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SWINE FLU BREAKING NEWS: Case counts, vaccine production capacity, virus confirmed in pigs, Swiss quarantine, UK flu chief

first_imgMay 6, 2009The global count of confirmed H1N1 swine influenza cases rose to 1,658 in 23 countries, with 30 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported at a briefing today. Mexico continued to lead the list with 946 cases. [May 6 WHO swine flu update]The number of confirmed swine flu cases in the United States rose to 642 cases in 41 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this morning. The death toll grew to two yesterday with the report of a 33-year-old Texas woman who had underlying medical conditions and died last week from flu. Media reports said she was 8 months pregnant and delivered the baby before she died. States reporting the most cases include Illinois (122), New York (97), California (67), and Texas (61). [CDC swine flu page]Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny of the WHO, speaking at a news briefing today, estimated that the global capacity to produce a vaccine against the novel H1N1 virus is between 1 billion and 2 billion doses annually, based on an estimated seasonal flu vaccine production capacity of about 900 million doses. But she acknowledged many unknowns about the vaccine issue, including how well the vaccine virus will grow in eggs, what size dose will be required, whether an adjuvant will be needed, and whether each person will need one or two doses. She said experts will meet May 14 to consider whether the WHO should advise manufacturers to launch mass production of an H1N1 vaccine.Follow-up testing confirmed the presence of the novel H1N1 swine flu virus in pigs at an Alberta, Canada, farm, according to a report yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The confirmatory tests included gene sequencing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR), though the report said full characterization is continuing. Public health officials suspect that a carpenter at the farm who had been ill after traveling to Mexico transmitted the virus to the pigs. [May 5 OIE report]The chief medical officer of a Swiss army base recently quarantined 250 soldiers after some experienced symptoms suggestive of a swine flu infection, according to Swisster, an English-langue news service.The British government yesterday appointed a health official to direct its influenza epidemic response. Ian Dalton, currently chief executive of the National Health Service (NHS) North East division, was named director for NHS Flu Resilience, the London-based Telegraph newspaper reported today. Dalton’s responsibilities include managing vaccination programs and the supply of equipment and drugs. [May 6 Telegraph story]last_img read more

Covent Garden. The limited commodity

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Stanhope loses Sainsbury’s job

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Coronavirus behaving differently in China’s northeast clusters, expert says

first_imgHe did not say where he though they might have come from but both Jilin and Heilongjiang border Russia.China reported five new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, down from six a day earlier.Four of the new cases were local transmissions and one was imported by a traveller coming from abroad, the commission said in a statement, compared with three imported cases reported the previous day.China’s total number of coronavirus infections stands at 82,965, while the death toll 4,634.  “This causes a problem, as they don’t have any symptoms. So when they gather with their families they don’t care about this issue and we see family cluster infections,” Qiu told state broadcaster CCTV in a program broadcast late on Tuesday.Patients in the northeastern clusters were also carrying the virus for longer than earlier cases in Wuhan, and they were taking longer to recover, as defined by a negative nucleic acid test, he said.Patients in the northeast also rarely exhibited fever and tended to suffer damage to the lungs rather than across multiple organs, he said.He said the virus found in the northeastern clusters was probably imported from abroad, which could account for the differences. The novel coronavirus is behaving differently in patients in northeast China who have contracted it recently compared with early cases, indicating it is changing as it spreads, a prominent doctor said.China, which has largely brought the virus under control, has found new clusters of infections in the northeastern border provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang in recent weeks, raising concern about a second wave.Qiu Haibo, an expert in critical care medicine who is part of a National Health Commission expert group, said the incubation period of the virus in patients in the northeast was longer than that of patients in Wuhan, the central city, where the virus emerged late last year.center_img Topics :last_img read more

An improvement to Grand Fond water supply on its way

first_img 20 Views   one comment Share LocalNews An improvement to Grand Fond water supply on its way by: – June 12, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! DOWASCO’s General Manager, Bernard Ettinoffe.The community of Grand Fond will soon have major upgrade to its existing water supply system.A ground breaking and contract signing ceremony on Monday marked the commencement of the $2.3 million water supply project for the area.The project is financed jointly by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) under the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) program and the Government of Dominica through DOWASCO.In his address General Manager of DOWASCO Bernard Ettinoffe said his company has been aware of the problems which residents of that community have been experiencing, however the company is seeking to bring about a long lasting solution to the issue rather than “a quick fix”.He said the design of the new water system had to be modified a few times to ensure that it will meet the “needs” of the community for a projected period of over twenty years.The scope of work to be executed under the BNTF funding will be the construction of a new intake, construction of an access road to the intake and the installation of the main supply line from the intake.“The people of Dominica along with DOWASCO must be thankful to the government for continuously providing the resources necessary to improve the water infrastructure to serve all communities especially since the revenue generated from sale of water nationally is grossly insufficient and inadequate to meet the cost of providing water to homes,” he said.Meantime parliamentary representative for the area Ivor Stephenson said the new water supply will “eliminate some of the burdens and inconveniences experienced over the years due to a lack of sufficient water supply for domestic use”.He said upon completion and commissioning of the new water supply it is “expected” that there will be “increased” households with access to “sustainable and safe” drinking water.The CDB through the BNTF is providing $1.2 million while government through DOWASCO is providing the additional $1.1 million.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Bulldogs JV Clobbers Pirates

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs JV Baseball team won in convincing fashion as they beat the Greensburg Pirates by a score of 24-1 on Thursday night.The Bulldogs were led both offensively and defensively by sophomore Clay Grunkemeyer who threw just 32 pitches in 3 innings of work not allowing an earned run. He also drove in 5 runs. The Bulldogs were also led by Lleyton Ratcliffe who went 3-3 with a walk and drove in three. Brayden Linkel, Seth Gausman, Drew Kiefer, Riley Zink, and Nate Eckstein each added a pair of RBI’s a piece. All in all the Bulldogs accumulated 14 hits, walked 7 times, and only struck out twice. As mentioned before Clay Grunkemeyer toed the rubber and got his second win of the season, he is now 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Drew Kiefer saw his first action of the season on the mound pitching two scoreless innings of relief and struck out three of the nine batters he faced.The Bulldogs look to continue the winning trend when they play the North Decatur Chargers on Saturday at Liberty Park after the Varsity game at 11:30 a.m.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.last_img read more

Beleaguered to buoyant, Australia stage timely turnaround

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – A beleaguered Australia resurrected their one-day fortunes in the most dramatic fashion in India and the timing could not have been better for a team who will be defending their World Cup title in England and Wales later this year.Aaron Finch and his men arrived in India as clear underdogs, having endured a wretched couple of years in the format during which they lost six ODI series in a row and were ravaged by a ball-tampering scandal.Even their 2-0 romp in the preceding Twenty20 series could not really alter perceptions about a team who had been beaten at home both in the Test and ODI series by Virat Kohli’s India earlier this year.With India racing to a 2-0 lead, a seventh consecutive series defeat loomed over Australia, who pulled off a remarkable comeback by winning three matches in a row for a morale-lifting 3-2 series victory.“The resilience and fight that we showed being down 0-2, it would have been easy to roll over in those small moments in the game, just let them drift away and India win the series,” Finch said after Australia’s win in the series-deciding final match at Feroz Shah Kotla.“But the fight that we showed, we’ve had our backs against the walls for quite a while now so I’m really proud of the group. From 2-0 down to win 3-2 is pretty special.”His India counterpart Virat Kohli felt Australia played “exactly” how his team had played Down Under.“When they sensed they had a foot in the door, they made sure they did not let us close the door in the series,” said Kohli.“You have to give credit to them. They are a very young side, very inexperienced side but they showed more heart and more confidence in pressure situations.“They deserve to win. It’s good for their confidence.”What makes it even more special is Australia achieved it without batting duo Steve Smith and David Warner, who are expected to join the team after serving ball-tampering bans expire this month.This was the first time Australia overcame a 0-2 deficit to win a five-match series, and they did it without their frontline pace pair of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.In their absence, Pat Cummins, who took a series-high 14 wickets, and Jhye Richardson formed a potent new-ball attack while Usman Khawaja catapulted himself into World Cup considerations with a stellar performance with the bat.The opener arrived in India seeking a maiden ODI century and returns with two of them against his name. He walked away with the player-of-the-series award, a no-brainer after his 383 from five innings.Khawaja’s red hot form, coupled with Finch’s inconsistency, will present a selection headache for Australia, who will have to make a call on who should partner Warner at the top of the batting order in World Cup.A clearer picture will emerge after the ODI series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates later this month, but the manner of their victory against India makes Finch confident of their title defence at the World Cup.“People have written us off for quite a while now,” said the 32-year-old.“We always knew that the plans and the style that we wanted to play are all there, can win us the World Cup, win us big series against great teams and India are definitely a great team.“It’s about ourselves believing we’re good enough and sticking to our game plan.“We did that for four of the five games and … to get over the line in three of them was a great series all round.”last_img read more

Cazenova ice hockey goes through late-season struggles

first_imgFor a time in January, the Cazenovia ice hockey team had emerged from its doldrums, following an 0-7 start with wins in four of six games and moving up the Division I standings.But after a close call with powerhouse West Genesee on Jan. 28, things turned against the Lakers, who found itself suffering a fourth consecutive defeat last Tuesday when it fell to Fulton 4-0.Much of the story was the way that Cazenovia constantly attacked, and constantly got turned back, Fulton goaltender Jadon Lee somehow stopping all 39 shots he faced.Cy McCrink finished with 28 saves, but the Cazenovia goalie could not keep everything out. Derek Schumaker led the Red Raiders with two goals and one assist, with John Dingman and Freddy White each getting one goal and one assist.Back home at Morrisville State IcePlex on Thursday night, Cazenovia faced Fayetteville-Manlius, who at 7-2-1 now sat in third place in the Division I standings and had won four in a row.The Hornets maintained that hot streak and, like Fulton, would defeat the Lakers by a score of 4-0.A Saturday game at Ithaca followed, and though Cazenovia’s shutout streak ended, it still could not turn things around, taking a 4-1 defeat to the Little Red.This followed an 8-3 loss to New Hartford on Feb. 1 where it was close early, the Lakers only trailing 2-1 through one preiod, but the Spartans got away led by Logan Kraft (two goals, one assist) and Jack Darby (one goal, three assists).Between them, Cazenovia goalies Nick Korosec and Owen Bailey did their best to keep things within range against New Hartford, the pair combining for 28 saves.On Tuesday, the Lakers play at Mohawk Valley to conclude its regular season.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Cazenoviaice hockeylast_img read more

COLUMN: Haden was right in putting health first

first_imgAthletic Director Pat Haden does an excellent job taking care of USC’s 550 or so student-athletes on a daily basis.“Can’t emphasize enough how great our lives as student-athletes are because of Pat Haden,” redshirt junior wide receiver Robby Kolanz said.During his tenure, he has advocated for and followed through with guaranteed four-year scholarships and additional food stipends for USC student-athletes.“We will do as much as we possibly can for our student-athletes,” Haden said in an interview with the Daily Trojan last month.While the well being of student-athletes has been his number one priority over the past five years, I’m glad to see he’s taking measures to address his own health concerns moving forward as well.He took a step in doing so when resigning from the College Football Playoff selection committee last Friday, citing the advisement of his doctor to reduce his traveling. The 62-year-old Haden would have traveled to Dallas, Texas, earlier this week to deliberate with his fellow committee members to produce the first edition of this year’s playoff rankings. It would have been the first of multiple weekly trips to the Lone Star state for Haden.“It takes up a lot of time,” Haden said.Haden did the right thing in stepping down not only in the best interest of the CFP and USC, but also for himself.I was about 50 feet away from Haden on the sidelines of Notre Dame Stadium in the minutes before USC took on the Irish on a cold and brisk night. A friend and I were taking in the Trojans warmups when we looked over and saw Haden on one knee.Initially, it appeared to me as if he was simply engaging in a pregame prayer like many of the players do — seemingly appropriate after the events that had transpired earlier that week, though, that was unfortunately not the case.We continued to look on, however, and medical personnel rushed to Haden’s side because it later became known that he was feeling lightheaded. Haden later checked out fine and tweeted the next day that he was feeling great but not before he scared the living crap out of me.That same night, after USC’s 10-point loss to the Irish, I went before Touchdown Jesus and said a prayer for him.Since that night in South Bend, Haden has not been present at either of USC’s last two games — both resulting in wins for the Trojans.His health, however, hasn’t stopped others from calling for Haden’s job for different reasons.Some have called for Haden’s resignation for his handling of the hiring and termination of former head coach Steve Sarkisian.With all that he’s accomplished and done for this Athletics Department, he doesn’t deserve to have to step down — nor do I want him to step down — however, the current state of his health raises concerns.Remember that Haden, who has a pacemaker, was hospitizalized in August 2014.While he continues to deal with his own health issues, they seemingly haven’t stopped him from being able to be involved in so many different facets.An L.A. Times article published last month communicated that Haden holds more than a dozen other roles, a number of those coming in corporate and nonprofit board capacities.As a senior student whose been juggling different positions and obligations for his entire college career, I honestly understand where Haden is coming from.Haden’s been a multitasker his entire life so why would he stop now?The famous Mark Twain put it all into perspective when he said, “age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”Haden’s been able to balance his commitments more than three times longer than I have in my life, but even I feel that I’m invincible at times. I’m sure he’s felt the same way.It’s a mindset -— one that is derived, based on my personal experiences, from juggling multiple roles for so many years.But at some point, being so versatile might cause all of the wear that eventually takes its toll on our bodies, regardless of how well adapted we are.The toughest thing to do sometimes is to start putting our feet on the brakes.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Fridays.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Donovan Mitchell tests positive for coronavirus; remaining Jazz tests come back negative

first_imgView this post on Instagram Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus, league sources tell ESPN. Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings. Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020Sources: Donovan Mitchell was the only Jazz player/personnel to test positive for coronavirus out of 58 tests administered on Wednesday night. Remaining tests came back negative.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2020MORE: What may come next for NBA after Gobert’s positive test”As a follow-up to yesterday’s positive COVID-19 test, Oklahoma health officials tested all members of the Utah Jazz traveling party, confirming one additional positive outcome for a Jazz player,” a team statement released Thursday said. “We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah State officials, and the NBA to monitor their health and determine the best path moving forward.”Mitchell confirmed his test results with a post on Instagram.”Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out since hearing the news about my positive test,” Mitchell wrote. “We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them.”I appreciate the authorities in Oklahoma who were helpful with the testing process and everyone from the @utahjazz who have been so supportive. I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help.” The 27-year-old center felt “strong and stable” and was prepared to play against the Thunder had his test come back negative, according to The Athletic’s Tony Jones and Shams Charania. In a separate statement, the Jazz said the infected player (they didn’t identify the player as Gobert) is “currently in the care of health officials in Oklahoma City.”ESPN’s Royce Young reported early Thursday that Jazz players were still at their hotel and could have two charter planes ready to travel back to Utah, one for players with positive tests and one for players with negative tests. Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out since hearing the news about my positive test. We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them. I appreciate the authorities in Oklahoma who were helpful with the testing process and everyone from the @utahjazz who have been so supportive. I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help❤️🕷A post shared by Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) on Mar 12, 2020 at 10:20am PDTThe NBA announced Wednesday it would suspend the season indefinitely after Gobert’s diagnosis. The league postponed the scheduled Jazz-Thunder game in Oklahoma City as well as the Pelicans-Kings game set to be played in Sacramento.Gobert faced criticism prior to the positive test for jokingly touching the recorders and microphones of reporters days earlier. The Utah Department of Health determined the incident to be a “low risk exposure,” adding that only individuals who had close contact with Gobert are considered to be “at risk for developing symptoms of COVID-19.” Following Rudy Gobert’s positive test for the coronavirus (COVID-19), all Jazz players were quarantined and tested Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.Only one other Jazz player has reportedly tested positive: All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell.last_img read more