Apr 15, 2009Egyptian woman sick with H5N1 infectionA 33-year-old Egyptian woman from the northern province of Kafr el-Sheikh is sick with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, Reuters reported today. Health Ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahine said the woman had fallen ill on Apr 7 after coming into contact with dead birds, said the report, which cited the Egyptian news agency MENA. The woman’s illness is Egypt’s fourth H5N1 case this month, and she is the first adult infected after a string of cases in children in recent weeks. As of last week, Egypt had had 12 H5N1 cases with no deaths so far this year, as compared with 4 deaths out of 8 cases last year, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data. The WHO recently sent a team of experts to Egypt to assess whether the virus is changing in some way.[Apr 15 Reuters report]Researchers identify new H5N1 inhibitor candidateAgainst a backdrop of concern about influenza resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), researchers from Canada and Hong Kong yesterday at a press conference in Hong Kong described a new compound that inhibits the H5N1 avian influenza virus, according to a report from Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The researchers’ findings appear in today’s issue of the Journal of Medical Chemistry. Using computational molecular docking, the researchers screened 230,000 compounds and found 20 potential H5N1 inhibitors. One of the compounds, referred to as “compound 1,” showed an ability to inhibit neuraminidase at levels similar to oseltamivir. The compound was also effective in a variety of cell-line assays and with both H1N1 and H5N1 viruses, according to the journal article abstract.[Apr 15 Xinhua story][Apr 15 J Med Chem abstract]Tests reveal H7N7 at German turkey farmAnimal health officials in Germany yesterday said a low-pathogenic H7 avian flu outbreak at a commercial turkey farm near Kleve in early April involved an H7N7 virus, according to a report yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak killed 454 birds, and authorities culled the remaining 16,246 turkeys to control it. Investigators haven’t determined the source of the virus.[Apr 14 OIE report]Despite free access, most Ontario children not vaccinated against fluMost Ontario children for whom influenza vaccination is recommended are not getting vaccinated, even though flu immunization is free to all in the province, according to a report from the Toronto-based Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). In a telephone survey during the 2006-07 flu season, the researchers found that only 30.8% of children with high-risk medical conditions had received flu vaccine and that only 10% of 6- to 23-month-old children had received the recommended two doses of vaccine. The survey targeted the caregivers of 4,854 children between 6 months and 11 years old. “This study shows that just making flu shots freely and easily available to the entire population may not be enough for reaching certain high risk groups,” said Dr. Jeff Kwong, one of the authors, in an ICES news release.[Apr 14 ICES news release]London’s revised pandemic flu plan envisions up to 94,000 deathsThe latest edition of the city of London’s pandemic influenza surveillance plan, released recently, says health agencies should prepare for disease attack rates ranging anywhere from 25% to 50% and for case-fatality rates ranging from 0.4% to 2.5%. At the high end of those scales, London could have up to 94,000 deaths, the report says. Titled “The London Regional Resilience Flu Pandemic Response Plan,” the report is the fourth version of a document that was first published in May 2006. The 126-page plan is intended to provide the agencies that compose the London Resilience Partnership with a strategic framework to support their preparedness and response efforts.[London’s pandemic flu plan]Larry Brilliant heads Skoll Foundation project to battle global threatsDr. Larry Brilliant, the founder of Google Inc.’s philanthropic arm, has been named president of a new organization being set up by the Skoll Foundation to combat urgent global threats such as climate change, water scarcity, pandemic disease, and nuclear proliferation, the foundation announced yesterday. The aim of the organization, called the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund, is to identify and support “innovative, high-impact initiatives” to confront these major threats, said Jeff Skoll, founder and chairman of the Skoll Foundation, in a news release. Brilliant played a key role in the World Health Organization’s campaign to eradicate smallpox in Asia, and he was the founding executive director of Google.org. The new organization will have an initial budget of $100 million, the foundation said.[Apr 14 Skoll Foundation news release]
Topics : “This is another example of the Chinese Communist Party’s fear of transparency and international accountability for its actions,” the US statement said. China’s ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun responded in a tweet Wednesday evening, saying the US’s request was “baseless.” “Legislation on national security for Hong Kong is purely China’s internal affairs,” he said. “It has nothing to do with the mandate of the Security Council.”The Beijing legislature is expected on Thursday to move forward on the law, bypassing Hong Kong’s own lawmaking body.The US had already announced earlier Wednesday that Hong Kong would no longer enjoy the autonomy promised by China under US law, opening the door to potential trade retaliation. It will “fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and freedoms as guaranteed under the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984, which was registered with the UN as a legally binding treaty,” Washington’s UN mission said in a statement. “This is a matter of urgent global concern that implicates international peace and security,” the statement continued.But, it said, China has “has refused to allow this virtual meeting to proceed.”Thanks to new coronavirus-era procedures, Security Council videoconferences must be agreed upon by all 15 members, though normally a meeting can only be contested if a member convinces eight others to join the protest in a procedural vote. Washington on Wednesday requested an emergency UN meeting over a controversial security law China has proposed for Hong Kong, but Beijing refused to allow it to proceed, according to US diplomats. The US spelled out its desire for the Security Council session, saying it was “deeply concerned” by Beijing’s move, which would ban “sedition” and other perceived offenses in the international finance hub.Hong Kong activists say that the proposed law effectively abolishes the basic freedoms enjoyed in the city since it was returned to China by the British in 1997.
Sharing is caring! LocalNews Former Grand Bay parliamentary representative passes on by: – June 22, 2012 Share 82 Views 2 comments Share Tweet Share Mr. Fabien receiving the Sisserou Award of Honor from President Liverpool.Former minister of health and parliamentary representative of the Grand Bay constituency, John Fabien has died.Fabien who battled with bladder cancer for the last few years succumbed to his illness this afternoon at the country’s main hospital.Fabien became the parliamentary representative for the Grand Bay constituency following the death of sitting prime minister Pierre Charles in 2004.He was replaced by Justina Charles, the wife of Pierre Charles at the last general elections in 2009.Before taking office, he served as the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health for a number of years.Just last year, he received the Sisserou Award of Honour; the highest civilian award on Independence Day.Dominica Vibes News
Drogba, deputising for suspended striker Diego Costa, returned a pass to Hazard, whose shot squirmed under Hugo Lloris to give Chelsea a 19th-minute lead. Worse was to follow for the France goalkeeper as his dreadful clearance went straight to Hazard, who found Oscar, with the Brazilian playing the kind of pin-point pass Drogba relishes. The striker’s fifth of the season – and 162nd Chelsea goal – effectively ended the match as a contest and ensured Mourinho’s men would extend their unbeaten start to the season to 21 matches ahead of this weekend’s trip to Newcastle. Substitute Loic Remy embarrassed the hapless Jan Vertonghen in netting Chelsea’s third to complete a comfortable victory. It was not all positive for Chelsea as Nemanja Matic will miss the trip to St James’ Park through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign, while Gary Cahill could be a doubt after going off at half-time following an earlier clash of heads. Chelsea, who lost at Newcastle last season, remain six points clear of second-placed Manchester City, the defending champions, with Spurs 16 points adrift in 10th. Tottenham, who play Crystal Palace on Saturday, will hope to climb the table before their next contest with Chelsea, on New Year’s Day at White Hart Lane. Chelsea had failed to score for the first time this term in drawing last Saturday at Sunderland, while Spurs, who lost 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in March, travelled in optimistic mood following Sunday’s 2-1 defeat of Everton. Spurs were bidding for a first win at their rivals’ west London home since February 1990 at the 28th attempt and began well, with Harry Kane hitting the crossbar with an early header. There was a sense the visitors had to take an opportunity when enjoying the early supremacy and their failure to do so was punished by two goals in four first-half minutes through Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba. Gary Lineker scored the winner when Spurs last won at Stamford Bridge and Kane, born more than three years after that victory, appeared to be on a crusade to emulate the England striker turned Match of the Day presenter. Cahill appeared groggy after a clash of heads with Vertonghen and was then caught napping as Kane stole a yard on him to meet Aaron Lennon’s cross. The striker’s header beat Thibaut Courtois, but bounced back off the woodwork. Kane then dispossessed Cahill on the left wing and ran into the area before firing across goal as Spurs spurned another opportunity. Chelsea stepped up a gear. John Terry surged to win the ball down the left and fed Willian, who in turn found Drogba. The striker teed-up Fabregas, whose attempted curling shot was held by Lloris. Again Chelsea attacked down Spurs’ right as Hazard turned Lennon before finding Drogba, who had his back to goal and held off Federico Fazio with ease. Lennon neglected to follow the run of Hazard, whose shot beat the unconvincing Lloris at the near post to give Chelsea the lead. Lloris then presented Hazard with the ball midway inside the Spurs half. Two passes later it was 2-0. Hazard played it centrally to Oscar, who threaded the ball through to Drogba, who shook off the attentions of Vertonghen and finished with aplomb. Spurs were deflated. Drogba needed assistance in departing the field at half-time, but did return for the second half. Cahill did not, with Kurt Zouma on in his place. Spurs failed to test Kurt Zouma in what had almost turned into a defensive drill for Chelsea, who were content to play on the counter-attack. Speculative shots were about all Spurs could muster and manager Mauricio Pochettino turned to his bench, with Paulinho and Nacer Chadli replacing ineffective duo Mason and Lennon. Tottenham still lacked energy and were being outplayed by a 36-year-old veteran. Drogba was unable to direct Hazard’s fizzing pass towards goal and, despite appearing laboured, managed to out-muscle Fazio before firing straight at Lloris. The Ivory Coast striker was then granted his leave as Remy came on with 23 minutes to go. The France striker made his mark six minutes later, receiving the ball in the left channel before brushing off Vertonghen and passing into the corner to complete the rout. Press Association Ruthless Chelsea extended Tottenham’s torment at Stamford Bridge with a 3-0 win which saw Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten Blues consolidate their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
The phrase “a tale of two halves” is often over-used in sports and can come off as cliché, but it couldn’t be anymore applicable than to the Wisconsin men’s basketball team Tuesday night.Wisconsin (23-5, 10-5 Big Ten) was well aware of what they were getting in a game with Indiana (15-12, 5-9) after suffering its first loss of the season in Bloomington, Ind. in January. It was going to be a tough, grind-it-out game and the Badgers would have to play as well as they had in the couple of weeks if they were to extend their winning streak to six games. They didn’t make it easy on themselves in the first half.Wisconsin couldn’t have started the game any slower, making just seven shots on a 25.9 percent shooting clip from the field in the first half.It was a different story for Indiana who got off to a quick start with the hot hand of Will Sheehey who recorded the first seven points of the game in less than three minutes for the Hoosiers. Then it was freshman forward Noah Vonleh who kept the offense going, scoring 10 first-half points.After scoring only seven points in the final ten minutes of the first half, the Badgers would manage just 19 points — a season low in the first half — and went into the locker room with a 29-19 deficit on their hands.For Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and his team, it wasn’t a time to panic.“He just said relax, we’ll figure this out,” sophomore guard Sam Dekker said of Ryan’s halftime talk to the team. “It’s 40 minutes of basketball, not 20, so our best 20 minutes is ahead of us. It’s our turn to do it. And we were able to calm down and go out there and do it.”Ryan’s calm approach during halftime worked as Wisconsin came out in the second half looking like a completely different team on the offensive end of the floor.UW hit six of its first eight shots from the floor including two-straight three pointers by senior guard Ben Brust who was 0-for-5 in the first half.“I think it kind of ignited this team,” Brust said of his three-point makes early in the second half. “It just kind of trickled down to everyone else. So, it just kind of got us going and opened things up.”It wasn’t just Brust who woke up in the second half for the Badgers, Dekker came alive in the second stanza scoring 13 of his team-high 16 points in the final 20 minutes.Ryan asked his star forward to play with more aggressiveness in the final half.“I kept asking him to make sure the people who bought their seats knew that he was in the gym,” Ryan said. “I thought it was a good suggestion, ‘Make your presence felt a little bit.’ He’s easy to talk to.”The offensive outburst in the second half would translate to a 62 percent (13-21) shooting average from the field and 50 points after scoring less than 20 in the first.“Shots went down, that’s all you can really say for that second half,” Sam Dekker said. “Sometimes you are not always going to get the rolls, but in the second half we were able to get that, get some good looks and put it up with confidence.”As good as the offense was for Wisconsin in the second half, its defense held up the other end of the court, neutralizing Indiana’s attack.The Hoosiers’ three-headed attack of Sheeyhey, Vonleh and Yogi Ferrell that combined for 27 points in the first half was held to just 13 points in the second half with two minutes to go in the game. Ferrell would hit three buckets from long range in the final two minutes to give him a game-high 24 points, but by then Wisconsin had the game well in hand.Vonleh went 4-of-10 from the field in the second half after missing only one attempt in the first. Ryan made sure that if the freshman was going to score on Wisconsin in the second half, he was going to have to earn every point.“Basically, if he’s going to score in there is going to have to be off a great move, not just an average move,” Ryan said. “He made a couple. He’s pretty good. But, I thought we had enough help in there to keep him from getting a lot of easy baskets.”With Ferrell, Sheehey and Vonleh all struggling to score for the majority of the final half, Wisconsin was able to build its lead to as much as 15 to put the game too far out of reach for Indiana.With the win, the Badgers are now guaranteed their 14th consecutive winning season conference play and improve their home-winning streak over the Hoosiers to 12 games.
Ghana’s U-17 men’s team will round up their training tour of Italy on Tuesday with a test match against Novara’s U-20 side.The game against the Serie B side will be the last for the Black Starlets who have been preparing in Italy for the 2013 African Junior Championships which begins this weekend in Morocco.Paa Kwesi Fabin’s team last Thursday lost narrowly to Sampdoria in a similar exercise.In the first test match, the Black Starlets thrashed Swiss second-tier side FC Gossau 10-0.Ghana have been handed a tough draw for the continental championship after drawing Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Congo in Group B.
National Sports Authority boss Robert Sarfo Mensah has explained why renovation works on the Accra Sports Stadium have delayed. There are concerns about the safety of the edifice, which has seen no facelift since its refurbishment for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.Although last year, Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah, after touring the facility, promised that massive renovation works would have started last June – and despite some sections being closed down – nothing was done.But Sarfo Mensah tells Joy Sports, the delay has been due to government following the necessary procedures to get the stadium back in shape.‘’….awarding the contract for the renovation goes through a process, this government campaigned against sole sourcing, so we are more concerned about value for money processes.””In awarding the renovation contract to the right contractor to undertake we need to go through the procurement process and it goes through certain stages. We are now in the final stage, waiting for approval from the procurement authority and Minister of State for procurement and I believe that in no time we are going to have it. As soon as we get the contract, the contractor will begin works.’’ He added that the facility will be in good shape before the start of 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in November. Ghana will be hosting the competition for the first time and the Accra Stadium has been chosen as one of two venues (Cape Coast Stadium being the other) to host matches.However, CAF after its inspection made it clear that the facility needs a major facelift.
In a moment when Jamal Crawford could have basked in the spotlight cast upon him, the Clippers guard insisted on including others.Crawford was presented with the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award for the second time in his 14-year career, an honor only three other players (Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schremf) have won twice in league history. But instead of talking about his league-leading 18.6 points per game average among reserves, Crawford used his platform at the Clippers’ practice facility Wednesday to thank everyone else.That included everyone from public relation officials, his agent, his brother Isiah, equipment managers, trainers, teammates and coach Doc Rivers, whom Crawford likened as “the best leader” and “our MVP.”“I didn’t know what a family was on the court until I got with these guys,” Crawford said at the Clippers’ practice facility in Playa Vista. “Those guys, they make me feel welcome. I honestly think everything we go through, we go through together. We’re a family. That’s why I wanted to recognize everybody.” “I felt like this year I’m better than I’ve ever been,” Crawford said. “That’s a credit to my coaching staff and teammates. I care about defense. If I’m in the wrong spot, I usually thought I’ll outscore that guy. Now, if I make a defensive mistake, I’m upset with myself.”The Clippers had hoped to honor Crawford earlier but held off because of the initial fallout surrounding the racially insensitive remarks embattled owner Donald Sterling made on an audiotape. Yet, amid concerns whether Sterling’s wife Shelly will retain ownership of the team, Crawford still vowed he would like to stay here beyond when his contract ends next season. That’s because for as much as he appeared in high spirits over winning an award, Crawford sounded happier that he won it with the Clippers. “As long as I’m with this group of guys, and with Doc leading us, everything else will work itself out,” Crawford said. “You can’t worry about what you can’t control, but the feeling I have when I’m with these guys and this group is nothing like I’ve ever experienced in my basketball life. “They’ve made me a better player on the basketball court. I’m obviously a more well-rounded player. And I think I’ve become a better person off the court because of it. So I wouldn’t want to change it for anything.” That explains why Crawford enters Friday’s Game 3 of the Clippers’ Western Conference semifinals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder (1-1) at Staples Center shrugging off his Game 2 performance, in which he shot 2 of 13 from the field. Crawford’s new mindset also explains how he morphed from a player intent on scoring binges into a complete player. “He’s a guy that can come in, change the game and help his team win,” Rivers said. “He did more than just come in and score. That’s important. That’s what he does. He’s a lethal scorer and we wanted him to do that, and we did that. But he adds more value when he does other things. That’s what makes him so good.”Crawford fulfilled that job description in various ways. He played at point guard when Chris Paul sat for seven weeks because of a right shoulder injury. Rivers considers Crawford as the team’s best passer. Despite Crawford missing nine games late in the season because of a strained left calf, Rivers senses his rhythm and confidence has since returned.And, of course, he has scored a lot. Crawford has an NBA-record 41 four-point plays in a regular season, which he attributes to “a crazy shot selection” that confuses defenders. He set the team record for more 3-pointers made in a season (161). And Crawford’s third-place showing in team scoring entailed cracking at least 10 points in 31 games, at least 20 points in 23 games and 30 points in at least six games. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) Minnesota, is criticizing President Donald Trump for sharing a tweet that claims she was partying on the anniversary of 9-11. Based on video footage of her dancing with other elected officials, Trump retweeted a since-deleted post that wrongly said Omar “partied on the anniversary of 9/11.” Omar released a statement days later saying she received an increase in threats to her life after the president tweeted the misleading video. Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, shared the original video on Twitter the day of the event, noting the footage stemmed from a celebratory Congressional Black Caucus event Friday in Washington, DC, at the Culture House. Rep. Ilhan Omar early Tuesday morning deleted a 2013 post that said her father’s name is Nur Said.“Happy Father’s Day to my aabo Nur Said, I am forever grateful to Allah for giving me the best father a…” the Minnesota Democrat said in the June 2013 post.Omar’s spokesman, Jeremy Slevin, did not answer questions from the Daily Caller News Foundation about why a congresswoman would try to erase the identity of her father from the internet. But the name of the man who Omar married under unusual circumstances was Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, adding to evidence that she married her brother.At 8pm on Monday, Shaikh Tawhidi, the “Imam of Peace,” tweeted a link to the tweet. The DCNF observed the live tweet and took a screenshot at that time.Your father is Nur Said?Not: Nur Omar Mohamed?So you’re Ilhan Nur Said?And you married Ahmed Nur Said,You married your brother. (Most Americans don’t know that in most Muslim countries, the surname is actually the father’s name)R E S I G N Ilhan in 2013 BUSTED. https://t.co/qaHrmgnhHT— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) September 17, 2019
JOSE MOURINHO will tomorrow continue talks to become the new manager of Tottenham.Spurs approached the former Manchester United manager early this evening evening to see if he was willing to succeed Mauricio Pochettino in charge.3 Jose Mourinho spent the evening in talks with Spurs over taking over before their next gameCredit: Getty – ContributorThe London club sacked Pochettino just five months after he led them in the Champions League final with the club 14th in the Premier League.And they immediately turned to Mourinho, 56, who spent the remainder of the night in talks with Spurs.SunSport understands both sides are confident they can reach a deal which would see him take charge before Saturday’s crunch clash with West Ham.Not a single Tottenham player was aware of his sacking until the club released a statement at 7.34pm.Jose Mourinho and Max Allegri want the job after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy ended Poch’s 5½-year reign.And SunSport can reveal: Many Spurs players have lost respect for the Argentine for refusing to discuss team selection with them and his increasing absence from training. The board believe Poch, 47, engineered his own sacking. Levy hopes Poch’s exit will persuade contract rebels to stayMourinho has been out of work since leaving Manchester United 11 months ago – and has snubbed a series of offers waiting for the right opportunity he feels will keep him competing at the top of the game.The Tottenham job is potentially appealing but Spurs may need to provide assurances Pochettino’s departure would not lead to a break up of the squad in place.It was revealed last month that Mourinho is keen to set history by becoming the first manager to lead three different clubs to the league title or major European trophies.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man City vs Chelsea, Rangers and Man Utd scores this coming weekend and win £100Both Spurs and Arsenal have the pedigree and potential to give him that opportunity, and it helps that he would not have to move away from London which has become his home over the past five years.As well as Pochettino, coaches Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have also been relieved of their duties.Chairman Daniel Levy issued a club statement, where he said: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests.3Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.”I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”3 Jose Mourinho is the overwhelming bookies’ favourite to replace Mauricio PochettinoCredit: Getty – ContributorMauricio Pochettino jokes: If Levy sacked me, I could never manage Arsenal!