China reports avian flu case near Hong Kong

first_imgJun 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 31-year-old Chinese man from Guangdong province near Hong Kong has tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, according to a Xinhua news report today.The man, a truck driver, had a fever, back pain, and coughing that started Jun 3, and he was hospitalized in the city of Shenzhen Jun 9, according to a story from Agence France-Presse (AFP) today. He has been transferred to Donghu Hospital in Shenzhen and is listed in critical condition, Xinhua reported.The Shenzhen Center for Disease Control said the man tested positive for H5N1, and samples had been sent to China’s Ministry of Health for verification.The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) global count of human H5N1 cases currently stands at 225 cases worldwide, including 128 deaths, since the current outbreak began in 2003. China has reported 18 avian flu cases and 12 deaths, all in 2005 and 2006, according to the WHO.The infected man might have contracted H5N1 after his wife bought a chicken from a live-bird market 2 weeks earlier and served it to him and four other family members, AFP reported, citing Xinhua. The other relatives have not had symptoms, the story said. In contrast, a Bloomberg report today said the man himself may have visited a local wet market.Shenzhen is about 40 minutes by rail from Hong Kong, the Bloomberg report said, and thousands commute between the cities each day or visit Shenzhen to shop. Hong Kong officials are screening travelers arriving by land for fever and have stepped up inspections of poultry from mainland China, according to Bloomberg.News of this human case comes after China’s Ministry of Agriculture issued an emergency order for local governments to tighten controls over poultry stocks to prevent migratory birds from infecting them, AFP reported Jun 12. The order focuses on areas in the flight paths of migratory birds. China has reported 35 outbreaks of avian flu among poultry since October 2005, according to AFP.In addition, the WHO announced it will open a center in China to help fight avian flu and other infectious diseases, according to a Jun 12 Bloomberg story. The WHO Collaborating Centre for Surveillance, Research and Training on Emerging Infectious Diseases will be located in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province.”The WHO collaborating center in Guangdong is a milestone in China’s contribution to global public health,” said Huang Jiefu, China’s vice-minister for health, in a statement quoted by Bloomberg. “It reflects our country’s commitment to playing a prominent role in this regard, at an especially critical moment in public health history.”Elsewhere, Indonesia has asked the WHO and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to hold a technical review and consultation meeting next week in Jakarta, a separate Bloomberg story reported. Indonesia’s national committee for avian flu and pandemic flu preparedness invited Keiji Fukuda, coordinator of the WHO’s global influenza program, and other avian flu experts to participate in the meeting.The 3-day meeting begins Jun 21 and will assess the avian flu situation in Indonesia’s human and animal populations, according to Bloomberg. Its aim is to provide guidance to Indonesia’s government and improve the country’s strategies for rapid response and containment of outbreaks.And in northeastern Ukraine, the village of Pisky near the Russian border was quarantined to control an outbreak of avian flu in domestic poultry, a third Bloomberg article reported yesterday. A team of 70 soldiers was culling about 7,200 chickens to control the outbreak, the story said, only a month after government officials declared Ukraine free of the H5N1 virus.”I don’t know how long we will quarantine the village,” Ihor Krol, spokesperson for Ukraine’s Ministry of Emergency Situations, told Bloomberg.The country has culled more than 175,000 poultry in its southern regions this year to contain avian flu, Bloomberg reported. Ukraine also quarantined 10 villages in the Crimea, on the Black Sea, in December after the virus killed 2,500 poultry in the first of the country’s 22 H5N1 outbreaks, the story said. That quarantine was lifted in March.The current outbreak is the first in northern Ukraine, according to a Jun 12 Reuters article.last_img read more

North Korea threatens to scrap military deal with South

first_imgNorth Korea threatened Thursday to scrap a military agreement with the South and close down a cross-border liaison office unless Seoul stops activists from flying anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border.The statement issued by the powerful younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un comes amid a deep freeze in inter-Korean ties, despite three summits between Kim and the South’s President Moon Jae-in in 2018.North Korean defectors and other activists have long flown balloons across the border carrying leaflets that criticize Kim over human rights abuses and his nuclear ambitions. “The South Korean authorities will be forced to pay a dear price if they let this situation go on while making all sort of excuses,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.Calling the defectors “human scum” and “rubbish-like mongrel dogs” who betrayed their homeland, she said it was “time to bring their owners to account” in a reference to the South Korean government.She threatened to scrap a military pact signed during Moon’s visit to Pyongyang in 2018 aimed at easing border tensions, and shut down a cross-border liaison office.But most of the deals agreed at that meeting have not been acted on, with Pyongyang largely cutting off contact with Seoul following the collapse of a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi last year that left nuclear talks at a standstill. Operations at the liaison office have already been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the North has carried out dozens of weapons tests since the military agreement was signed.Kim Yo Jong also threatened to pull out permanently from joint projects with the South including the Kaesong Industrial Park and Mount Kumgang tours — both of them money-spinners for the North that have been suspended for years due to sanctions over its weapons programs.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Eastern European pension fund tenders multi-asset mandate

first_imgAn undisclosed pension fund based in Eastern Europe has tendered a multi-asset mandate using IPE Quest.According to search QN-2180, the size of the mandate is to range between €20m and €40m. According to the client, the multi-asset fund can include any combination of equities, debt instruments and cash/money markets as core assets in the portfolio.The scope is global, although OECD countries are preferred. The client said it was seeking absolute return, risk-targeted or risk-managed funds.The mandate calls for a minimum track record of three years, with at least €300m in assets under management within the asset class itself.Funds should be long-only, and derivatives are allowed for hedging purposes only.Interested parties should state performance, gross of fees, to the end of April.Applicants are encouraged to respond promptly, as IPE Quest will need to send further documentation.The RFP will consist of completing three Word documents that need to be submitted by 30 May.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.last_img read more

Fire razes Cabatuan house

first_imgILOILO City – Fire razed a house inBarangay Rizal, Cabatuan, Iloilo. Babaw was able to save some of theirpersonal belongings including electronic gadgets, jewelry items and money. According ting fire investigators, the blazestarted around 2:39 p.m. on March 4. The house owned by Roan Babaw, 38, wastotally gutted, a police report showed. The Bureau of Fire Protection have yetto determine the cause and the origin of the blaze./PNlast_img

Curvy and Covert added to Oaks

first_img Aidan O’Brien has saddled four previous Irish Oaks winners, including last year’s heroine Bracelet. The master of Ballydoyle has seven fillies among the 16 confirmed, including Epsom Oaks winner Qualify, Together Forever and Words. O’Brien will wait until later in the week before finalising his team. The trainer said: “It will all depend on how they are working and what way the ground will be – there is a little bit of rain hanging around – some of them would like it nice and some of them would like it on the soft side. “A mile and a half should suit Together Forever well, Qualify is a possible depending on ground and work and Words is a filly that has only had two runs, she won her Group Three at Cork nicely.” O’Brien’s Diamondsandrubies was a significant absentee and is expected to be seen next in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood. Ralph Beckett’s Forte, the John Gosden-trained Gretchen and Speedy Boarding from James Fanshawe’s yard could all join Covert Love on the trip from Britain. Other possibles for the home team include Jessica Harrington’s Jack Naylor and Jim Bolger’s Pleascach. The David Wachman-trained Curvy clinched her fourth victory of the campaign in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last month and has been supplemented for this weekend’s Classic. Covert Love, trained by Newmarket handler Hugo Palmer, is also unbeaten in 2015 and connections have stumped up the cash to add her to the line-up following an impressive victory in the Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle. Press Associationcenter_img Curvy and Covert Love are significant additions to the field for Saturday’s Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh.last_img read more

Sangakkara on players dealing with new guidelines ‘Will be very clinical’

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara believes it will be interesting to see how players deal with the latest guidelines put in place by the International Cricket Council (ICC) once cricket resumes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.All cricketing activities has been suspended since March as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus, which has claimed more than 3.8 lakh lives across the world thus far.As cricket makes it way for resumption in the upcoming days, the ICC has recommended to stop the usage of saliva to shine the ball. Social distancing guidelines have also been put in place during the matches set to be played behind closed doors.”For fast bowlers or spinners, shining the ball is an instinctive thing, they have done it over so many years since they were kids,” Sangakkara said while speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.”Cricket is a social game, most of the time you spend in the dressing room – you talk, you chat.”This will be a very clinical thing, you come ready to play, no warmups, you do everything right and you go home. So, it will be interesting to see how the players deal with that,” the President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) added.International cricket could see its resumption early next month with West Indies travelling to England for a three-Test series beginning July 8, subject to UK government approval. IANSAlso watch: Evening Bulletin | 5th June, 2020last_img read more

ICC World Cup David Warner’s 166 off 147 balls takes down exuberant Bangladesh in Nottingham

first_img New Delhi: Bangladesh needed 82 off 30 deliveries with two set batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah still at the crease. Till then, both had scored their respective half-centuries and were hitting a boundary or two in almost every single over. With run-rate touching 16.5 runs an over, Bangladesh was still in the game, keeping T20 dynamics in the mind. However, Australian skipper Aaron Finch introduced his trump card in the 46th over and introduced Nathan Coulter-Nile back into the attack.Coulter-Nile, who carries a good experience at his back played with batsmen mind and pitched a short of a length delivery to Mahmudullah who smashed it straight into the hands of mid-wicket fielder and eventually cost the game for his side. Coulter-Nile finished with two wickets in that over, and eventually helped Australia to register a comfortable 48-run victory at Trent Bridge.In Nottingham, it was a flat deck and seeing the conditions, Aaron Finch asked the opposition to have a bowl first. Australian opener Aaron Finch and David Warner saw the initial overs and stamped their authority in next. The duo utilised their current form and hammered the Bangladeshi bowlers all around the ground. Both Finch and Warner strung a partnership of 121 runs before the former was sent back by the part-time bowler Soumya Sarkar.Once Finch departed, Warner played with more responsibility and continued his innings with Usman Khawaja. Warner, who took 55 balls for his first two fifties, paced his innings well, taking only 30 more balls to reach 150 before becoming Soumya Sarkar’s second victim. The part-time medium pacer proved effective with his variation of bumpers, yorkers and cutters and returned with 3 for 58 in his eight overs on a day when all the other frontline bowlers combined to take only one wicket.But by the time Warner departed, the stage was set for Glenn Maxwell to unleash his destructive abilities and he did that well in his 10-ball stay, cracking 31 runs: including 19 in 5 balls off Rubel Hossain’s ninth over. Confusion in running with Khawaja resulted in his run out, and possibly pegged Australia back a few runs from their eventual total.Khawaja, who had played a fine secondary role in company of Warner, too fell in the late overs – caught behind off Sarkar for a 72-ball 89. Australia lost four wickets in the last six overs but two fifties and a century by the top order, coupled with Maxwell’s late blitz, enabled them to post a sizeable total. In the end, Australia finished with a mammoth total of 381 runs on the board, which by some margin looked out of reach for Bangladesh.For Bangladesh, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal started off the proceedings. However, their partnership didn’t last long as there was a confusion in the middle which eventually resulted in Sarkar’s wicket. Tamim and Shakib played well for their respective scores but got out at the wrong time.However, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah kept the hopes alive for Bangladesh as they managed to put up a partnership of 127 runs. Rahim went onto slam his seventh century but wasn’t enough to get his team over the line. The loss resulted them to stay at the fifth position in the points table. Bangladesh suffered their third loss of the tournament.Australia now occupy the top spot in points table.David Warner was awarded as the man-of-the-match. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

UW to close spring in Columbus

first_imgThe No. 33 Wisconsin women’s tennis team will venture to Columbus, Ohio, Sunday for a showdown with the Buckeyes. In what will be the squad’s final regular-season match, the Badgers hope to crash Ohio State’s senior day and finish the spring campaign with a winning conference record (a loss would leave the team at .500).“We have to be ready for Ohio State — they are [ready for us],” head coach Patti Henderson said. “They are a feisty team. It’s going to be intense like it was against Michigan State. It’s going to be that kind of intensity, that kind of energy — it could be a little bit volatile.”For seniors Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin, the OSU showdown will mark their final regular-season bows in Badger uniforms.“It will be our last match, so hopefully we’ll end the year on a good note — before we head into [the Big Ten tournament] — with a win and feeling good,” Martin said.Wisconsin will enter Ohio State on the heels of a duo of split weekends, coming off of three consecutive matches determined by a 4-3 margin with emphasis on the doubles point. Henderson has made a series of lineup fluctuations throughout the season to combat problems garnering that point — the team’s apparent Achilles’ heel — but the starting trio of pairings seemed to fall in sync last weekend as the Badgers handled Purdue 4-3 on senior day, claiming the doubles point en route to victory.The other notable lineup fluctuation of late has been a shift at the No. 5 and 6 singles spots. Freshman Chelsea Nusslock has moved up from the sixth spot to the fifth while Lexi Goldin filled the final roster position for the first time this season last Sunday when Nicole Beck sat out of singles (she was, however, active in doubles competition).Rank and fileNew rankings came out Tuesday, and for the third consecutive evaluation period, the Badgers held firm at No. 33. This represents the squad’s peak position on a season in which they debuted at No. 48 and found themselves at No. 45 less than a month ago.On the individual front, however, the rankings were not as kind to the Badgers. Senior Katie McGaffigan slipped from No. 91 to No. 100 after a duo of weekend losses to the No. 99 and No. 41 players nationally.The bigger surprise came in Caitlin Burke’s drop from No. 81 to No. 106. Burke had moved up significantly in the previous rating period as the numbers emerged after she enjoyed a brief stint playing top-flight doubles (having swapped out of the No. 2 spot with McGaffigan for a road trip). But this fall comes on the heels of two convincing straight-set victories last weekend and a perfect record since the last batch of rankings was released April 5.Four more batches of rankings for both teams and individuals are due before the season formally comes to an end with final numbers due out May 30.last_img read more

O’Hara loses 1st game, collects win in relief in game 2 of doubleheader

first_img Published on April 17, 2014 at 9:35 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 For the fans that remained bundled under heavy jackets and fuzzy blankets in sub-freezing temperatures for Syracuse’s doubleheader, the lasting image will be Sydney O’Hara celebrating with her teammates after hitting a walk-off single to cap a three-run rally in the seventh inning.But had it not been for a gutsy pitching performance in which O’Hara battled a rising pitch count and the blistering cold, she would have never had the chance to be the hero.“I’m just used to coming back in,” O’Hara said. “… I’ve just got to battle through whatever happens.”After throwing seven full innings in Syracuse’s 2-0 loss to Boston College in game one, O’Hara was asked to come in once again and stop the bleeding as Syracuse saw a six-run lead completely disintegrate in the second game. She threw 2 1/3 more frames before the Orange rallied for a 13-12 win at SU Softball Stadium in front of 87 fans on Wednesday.With the sunlight quickly fading on a day in which temperatures dipped into the 20’s, the burden was on O’Hara to finish out game two after Cristina Clermont gave up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings, and Lindsey Larkin allowed the game-tying score in just 1 1/3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She said she’d rather have a break then come back and throw,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said. “So we decided to do that and let Christina start.“We knew we were going to go back to her in the second game.”In the first game, O’Hara had a no-hitter through the first 3 2/3 innings. She was breezing past the Boston College hitters with ease.But then with two outs in the fourth, she started to unravel. The same high and seemingly unhittable pitches started to fall in the zone and the Eagles capitalized.The first hit was a sharp double grounded past third basemen Danielle Chitkowski. Two pitches later, a single put BC on the board, and the pitch after that hit off the base of the outfield wall for a double.In a matter of moments, the Orange had lost control of the game.“They hit,” O’Hara said. “They’re a good hitting team. You get at this level and they can hit. For the rest of the game, I really focused on hitting my spots, and it just happens.”It took O’Hara 126 pitches to get through the seven-inning game. As the innings wore on, she struggled with command because of the cold weather.She had hand warmers in her back pocket that she kept grasping. And in between pitches, she regularly blew on her hands.“It was awful,” O’Hara said of the weather. “It just comes to trusting your defense and getting the defense to get the outs for you.”But even after laboring through a full game, she was approached by pitching coach Jenna Caira, who said that she should be ready to go in game two if needed.And when the floodgates opened with some poor pitching and shoddy defense, there was no one else to turn to but O’Hara, who had been stationed at first base for the first 4 2/3 innings.She allowed three runs to come across, but kept Syracuse within striking distance, and it was her walk-off hit that eventually proved to be the difference.“Especially her being a freshman,” outfielder Shirley Daniels said, “especially in the cold right now, it showed a lot of heart, a lot of integrity and determination to come back out there and finish it off for us.“I think it shows what kind of player she is.”After the game, O’Hara stood with her jacket bundled over her body, her cheeks red from the cold.She’d pitched in back-to-back games this season, but hadn’t faced anything quite like that.In the box score, it’s O’Hara’s hit that defined one of the most wild games of the season, but it was her work on the mound that defined the type of player she is.Said O’Hara: “I’m just doing my job.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Conference centers around new tech in children’s play

first_imgChild’s play · Attendees participated in hands-on workshops during the conference on Monday at the California Science Center. – Anastasia Velicescu | Daily TrojanPlayScience kicked off its Sandbox West Conference at the Annenberg Center in the California Science Center on Monday. The conference, which focuses on innovation in child development and play, will continue into Tuesday evening.Founded in 2008, the Sandbox Summit is organized by PlayScience, a company focused on how play is developed in a world dominated by technology and innovation. Wendy Smolen, one of the original founders of the summit, explained that the development of media and technology has changed the way children play as they develop. Toys are becoming less popular, while electronics have turned into toys and learning devices. This summit provides a platform for discussion about the future of play and the products that are currently on the market.While Sandbox has hosted events in Boston and New York City, this is the first time a summit has been held on the West Coast. The event was coordinated by Erin Reilly, managing director for the Annenberg Innovation Lab. She had worked at MIT with several of the leaders at PlayScience and knew that they were looking to expand the summit. She suggested that the Innovation Lab and PlayScience should collaborate to bring the conference to Los Angeles.“The way that we look at play is changing in a lot of ways,” Reilly said. “What [the summit] does is it allows people to get their hands dirty and to experience [play] hands-on, and then to take what they learned back to their communities to apply it with what they are personally doing.”Reilly said that play is far more important for children than most realize. Play is how children form basic social and mental patterns. The introduction of technology into children’s formative years has had a unique impact on the way children are growing up. It also affects the affordability of the way children are raised, creating a wider gap in the way that children from different socioeconomic backgrounds play. The idea behind the summit is that the way children play — in the “sandbox,” whether that is video games or in their backyard — is instrumental in the way they develop.“There’s a huge implication in the way that media impacts children, even from a young age,” said Francesca Marie Smith, a research fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab who has been instrumental in helping Reilly coordinate the summit. “It’s important to emphasize the way that play, something so basic and yet so critical, can affect our futures.”The Sandbox Summit spanned Monday and Tuesday and provided a variety of workshops, keynote speakers and networking events. On Monday, attendees could spend time in four different workshops, which ranged from conversations over mobile apps and technology privacy to hands-on sessions experimenting with equipment from the LA Makerspace. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the California Science Center and a virtual reality tour using the Oculus Rift headset.On Monday night, the conference hosted a cocktail party hosted by Intel. The event is one of the reasons that Smolen wanted to keep the conference small — it was predicted to sell 125 tickets and greatly exceeded that number. The party allowed students and teachers to see the newest products in child development and play, while also discussing future concepts in toy innovation.One of the headliner events on Tuesday features Dylan Siegel, a nine-year-old boy who published a book, Chocolate Bar when he was six years old. He wrote the book to raise money to research a cure for GSD Type 1b, a rare liver disease that affected one of his best friends. Three years later, the book has sold over 300,000 copies to raise over $1,000,000 and is credited with accelerating the cure to the disease by decades.“The beauty in it is that this is a 360-degree learning experience,” Smolen said. “We learn from these kids, and they show us how we can continue to teach them better, and the cycle continues on like that. That’s what it’s all about — continuing to learn from each other so that we can innovate and look forward to the future.”last_img read more