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

Delta Lloyd AM completes specialist teams in ongoing strategy revamp

first_imgReferring to the company’s relationship with insurer Delta Lloyd, the group’s low-cost defined contribution PPI vehicle and its pending general pension fund (APF), he said the asset manager would be able to “turn its hand to anything”.Maters said Delta Lloyd AM’s new policy would seek to further integrate responsible investment, with a dedicated team of SRI specialists, as well as at least one expert per investment team.“By having subjects assessed by various specialists, we expect to achieve better results,” he said.Delta Lloyd AM manages €54bn in institutional and private assets, including €5bn for approximately 30 pension funds.Maters said he expected “sturdy growth” in pension assets under management but declined to provide further details.He did reveal, however, that Delta Lloyd’s general pension fund, awaiting supervisory approval, aimed to manage €6bn in pension assets by 2020.Over the last two years, the asset manager has lost a number of important fund managers, including Maters’s predecessor, Alex Otto; head of equity Jack Jonk; and head of interest Sandor Steverink.Last spring, ratings agency Morningstar lowered the asset manager’s rating from ‘neutral’ to ‘negative’, and the downgrading, according to Maters, was largely due to its new strategy.“Morningstar has faith in our new people, but it wants to see how the new strategy turns out first,” he said.Among Delta Lloyd AM’s newly appointed specialists is Emile Ferjane, who has started as portfolio manager on the fixed income credit team.He joined from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he has been an analyst and portfolio manager. Delta Lloyd AM named Maurice Meertens as portfolio manager on the illiquid fixed income team as of 1 November.Meertens comes from Rabobank, where he was a credit analyst.The company further appointed Dmitry Zamkovoy as portfolio manager on the fixed income rates team as of 15 November.Over the last four years, he has served as a fixed income trader at Rabobank.Angus Steel, senior portfolio manager on the equity team, is to leave as of 1 November.Meanwhile, Berber Harkema has started on the equity team as management trainee.Maters said his investment teams were nearly complete following the newest appointments, with the only vacancies being in equities (two) and fixed income (three). Delta Lloyd AM employs a full-time staff of 160. Delta Lloyd Asset Management has appointed a number of fund managers as part of a new strategy aimed at “pro-actively offering integrated and sustainable solutions” for Dutch pension funds and medium-sized insurers.With the appointment of managers for credit, illiquid fixed income and rates, Delta Lloyd AM said it had nearly completed a reshuffle of its expertise after the implementation of its new strategy.Jacco Maters, chief executive and CIO, said the asset manager’s new strategy aimed to achieve maximum returns for clients while taking into account the restrictions imposed by the new financial assessment framework (nFTK).He said Delta Lloyd AM was expecting “significant” interest for integrated solutions and considered itself well positioned to meet demand.last_img read more

Cazenovia hockey season ends in loss to CBA/J-D

first_imgAs expected, the Brothers swarmed the Lakers’ net throughout the first period, taking 20 shots, all of them stopped by Cy McCrink, and the game stayed 0-0.Cazenovia then got on the board in the second period with Forrest Ives’ goal, but CBA/J-D converted twice to go in front.All of that pressure from the Brothers started to take a toll by the third period, where the Lakers surrendered three straight goals, leading to a 5-1 defeat as McCrink finished the night with 54 saves. CBA/J-D’s attack was diverse as five different players – Isaiah Raby, Tanner Burns, Matt Walker, Simon Lesser and John Greenwood – had their five goals, with Kodi Dotterer and Seamus Nicholson each earning two assists.Of the Lakers’ 20 shots, 19 were stopped by Brothers goalie Joe Salvador as it advanced to face West Genesee in the sectional quarterfinals.This was a young Cazenovia roster with just two seniors, Andrew Parkhurst and Nick Korosec, so a large returning cast for the 2020-21 season could produce plenty of improvement.When the sectional All-Star teams were announced, seven Lakers – Parkhurst, McCrink, Ives, Josh Donlin, Jake Owens, Josh Whaley and George Labinski – earned Honorable Mention status.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story What the Cazenovia ice hockey team will remember its 2019-20 season for is the way it responded after losing its first seven games by a combined 53-11 margin.A mid-season stretch of four wins and a tie in seven games followed, and though there were some late struggles, a 3-2 victory over Watertown IHC meant that the Lakers got to enter the Section III Division I playoffs.In Tuesday night’s opening round at Onondaga Nation Arena, the no. 10 seed Lakers met no. 7 seed CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt, whom it had played Dec. 17 and lost by a 6-2 margin.center_img Tags: Cazenoviaice hockeylast_img read more