Confirmed human death toll from H5N1 climbs to 69

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised Dec 8 to correct the erroneous statement that the World Health Organization had confirmed two more deaths from avian influenza (rather than two cases.)Dec 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed two more human cases of avian influenza, one in China and a fatal one in Indonesia, bringing the global total to 135 cases with 69 deaths in nearly 2 years.Indonesia had already announced that the Nov 25 death of a 25-year-old woman from Tangerang was due to the H5N1 virus, so the WHO’s announcement on Dec 6 was confirmation of that diagnosis.In addition, a 10-year-old girl from the south China province of Guangxi is hospitalized with H5N1 flu, the WHO said today. The girl developed a fever and cough on Nov 23. Health authorities were investigating to determine how she contracted the illness. Hers is the fourth human case of illness announced by China to date; two cases have been fatal.Meanwhile, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) announced yesterday that an 8-month-old baby in Indonesia has tested positive for H5N1 infection. The story cited a spokesman at the Sulianti Soroso hospital in Jakarta as saying preliminary tests were positive for exposure to the virus.The baby boy, from North Jakarta, was ill for 5 days before being placed in isolation on Sunday, ABC said in an online story yesterday.Ukraine in state of emergency over poultry outbreakSpreading infections in poultry prompted the Ukrainian government yesterday to approve President Victor Yushchenko’s request for a state of emergency.Mass poultry deaths have occurred in several villages in Ukraine’s Crimean region, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story published today. Tests are awaited to determine which subtype of H5 is causing the deaths.Those six villages are added to the five villages where poultry die-offs began last week, AFP reported.Yushchenko told reporters that “what happened in these villages is clearly a professional error of the veterinary service and it must accept responsibility,” and ordered the dismissal of the chief veterinarian. That man, Petro Verbytsky, had offered to resign a month earlier, after being accused of not doing enough to keep Ukraine free of bird flu, Reuters news service reported.The first avian flu cases were registered in the country’s poultry 2 months ago, according to a Web site called ForUm, which describes itself as an Internet newspaper in Ukraine, but the government and local authorities did not respond.Ukrainian Interior Ministry troops were patrolling exclusion zones around the affected villages, birds were being incinerated with leftover napalm from the Soviet era and monitoring zones have been imposed around affected areas, Reuters reported on Dec 5.Farmers are being compensated for lost poultry, and villagers are being vaccinated for seasonal flu, which won’t prevent H5N1 infection in humans but could reduce the opportunities for that virus to mix with human flu viruses and evolve.Thailand makes oseltamivirThai authorities have announced the country can make its own antiviral oseltamivir, according to a story published today by AFP.Swiss drug maker Roche does not have a patent on the drug in Thailand, AFP reported. Roche markets the drug under the name “Tamiflu.” The drug is being widely stockpiled as a possible intervention against pandemic flu.Lt. Gen. Mongkol Jivasatikarn, director general of the Thai Government Pharmaceutical Organization, said the country spent nearly a year readying production, according to the AFP. He projected that Thailand could produce 1 million capsules of Tamiflu in 2006. In the event of a pandemic, he added, the country has the capacity for making at least 400,000 capsules a day.See alsoWHO announcement of Chinese case http://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_12_07a/en/index.htmlWHO announcement of Indonesian case, confirmed http://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_12_06/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Tevez set for Manchester City exit

first_img Indeed, Tevez’s status as one of City’s highest earners means that the deal in total is worth £27million, even though the South American only had a year remaining on his contract. Providing there are no unforeseen hitches, the transfer will bring to an end one of the most eventful Premier League careers. Signed by West Ham in 2006 despite being the subject of third party ownership, which is against Premier League rules, Tevez scored the goal that kept them up, only for the east Londoners to be hit with a massive £5.5million fine for infringing regulations. Tevez quickly moved on to Manchester United, where he won two Premier League titles and the Champions League. However, a deteriorating relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson meant Tevez had no hesitation in accepting a massive offer from City in 2009, triggering the memorable ‘Welcome to Manchester’ poster that infuriated United. The departure of manager Mark Hughes within six months of that deal being done was to have significant repercussions though as Tevez failed to connect with the Welshman’s replacement Roberto Mancini, whilst the striker’s advisor Kia Joorabchian had an equally poor relationship with former chief executive Garry Cook. Tevez was named skipper in 2010 and led City to an FA Cup final win over Stoke the following year, but simmering discontent erupted in Munich when Tevez opted not to warm-up during a Champions League defeat to Bayern. Mancini reacted furiously, stating after the match that Tevez would never play for the club again. Tevez was subsequently put on ‘gardening leave’ but with the anticipated January move not materialising, he returned to the club in February 2012. Amazingly, he earned his place back in Mancini’s side and was a factor in City ending their 44-year wait for the league championship. Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain met with his Juventus counterparts on Tuesday and after an agreement from new boss Manuel Pellegrini, it was decided Tevez should be allowed to end his controversial four-year stay at the Etihad Stadium. The player will undergo a medical on Wednesday, with personal terms also still to be agreed. Although Juventus will only be paying an initial nine million euro (£7.6million), a further six (£5.1million) could be payable if various clauses are met over the course of what it is understood will be a three-year contract. Carlos Tevez is expected to complete a £13.5million move to Juventus later this week.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USC can still rally to achieve BCS goals

first_img“Inside the 20s” runs every other Thursday. If you would like to comment on this article, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Nick at [email protected] As the USC players pushed their way through the throng of Cardinal fans on the Stanford Stadium field after the clock hit 0:00 Saturday night, the thousands of Trojan fans who made the trek north to Palo Alto were racing their way to the parking lot as quickly as they could.Each group was most likely thinking the same thing: How could this happen?This 2012 version was supposed to be the best team in the nation, the team to put USC back atop its perch. But on that night, USC looked like anything but. The supposedly best offense in college football was beaten down, held to just 14 points and shut out in the second half. A loss like this was unheard of.Or was it?As many have correctly pointed out, slip-ups like this have become the norm for top-ranked USC teams. Very rarely do teams go undefeated, and USC, highly-touted though they may be, is no different.Think back to 2003, when the No. 3 Trojans suffered a week-four loss to California. Or in 2006, when a pair of upsets at Oregon State and UCLA knocked them out of the BCS national title game. The next season, USC was at the receiving end of one of the biggest upsets in college football history when the team lost at home to a struggling Stanford team in former Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh’s first season.But it doesn’t stop there. In 2008, USC again lost at Oregon State, its lone blemish that season. And last season, the stunner came in Tempe when the team lost to a 6-7 Arizona State squad.And what do these teams all have in common? With the exception of last year’s team, which was ineligible to compete in a bowl game, each of the teams that suffered unexpected losses bounced back to win the Rose Bowl. And last season, the Trojans finished ranked No. 6 in the final Associated Press top-25 poll.The point of all this is simple: One loss does not have to derail a season.  Troy is in peril right now. Everyone is still in a state of shock. But the key is that the people who matter, the players and the coaches, snap out of that haze and refocus in a hurry.In the past, they have done just that. Former coach Pete Carroll’s success is well documented. But current coach Lane Kiffin, who was part of Carroll’s staff, showed resilience last season in recovering from the early season loss to the Sun Devils. After stumbling through an uninspiring win at home to lowly Arizona, the team rattled off impressive road victories at California and Notre Dame, with both its offense and defense clearly finding their stride after looking inept against Arizona State.And all this is not taking into consideration the determination of senior quarterback Matt Barkley. Already one of the all-time Trojan greats, Barkley was one of the main reasons the experts picked USC to run the table. Now, after one of the worst games of his career, it will have to be the driving force to right the ship after such a disappointing letdown.One of the cruxes going into this season was the perceived small margin for error USC had. That margin is now considerably even smaller. And with several Pac-12 teams exceeding preseason expectations, another loss seems like a more imminent threat. But the tough schedule also provides an opportunity for the team to add marquee victories to its BCS resume, as well as regain its confidence when it has been understandably shaken.Since declaring they had “unfinished business,” Barkley and his teammates have planned on having the perfect season, which included going undefeated en route to the national championship. Now, the plan has changed, but the motivation doesn’t have to. This team still has business to take care of. Every goal set out at the beginning of the season is still attainable, albeit the challenges might now be a little steeper.But the questions still linger: Will the offensive line improve? Was Barkley merely the victim of a bad night or is it something more? Can the running game re-establish itself after being rendered insignificant?Time will tell whether or not the Trojans can correct these mistakes. But fans should take comfort in knowing that the program is in the right hands to recover from such a crushing blow.And come Saturday, against a Cal team fresh off a near upset at Ohio State, we should see answers to these questions.last_img read more

League of Women Voters hosting candidate forum for state senate, representative candidates

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — The Alpena County League of Women Voters are set to host their first public, candidate forum ahead of the November midterms.Northeast Michiganders will here from candidates running to represent the 106th district as a state representative. They will also hear from candidates running to represent the 36th district as a state senator. The public forum will take place at the Alpena County Library Conference Room. Debra Mischley from the league will moderate the discussions.Democrat Joe Weir and Republican Jim Stamas are running for state senate. Republican Sue Allor and Democrat Lora Greene are running for state representative.Folks in Alcona County who do not want to drive to Alpena can catch a live stream of the event at the Alcona County Library in Harrisville. The forum begins at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. The Alpena County Library is located at 211 N. 1st Street. The Alcona County Library is located at 312 W. Main St. in Harrisville.For more information, contact ACLWV President Dottie Haase at [email protected] or by calling 989-340-2123.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 36th District, Alcona, Alcona County, Alcona County Library, Alcona County Library Harrisville Branch, Alpena County League of Women Voters, Jim Stamas, Joe Weir, League of Women Voters, Lora Greene, State Representative, State Senate, Sue AllorContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for September 11Next Slapstick Comedy Tour takes over Northern Lights Arena Fridaylast_img read more

Georgia kicks leading receiver Jeremiah Holloman off team after assault allegation

first_img Grambling State football player injured, brother killed in shooting The 6-2 Holloman caught 24 passed for 418 yards with five touchdowns last season and was the leading receiver among returning Georgia players. Although the incident was reported to university police earlier this month, the woman did not want to press charges.Georgia coach Kirby Smart told the AP, “We expect every member of our team to uphold the highest standards and values of the University of Georgia and Georgia football. It’s disappointing when this does not happen.” Related News The Georgia Bulldogs have dismissed junior wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman amid allegations he assaulted his girlfriend, the AP reports.According to the report, Holloman’s girlfriend claims the two argued on April 22, hours after the Bulldogs’ spring football game. The woman reported “being grabbed around the throat and punched in the face.” Oklahoma gets commitment from 5-star 2021 QB Brock Vandagrifflast_img read more

A long week of winter weather ahead — Winter Storm Warning today-Monday, prolonged bitter cold this week

first_imgNational Weather Service Des Moines IA1100 AM CST Sun Jan 27 2019…Snow and Strong Winds with Blowing Snow Leading to HazardousTravel North Half of Iowa into Monday……Prolonged, Dangerous Cold and Wind Chills this Week….Yet another snow producing system is slated to impact northernIowa with a mix of precipitation over the south. Moderate toheavy snow is expected later today before ending early Mondaymorning. Strong winds will also develop tonight leading tosignificant blowing and drifting snow where appreciable snow hasfallen.This system will be followed by an extended and rarely seenoutbreak of extreme cold and dangerous wind chills from Tuesdaythrough early Thursday. Additional watches, warnings, andadvisories will likely be issued in the coming days.IAZ006-007-016-017-026>028-039-280100-/O.CON.KDMX.WS.W.0005.190127T2100Z-190128T1800Z//O.CON.KDMX.WC.A.0002.190129T1200Z-190131T1500Z/Winnebago-Worth-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Franklin-Butler-Bremer-Black Hawk-Including the cities of Forest City, Lake Mills, Northwood,Manly, Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Mason City, Clear Lake, Hampton,Parkersburg, Clarksville, Shell Rock, Greene, Aplington, Allison,Dumont, Waverly, Waterloo, and Cedar Falls1100 AM CST Sun Jan 27 2019…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THISAFTERNOON TO NOON CST MONDAY……WIND CHILL WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNINGTHROUGH THURSDAY MORNING…* WHAT…Moderate to heavy snow with blowing and drifting snow followed by extended, dangerously cold wind chills. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with locally higher amounts possible. A brief wintry mix may occur toward the end of the precipitation as well, but any accumulations would be light, if at all. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph Tuesday, and extreme bitter cold into midweek, will produce wind chills in the 30s and 40s below zero for two days. Wind chills in the 50s below zero may occur at times.* WHERE…Northeast Iowa.* WHEN…For the Winter Storm Warning, from 3 PM this afternoon to noon CST Monday. For the Wind Chill Watch, from Tuesday morning through Thursday morning.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on snow covered roads and slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the Monday morning commute. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 to 10 minutes.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleetand ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.A Wind Chill Watch means there is the potential for a combinationof very cold air and the wind to create dangerously low windchill values. Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings forupdates on this situation.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from canbe obtained by calling 5 1 1.==========================Mitchell-Howard-Winneshiek-Floyd-Chickasaw-Fayette-Wabasha-Dodge-Olmsted-Winona-Mower-Fillmore-Houston-Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Decorah, Charles City,New Hampton, Oelwein, Wabasha, Dodge Center, Rochester, Winona,Austin, Preston, and Caledonia1047 AM CST Sun Jan 27 2019…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THISAFTERNOON TO 3 PM CST MONDAY……WIND CHILL WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNINGTHROUGH THURSDAY MORNING…* WHAT…Heavy snow is expected. Dangerously cold wind chills possible. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 30 mph. Wind chills as low as 60 below zero possible by Tuesday night into Wednesday.* WHERE…Portions of north central and northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota.* WHEN…For the Winter Storm Warning, from 3 PM this afternoon to 3 PM CST Monday. For the Wind Chill Watch, from Tuesday morning through Thursday morning.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleetand ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.A Wind Chill Watch means there is the potential for a combinationof very cold air and the wind to create dangerously low windchill values. Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings forupdates on this situation.The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at511ia.org, in Minnesota at 511mn.org, and in Wisconsin at511wi.gov or by calling 5 1 1.last_img read more