indonesia already this year; the disease has claimed six lives. To slow the spread of the disease, Indonesian authorities banned backyard poultry in Jakarta and planned to begin a massive cull throughout the urban area on Feb 1. However, it’s not known if any progress has been made because of widespread flooding in the city, according to several media reports.Meanwhile, the WHO today confirmed a 17-year-old Egyptian girl’s death from avian influenza. The girl was from Fayyoum governate, about 60 miles south of Cairo. She developed symptoms on Jan 25 and was initially treated for seasonal influenza. On Feb 1 she was hospitalized with fever and breathing difficulties and died the next day, the WHO reported. The girl becomes Egypt’s 20th case and its 12th death.An initial investigation found that there were sick and dead poultry in the girl’s home before she got sick, the WHO said.In other avian flu news, officials at Britain’s Health Protection Authority announced today that a man who helped respond to a recent H5N1 outbreak at a turkey farm in Suffolk was hospitalized today with a mild respiratory illness and is undergoing tests, the Associated Press reported.Britain’s first H5N1 outbreak claimed 2,500 turkeys and led to the culling of about 150,000 others.Agriculture officials in Pakistan today announced an H5N1 avian flu outbreak in poultry in a town near the capital Islamabad, Reuters reported. The outbreak involved 40 chickens at a home, and all died or were culled, Mohammad Afzal, Pakistan’s livestock commissioner, told Reuters.According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Pakistan’s last confirmed outbreak occurred in April 2006 and affected domestic poultry. The country has reported no human cases.See also:Feb 6 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_02_06/en/index.htmlNov 22, 2006, FAO avian flu bulletin with chart of H5N1 outbreaks by countryhttp://www.fao.org/docs/eims/upload/217700/aidenews_nov06_no44.pdf
The government and the House of Representatives have agreed to reschedule the voting day for this year’s simultaneous regional elections to Dec. 9 from its initial schedule in September due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Lawmakers and relevant stakeholders reached the decision after a hearing held on Tuesday between House Commission II overseeing home affairs, Home Minister Tito Karnavian, the General Elections Commission (KPU), the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) and the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP).”House Commission II approved the government’s proposal to postpone the 2020 regional elections to Dec. 9, 2020,” Commission II chairman Ahmad Doli Kurnia said. Read also: Regional elections postponed after organizers catch COVID-19The Golkar Party politician went on to say that Commission II together with the home minister and KPU would hold a work meeting to further discuss the matter and the latest developments of the pandemic after the emergency period for the COVID-19 outbreak had ended.”At the same time, we will review the stages of the regional elections,” said Doli.The government will draft a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to provide a legal basis for the postponement of the voting day, which will be held simultaneously in the country’s 270 regions. The 2016 Regional Elections Law mandates that the 2020 simultaneous regional elections be held in September, with voting day on Sept. 23, 2020, as stipulated in a 2019 KPU regulation.However, due to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak — which has now infected more than 4,000 people in the country — the KPU had previously suggested three alternative dates for voting day: Dec. 9, 2020; March 17, 2021; and Sept. 29, 2021.Read also: Indonesian regions report lack of funds to hold 2020 local pollsAs the election organizer, the KPU does not have the authority to delay the local elections and can only postpone the stages of the elections. The authority to delay the election schedule belongs to the House.According to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has led many countries to postpone elections, with at least 12 national elections and 20 local elections in 30 countries having been delayed.The government, the KPU and the House had also previously agreed to reallocate the remaining balance of around Rp 9 trillion (US$550 million) from the election budget for COVID-19 prevention and control.Topics :
FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Germany’s ‘bishop of bling’ resigns by: – March 26, 2014 94 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Share The Vatican did not elaborate further on the bishop’s futurePope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of a senior German Church leader suspended over his alleged lavish spending.The Vatican made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been accused of spending more than 31m euros (£26m) on renovating his official residence.The cleric, dubbed the “bishop of bling” by the media, offered to resign when the scandal broke last October.In response, Pope Francis temporarily suspended Bishop Tebartz-van Elst and instructed a Church commission to investigate the matter.Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed his disapproval of senior clerics whose lifestyles seem too lavish.‘Docility’ callOn Wednesday, the Vatican said the inquiry found that the senior cleric could no longer exercise his ministry.The Church called on the diocese of Limburg to accept the decision “with docility” and to work toward restoring a “climate of charity and reconciliation”.The bishop’s official residence in Limburg (L) has been described as luxuriousGermans made clear what they thought of the cleric during a carnival parade in Mainz in early MarchThe Vatican did not further elaborate on the future of Bishop Tebartz-van Elst, but said he would get a new position “at the opportune time”.Auxiliary Bishop Manfred Grothe has been appointed to run the Limburg diocese.Bishop Tebartz-van Elst and his luxury lifestyle have become infamous in Germany, where many people pay a Church tax to the state. The tax raised 5.2bn euros for Catholics and 4.6bn euros for Protestants in 2012.At the heart of the criticism was the refurbishment of the cleric’s official residence, originally set to cost 5.5m euros.German media reported that the quarters were fitted with a 15,000-euro bath, a conference table for 25,000 euros and a private chapel worth 2.9m euros.The bishop was also under fire for a first-class flight to India to visit the poor.The story attracted heavy coverage and stoked controversy among Catholics.It was in Germany that Martin Luther launched the Reformation five centuries ago in response to what he said were excesses and abuses within the Church.BBC News
Louisville, Ky. — Jim Rogers, the iconic former chairman and chief executive officer of Duke Energy, died Monday in Louisville, Ky. He was 71.“Our industry has lost one of its most influential and extraordinary leaders,” said Lynn Good, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy. “I was fortunate to work alongside Jim and see his dynamic leadership skill up close. He was not afraid to tackle the hard questions with a personable style that brought people together for positive solutions. We will miss Jim but we will also long remember his accomplishments and his mission to light the world.”Rogers became president and CEO of Duke Energy following the merger between Duke Energy and Cinergy in 2006. Before the merger, he served as Cinergy’s chairman and CEO for more than 11 years.Prior to the formation of Cinergy, he served as chairman, president and CEO of PSI Energy from 1988 until 1994. He retired as Duke Energy CEO in 2013 – one year after the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger made the company the largest electric utility in the nation.During his tenure, Rogers led Duke Energy to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and steered the company to more renewable energy, a focus that continues today. Duke Energy has reduced carbon emissions 31 percent since 2005 and has invested $7 billion in wind and solar facilities across the nation.Born in Birmingham, Ala., Rogers spent most of his childhood in Danville, Ky. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees at University of Kentucky. Rogers worked as a reporter at Lexington Herald-Leader early in his career. He later served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Kentucky and held numerous legal positions in the government and private sectors.Rogers was one of the first leaders in the energy industry to speak about the changes needed in the face of climate change. As CEO at Cinergy in 2003, he pushed the company’s first Sustainability Report – and continued that publication after moving to Duke Energy.Since leaving Duke Energy, he devoted much of his energy to the issue of how rural people in low-income nations can get access to clean, sustainable electricity. He frequently wrote and lectured on the topic. In 2015, he wrote the book “Lighting the World,” which further explored the topic.In 2014, he was inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was awarded the Edison Electric Institute’s Distinguished Leadership Award for his 25 years of service and exemplary contributions to the electric utility industry. He was the 2013 recipient of the United States Energy Association Award, and was named the most influential person in the power generation industry by Power Engineering magazine and the energy industry’s CEO of the Year by Platts.He was the founding chairman of the Institute for Electric Efficiency, former co-chair of the Alliance to Save Energy and past co-chair of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency. In 2011, he was presented with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Charlotte Regional Partnership Jerry Award. The Charlotte Business Journal also named him its Business Person of the Year for 2011.Moving to Charlotte in 2006, Rogers became an important figure to the growth of the city. He was co-chair of the host committee for the Democratic National Convention, which was held in Charlotte in 2012. Queens University’s science and health building in Charlotte – Rogers Hall – is named for him.
Spurs’ bid to win their first trophy since 2008 ended in failure on Sunday as Chelsea lifted the Capital One Cup following a 2-0 win. Spirits were raised among the Tottenham support at Wembley when their team started brightly and Christian Eriksen hit the bar, but John Terry’s 45th-minute opener and an own goal from Kyle Walker meant the cup went to the club’s bitter London rivals instead. Nabil Bentaleb wants to cheer up Tottenham’s supporters by beating Swansea on Wednesday and then going on to qualify for the Champions League. Press Association Spurs have been eliminated from two cups in four days, but Bentaleb is still confident they can recover and achieve their only other aim this season – qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in five years. “We have only the Premier League to focus on and it will be a good race for the top four. The manager told us we had to bounce back for the game against Swansea,” the Tottenham midfielder said. “We have to take the disappointment in the right way. Now we have to put some smiles back on our faces and on our fans’ faces and Wednesday is a good chance to do it. “I have experienced disappointment before, for example at the World Cup last summer when Germany knocked out Algeria. This was my first final and I hope we can learn from it.” Bentaleb was involved in one of the big flash points in an often-fiery first half when Diego Costa pushed him in the face as they competed for the ball. Costa has drawn criticism for his combative style of play this year, but Bentaleb refused to condemn the striker, who went unpunished for the incident with the Algerian. “Was he lucky not to be given a card? Maybe. I don’t know what was happening in his head, but I stayed focused on my game,” Bentaleb said. “Sometimes you have arguments with players. It’s nothing bad. This kind of thing happens every weekend.”
The Canaries have acquitted themselves well so far this season, accumulating seven points from five games to sit ninth – above their opponents on goal difference. But Tettey is under no illusions as to how difficult this game will be, particularly given City have shipped five goals on their last two visits. Press Association Midfielder Alex Tettey acknowledges Sunday’s trip to Liverpool represents Norwich’s biggest test since returning to the Barclays Premier League. He told the club’s official website, www.canaries.co.uk: “It’s been a good start for us but we’d like to have more than seven points. “The fact we’re disappointed by that shows how well we’ve done. We’ve played some good stuff so far this season and we’re looking to push on now. “We have ambitions to do well and to win games. Against Liverpool we know we have to be at our best to get something from the game. “It’s important for us to be strong defensively but also to cause them some problems. It’s probably our biggest test since we’ve been back in the Premier League. “Liverpool are a very good team and it will give us a glimpse of where we are as a team. It will be tough but this is what we worked so hard last year for. “We want to test ourselves against the best players in the league. They have good midfielders who can keep the ball but personally I’m really looking forward to going against them.” Norwich have striker Lewis Grabban back in the squad after his club suspension while defender Steven Whittaker returns after being banned for the win over Bournemouth. The Scotland international is expected to start with loanee Andre Wisdom ineligible against his parent club while forward Gary Hooper (ankle ligaments) is sidelined for a number of weeks.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Left-hander Vishaul Singh led a sterling Guyana Jaguars fightback with a high-quality knock but the visitors were forced to follow on, leaving Leeward Islands Hurricanes in control of the third round encounter heading into today’s final day at Warner Park.Resuming the third day on Saturday tottering on 53 for six in their first innings, Jaguars battled their way to a respectable 206, with Vishaul narrowly missing out on three figures when he was left stranded on 97.Sherfane Rutherford, batting at number nine, chipped in with 32 but debutant off-spinner Terrance Ward claimed four for 48 and seamer Jeremiah Louis (2-52) and off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall (2-62) two wickets apiece, to keep the pressure on.Following on by 206 runs, Jaguars ended the day on 53 for two with captain Leon Johnson carrying the fight with an unbeaten 27.They lost Chandrapaul Hemraj without scoring at the end of the sixth over with the score on two, caught at third slip sparring at a wide ball from seamer Mervin Matthew.And Tagenarine Chanderpaul spent 106 balls over his 16 before falling lbw to part-time leg-spinner Nkrumah Bonner, as Jaguars slipped to 35 for two.However, Johnson then came to his team’s rescue with a knock that has so far lasted 103 balls and included four fours.Jaguars require a further 153 runs to avoid an innings defeat.Earlier, Vishaul, resuming the day on 17, faced 182 deliveries and struck 12 boundaries, to hold the innings together and carry his side to lunch on 180 for nine.The day started poorly when Keemo Paul padded up to the third ball of the morning and was adjudged lbw to Ward but Vishaul and Rutherford then put on an invaluable 60 for the eighth wicket to rally the innings.Rutherford faced 60 balls and counted four fours and a six before driving Ward to cover where Jahmar Hamilton took a brilliant catch at 117 for eight.Romario Shepherd holed out to long-off off Ward for 13 but Vishaul found a handy partner in Keon Joseph (15) to add 75 for the final wicket and further frustrate Hurricanes.HURRICANES 1st Innings 412-9 decl.Jaguars 2nd Innings(overnight 53 for six)T Chanderpaul c Cornwall b Louis 3C Hemraj c Carty b Simon 23*L Johnson b Louis 2V Singh not out 97V Permaul run out 0S Chanderpaul c Hamilton b Cornwall 5+A Bramble c Louis b Ward 0K Paul lbw b Paul 4S Rutherford c Hamilton b Ward 32R Shepherd c Louis b Ward 13K Joseph c Bonner b Cornwall 15Extras (b2, lb1, nb4, pen.5) 12TOTAL (all out, 63.4 overs) 206Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-8, 3-39, 4-39, 5-47, 6-53, 7-57, 8-117, 9-131, 10-206.Bowling: Louis 15-2-52-2, Matthew 6-4-8-0, Cornwall 23.4-6-62-2, Simon 8-0-28-1, Ward 10-1-48-4, Bonner 1-1-0-0.JAGUARS 2nd Innings (following on)T Chanderpaul lbw b Bonner 16C Hemraj c Hughes b Matthew 0*L Johnson not out 27V Permaul not out 6Extras (b4) 4TOTAL (2 wkts, 41 overs) 53Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-35.Bowling: Louis 8-7-1-0, Matthew 8-6-3-1, Cornwall 9-3-17-0, Simon 5-1-15-0, Ward 7-3-7-0, Bonner 3-1-6-1, Carty 1-1-0-0.Position: Jaguars trail by 153 runs with eight second innings wickets remaining.
When Andrea Edoria was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm at age 3, she spent six months at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.Fifteen years later, Edoria, who has fully recovered, is a spokesperson for CHLA — and a future Trojan.Good cause · Shiny Toy Guns performed a concert on Friday as part of Sigma Chi’s Derby Days. Proceeds were donated to CHLA. – Photo courtesy of Sigma Chi Through her work with CHLA, Edoria connected with her dream school, USC. Specifically, she connected with the Sigma Chi fraternity, which raised more than $50,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network at CHLA last year during its annual Derby Days philanthropy. Derby Days, which consists of a series of activities and a concert, typically raises more money than most other fraternity philanthropies combined. Admission to the concert typically costs $20 to $25 and the fraternity also collects funds from corporate sponsors.According to Lisa Coleman, assistant director of the Children’s Miracle Network at CHLA, most of the money goes toward meeting the needs of families with ill children — families like Edoria’s.Edoria met members of Sigma Chi for the first time last year, when she was invited to a barbecue. She was asked to speak at Derby Days to recount her experiences as a young child battling illness at CHLA. She has since been in constant contact with members of the fraternity.“I’ve met these [Sigma Chi] boys on different occasions, and they’re really good guys at heart,” Edoria said. “They’re really supporting a good cause.”For Edoria, who just recently committed to USC, working with Sigma Chi is just the beginning of her relationship with USC.“It’s like a dream come true,” she said.Edoria will be studying journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. She said she is very excited to become a Trojan and is grateful for the support she has received from members of Sigma Chi.“Since I was about 7 or 8 years old, I have always wanted to write. When I came across USC, I knew that was where I wanted to go,” she said.Though she officially becomes a Trojan in the fall, Edoria said she already feels like part of the Trojan family thanks to her relationship with Sigma Chi.“I definitely feel welcome,” she said.Although new restrictions from the Interfraternity Council forced Sigma Chi to limit the length of Derby Days this year, Stephen Lindgren, a member of Sigma Chi and one of the chairs of Derby Days, said the fraternity still had high hopes for the amount of money they could raise.“We’re hoping to match last year’s donations,” Lindgren said. “We feel a deep connection to Children’s Hospital and to Andrea.”
Reserve guard Ben Brust began the season on a good note: leading the Badgers with 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting.[/media-credit]Once again, an early-season game at the Kohl Center finished with a score more apt for a Badger football game than a matchup on the hardwood.The No. 14 Wisconsin Badger men’s basketball team (1-0) opened its regular season with an 85-31 victory over the Kennesaw State Owls (0-1) Saturday afternoon. Sophomore guard Ben Brust displayed the shooting prowess that has heightened expectations for him as a key contributor off the bench this season, tying for the team-lead with 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field. The Badgers other’ sophomore guard, Josh Gasser, also scored 14 points while redshirt junior guard/forward Ryan Evans finished with 13. Star senior point guard Jordan Taylor finished with 11 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals.“When you let a team shoot 59 percent, they shoot 60 percent from three, they out-rebound you by 20, I don’t think there’s too much more that you can say, except you’ve got to go back to the drawing board,” KSU head coach Lewis Preston said.Kennesaw State, an Atlantic Sun Conference school of 23,452 students in Kennesaw, Ga., struggled to find much of an offensive rhythm that would match the bevy of scorers Wisconsin was able to put on the floor. Ten Badgers saw at least 10 minutes of playing time and scored. The Owls were led by junior guard Markeith Cummings with 18 points, but as a team, shot only 23.3 percent from the field, 20 percent from three-point territory and 56.3 percent from the free throw line.“I never read too much into one game,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “I know they were a little short-handed, their coach is new and he’s trying to install a system.”Jared Berggren scored Wisconsin’s first points of the season at the 18:52 mark with a three-pointer to match Kennesaw State’s opening trey from Spencer Dixon. Berggren, a redshirt junior forward/center finished with 11 points and three rebounds. Both teams attempted to settle in over the next two minutes until Taylor converted a layup at 16:27. From there, the Badgers scored 11 unanswered points. Following a media timeout at 11:46, the Owls finally scored again on a fastbreak layup by Markeith Cummings.Kennesaw State only scored three more points in the first half, on a free throw by Cummings and a jumper from guard Spencer Dixon, and entered halftime trailing Wisconsin 41-8.Struggling to hit shots and find open teammates, the Owls were clearly overmatched by the Badgers’ ability to create for themselves. Kennesaw finished with only two assists to its 12 turnovers, while the Badgers excelled in that department, as usual, with 23 and 10, respectively. As a result, Wisconsin frequently was able to consume the majority of the shot clock and convert opportunities – especially from outside. For the game, UW converted 15 of its 25 three-pointers, good for 60 percent.“[The Badgers are] one of the best shooting teams, late-clock, in the country; probably, the best overall,” Preston said. “It was kind of indicative with some of the threes that Brust knocked down, a couple of the threes that Jordan Taylor knocked down, a couple of the threes Gasser knocked down.”In the second half, the Owls shot a little better, converting seven of 20 (35 percent) opportunities from the field. However, the Badgers also shot better (64 percent compared to 53.8 in the first half) and used their obvious size advantage to murder KSU on the boards, out-rebounding them 41-20. Junior forward Mike Bruesewitz, in addition to his seven points and four assists, pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.“We’ve got bigs who can set good screens and then roll or space out and knock down shots, so it makes it hard for teams to scramble late in the shot clock,” Taylor said. “Our bigs can also put it on the floor and make plays. It’s just a lot for a team to try and handle, especially when you’re scrambling around like that.”Also of note was the playing time freshman Traevon Jackson and Frank Kaminsky saw in their first games as Badgers. Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound guard and son of former Ohio State great Jim Jackson, played 13 minutes, nailed one trey and pulled down two rebounds. Kaminsky, a 6-foot-11, 230-pound forward, played 10 minutes, scored five points and pulled down five rebounds.
Sam Arslanian | Daily TrojanThe Los Angeles Angels are off to their best start since 1979. Touting a 13-3 record in their first 16 games, the team has made a complete 180 compared to their previous two seasons, where the Angels finished 21 games behind the league leader in both 2017 and 2016. I’ve thought a lot about what the special sauce has been for the team in their recipe for success this year. In evaluating their success, there is no way to avoid talking about Halo’s two stars. First and foremost, there is Mike Trout. He has simply been a beast so far, not that he wasn’t a beast before. Trout is the most well-rounded baseball player in the MLB. There is no question about that; he is the definition of the term “five tool.” His batting average (.266) may not completely reflect that right now, but he leads the Angels in homers, RBIs and on-base percentage. But no one man makes a team, and for the first time in a couple years the Angels look like they have that figured out. The Angels hold the best team batting average in the MLB, and are in first place in runs — with the next team nearly 20 runs behind — and they have the third-best fielding percentage. The only team that could hold a candle to the Halos is the Boston Red Sox; hopefully, we will see that matchup in October.In addition to Trout, the Angels have another exciting, yet unconventional star in Shohei Ohtani. It is unprecedented to see a player like him. Madison Bumgarner is the only pitcher that I can think of who drew headlines for hitting performances. The difference is that MadBum hit well for a pitcher, while Ohtani stacks up with the league’s best bats on any given day. Oh, and of course, he’s a solid pitcher.Robert Whiting, the author of several books on Japanese baseball, noted that Ohtani will find success in the MLB because of his unique traits.“It’s hard to top a guy who wins two games and hits three home runs in a week,” Whiting told ESPN. “He is very affable and could well have a long career in American baseball — but most likely as a pitcher.”I do, however, think some of the “Sho-hype” is a bit premature — he’s been in the league for 15 games. There is no reason his signed rookie card should be selling for nearly seven grand at this point. Perhaps, there is another way to look at how Ohtani has benefited the Angels. At 23 years old and coming from the Japanese league, Sho undoubtedly breaks the norm of the Angels — a relatively older team. The level of excitement and freshness Ohtani brings must give the team some sort of spark that has lifted the Angels to such a fantastic start. In recent years, streaky seasons have haunted the Angels. At this point we are only about 10 percent of the way through the 162-game season, so the Angels need to beware of losing skids and injuries. Those unfortunate events are bound to happen — it’s a long season — but the Angels’ success will be defined by how they evade and recover from these downfalls.It’s entirely possible for the Angels to make a run deep into October. It’s a peculiar trend in baseball, because star teams don’t necessarily guarantee rings in Major League Baseball. But the 2018 Angels aren’t the Golden State Warriors nor the 2015 Detroit Tigers. The wealth of talent is different; it’s new, fresh and diverse. Any team that can mix the success of young and old, hitting and pitching and fast and slow will find success in the MLB. Sam Arslanian is a freshman majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Mondays.