WHO confirms China’s 14th avian flu fatality, Indonesia’s 57th case

first_imgAug 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) reference laboratory confirmed today that a 62-year-old Chinese man from the far northwestern province of Xinjiang who died Jul 12 had H5N1 avian influenza. The WHO also confirmed another H5N1 case in Indonesia.The Chinese man developed symptoms Jun 19, according to a WHO update today, and initial tests were negative. Tests repeated in July and August, however, produced positive results.Investigators did not find that the patient had a history of exposure to dead or diseased birds or a history of travel the month before he became sick. No recent poultry outbreaks had been reported near the man’s home, and Xinjiang province has not recorded any previous human cases.However, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today that an outbreak of avian influenza occurred in Aksu City, in west central Xinjiang, Jul 14. The Chinese Ministry of Health told Xinhua News that 3,045 chickens died from the disease and that 356,976 chickens were culled when the outbreak was confirmed.”There was no confirmed link to poultry, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any contact,” Roy Wadia, Beijing-based WHO spokesperson, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) today.”Most of the cases on the Chinese mainland have not had any confirmed link to poultry,” he said in today’s AFP story, adding, “Migratory birds fly across much of China, including Xinjiang. Everything is possible.”The WHO announcement brings China’s official human H5N1 total to 21 cases, which includes 14 fatalities.Last week the WHO and China confirmed the country’s 20th case and its 13th death when it retroactively confirmed the death of a 24-year-old Beijing man who was found to have died of H5N1 in 2003. The cause of his death was reported by Chinese researchers in the Jun 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.Meanwhile, in Indonesia a 17-year-old boy has tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, which represents the country’s 57th case, according to another WHO update today.The boy, from a remote village in the Garut district in West Java province, developed symptoms Jul 26 and was referred to a hospital on Aug 9 where he was tested because the staff determined he had respiratory symptoms and a history of exposure to dead chickens. A positive result came back Aug 12, and the patient is recovering, according to the WHO update.Bloomberg News reported today that the boy has not been hospitalized for his illness because health authorities haven’t been able to reach him to tell him about his test results. A health ministry official said there is no telephone connection in the boy’s village and that a team had been sent to locate him.The AFP, Associated Press, and Reuters, however, reported today that the boy refused hospitalization. An AFP report today said that he remains under 24-hour medical surveillance at home.Investigators found that chicken and duck deaths had occurred in the patient’s household and neighborhood a week before he became ill. The patient reportedly had contact with diseased chickens during the disposal of their carcasses.Also, investigators collected information on the death of a 20-year-old man who was the boy’s neighbor. The man became ill on Jul 26 and sought medical care at the local health center on Aug 5. He died of respiratory disease on Aug 6 before he could be transferred to a hospital and before samples could be taken for testing. The cause of his illness and death remains undetermined.The boy’s illness brings Indonesia’s confirmed human H5N1 count to 57 cases and 44 deaths. Indonesia had two other avian flu cases in August, and both were fatal: one in a 16-year-old boy and one in a 17-year-old girl.Worldwide, human cases of H5N1 avian flu have reached 238, including 139 deaths.See also: Aug 14 WHO update on China situationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_08_14/en/index.htmlAug 14 WHO update on Indonesia situationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_08_14a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

The “Čazma Natura” project worth HRK 26 million will be launched in 2018

first_imgAs part of the Čazma Natura project, worth 26 million kuna, with money from EU funds, it is planned to arrange a bicycle park on the sports fields in Čazma, a green market in Ul. King Tomislav, arboretum near the Elementary School Čazma, Medjama, promenade on the embankment and Vustje.Natural pools an opportunity for continental tourismIt is interesting how one of the first, if not the first, natural or biological pool will be built as part of the project. By the way, these are benzenes without the need for chlorine and any chemicals, and around the beach there is a special zone where aquatic vegetation is planted, which serves as a mini ecosystem that thus maintains the cleanliness of the pool.Natural pools should be something normal in the continental area at least when we talk about continental tourism, something that is logical, natural and efficient and fits into the ambience and the whole experience. Also, as it is an artificial pool, the possibilities of landscaping are endless, ie with or without a waterfall, smaller or larger, etc.… so natural pools can fit into any space.This is certainly a great opportunity for continental and rural tourism, and when the Ministry can co-finance swimming pools on the Adriatic, maybe they could co-finance natural swimming pools for continental tourism as well.Take a look at all the possibilities of natural pools in the gallery on Pinterest – Pinterest Natural Pools , or do a little research on the Internet. Project proposal of the City of Čazma ” Čazma Natura – has successfully passed the phase of checking the eligibility of the project and activities and quality assessment and is sent to the next phase of the procedure – the award of grants through the 3rd phase – checking the eligibility of expenditures, point out the City of Čažma.The Čazma Natura project includes the protection and revitalization of protected parts of nature, the Moslavačka gora Regional Park and the area along the Česma, Medjama and Vustje rivers, but also the construction of new facilities in the town of Čazma, such as the Green Market and Biological Bath. The project envisages the arrangement of two classrooms of the Čazma Elementary School and the arrangement of an arboretum, as well as the construction of a sports park with an educational thematic trail intended for cyclists and “adrenaline addicts” since it will enable the development of new skills. As part of the project, the arrangement of the Multifunctional Center is included, ie the newly renovated building on the square will get a new purpose.The implementation of the project will directly affect employment: 12 people – full-time employees and 40 seasonal employees, but most importantly it will generate new value and positively change the vision of the city. “The creation of tourist facilities will increase the number of visitors, which will also contribute to the increase in the number of new employees in existing and new tourist and catering companies. The introduction of new technologies will contribute to the reduction of energy consumption and environmental protection. The project will change the vision of the City of Čazma and contribute to achieving the goal – the development of the City of Green Tourism, which will affect the development of continental tourism and increase the number of visitors in underdeveloped areas”Points out Mayor Dinko Pirak.last_img read more

Jerusalem Al-Aqsa mosque compound to close over virus

first_img“We hope that citizens will understand this procedure, in order to preserve their health and wellbeing,” Waqf member Hatem Abdel Qader told AFP.The closure coincides with a three-week lockdown to be imposed by Israel, which controls the entrances of the compound.The call to prayer will continue to ring out across Jerusalem’s Old City, Qader said, while Waqf employees will be allowed to pray at the site.Jordan is the custodian of the compound, known by Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, or Holy Sanctuary, and as the Temple Mount by Jews. Topics : It is only the second time that the Waqf has decided to close the compound since Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967.Israel has previously blocked access to the flashpoint site, which is a focus of Palestinian aspirations for statehood.The Waqf shut the compound at the onset of the pandemic in March, when sweeping closures upended religious life in a way not seen for centuries.Israeli authorities have reported nearly 167,000 coronavirus cases, with 1,147 deaths. In the occupied West Bank some 214 people have died from the virus and more than 30,200 cases have been registered by Palestinian authorities.center_img Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site, will be closed from Friday following a spike in coronavirus cases, the authority that administers the city’s Muslim holy places announced.With cases of the virus on the rise in Israel and the Palestinian territories, the Waqf authority held an emergency meeting with health officials.Waqf members decided to “suspend the entry of worshippers starting from Friday afternoon [September 18] for a period of three weeks”.last_img read more

Bulldog Middle School Harriers Capture Ripley County Meet-Eagles Make Strong Showing

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School Boys won the Ripley County meet against Milan, Jac-Cen-Del and South Ripley on Thursday.  Lyle Oesterling finished 2nd in the boys race, followed by Eli Loichinger, 3rd, Jake Chapman, 6th, Tacoma Nicholas 7th, Will Sherwood, 8th, Cole Pride, 9th, and Emi Lopez, 10th.The Batesville Middle School Girls won the Ripley County meet against Milan and Jac-Cen-Del on Thursday.  Ava Hanson won the girls race, followed by Emma Weiler, 2nd, Kaylynn Bedel, 3rd, Megan Allgeier, 4th, Madelyn Pohlman, 7th, and Cora Deputy, 9th.Boys-Batesville 26, South Ripley 53, Jac-Cen-Del 78, Milan 81.Girls-Batesville 17, Milan 55, Jac-Cen-Del 59.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.The Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams hosted the four team Ripley County Meet on Thursday (9/27) evening. The JCD girls’ team finished 3rd and the JCD boys’ team finished 3rd in the meet.Sept28@JCD – Ripley County MeetCourtesy of Eagls Coach Steve Narwold.last_img read more

Breaded Fish Tail, Baked Cod Dinners offered in Sunman

first_imgSunman, In. — The Sunman Fire Department invites the public to their Breaded Fish Tail or Baked Cod Dinner Friday, March 8 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. A free will donation is requested.last_img

Adekuoroye claims second world wrestling championships bronze medal

first_imgRelatedPosts Wrestling: Nigerians climb high on World ranking Wrestling Federation happy over Adekuoroye’s gold medal in Rome tournament Adekuoroye wins bronze medal at world wrestling championships Tags: Odunayo AdekuoroyeRisako KawaiSenior World Wrestling Championshipslast_img

Milan Derby, Premier League, La Liga Games to Air Live on…

first_imgFootball fans will be treated to a bumper package this weekend as games from the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga will be aired on GOtv this weekend.The games, scheduled to hold from 8-9 February, will be broadcast live on SuperSport Select 2 to GOtv Jolli and GOtv Max subscribers, and on SuperSport Select 4 and SuperSport Select 5 exclusive to GOtv Max subscribers.The weekend’s broadcast begins with the Premier League encounter between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Saturday. The game kicks off at 1:30pm and will be aired live on SuperSport Select 2. Everton, who were languishing at the bottom of the table in the early part of the season, have been resurgent since the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as manager. The Toffees – currently placed ninth – are now more attack-minded, the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi flourishing. They are also tighter at the back, with central defender, Yerry Mina, regaining his form. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, have struggled all season and are currently lie 14th, just six points above relegation places.The Eagles have drawn three and lost two of their last five games, leaving manager Roy Hodgson worried. But with the tricky pair of Wilfred Zaha and Jordan Ayew in attack, they carry offensive plenty of offensive menaceThe Serie A will witness the fierce rivalry on Sunday when Inter Milan host AC Milan in the 296th Derby Della Madonnina (Milan Derby) at San Siro. The game, which kicks off at 8.45pm, will be aired live on SuperSport Select 5.Inter, who won the first encounter 2-0 in September, will seek strengthen their chances of dislodging Juventus as the league champions. The Nerazzurri slid from the first position to the second following three draws in their last five games. But Antonio Conte’s men remain within touching distance of their rival and will continue their chase for their first Serie A title since the 2009/2010 season. The team will rely on the in-form strike partnership of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez. They will, however, meet a Milan team who have been in indifferent form. I Rossoneri are currently in eighth position and are in danger of not qualifying for a European competition.Manager Stefano Pioli knows that his team must start winning and will hope the likes of Ante Rebic, Hakan Çalhanoğlu and star signing, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, deliver the goods.Also on Sunday, reigning LaLiga champions, Barcelona, will travel to face Real Betis at the Estadio Benito Villamarín. The game kicks off at 9pm and will be live on SuperSport Select 4.Real Betis, currently placed 12th, have lost two and drawn two of their last five games, pushing them closer to the relegation battle. But coach Joan Francesc Ferrer, popularly known as Rubi, will hope that his charges – including striker Borja Iglesias Quintas, midfielder Nabil Fekir, and veteran winger Joaquin – will rise to the occasion against their more illustrious opponents. Second-placed Barcelona will aim to regain top spot. Los Blaugrana are three points behind their rivals, Real Madrid, and manager Quique Setién knows that another loss may hamper the team’s chances of retaining La Liga title. Although the team will miss injured striker, Luis Suarez, skipper Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann will provide sufficient threat upfront, Ivan Rakitic and Frenkie De Jong will provide depth in the middle of the park while Gerad Pique will be tasked to lead the team’s defence line.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Schulte hopes losses to stronger programs pay off

first_imgThus far, the Wisconsin softball team has had to endure 21 non-conference games this season without competing in a single Big Ten bout.Some good news for the Badgers: the Big Ten season is finally here, and now the competition may begin.”I think it’s going to be up for grabs,” said UW head coach Chandelle Schulte of the conference title, a quest that begins for her squad this Friday at No. 17 Northwestern. “I want to get started. … I think there’s a huge opportunity this year for a lot of teams to beat each other. There’s going to be a lot of movement [that] people don’t expect.”Schulte has good reason for her optimistic outlook this conference season. The Badgers took on the most ambitious non-conference schedule in the history of the program this spring — “we continued to go into the fire,” said Schulte — traveling across the country to play games against teams like No. 3 Texas, No. 23 Fresno State, No. 12 Arizona State and No. 5 Stanford.While Wisconsin did not post upset victories against those traditional western powerhouses, the team’s confidence has grown by competing with them. The Badgers now know what they need to do to succeed against top-level competition.Recently, the Badgers have drawn upon their reservoir of early-season experiences and have turned their season around in the last two weeks. Since March 15, the Badgers are on a five-game winning streak in which they have vastly outscored opponents, 30-6.While ambitious scheduling is surely attractive to the fans — how many times have you wished the Badgers’ football team would (just once) play Texas or Notre Dame in September — there is a delicate balance that needs to be attained for every college squad. Teams would like to challenge the best programs possible, but at the same time, coaches are caught worrying about establishing confidence in their team. Wisconsin has been able to find a happy medium between playing the top teams to gain experience while continuing to schedule games in which they can fuel their confidence by posting victories.”You have a Michigan State and you have a Penn State that are leading the Big Ten now in wins,” explained Schulte. “But their competitive schedule hasn’t been what Michigan’s, Iowa’s or Wisconsin’s has been. So, it’s a give and take; the question will be do we have enough confidence to beat you, or did you play the competition that you need to beat [us]?”The Badgers face a daunting task this weekend when they try to steal a victory or two in their doubleheader against conference foe Northwestern. The Wildcats, who have been ranked all year long, recently traveled to Los Angeles, where they unseated No. 1 UCLA, knocking them from the top of the national rankings. However, because of the Badgers’ early-season experience against quality teams, they are not worried about this weekend’s matchup.”In my experience, anyone can beat anyone on any given day,” said freshman pitcher Theresa Boruta. “I’m not discrediting them at all — they’re a great team — but you don’t look at past records to judge how you are going to do against them. … I’m not really worried about them [just because they] beat UCLA.”Coach Schulte echoed Boruta’s comments.”I don’t think [the players] are intimidated,” said Schulte. “This team doesn’t seem to worry about too many other [teams].”The coaching staff is certainly wary of the dangerous lineup that Northwestern puts on the field. Coach Schulte thinks that they will be tops in the Big Ten this season, as does assistant coach Martha McCall.”I don’t think that [Northwestern has] quite hit their peak yet,” said McCall. “Last year, Michigan was the team [to beat] in the Big Ten, and we took them to the last inning. So I don’t think we’re really scared or intimidated by anybody because, in softball, anything can happen on any given day.”last_img read more

Syracuse Hammerheads fill sporting void for seniors Jacques, Abbanat

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Two former high school football players took a similar road to a new passion in Syracuse Hammerheads club rugby.Chris Jacques, now a senior forward for the Hammerheads (2-3) played as a center and tackle at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts before playing rugby for the first time in the fall of his junior year at SU. Senior Sam Abbanat was a linebacker at Cornwall Central High School in New Windsor, New York and started playing rugby as a college freshman.Both are starters for the Hammerheads who, after leaving behind high school sports, chose rugby as a way to fill the void in their lives. And the skills that they developed from their past athletic experiences made it easier for them to adapt to their new game.As a freshman at SU, Jacques tried out for the football team. He wasn’t fast enough at the time but was invited back for a second tryout later in the year that he chose not to attend so he could focus on school.He found rugby through his sophomore-year roommate and current Hammerhead wing Garrett Braddock. As both an offensive lineman and a wrestler in high school, Jacques was able to carry over what he knew as he learned to play forward in rugby.Advertisement“When you’re a lineman or you’re wrestling, most of the time it’s a one-on-one matchup against you and another human being,” Jacques said. “… you have to be able to feel the other person and be able to know where their weak point is.”On the offensive line, Jacques learned to use his opponents’ weight and momentum against them to gain an advantage and he said he uses the same tactics in the rucks and scrums of rugby.John Andreoli, head football coach at St. John’s High School, remembers Jacques and his teammates, which included current Green Bay Packers rookie tight end Richard Rodgers, playing high-caliber football.

“Chris was always lining up against the biggest and fastest in the state in the level that we played,” Andreoli said.Jacques won “Super Bowls” in 2009 and 2010 at the sectional level in Massachusetts with the St. John’s team.Two years before Jacques’ start with the Hammerheads, Abbanat began his rugby career in October of 2011. He had always played a sport.“It’s something I couldn’t really picture myself not doing in college,” said Abbanat. “So when I got here, (rugby) was the first thing that stuck out, having played football and stuff in high school.”As a wing for the Hammerheads, Abbanat utilizes less of his linebacker skill set and more of the running ability that he used on his high school track team. He ran short-distance events for track, and he benefits from that experience when it comes to sprinting down the field for the Hammerheads.Despite having never played the sport before coming to SU, his mother, Ginette Abbanat, was not surprised by his decision to play rugby in college.“He loves football so much, from a very early age. He loves running, he loves chasing the guy with the ball,” Ginette said. “We didn’t have rugby in the school system here. If it had rugby, he probably would have considered it.”Jacques’ and Abbanat’s senior seasons will be closing soon, but graduation may not mean the end of their rugby careers. Both said they can see themselves playing in the future.“I guess I wouldn’t have really thought about (playing rugby),” said Jacques. “But once I stepped onto the field, it was just a match.” Comments Published on October 22, 2014 at 12:03 am Contact Kevin: kjpacell@syr.edulast_img read more

Johnson explodes for career-high 19 points off bench in Gbinije’s absence in SU victory

first_img Published on November 14, 2014 at 11:28 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Walk-ons entered the game when B.J. Johnson left it Friday night.His outbursts of scoring and consistent rebounding had ensured that Syracuse’s blowout waiting to happen actually happened. The sophomore forward, the third or fourth option off the bench for the No. 23 Orange (1-0) in preseason, was the second player Jim Boeheim subbed into SU’s season-opening 89-42 win against Kennesaw State in the Carrier Dome while Michael Gbinije sat on the sideline.And once Johnson took the floor, he made it especially hard for Boeheim to take him off.“After you knock down a few shots, the basket looks like a big ocean,” Johnson said, “so I think after a hit a couple I felt good and I felt like every one after that was going in.”Almost all of them did. The only ones that weren’t were 3s as Johnson shot 7-of-11 from the field — 64 percent — 2-of-6 from 3-point range and tallied a career-high 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJohnson’s first costly error of the game came just less than 10 minutes after he took the floor with 14:30 left in the first half. With about 4:45 to play before halftime, he snared a rebound from KSU’s Orlando Coleman and heaved an outlet pass toward Trevor Cooney that found the Owls’ bench.But Boeheim didn’t replace him for another 27 seconds of game time. Johnson had already contributed eight points, five rebounds and an assist.“He just gave me that glare like, ‘You know you just messed up,’” Johnson said, “but Coach is pretty good with letting you get away with a mistake as long as you make it up on the defensive end.”The game that Johnson entered in the first half was moving quickly, but hardly being seized by the Orange. SU’s three assistant coaches alternated seats with the three healthy and available scholarship players at the front end of the Orange’s bench.His defensive rebounds choked off the prospect of any second chances for Kennesaw State. His offensive ones cleaned up the finishing mistakes of Chris McCullough and Tyler Roberson.“I wouldn’t say that that’s a strength of his, but he did a good job,” Boeheim said of Johnson’s rebounding.The sophomore’s 3 from the right corner with 7:44 left in the game gave SU a 68-33 lead, putting an unnecessary nail in KSU’s coffin. It also gave him his 16th point of the game, surpassing the 14 total he scored last season.“Everybody knows B.J.’s one of the best shooters on the team,” point guard Kaleb Joseph said.In a game in which Syracuse was looking for someone to replace Gbinije’s minutes and scoring, the Orange got points, control and a flourish from Johnson.Another 3 from the right corner with 5:33 left — this one over the 6-foot-10 Willy Kouassi — gave SU its 75th point and ensured a free taco from Taco Bell for anyone with a ticket to the game.Before jogging off to a standing ovation in a game he had helped seal, he added an assist and a rebound in the next minute of play.“I think that’s just one of the secret aspects of my game,” Johnson said. “I can get a rebound and then run the floor, then try to cash in on easy opportunities.”But 40 minutes into Syracuse’s season, it’s no longer a secret.Said Johnson, with a smile: “Not anymore.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more