CDC expecting H5N1 samples from Indonesia

first_imgFeb 22, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is a collaborating laboratory for the World Health Organization (WHO), today said Indonesia’s health ministry is sending 15 H5N1 influenza samples for virus characterization, the first the country has shared since last year.Nancy Cox, MD, chief of the CDC’s influenza division, said today at a media update on the flu season that Indonesia’s health minister called the CDC on Feb 20 to say the country would like to resume sending samples.Cox said Indonesia’s health ministry shipped 15 clinical samples to the CDC on Feb 22. She said the samples are from two patients whose infections were confirmed by the WHO on Feb 5 and Feb 12. The two patients were a 27-year-old woman from a Jakarta suburb who died on Feb 2 and a 15-year-old girl from another Jakarta suburb who was hospitalized with an H5N1 infection after her mother died of the disease.”Based on past experience, the samples should arrive over the weekend or early next week,” Cox said. “We expect to obtain results over the next 2 weeks.”In December 2006, Indonesia—the nation hardest hit by the H5N1 virus—stopped sending samples to WHO collaborating centers to protest pharmaceutical companies’ use of the samples to develop vaccines that Indonesia said would be too expensive for developing nations to buy. A WHO group that has been meeting to resolve the virus-sharing issue failed to forge an agreement the last time it met in November.Indonesia has shared only a few samples since the end of 2006. Last May it sent three to the WHO in advance of the World Health Assembly, but WHO officials later said the specimens contained no viable viruses. Indonesia also sent a sample to the CDC lab in August to show that an outbreak of human cases on the island of Bali did not involve a mutated strain.Sari Setiogi, a spokeswoman for the WHO, told CIDRAP News today that the WHO has not received any details from Indonesia about the samples it is sharing and could not confirm the development.Siti Fadilah Supari, Indonesia’s health minister, said yesterday that the samples it sent are meant only for risk assessment, according to a report from the Associated Press (AP). “If they want to develop them into a seed virus they must notify us. If they make them into a vaccine our rights over [the vaccine] will be recognized,” she told the AP.Supari’s announcement came at the end of a tumultuous week regarding the country’s stance on sharing its H5N1 samples. Earlier this week, media outlets reported that Supari published a book alleging that the United States intended to produce a biological weapon with the H5N1 virus and the WHO was conspiring to profit from H5N1 vaccines.Details about the book, titled Time for the World to Change: God is Behind the Avian Influenza Virus, were given in a Feb 8 press release from Indonesia’s health ministry. However, the release did not list a publisher for the 182-page book.Officials from the US State Department and WHO denied the claims Supari apparently made in her book, the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald reported yesterday.Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reportedly ordered Supari to recall copies of her book, though he had authored its introduction, according to Morning Herald reports.However, at a meeting with health ministry officials on Feb 20, Yudhoyono said he supported Supari’s demand for fair international virus-sharing policies, according to a report from Reuters.”We certainly need to form a partnership with WHO and friendly nations. We can only proceed if we agree on building and implementing a fair cooperation framework,” he said at a news conference, according to Reuters.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Providing Support to Local First Responders After TS Isaias Causes Significant Flooding

first_imgPennsylvania Providing Support to Local First Responders After TS Isaias Causes Significant Flooding Press Release,  Public Safety,  Weather Safety Governor Tom Wolf is directing commonwealth resources to southeastern Pennsylvania to support first responders after Tropical Storm Isaias dumped as much as eight inches of rain in about six hours in parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service.“This is a rapidly changing situation, and we anticipate that these missions will continue over the next several hours, as waterways could continue to rise even after the rain has stopped falling,” Governor Wolf said. “Please avoid areas where emergency or utility crews are working so they can do their jobs quickly, and safely get back home to their loved ones.”The PA Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART) has been assigned to assist with water rescues in Berks and Montgomery counties, and Swiftwater Emergency Response Teams (SWERT) from the Fish and Boat Commission and other local agencies in the southcentral area of the state are being sent to assist in the southeast.PA National Guard vehicles capable of operating in high water conditions are being deployed to Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties. Additional PA State Police aviation support is in Montgomery County to assist with a search for a missing person.“PEMA staff started to monitor the effects of the storm early this morning and will continue to work with our state and county partners as long as state support is needed,” said PEMA Director Randy Padfield. “Both PEMA and the PA National Guard have assigned liaison officers to work with county emergency management offices that requested them.”Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.Ver esta página en español. August 04, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UK regulator raises concerns over post-freedoms market

first_imgThe Financial Conduct Authority has expressed some concerns about the transition from membership of a defined contribution (DC) scheme to retirement following the introduction of pension freedoms in 2015.Publishing its interim report on a review of how the retirement income market has changed since then, it said it had identified “emerging issues”.Christopher Woolard, executive director of strategy and competition at the FCA, said: “We have identified areas where early intervention may be needed either now or further down the track to put the market on the best footing for the future.”The regulator said it was considering investigating whether additional protections were needed for consumers buying drawdown with advice, for example by gathering evidence on whether consumers paid high charges or ended up with unsuitable investment strategies. The regulator said it might also ask the government to consider measures to improve competition in non-advised drawdown, and proposed developing tools and services to help consumers understand their retirement options and improve trust in pensions.The regulator found that consumers accessing defined contribution pension pots early had become “the new norm”, with most opting for lump sumps rather than regular income.Over half of pots accessed have been fully withdrawn, but of these, over half (52%) were moved into other savings and investment products, partly due to a lack of trust in pensions.It noted that this could result in bad outcomes for consumers, as they could pay too much tax, miss out on investment growth or lose out on other benefits.The regulator also found that most consumers accessing their pots early did not shop around for drawdown products from companies besides their existing provider. In addition, many consumers bought drawdown without advice but might need further protection to manage it effectively.According to the FCA, the share of consumers taking out drawdown pensions without taking advice grew from 5% before the introduction of pension freedoms to 30%.The regulator was also worried that annuity providers leaving the open annuity market could weaken competition over time.It also said product innovation had been limited so far, especially for the mass market.Review ‘disturbing’The UK pensions trade body said the regulator’s review made for “disturbing reading”.“Without timely action now, those retiring in the near future who are dependent on defined contribution pots and who have no access to advice will not receive the retirement they hope for,” said Tim Gosling, policy lead for DC at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.The default retirement option should lead towards an income product rather than cash, which could mean a form of “soft” default, he said.Gosling also called for “a new generation of high-quality retirement income products”.“These need to have strong independent governance and be suitable for those needing an income but who do not have access to advice,” he said.The FCA’s report can be found here.last_img read more

Leicester boss hails Ndidi, Iheanacho, mates for festive form

Read  Also:Pinnick reveals date NFF will hand Rohr new Eagles contract“You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that you’re not going to be able to have that input physically into the game, so you have to make the changes.“But I trust the squad. I see them work every day, I see how hard they work, how professional they are and know that we could make that change, so I made the changes. It worked well and then we can come here and make a number of changes to keep the energy and maximum intensity in the team.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ndidi was ever present at the heart of Leicester’s midfield while Iheanacho, replacing injured striker Jamie Vardy, played three games and scored one as the Foxes responded to back-to-back defeats by Manchester City and Liverpool with victories at West Ham and Newcastle despite Rodgers making wholesale changes.Advertisement Nine of the men who played in the 4-0 Boxing Day defeat by Liverpool were rested for Saturday’s trip to the London Stadium, and six of them returned at St James’ Park on New Year’s Day. Reacting on the 3-0 win on Tyneside, Rodgers said: “Some of these players, you’re going to see if they flourish if you put them in. “Whether it was scientific or psychological, it doesn’t really matter. It’s very, very difficult, to play like we were on a Thursday at 8pm and if our game is based around intensity and physicality, and then we play on a Saturday less than 48 hours later. Loading… Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed Super Eagles pair Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and teammates for their performance during the tough holiday schedule. Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A ComebackThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Woman The Whole Muslim World Is Proud Of14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now read more

6 Arevalo COVID-19 patients beat virus

first_imgThus as of yesterday, Iloilo City had four remaining active cases. These were the following: The Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 confirmed the recovery of three of the six cases. They were the following: As of May 28, Iloilo City’s confirmed COVID-19 cases were at 18 with 13 having recovered and only one mortality. * 39-year-old female (Patient No. 93) * 48-year-old female (Patient No. 80) * 25-year-old-female from Lapuz district (region’s Patient No. 106) * 43- year-old female (Patient No. 78) Except for Patient No. 85 who was from Barangay Quezon, Arevalo, the rest of those who recovered were residents of Barangay Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo. * 37-year-old male (Patient No. 104) According to Dr. Ma. Julia Villanueva, assistant regional director of DOH-6, the three remaining yet-to-recover COVID-19 cases in Arevalo were also Iloilo City’s remaining such patients. They were the following: These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth./PN The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. * 57-year-old female (Patient No. 79)center_img Most people (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. * 39-year-old female from Arevalo (Patient No. 93) * 55-year-old female (Patient No. 73) COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. ILOILO City – Six of the nine cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Arevalo district here already recovered. However, older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. * 37-year-old male from Arevalo district (Patient No. 104) The three others recovered much earlier. They were a 46-year-old male (Patient No. 88), 48-year-old male (Patient No. 66) and a 33-year-old male (Patient No. 85). People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. * 43-year-old fmale from Arevalo (Patient No. 78)last_img read more

Rebel killed in Miag-ao clash a student activist

first_imgILOILO City – The suspected member of the New People’s Army (NPA) whose body was recovered in Sitio Lay, Barangay Dalije, Miag-ao, Iloilo on June 29 after a clash with Philippine Army troops had been identified. The encounter lasted for some 15 minutes. The armed men retreated to the mountains. Army soldiers recovered a body. Malvin Christian Cruz was a member of the activist League of Filipino Students (LFS) at the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) in Miag-ao, according to Army Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, commander of the 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB). He urged parents to monitor their children’s activities in school. Cruz, a resident of Barangay San Nicolas, Oton, Iloilo, was a Bachelor of Science in Statistics student at UPV from 2015 to 2016, said Batara. Batara said Cruz joined the NPA when he was only 17 years old. “(Cruz) was identified by his parents only on July 3. We have yet to ask the parents if they knew their son was an NPA leader,” said Batara. “They wanted to project na malakas pa rin sila, but they are not,” said Pancito. The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines./PN The NPA is on a recruitment spree because its ranks are declining, he revealed. Despite the current public health emergency due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the NPA is pushing through with its recruitment activities. In Barangay Lanag, Tigbauan town the rebels circulated recruitment flyers and displayed streamers. “They need to recruit in the lowlands because they no longer have recruits in the upland areas,” said Pancito. “Para hindi mapahamak ang mga anak. Dapat ma-guide talaga ng maayos at hindi malinlang ng mga rebelde,” said Batara. Just this March 29 the NPA marked its 51stanniversary. “They have become irrelevant and desperate. Alam nila na ang support ng tao ay nasa government forces na. Ang mga tao ay sawa na sa kanilang promises,” said Pancito. According to the Army commander, Cruz was known as “Lean” or “Lucas” in the NPA’s Southern Front, Komiteng Rehiyon-Panay and that he was the team leader of Squad 3, Suyak Platoon. The recruit flyers were printed with words “Lumalakas, lumalawak, lumalaban. Join NPA. Napoleon Tumagtang Command. I love NPA dito sa Tigbauan.” The Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) criticized the NPA for the latter’s obtuse insensitivity to public sentiment at this time. In the whole Panay Island, Pancito said, there are now less than a hundred rebels. Many NPA members surrendered to the government and others were killed in encounters with government troops, he added. Thirty 30 armed men fired at 61IB troops in Sitio Lay, Barangay Dalije, Miag-ao at around 10:30 a.m. on June 29 while the government soldiers were verifying a report about NPA recruitment activities in the area and nearby San Joaquin town. “The rebels are insensitive to the plight of the people who are all on quarantine in their houses. They are taking advantage of the situation,” said 3ID spokesperson, Army Captain Cenon Pancito III.last_img read more

Premier League big guns head to USA

first_img The finish date would clearly be untenable for United and Chelsea considering next season’s Premier League kicks off three days later on August 8 – but United boss Louis Van Gaal is believed to have sought assurances on the scheduling. Van Gaal was heavily critical of United’s three-week, five-match schedule last year, decrying the “dreadful distances” and adding: “it is not very positive for a good preparation.” The Dutchman has reportedly insisted this summer’s tour be cut to two weeks and that United’s stay in America does not extend into August, due to the early start to the domestic season. Chelsea too will have looked carefully at the itinerary – they are also expected to confirm a week-long post-season trip to Japan. However both Van Gaal and his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho have acknowledged that the commercial pressures of their respective clubs demand pre-season tours in order to expand their fan-base. Last summer United played Real Madrid in front of a record crowd of more than 109,000 – plus Inter Milan and Roma before beating Liverpool in the final. Real Madrid will not be involved this time – the Champions League holders will be taking part in a sister tournament in Australia along with Manchester City. The Barclays Premier League giants will be joined by Barcelona, Paris St Germain, Porto, Fiorentina, Mexico’s Club America and three Major League Soccer sides in the line-up. The exact format is yet to be announced, although the tournament will take place between July 11 and August 5. Manchester United and Chelsea will return to the United States this summer as part of the 10-team International Champions Cup. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

12 Nations in Nigeria for Africa Nations Beach V’ball Cup

first_imgTwelve countries are already in Nigeria ahead of the 2019 Africa Nations Beach Volleyball male and female Cup Seniors which bag an yesterday.According to the Secretary General, Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Alhaji Adamu Maikano said Algeria, Morocco, Uganda, Rwanda, Gambia, and Benin Republic already the country on Sunday.Others participating nations are host, Nigeria, Sudan, Mauritius, Niger, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Mozambique. Maikano told newsmen that South Africa, Sierra Leone and Lesotho are expected in Nigeria on Monday.The NVBF scribe said the country has all the facilities required to host the beach volleyball cup.He said, “Nigeria is a force to reckon with in beach volleyball and have produced medals for the country. We believe that the championship will not only bring out the beauty of the game in Nigeria but the infrastructures in the country’s capital”.“We are fully ready to host the rest of Africa in Abuja”, he saidThe Africa Nations Beach Volleyball Cup Seniors is scheduled to hold from April 21st to 28th, 2019 at Jabi Lake Park, Abuja, Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

21Bet pays out on Wolves winning the league title

first_img EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share No mass gatherings casts doubts over Irish sporting events returning before September April 22, 2020 Share QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Submit Official betting partner of Wolverhampton Wanderers 21Bet are rewarding fans and ante-post punters by paying out all bets on Wolves winning the EFL Championship.At start of the Season Nuno Santos’ team were 12/1 to win the League and that price only shortened as Wolves got off to a flyer and built up a commanding lead at the top of the League.  Punters latched onto this and plenty of bets came in for them.Wolves have been scintillating this season, with the likes of Rúben Neves, Diogo Jota and Leo Bonatini causing Championship defences loads of problems, Santos’ side now stand 12 points clear and heading for the Premier League, after a hard fought victory over Ipswich at the weekend. The chasing pack have tried, but none has been able to get close to the runaway leaders, making it difficult to envisage anyone halting Wolves on their quest to clinch the title.Richard Hogg, CEO of 21Bet, explained the idea: “As partners of Wolves, it’s only right we be the first bookie to payout on them winning the EFL Championship and reward fans who backed their team at the start of the season. It will cost us into the Thousands, but we don’t mind.”21Bet signed a three-year deal with Wolves in August 2016, after the club was taken over by Chinese conglomerate group Fosun International. Wolves joined 21Bet’s sponsorship alongside Gloucester Rugby Club and  League of Ireland Premier Division side, Waterford FC.last_img read more

Tagoe agrees to re-match, but on conditions

first_imgEmmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe, World Boxing Association (WBA) International Lightweight Champion, has agreed to offer George “Red Tiger Ashie, a rematch if only he will fight in the Super Featherweight division.Tagoe, who defeated Ashie with a majority decision in a hotly contested bout to win the WBA International Lightweight title in the early hours of Sunday, said he is ready to fight Ashie, but not prepared to go up in weight again.Tagoe, who now boast of 21 fights, with eight knockouts and a loss, told the GNA Sports in an interview that, he was compelled to fight in the Lightweight division because of Ashie.He noted “If he wants a rematch, then he should be prepared to fight me in the Super Featherweight division”.“I went to his level to defeat him and so if he wants a rematch, he should be prepared to fight in the Super Featherweight division. If he is not ready to fight in my division, then he should forget about a rematch.” Tagoe stated.Tagoe recalled, he once invited Ashie to fight in the Featherweight division, but the light skin boxer declined, adding that he extended a similar invitation to him when he moved up to the Super Featherweight but was turned down by Ashie. “After beating him last Sunday in his own weight, I was convinced that I am the best on the local scene and there is no need to fight him again.“My major focus now is to vie for the world title and I’m looking forward to that opportunity to make my case known on the international scene.“I am ready to face the best in the world, because I believe that I can be a world champion in the shortest possible time.” Tagoe stated.Tagoe’s condition, could shatter the dreams of Ashie in seeking a rematch, as the later might not be interested in coming down in weight.Ashie, it will be recalled complained of cheating after the match, claiming he was the clear winner but was denied the fight by the judges and promoters of the event. Last Sunday’s bout was touted as one of the best on the local scene after the famous Smith Odoom/Raymond Narh, ten years ago, which attracted a similar huge attendance.The two boxers were touted as the best on the local scene following their impressive fight records as well as their style.last_img read more