NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Indonesia, Thai vaccine grant, flu vaccine for tourists, Hib deaths, call for action on TB

first_imgApr 2, 2009Indonesian toddler dies of H5N1 infectionA 2-year-old boy from Indonesia’s Riau province died last week of an H5N1 infection, the Jakarta Post reported today. An official from Arifin Ahmad hospital in the provincial capital, where the boy was treated, told the Post that the boy reportedly had contact with dead birds before he got sick. Health officials were identifying family members and others who had contact with the boy and would monitor them for 21 days, the report said. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the case, it will raise Indonesia’s H5N1 case count to 146, with 120 deaths.[Apr 2 Jakarta Post story]Thailand gets WHO grant to help produce flu vaccinesThailand yesterday received approval for a $2 million grant from the WHO to produce a seasonal influenza vaccine and develop the capacity to make its own pandemic vaccine, The Nation, a Thai newspaper, reported today. Thailand is one of six countries that are receiving WHO support to produce influenza vaccines. Last year the country used a $2 million WHO grant to make a vaccine prototype that is in the safety-testing phase of a clinical trial.[Apr 2 The Nation story]’Tis season for flu vaccine if traveling to southern hemisphereTo prevent influenza in those traveling Down Under or elsewhere south of the equator, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that they receive flu vaccine before traveling to the southern hemisphere during its flu season, which is April through September. The CDC, in tomorrow’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), also recommends vaccination for those traveling to the tropics at any time of year and for people touring between April and September with a group that includes anyone from the southern hemisphere. The make-up of the flu vaccine often differs between northern and southern hemispheres, but this year it is the same.[Apr 3 MMWR report]Hib vaccine shortage leads to deaths in Pennsylvania, New JerseyTwo unvaccinated children in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey have died from Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and at least four other southeastern Pennsylvania youth have become infected after a Hib vaccine shortage, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported yesterday. A third Pennsylvania death is also likely linked to the disease, the story said. Some of the cases were in families who declined the vaccine for religious reasons, but officials said outbreaks of the disease in Pennsylvania and elsewhere have probably been due to vaccine shortages that developed after Merck in December 2007 withdrew 1.2 million doses of its vaccine because of possible contamination. Before vaccines were licensed for children in 1987, Hib infected 20,000 US children under 5 each year, killing 1,000. Hib, a bacterium, is not related to influenza, which is transmitted by a virus, but is so named because it was once thought to cause the flu.[Apr 1 Philadelphia Inquirer story]Hard-hit countries call for action against drug-resistant TBHealth ministers from 27 countries with the greatest burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) yesterday joined with WHO officials and others to issue a call for action against the global TB epidemic, according to a WHO statement today. At a meeting in Beijing, the officials issued a statement that all countries should work to provide universal access to diagnosis and treatment for multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant TB by 2015 and to remove financial barriers to TB care, among several other goals. WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said preventing and managing drug-resistant TB is a global health imperative and cannot be achieved by national governments individually. Participants in the meeting also vowed to help find the estimated $15 billion needed for the TB battle over the next 6 years.[Apr 2 WHO statement]last_img read more

Remi Garde acknowledges Arsene Wenger’s longevity in demanding Premier League

first_imgAston Villa boss Remi Garde has paid tribute to Arsene Wenger for the way he has managed to remain at the top of club football for almost two decades. It will be the apprentice against the master on Sunday when Villa host Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League – 19 years on from Garde becoming Wenger’s first signing as Gunners manager. During a week in which Garry Monk became the latest managerial casualty following his sacking by Swansea, Garde believes Wenger’s reign deserves huge credit. Press Associationcenter_img On Wednesday Arsenal qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League for the 16th successive season and they will arrive at Villa Park with the opportunity to go top of the Premier League, and Garde believes Wenger is as hungry for success now as he was when he played under his fellow Frenchman. “I’ve got a lot of admiration because I realise how tough this job is in the Premier League, how difficult it is to keep a job and get results,”said Garde. “This is the first side (of the job) and then I remember the club at Arsenal 20 years ago without training facilities without a modern stadium like they have today. All this has to be credited to Arsene. “A football club is not only the results you get today but also how you will build for the future for yourself or for another manager for or another chairman or owner. “It’s part of the credit you have to be given to see where was the club when you got the job and where is it now. Not only in terms of trophies. Of course trophies are the main target all the managers have but also to get trophies in the long term and to build a solid club you have to build other stuff. For that Arsene has done brilliantly. “I think you have to dedicate all your life to football and I’m not sure that Arsene had long holidays or many days off since he took the job at Arsenal. And then you have to be completely focused and more than focused, you have to live for football and your football club. “For some characters and personalities it is more difficult than for others. Arsene has always lived for football and he has been rewarded for that. “For me he still has the spirit to get trophies and he probably still feels strong enough to get trophies.” Jack Grealish will be back in the Villa squad against Arsenal after t he 20-year-old midfielder was overlooked for first-team duty against Watford and Southampton following a breach of club discipline. Leandro Bacuna and Rudy Gestede came off injured against Saints but will be fit for Sunday, although captain Micah Richards is still struggling with the knee problem which ruled him out at St Mary’s. last_img read more

All You Need to Know About Impeachment Proceedings

first_imgThe AOC of the GOP, Rep. Elise Stefanik blew apart Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff’s impeachment narrative yesterday by getting to key witnesses to testify that there was: No Bribery, No Quid Pro Quo, No Treason.In Tuesday’s second impeachment hearing, Rep. Stefanik of New York asked pointed questions and got explosive answers from the key witnesses, From Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison, one of whom was on the July 25th call.“Did either of you ever have any evidence of quid pro quo?” Stefanik asked. “Any evidence of bribery?”“Any evidence of treason?” she continued.The witnesses said no to all three questions.New York Republican Elise Stefanik said the impeachment process has turned into “hysteria.” She noted that no Ukrainian investigation of Democrats ever happened and said delayed U.S. military aid to Ukraine was eventually released. President Trump is accused of linking U.S. military aide to Ukraine with politically motivated investigations of former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Democrats call it bribery. Ohio’s Jim Jordan said Democrats have been out to get President Trump since he was first elected.He argued that it is “scary what these guys are putting this country through.” Jordan also called it the most unfair process he has ever seen. After a full day of testimony in the House Intelligence Committee, the Ohio congressman noted that military aid to Ukraine was not kept back until Ukraine announced investigations into the Bidens because those investigations never happened. He pointed out that even former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker didn’t think that it was a big deal that the aid was delayed. The aid was held back as Trump administration officials worked to press Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.last_img read more

Florida woman accused of killing boyfriend by zipping him up in suitcase

first_imgOrlando police say a woman is facing murder charges after allegedly zipping up her boyfriend inside a suitcase.On Monday police responded to a phone call reporting a man, Jorge  Torres, 42, dead.42-year-old Sarah Boone told police she put Torress in a suitcase during a game of hide-and-seek.Boone said they were drinking alcohol, and she passed out in her bed while he was still in the suitcase.Investigators searched her phone and found videos showing Torres yelling from inside the suitcase saying he couldn’t breathe. Boone can be heard laughing and saying, “that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me” and yelling obscenities.She is facing second-degree murder charges.Arrested: Sarah Boone, 42, for Second Degree Murder in the death of 42-year-old Jorge Torres Jr., who died after Boone zipped him into a suitcase, and didn’t return for hours.— Orange County Sheriff’s Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) February 26, 2020last_img read more

No room for sentiment, says Fazeer Mohammed

first_img… No to preferential treatment for players who turned up for WC qualifiersREGIONAL cricket commentator and analyst, Fazeer Mohammed, has rubbished claims that players who showed up to play for the ICC World Cup qualifiers should have been given preferential consideration when the final squad was selected by Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Tuesday.Of the 16 players who took part in the qualifier in Zimbabwe last year, which secured the team a place at next month’s World Cup, nine have been included in the final squad.Two-time T20 World Cup winner Marlon Samuels is the most notable absentee in a list that included Jason Mohammed, Devendra Bishoo, Nikita Miller, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell and Kesrick Williams.In this instance, scribbled on the final list submitted to the ICC on Tuesday, the most notable inclusion would perhaps be that of Andre Russell who turned down the chance to represent the region at the qualifiers, after stating that he had not sufficiently recovered from injury.The situation has sparked debate in some areas, particularly the exclusion of Samuels, who had not played cricket for some time, due to an injury but expected to be fit for the World Cup.In an interview with the SportsMax Zone, however, Mohammed insisted cricketing reasons should be the only consideration in selecting the squad.You remember in the days of the Kerry Packer era when the West Indies lost their Packer players for a period and the likes of Alvin Kallicharan and even Malcolm Marshal and so on came into the West Indies squad. From the moment that was sorted out and the World Cup came up in 1979 all the top players were back,” Mohammed added.“There is no room for sentiment in competitive sport. I understand recognising the roles played but are we selecting a squad as a favour for turning up or are we selecting a squad to be competitive or even getting to the winning stage of the World Cup?” (SportsMax)last_img read more

AUDIO: Port Harcourt Will Host Best Ever African Wrestling Championships – Daniel Igali

first_imgPresident of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) Daniel Igali has boasted that Port Harcourt will host the ‘best ever’ African Senior Wrestling Championships in 2018.The Rivers State capital was in August awarded the hosting right-for the first time by a Nigerian City-to stage the tournament slated for 7th to 11th February, 2018 in the Garden City.In a chat with, the vastly-traveled administrator expressed confidence that Port Harcourt will be ready to stage a tournament that will go down in history as the most organized.“I can tell you without any fear of equivocation based on my experiences; I have traveled to the North, the South, the East and now, the Western part of Africa and I am sure the competition we will put together in 2018 will be the best ever organized African Championships,” the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold-medalist stated. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAthletic Bilbao vs Sporting GijonJune 30, 2017Similar postAUDIO: Wrestling Boss Meskout Satisfied With Facilities In Port Harcourt For African ChampionshipsJuly 27, 2017In “Sports”AUDIO: DANIEL IGALI CONFIDENT PORT HARCOURT WILL STAGE SUCCESSFUL AFRICAN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPSNovember 8, 2017In “Nigeria” The African Wrestling Championships is an annual event that showcases the best of African Wrestling in the Senior, Junior and Cadet categories of wrestling in the Freestyle, Female Wrestling and Greco-Roman Styles.It will be held in Nigeria for the first time since its inception 42 years ago.last_img read more

Eurolines futsal Tournament in Sarajevo

first_imgThe traditional futsal tournament in organisation of Centrotrans Eurolines has been opened today by manager of Centrotrans Safudin Čengić and general secretary of Eurolines organisation Jan Velleman.Fifteen teams from 11 European countries came to Sarajevo to participate at the tournament which are divided in male (10 teams) and female (5 teams) categories.Numerous spectators also participated at the opening ceremony in the Hall ”Ilidža” and in the sports hall of ”Hollywood” hotel.Eurolines representatives lauded the organisation.last_img read more