Indonesia says no H5N1 cases in suspicious cluster

first_imgNov 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry has ruled out H5N1 avian influenza in a cluster of 17 suspected cases in South Sulawesi province, countering earlier reports of positive hospital and university tests, Reuters reported today.According to an earlier report from the Jakarta Post, the patients—all from Sudiang subdistrict and most of them children—were hospitalized in Makassar with symptoms that resembled avian influenza infection. A hospital source had said rapid tests indicated the H5N1 virus and that officials were awaiting further test results from Hasanuddin University.A Nov 14 Reuters update on the suspected case cluster quoted Chandra Yoga Adhitama, the health ministry’s acting director of communicable disease control, as saying the patients were hospitalized as a precaution after chickens died in the area. He also told Reuters that the patients’ conditions were generally good and that their samples would be sent to Jakarta for testing at the health ministry’s laboratory.Then on Nov 15, the Post reported that Halik Saleh, a spokesman for the hospital’s avian flu team, said the university tests also indicated the patients had the H5N1 virus but that the hospital decided not to use either institution’s test results and would instead wait for results from the health ministry.Lily Sulistyowati, a health ministry spokeswoman, told Reuters today that the patients’ tests were negative for H5N1. She gave no further details.Reports of potential H5N1 case clusters raise concern because, if confirmed, they suggest the possibility of human-to-human transmission, which would increase the risk of a pandemic.News about human H5N1 infections in Indonesia has been sketchy since June, when the health ministry said it would no longer promptly report H5N1 cases and instead give only periodic updates. Some health officials have said the lack of timely reporting will hamper efforts to monitor the world’s pandemic risk level.On Nov 13 the country’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, denied media reports that a 15-year-old girl who died in central Java had avian influenza. News services had earlier cited one of the girl’s doctors and a local health official as saying tests from two laboratories indicated she did have an H5N1 infection.On some avian flu blog sites, participants have been translating reports from Indonesia’s Bahasa-language media outlets to comb for new details about the suspected case cluster. According to some machine-based translations, which are sometimes difficult to follow and can be unreliable, two more patients linked to the cluster were reportedly admitted to the hospital. Also, some reports claimed that polymerase chain reaction tests by the university on the patients were positive for H5N1.Sharon Sanders, editor-in-chief of FluTrackers, a well known Web message board that focuses on avian influenza and preparedness issues, told CIDRAP News that her community hasn’t been able to determine if the 17 to 19 patients are infected with the H5N1 virus, based on all of the conflicting information.”We simply do not know what conclusions to draw based on the recent denial by the Indonesian Ministry of Health of the apparent H5N1 death on November 7 of 15-year-old Dewi Sartika, from central Java,” she said.Sanders said the lack of transparency about the current H5N1 status in Indonesia is troublesome because the disease is endemic and current human H5N1 clinical samples are not being shared internationally. “We will continue to monitor the situation in Indonesia to ascertain, to the best of our ability, H5N1 status in Indonesia,” she said.Mike Coston, a former paramedic and author of the Avian Flu Diary blog, another well-known site for news and analysis, told CIDRAP News that media reports of supposedly positive H5N1 tests give him pause, “but on the whole, I believe the rapid recovery of all 17 suspect cases argues against these being genuine H5N1 patients.””This highlights the folly of the Indonesian-stated policy of not confirming H5N1 cases as they occur,” Coston said. “Even if these patients are negative, it makes it difficult to automatically take the government’s word for it.”See also:Nov 13 CIDRAP News report “Supari denies H5N1 caused girl’s death”last_img read more

Jay Street decision sets bad precedent

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re March 7 article, “Ex-inspector cleared of major counts”: [Kenneth] Tyree’s getting away with homicide in the Jay Street fire sets an interesting precedent.Defendants can plead ignorance, based on the fact that they weren’t properly instructed. I can just hear the defense counsel now: “Your Honor and members of the jury, no one taught my client how to properly use an AR-15, therefore, he’s not guilty of killing all those people.”The jury’s decision is pathetic.Arthur HombachSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

France’s ERAFP tenders €3bn worth of equity, bond mandates

first_imgNo indicative minimum amount has yet been set for the two standby bond mandates, the pension fund said.The objective of the Asia-Pacific SRI equities mandates is to outperform the MSCI AC Asia Pacific index over the long term, while the euro-denominated SRI bonds mandates will follow a buy-and-hold investment style to maximise yields at the time of purchase and minimise default risk.The mandates will be for five years initially, and ERAFP will have the option to extend them by three successive periods of one year each, the fund said.Tender documents are available on www.achat.com. France’s ERAFP has launched tenders for three Asia-Pacific SRI equity managers and five euro-denominated SRI bond managers, investing an initial €2.9bn, as it renews maturing mandates and widens its investment universe.The €16bn public service pension scheme said it was launching a restricted call for tenders in two lots, for the award of eight investment management mandates.The initial investment in the Asia-Pacific SRI equities mandates would be around €400m, split between two managers, with the third manager having a standby mandate, ERAFP said.The euro-denominated SRI bonds mandates would have an initial investment of about €2.5bn, divided among three managers with a minimum of €400m per active mandate, it said.last_img read more

MDL Wraps Up North Sea FPSO Job

first_imgMDL has carried out a complete overhaul of a number of lifting equipment on board a North Sea FPSO, in the facility’s 20th year in operation.The marine services project, which reinstated a 25-tonne riser pull-in winch and three 200-tonne anchor chain winches, is estimated to have contributed to extending the working life of the FPSO by a further 10 years.The initial scope of work carried out by MDL’s project and engineering team was to survey the lifting equipment on board the North Sea facility, to assess condition and plan 5-year maintenance and testing, following a period of no operation.Following the survey, the MDL teams executed on-board equipment overhaul, including complete winch strip down, service, reassembly and load testing. MDL offshore expertise also came into play for winch wire respooling, carried out in-situ under tension.“Over 1400 MDL man hours have gone into this project across all MDL disciplines to deliver a solution that was fit for purpose and added value by extending the assets’ producing life, without costly repair works onshore,” said Steve Morrison, MDL project engineering manager.last_img read more

Louisville’s Punishment

first_imgRecently the NCAA handed down its punishment to the University of Louisville for its basketball “sex scandal”.  Most people feel that because Ric Pitino is a Hall of Fame Coach the NCAA just gave them a slap on the wrist rather than a severe punishment.The Cardinals will lose some basketball scholarships and Pitino must sit out 5 conference games next year.  My opinion is that they should have received a penalty similar to that which was handed out to SMU a couple years ago.  That punishment was referred to as the Death Penalty.  In those cases, the school’s program involved is literally shut down for a period of time.  Louisville’s punishment was simply too lenient.last_img

Marseille confirm fifth COVID-19 case as Ligue 1 starts amid virus cloud

first_img Read Also: Conte throws Inter future into doubt after UEL defeat A 57-page medical and health protocol set up by the French league is designed to limit stoppages and reduce contamination as much as possible. Players will be tested two to three days before each match and a game will be postponed as soon as four cases are found at the same club within an eight-day period. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “It complicates the planning. We’ll have to put up with it and be very responsible at home.” Newly-promoted Lens are awaiting the results of further tests after defender Jonathan Clauss returned a positive sample earlier in the week. “I hope we will play. If we start by postponing the first weekend, we’ll get nowhere,” said Lens boss Franck Haise. “I think we need to play as much as we can when it’s possible otherwise we’re going to finish the season in 2023.” Meanwhile, Nimes announced a fourth coronavirus case within their squad putting Sunday’s fixture against Brest at risk. “I hope we can play it, I think we can play it,” the southern side’s coach Jerome Arpinon said. According to a club source captain Anthony Briancon and striker Nolan Roux are among those to have tested positive for the illness. Brest also recorded a case, saying the individual had been placed in isolation while the rest of the squad and the coaching staff have tested negative. Marseille have found a fifth asymptomatic case of coronavirus in their squad, a club spokesperson on Friday, on the same day the new French Ligue 1 season kicked-off under an increasingly darkening COVID-19 cloud. According to AFP report, Andre Villas Boas’ squad had been scheduled to open the French season later in the day at home to Saint-Etienne, but the game was cancelled after the four earlier positive tests. The club have not revealed the names of the players but said they are in isolation at home. The rest of the Marseille squad were given the weekend off ahead of next Sunday’s game at Brest. Hours later, Saint-Etienne said one of their players had also tested positive. Nantes’ trip to Bordeaux was moved from Saturday to replace the season-opening fixture at the Velodrome. It proved little comfort as the game, the first in the competition in 166 days following the coronavirus lockdown and played behind closed doors, ended in a tame 0-0 draw. Nantes had a one-man advantage for more than an hour after a 20th-minute red card for Mehdi Zerkane. The Bordeaux player was punished after a VAR consultation for an ugly lunge into the leg of Nicolas Pallois. Earlier on Friday, Nice coach Patrick Vieira said he was concerned about the impact two coronavirus cases could have on his club. Nice said a pair of players had been held out of training and placed in quarantine after contracting the virus. “I felt on the pitch the rest of the squad is worried. I am too, for the match against Lens on Sunday and for what happens next,” Vieira told a press conference.center_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayDazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The WorldIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCare To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Everton eyeing Real Sociedad’s goalkeeper Rulli

first_img Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Most Expensive Mistakes The World Has Ever MadeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs17 Astonishingly Beautiful Cave Churches10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney PrincessesThis Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An InspirationBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Completely Unexpected Facts About The US President’s Daughter11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole Life10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon Loading… Everton are interested in signing Real Sociedad’s Geronimo Rulli this summer. The Toffees have had their issues in goal over the last two years. Jordan Pickford, England’s hero in the 2018 World Cup, has had his problems ever since he returned from Russia. The Englishman has committed eight errors that have led to goals since the start of the 2018/19 season, no other player in the Premier League has a worse record in that period. (PremierLeague.com) Pickford is still a quality goalkeeper who has bailed Everton out on multiple occasions. The Englishman needs some serious competition to keep him on his toes, something that the Toffees don’t have at the moment. Jonas Lossl has returned from his loan spell at Huddersfield Town while young Joao Virginia is Everton’s third-choice goalkeeper heading into the new season. Carlo Ancelotti is right to look for a new goalkeeper and the report claims that he has identified Rulli. The Argentinian spent last season on loan in France at Montpellier where he conceded just 27 goals in 28 games. Real Sociedad have four goalkeepers in their ranks and they are desperate to get rid of Rulli. The report claims that Everton are interested in him and want to him bring him in for a fee of less than £9 million.Advertisementcenter_img The Argentinian has a release clause of about £35 million but Sociedad would be willing to let him leave for a fee much lower than that. However, the report claims that his salary demands have proved to be a problem to the likes of Celta Vigo, Real Valladolid, and Valencia in this window. Everton shouldn’t have too many problems meeting his wage demands and he would be a very good signing. The 28-year-old is a very good shot-stopper and he boasts a very good record penalty record against a few of the best in the game. Rulli has saved penalties from the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexandre Pato, Neymar and Antoine Griezmann in the past, something that he has spoken about proudly over the years. read also:Zidane leaving Real Madrid, to join Montpellier He told Marca earlier this year: “It’s a unique feeling. Ronaldo, Neymar and Messi, the world’s best players, took penalties against me. I managed to get the better of all three of them and I’ll be able to tell my children and grandchildren about it.” Everton will benefit from two quality goalkeepers battling it out for a starting spot every day. The Argentinian’s arrival will push Pickford to his best which can only be a good thing for the Toffees next season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

O’Neill issues McClean warning

first_img His fellow Ulsterman is now in charge of Ireland and was already considering imposing new rules before the latest incident. Speaking on Poznan, where Ireland play Poland on Tuesday evening, O’Neill said: “I wasn’t overly pleased. “James seems to enjoy the Twittering and his performance merited one or two tweets from other people saying how we he had done, rather than James getting embroiled again. “It all leads to the whole thing again about the tweeting. I think even before I arrived here, there was a matchday ban on tweeting – in fact, it might even have been a matchday minus-one or plus-one, as the case may be, or even a two-day ban. “I am just experiencing these things again, so let me have a look. I don’t want to be a guru over this social media and players. I think there just has to be a bit of responsibility. “Sometimes I think the players don’t realise, even after all this time – maybe they do, maybe that’s my view – they might not realise that this is a public media and anything they say is just picked up.” O’Neill was asked if he had spoken to McClean about the matter, and while he acknowledged that he had, he defended the player to a degree. He said: “I have reminded James. But remember, it’s a fairly lengthy time since I last mentioned it to him. There has been a lot of tweeting gone under the bridge since then.” Press Association Ironically, the Wigan midfielder turned in one of his better performances for his country in Friday’s 3-0 friendly victory over Latvia to earn headlines for all the right reasons. However, O’Neill, who plans to make changes for the clash with the Poles, said the Twitter row would play no part in his selection. He said: “If I am going to leave players out because they have tweeted, then I am going to be in serious trouble down the line. That’s kind of a semi-joke. “If James doesn’t start, it won’t be anything to do with tweeting. But I still have to have a word.” O’Neill revealed he has had no requests from club managers to rest players for his second game in charge, but insisted he is keen to have a relationship with them having experienced life on the other side of the fence. He said: “No, I haven’t, not one thing, not a soul. No one has sent any messages out saying for someone to play a half or something like that. “Of course, even at this early stage, I wouldn’t mind, really, getting a decent enough rapport with club managers. “I know from past experiences, I would have actually appreciated an international manager calling me to say, ‘Listen, it’s the second game, I might only play one of your players for, let’s say, the first half, or something like that, in the game’. “All those things were greatly appreciated at the time, so I don’t see why now, since the positions are reversed, that I shouldn’t listen to the same. “But no-one has actually called.” The former Derry City winger sent a derogatory tweet about a Northern Irish newspaper over the weekend which was later deleted. McClean has landed himself in hot water with his use of Twitter on several occasions, prompting former club Sunderland, who were managed by O’Neill at the time, to twice ban him from using the social networking site. Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has issued a fresh warning to his players over their use of social media after James McClean became embroiled in yet another Twitter row.last_img read more

Slaven Bilic moving West Ham training as injuries pile up

first_imgSlaven Bilic is taking drastic action in a bid to end West Ham’s injury jinx – by moving training grounds. The Hammers were due to relocate to their new Rush Green HQ, where they currently play under-21 games, at the start of next season. But beleaguered boss Bilic has decided to take training there from next Monday, despite the site not being completely ready, following a rash of injuries on the pitches at their current Chadwell Heath base. “The pitches are better there than here. We can live without the great dressing room, the kitchens and the free area for now.” New Zealand international Reid could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with West Ham awaiting the results of a scan on Friday. “It doesn’t look good,” added Bilic. “It’s one of those they tell you is four to six weeks, but it doesn’t look like small one. He slipped and felt it rupture. “Victor is out for four to six weeks. It’s a blow – we have had six injuries since the Everton game. Before that we had a full squad!” Ecuador forward Valencia is the closest to being fit and has an outside chance of making the bench against Stoke on Saturday. Bilic currently has six key players – Dimitri Payet, Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Manuel Lanzini, Victor Moses and Winston Reid – on his casualty list. Payet and Valencia were hurt after heavy challenges against Everton last month but the other four have suffered muscle injuries, which Bilic has blamed on the training pitches. Winger Moses and defender Reid were this week ruled out until the new year with hamstring damage, which proved the final straw for the Croatian. “I heard a lot about the pitches here and they are not ideal,” he said. “With Reid’s injury, for example, they are slippery on the top but rock hard underneath, and it is a bad combination. “Over the time players have been moaning about the pitches, they are not happy. “We were planning to move next season, at the start, to Rush Green because of the quality of the pitches. “I decided on Monday next week, we will go. We can’t continue to risk this much on these kind of pitches. Press Associationlast_img read more

SWAN Urges Buhari to Probe Dream Team’s Atlanta Saga

first_imgThe body also called on the government to find out the reason why the National Sports Commission (NSC) was scrapped two months to the Olympics and why the sports minister now wants it back.In a communiqué issued and signed by the Communiqué Drafting Chairman, Mike Oboh, after SWAN’s September Congress in Abuja, the umbrella body for sports journalists in the country noted Nigeria’s dismal performance at the Olympic Games.It therefore called on the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, who believed the country was adequately prepared for Rio2016 to take full responsibility for the failure of Team Nigeria.The congress also agreed that the Presidency should probe the delayed arrival of the Olympic contingents kits to Brazil after seven officials of the sports ministry were in China for the purchase of the kits.The congress further noted that if the Kenyan government could still prosecute some of her officials for misdeeds despite winning 13 medals comprising six gold, five silver and one bronze at Rio2016, the Presidency should get to the root of the embarrassment caused the country when the Dream Team VI were stranded Atlanta.Team Nigeria paraded in track suits at the opening ceremonies of Rio2016 despite provisions were made for ceremonial dresses for the contingent in the funds released to the ministry by government.While calling for return to school sport, SWAN said that Nigeria should look beyond the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in four years time from now and prepare ahead for the 2024 Olympics.The body also demands that the government give a policy direction on the role sports should play in national development as well as demand an explanation on why the National Sports Commission was scrapped few months to the Games.It also suggested that henceforth, adequate attention be given to those elected into the various federations rather than the present manners of using those bodies as settlement for persons who are politically correct but lack what it entails to be on such boards.“The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) should also emulate their South African counterparts who depend on corporate sponsorship for their participation in the Olympic Games rather than become an appendage of the government.“The National Sports Trust Fund should be a profile for sports development as it has not been fully utilised for the good of sports in the country,” concludes the communiqué.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Also wants Presidency to probe late kits arrival to Rio2016Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the Atlanta saga which involved the national Under-23 team getting stranded in USA ahead of the just concluded Rio Olympics.SWAN also wants the Federal Government to also probe the late arrival of Team Nigeria’s kits to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, stressing it was an international disgrace to the country.last_img read more