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

Steve McClaren struggles to figure out Magpies after first Premier League win

first_img McClaren said: “You saw today what he is capable of doing, which is why we brought him here. He can be and will be and showed today that he’s a Premier League player.” For Norwich boss Alex Neil, it proved a frustrating trip to the north-east. He said: “Offensively, we looked dangerous, scored two really good goals, hit the post twice, had other good opportunities to score; but defensively as a team… “To be honest, I thought the game was wide-open – it was a bit like a basketball match. I thought both teams were wide-open. “It could have ended pretty much 8-8, but the opportunities we had, unfortunately we didn’t score, we hit the post or whatever, and pretty much most of the opportunities Newcastle had ended up in the back of the net. “I thought both teams were really, really open and we could have score four, five or six ourselves. “For them to score six based on the game itself, you could argue it was harsh, but we have got to defend better.” The Magpies, who had gone eight league games without a win since the start of the campaign, finally closed out a roller-coaster of a game at St James’ Park as £14.5million summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum plundered four goals. McClaren said: “It’s Newcastle, is it possible to make any sense? That’s what we are fast discovering. But I think that was just reward. I’m so pleased for the players, so pleased for the fans. “Like we have said all along not to get too down and after tonight, we are not going to get high. There’s a lot of work to do, but it shows today when it comes together what we are capable of doing.” A victory which lifted Newcastle to the relatively heady heights of 18th place in the table, came as a huge relief to McClaren and his players seven days before their derby trip to fellow strugglers Sunderland, and provided the club’s famous 88-year-old tea lady, Kath Cassidy, with the perfect send-off after 52 years’ service. But it came in nerve shredding fashion as Wijnaldum struck twice and Ayoze Perez once before the break only to see Dieumerci Mbokani and then Nathan Redmond keep the Canaries within touching distance. However, with the visitors pushing for an equaliser, the home side prospered on the break with Aleksandar Mitrovic extending their lead before Wijnaldum helped himself to two more. Asked about his emotions, McClaren said: “It’s relief, and then thinking we have got to prepare and we have got to do it again next week. “It’s very short, the feeling is very short. Football is all about momentum and you can have momentum going the other way – which we have had. We want this one to go forward. “There’s a long way to go, a lot of work to do, but today showed the potential and showed the supporters at home that this is what we are capable doing.” Wijnaldum because the first Magpies to score four goals for the club since Alan Shearer put five past Sheffield Wednesday in an 8-0 demolition job in September 1999. Steve McClaren admitted he was struggling to make sense of his first Barclays Premier League victory as Newcastle’s head coach after seeing them trounce Norwich 6-2. Press Associationlast_img read more

Alhaji Akanbi believes commitment is the reason behind Hearts’ success

first_imgStrategic Committee member of Hearts of Oak, Alhaji Braimah Akanbi, has attributed the club’s good start to the season down to commitment by both players and technical team.The Phobians are unbeaten in five games and produced a stunning comeback against Inter Allies on matchday five.This has revived the Phobian spirit among the rank and file of the club and for Alhaji Akanbi, the secret is simply commitment.“The secret behind all these early season glory is just the commitment the players and technical team have,” he told Asempa Sports“You can see the players are well committed, the technical team is always motivating the players, and everybody is dedicated to the work at hand and a whole lot of things that comprises to this success.”“Ever since the season started, I can see lot of improvement within the team. I believe they can maintain this form and the players will do more for us.” Accra Hearts of Oak are preparing to take on Wa All Stars at the Accra Sports Stadium in a clash between two unbeaten sides in the league. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Herdželaš Wins the Singles Finals and a Title in the Doubles of the ITF Challenger in Vrnjačka Banja

first_imgAt this Tournament from the Challenger Serie played for 10 000 Dollars, the Bosnian tennis player Dea Herdželaš won 8 times.In today’s half finals of singles Dea won against Gabriel Horackova from Czech Republic with 7-6, 6-3.Tomorrow she will play against the one who wins in the match: the first holder Stamatova from Bulgaria or the fifth holder Grammatikopolou from Greece.Herdželaš already won yesterday the doubles tournament in Vrnjačka Banja. Playing with Nina Stojanović from Serbia, they defeated in the finals Lodikova from Russia and Sliusar from Ukraine with 6-3, 6-0.This young player from Sarajevo is 585. on the WTA list.(Source: Oslobođenje)last_img read more

Full results from MTN Uganda marathon 2019

first_img******Top results in the 42.2km MTN Marathon in Kampala on Sunday. Over sh123million is to be given away as cash prizes for the winners in all categories.Proceeds from the marathon will be used to complement efforts by the Ministry of Health to improve maternal health in Uganda.Prize winners Men  – 42.2km1. Phillip Kiplimo 02:13:562.Fres Musobo 02:15:233.Anthony Ayeko 02:15:234.Soyekwo Kibet 02:16:175.Francis Musani 02:18:036.Daniel Rotich 02:18:387.Patrick Kiptalah 02:20:298.Habte Guta Bira 02:20:499.Alfred kiptoyek 2:20:5510.Allan Andiema 02:52:21Prize winners  Women – 42.2KM1.Nyakisi Adero 02:41:112.Vanis Chemutai 02:45:423.Kadist Fiseha Tedla 02:47:014.Lydia Wafula 02:49:085.Priscilla Chelangat 02:49:456.Migada Caroline 02:50:557.Omari Doris 02:52:598.Rotich Lydia Chepteling 02:54:159.Debesay Yohannes Hibret 02:55:4310.Eileen Jepngetich Korir 02:57:10Half marathon women -21.1KM1.Juliet Chekwel 01:13:082.Doreen Chemutai 01:13:093.Dorcus Ajok 01:14:134.Doreen Chesang 01:14:215.Annet Chelangat 01:14:23Half marathon men – 21.1KM1.Jacob Kiplimo 01:01:532.Felix Chemonges 01:02:573.Kibet Titus 01:03:214.Moses Kibet 01:03:375.Isaac Kibet 01:04:34Men’s 10KM race1.Denis Cherotich 00.29.592.Bushenbich Mande 00.30.053.Phillip Kibyeko 00.30.124.Kwemoi Salim 00.30.145.Ezekiel Mutai 00.30.15 Men’s winner MTM Marathon 2019. PHOTO MTN MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Ugandan runners won the 42kms, 21kms and 10kms races as hundreds of runners turned up Sunday morning to participate in the MTN Kampala marathon focused on fundraising to improve maternal health in the country.This is a wrap up of the marathons that the organisation has run in different regions this year. (click here to get all results of all runners)The 42kms race was won by Phillip Kiplimo with 02:13:56 on the clock. Nyakisi Adero won over the female side in the 42kms. Kenyans participated in the race but were all beaten to the prize.Denis Cherotich won the men side for 10kms while Sauline Chelangat won the females race. Each received a Shs 1.5m prize.On the 21kms, Jacob Kiplimo and Juliet Chekwei took the race, with each receiving Shs 4.5mWim Vanhelleputte, the MTN Uganda, CEO said he hoped this was a chance reduce an estimated 336 deaths per 100,000 live births in Uganda.Dr Ruth Aceng, the minister of health and the chief guest who flagged off the marathoners, said hailed the support and said “no mother should die while giving life to a child.”For most people, the marathon was an avenue for having fun.  As soon as they were flag off, a host of them were seen taking selfies to post on social media for their friends.For most companies that sponsored the marathon, the sheer numbers of the people that turned up gives them a pie on brand recognition. Huawei, a Chinese phone maker and the main sponsor, gave up tens of awards like t-shirts, power banks and phones.The company has not announced the amount of money that had been collected.  Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Fate of Marine Park Aired

first_imgRED BANK – The public was given its turn to ask questions about the fate of the site of the now unusable clay tennis courts on Union Street next to Marine Park at a special Borough Council meeting May 28. Now the decision about which plan will be chosen will be made by the governing body.The questions and suggestions from the audience of around 120, lasted almost three hours and only ended because the meeting was closed by Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer.First up was Rumson resident James P. Cullen, who has offered to donate $500,000 to the town, of which $400,000 would be used to rebuild the clay courts that were damaged by Sandy, and $100,000 to operate and maintain them.The Jetsun Enterprises proposal includes a year round ice skating rink, a miniature golf course, boat rental facilities, a visitors center for the borough and a free electric shuttle that would pick up people throughout the town.The third proposal was presented by Marine Park Activity Center, a local group formed to increase the recreational use of the river by local residents.The plan to save the clay courts presented by Cullen would be free to borough seniors and those up to 17 years old at selected times.“I think you have a unique landmark with a great history,” Cullen said of the courts. He said he would like to see a program that encourages young people in the town to play tennis.The plan sets discounted rates of $150 for unlimited play for borough residents while non-residents would pay $300. Half of the fees would go to the borough.Jeff Podesta spoke in favor of Cullen’s plan and said that playing tennis was an advantage to young people and research had shown that 81 percent of young tennis players had gone on to college.The proposal for retaining the tennis courts said, “A key to the project is retaining Rich Nicoletti who has been keeping the facility running in recent years with essentially no operating budget.”It also said that there be a free, two-week tennis clinic held only for Red Bank residents’ ages 7 to 17.A small committee, the proposal said, would represent the tennis court facility that would oversee it and would present any plans for changes to the Borough Council.“Almost everyone who has grown up playing tennis in the United States has done so on hard courts. However when they first get a chance to play on red clay, they realize it is a very special experience. Our goal here is to give the young people of Red Bank this experience,” the proposal said.The borough would receive 50 percent of moneys raised through fundraising and a yearly tournament the proposal said, which it estimated to raise $50,000 to $60,000.Stephen Hecht said, “I don’t believe we should have a tennis club” at the site. He asked Cullen if he “would be willing to have the town run it?” referring to the courts.“I’m open to that,” Cullen replied.The Jetson plan calls for a “multi-use recreation center” which would have a goal “to get people down to the waterfront, and have a reason to stay there.”It said, “We firmly believe family recreation is the only appropriate use of this valuable asset.”Fees for the activities listed in the plan were $9 for the miniature golf course for adults, with children 12 and under paying $8 and $6 for the ice skating rink with a two-for-one on Tuesdays.Borough residents over 65 and under 4, accompanied by an adult, will have free admission for those activities.Watersport rentals will range from $20 an hour to $80 for eight hours.The Jetson group will pay the borough $75,000 a year rent for the property according to its proposal, with a 25-year lease.Fred Stone questioned the fees and said they might exclude some borough residents from using the facilities. The fees, he said, “might not be trivial,” for some.Questions were also raised about the extra traffic that could be caused by the facility.Some residents who lived near Marine Park expressed concern that the complex would bring late night noise and litter on the streets.Others asked how the town could be assured the venture would succeed, since the partners had not had experience in managing a similar facility.Chris Paseka said he was in favor of the plan since now there was nothing in the town to do with children but “shop and eat.”Others felt differently.“Why would you want to do this to this town?” Shelley Davimos asked. She urged the council to go with the Cullen plan “Take his money, take his money please.”Sandra Talarico, speaking for the Marine Park Activity Center, said the group believed “the town now has a tremendous opportunity to use the riverside property to create a maritime center that expands the recreational opportunities on the river and becomes a focus of recreation education, and commerce for Red Bank.”She described the activities of the Navesink River Rowing group and the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association and said the proposed facility would allow for the expansion of these programs as well as additional ones.Among the activities proposed were adaptive boating, where existing boats are modified for participants who are physically challenged can take part in rowing and sailing programs, rowing, canoeing and small craft sailing as an in-school or after school physical education program, programs for older citizens to keep them active, and rentals that are affordable for kayaks, canoes and paddleboats to allow families and visitors to enjoy the river.In response to questions about a 20,000-square-foot building in the plan, Talarico said it was included because after reading the request for proposals from the town it was thought that the borough was seeking revenues. She said her group was seeking not-for-profit status.Their proposal calls for a 15-year-lease from the borough with terms “based on the gradual implementation of revenue producing programs after five years, and fees based on a percentage of revenue generated by programs and the facility thereafter…”Those who want to comment on the three proposals can do so on the borough’s website where the proposals can be read. They can also be submitted to the Office of the Administrator, 90 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701– By Liz Sheehanlast_img read more

Marching For Their Lives: 3,000 Protestors March Through Red Bank Calling…

first_imgMarchers held signs and chanted during the March For Our Lives event in Red Bank. Photo by Jay CookAs the the 10 a.m. start time approached, conversations among the demonstrators touched upon several topics. The issue of more stringent gun control regulations remained at the center of the chatter. Students spoke among themselves about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting while also imagining aloud how they might react if a similar scene played out on their local campuses.Once the march moved out from the commuter lot, the throng slowly headed eastward on Monmouth Street. A select group of student organizers and speakers led the marchers through a series of chants, including “Enough is enough,” “NRA money is blood money,” and “No more AR-15s.”Above the call and response was a sea of cellphone activity, as selfies, snaps and point-of-view videos were posted on social media. It allowed the March For Our Lives movement to live and breathe in real time on various digital platforms – one of the hallmarks of this youth movement which has helped launch and sustain its message.The procession down Monmouth Street was slow moving and came to a halt at Maple Street as police waited to clear and secure the intersection for passing. The march once again came to a stop before turning left onto Broad Street and paused again minutes later at the West Front Street traffic light before turning left and moving toward the end point at Riverside Gardens Park. The trek took nearly 30 minutes to complete.With a calm river behind them and a steady wind at their backs, the student speakers showed no restraint when scolding their federal representatives and community members who don’t support stricter gun legislation.“This is not normal,” said Shea Grant, a 16-year-old from Little Silver who attends Red Bank Regional High School. “We must all refuse to let this become normal. It is when we allow ourselves to become desensitized and indifferent that lawmakers become lenient with policies.”Grant, who is two years away from being able to vote, pleaded for the general public to protect her while she waits her time to cast a ballot.“Be the voice I do not have,” she continued. “Be the voice that was stolen from the 17 in Parkland, for the kids in Newton who were too young to understand politics.”The rally began with a minute of silence for those lost in school shootings, but the rhetoric turned to an attack on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other special interest groups that protect the Second Amendment.“Now is the time to act. Now is the time to let (politicians) know what we think,” said 18-year-old Rumson-Fair Haven Regional senior Cameron Spector, a Fair Haven resident. “Now is the time to tell them that we do not stand with the NRA, that we don’t want our teachers armed, that we don’t want more guns because more guns do not equal more peace.”Some students also pleaded for more perspective so older generations could understand their growing fears about their safety when attending school.“(Students) should wake up every morning with sound assurance, confident they will go to school and be safe all day,” Cakie Dym, a 13-year-old Oak Hill Academy student from Rumson, asserted. “They should ride the bus and never wonder if the person sitting next to them is carrying a gun.”“I have grown up in a world where children are being shot in their schools,” said Fiona Maguire, a 15-year-old freshman at Middletown South. “I have grown up in a world where I think about the shoes I wear to my school in case I have to run out of it.”A number of elected Democrats spoke directly to the students, reassuring them of their support. Menna, Red Bank’s mayor, suggested the youthful participants petition their municipal governments for support. State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) said the NRA should stand with protestors and ensure no more lives are taken by gun violence.U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. addressed the assembled marchers.U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) said he’ll continue to push for “common sense” gun legislation – universal background checks, closures to loopholes from gun shows or internet sales, a ban on assault weapons and “some kind of limitation on the rounds of ammunition.”“We’ve had so many deaths, we’ve had so many mass shootings,” Pallone said. “People are sick and tired of it. Enough is enough.”This article was first published in the March 29-April 5, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. A peaceful but impassioned crowd marched for gun reform on Broad Street, Red Bank on March 24. Organized by a group called Two Rivers Families March For Our Lives, the demonstration attracted 3,000 people to the downtown area. Photo by Jay CookBy Jay Cook and Chris Rotolo |RED BANK – Generation Z has had enough.They carried colorful signs, howled impassioned chants and shed tears as more than 3,000 demonstrators flooded downtown Red Bank last weekend, calling for widespread changes to federal firearm legislation in response to one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.“We, the students, are your future lawyers, politicians, educators, creators, doctors and more,” said Sofia Casamassa, an 18-year-old Middletown South senior and Middletown resident. “We should lose sleep studying for our tests, not for the fear of our schools being shot up.”Sofia Casamassa spoke at the March for our Lives event in Red Bank on March 24.Casamassa’s speech was one of the many emotional messages passionately delivered on Saturday at Riverside Gardens Park during the final stop of the Two Rivers Families March For Our Lives. Nineteen student activists from a half-dozen Two River-area high schools expressed how special interest groups, the federal government and prior generations have failed to protect them.Red Bank’s march was one of 10 March For Our Lives protests across the state and one of the 700-plus demonstrations held nationally and internationally. Each march was held in memory of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff were gunned down inside the school by a former student.Demonstrators first converged in Red Bank around 9 a.m. at the Red Bank train station, a contingent that grew by the minute. The parking lot would have suited the initial estimated draw of 1,500 demonstrators, but the crowd exceeded expectations and spilled over to the auxiliary NJ Transit parking lot adjacent to the Red Bank Armory skating center.last_img read more

Zach Braff Has Raised $1.65 Million For A Film On Kickstarter

first_imgreadwrite 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Eschewing traditional Hollywood financing, actor-director Zach Braff has raised $1.65 million in two days on Kickstarter, the crowdsourcing platform, for “Wish I Was Here,” a follow-up to “Garden State.” His goal was $2 million in a month. Here’s his video explaining the effort: Tags:#Crowd Funding#crowdsourcing#Kickstarter#now#Zach Braff 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Samaras Dropped From Euro 2016 Try

first_imgATHENS — Greece coach Claudio Ranieri has dropped striker Georgios Samaras from the national team after a dismal start to European Championship qualifying.Samaras, who plays for West Bromwich Albion, is one of Greece’s best-known players following his six-year spell at Celtic and after helping the national team reach the second round at the World Cup in Brazil.But the 29-year-old forward was left out of the provisional squad of 17 overseas-based players named on Oct. 30 ahead of a home qualifier against the Faeroe Islands on Nov. 14 and a friendly match against Serbia four days later.Under Ranieri, Greece has performed poorly in Euro 2016 qualifiers, losing at home to Romania and Northern Ireland and being held to a draw by Finland in Helsinki. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more