China says ill woman is 10th human bird flu case there

first_imgJan 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 36-year-old Chinese woman was in critical condition in Chengdu City, suffering from what the Chinese authorities announced today was the country’s 10th human case of H5N1 avian flu, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.The woman, whose surname is Cao, is from Sichaun province in southwest China, AFP noted. She fell ill on Jan 12; tests confirmed her H5N1 infection on Jan 17.The Chinese ministry did not explain whether there was a poultry outbreak in her area. People who have had close contact with the woman are under observation but have shown no signs so far, according to AFP.Xinhua, the Chinese government news service, announced today that the country had seen 32 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu in 13 provinces during 2005 but that quarantine has now been lifted in 31 affected areas. The Xinhua report did not make it clear if each outbreak was considered an affected area.Chinese Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu today pushed for continued efforts across China to prevent and control avian flu, particularly in light of increased travel and celebrations linked to the Chinese Lunar New Year, which begins Jan 29. He called for better monitoring, better prevention, and improved quarantine measures.  World Health Organization (WHO) spokespeople also have emphasized the importance of effective surveillance of poultry. Roy Wadia, the WHO Beijing spokesman, said in the AFP report that “human cases should not be the sentinels for animal outbreaks.”The recent outbreaks of bird and human H5N1 cases in Turkey illustrates the problem, as Lee Jong-Wook, director-general of the WHO, told the WHO executive board at the start of a week-long meeting in Geneva.”The turkey experience demonstrates the dangers posed by avian influenza in birds and the vital importance of surveillance and effective early warning systems,” he said today, according to a Reuters news service story. “A pandemic could arise with little or no warning from the animal side.”Lee also defended the agency. “Concern has been expressed that we are overplaying this threat. We are not,” he said in his opening speech. “We can only reduce the devastating human and economic impact of a pandemic if we all take the threat seriously now and prepare thoroughly. This is a global problem.”Underscoring Lee’s remarks was a report that the Turkish Agriculture Minister, Mehdi Akar, has claimed that some of Turkey’s neighboring countries also are home to the H5N1 virus but have been concealing it, according to an AFP story.US experts in animal and human epidemiology were slated to visit Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia, which border parts of Turkey hit with H5N1 outbreaks, according to the AFP story. No outbreaks have been reported in those countries.In addition, officials in northern Iraq were taking emergency measures to prevent avian flu after a girl died, according to the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN).A WHO spokesman confirmed that the teen did not have H5N1 infection. “We have totally discounted the possibility of an avian influenza infection,” WHO’s Dick Thompson said in the IRIN story. “But we can’t take away the possibility of an appearance in Iraq, as many cases have been reported in Turkey.”Also today, the WHO confirmed that two members of an Indonesian family did die of H5N1 infection, Indonesian authorities had announced last week. That raised Indonesia’s tally to 14 deaths and 19 cases, according to the case count table, updated today.Two other family members—a 14-year-old girl and the family’s 43-year-old patriarch—remain hospitalized with respiratory symptoms, the WHO said. Samples from those two patients are being tested, and the family cluster remains under investigation.The Jakarta Post reported on Jan 21 that an 11-year-old girl who is suspected of having H5N1 was a distant neighbor of the two children whose infections have just been confirmed by WHO.”Similar to the two deceased children, the new patient had also been in contact with dead fowl near her house,” said Hadi Yusuf, a health official, in the newspaper report. Samples from the girl are being tested.See also:WHO announcement on Indonesian cases http://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_23/en/index.htmllast_img read more

UK government report on long-termism criticised for failure to offer definition

first_imgKeating criticised that the BIS report discussed matters of market liquidity and earnings guidance, but did not offer a frame for what constituted long-termism.He also said it put forward an inconsistent view on dividend payments, as it supported he payment of dividends as a means of preventing empire building, despite also arguing that dividend payments must not prevent a firm’s growth.Keating said he regarded as “bizarre” a suggestion that those who divest from companies should be interviewed on their reasons.“Quite apart from the sheer impracticality, it is motivated by concerns with share price performance – short-termism writ large.”To read the full Guest Viewpoint, see the current issue of IPE The UK government has been criticised for an “incredible” oversight in failing to define long-term investment, despite publishing a report on the matter.Con Keating, head of research at the BrightonRock Group, said a recent Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) report on the implementation of Kay Review recommendations had failed to establish even theoretical parameters for what constituted long-term investment, nor had interviewees in the report touched on the matter.“One way of definening long term is in terms of the flows of liquidity arising from the securities held, their coupons, dividends and maturing proceeds,” Keating wrote in the Guest Viewpoint in January’s issue of IPE.“When these, rather than changes in market price, dominate investment returns, we are in the long term,” he said.last_img read more

Angels’ Cam Bedrosian on Superman injuries, duck hunting and rewatching ‘Vikings’

first_imgSporting News writer Ryan Fagan traveled through Florida and Arizona this spring, stopping at camps and chatting with the players. One of his side projects is a quick-hitter Q/A we’re calling “Two Minutes With …”Previous editions: Anthony Rizzo | Kyle Freeland | Jo Adell | Max Muncy | Touki Toussaint | Clint Frazier | Pat Neshek | Jonny Venters | Steve Cishek | Chris Iannetta | Cal Quantrill | Ben Gamel | Robert Stock Cam Bedrosian’s freaky eye-shake will haunt your dreams.The inside story: https://t.co/muX5H9mB66 pic.twitter.com/EX59pzobw9— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) March 13, 2019Did you have a job before baseball?BEDROSIAN: Just baseball. I was the youngest of three brothers, so my dad once he was playing baseball, he pretty much coached me. So I was the one that was traveling all year round, play year-round, doing all baseball stuff.What’s best purchase you’ve ever made? BEDROSIAN: I don’t know. A shotgun for duck hunting, maybe?Do you have any favorite Twitter follows?BEDROSIAN: Not really. I’m trying to think of favorites. Nobody comes to mind as my favorite. Just like keeping up on the news. I don’t watch the TV, basically ever — I mean, I watch Netflix or shows, but I don’t watch the news news. Twitter’s basically how I get my news. Up now: Angels reliever Cam BedrosianWhat’s one of your first baseball memories?BEDROSIAN: Oh, man. When I was little, my dad played for the Braves. I was just a baby, being at Fulton County Stadium, and I just vividly remember one game we were sitting down the third-base line and I was looking out to the pen. I remember that. That’s probably one of the earliest ones. I was only 2 or 3, maybe. Your dad had a great beard. Is that something you aspire to? BEDROSIAN: Sure, sure. He’s actually, I think he’s won some awards, not official awards, but fan-voted awards for having a good beard. Someone once said he had the same kind of beard as one of those famous opera singers. But, yeah, it’s just something I’ve always been able to grow since I was in high school, and I always liked beards. What’s the last show you binge-watched?BEDROSIAN: “Vikings.” I’m actually watching it now. I’ve already watched all of it and I’m going back here with my buddy Nick Tropeano. We’re starting it back over so we can catch up. I’m trying my hardest not to give spoilers. He keeps asking me what’s going on. Half of it I remember, and half of it I don’t, so I don’t want to spoil it for him. What’s the most embarrassing injury you’ve ever had? BEDROSIAN: I broke my arm when I was little. I jumped off the bunk bed. I thought I was Superman. I had a cape on. I jumped off and I just fell right into a wooden shoe box down below, right on my right arm. I guess what it was was that I didn’t have enough running room to get the right start. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNDo you have any superstitions? BEDROSIAN: Not really. The only thing that really comes to mind is just going over the line with my right foot. Right foot over the line, always. What’s your favorite free-time activity? BEDROSIAN: In the offseason, I like to duck hunt. I didn’t get to do a whole lot of this year, for one reason or another. Just didn’t really get to it. Don’t really have any favorite kinds. Mallards are, I guess you could say, the trophy ducks. But I’m good with whatever’s there that day. It’s always fun to see what shows up that day. In different parts of the country, you get different birds. In Georgia, there aren’t a whole lot of ducks, so I’ll go more in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas. I was going to go out to Oregon, but ended up having to cancel that trip. Thought that would have been pretty cool, because I’ve never done anything out in the northwest like that. I’ve done it here in Arizona.What’s one talent you’d most like to have?BEDROSIAN: I would like to be able to play a fiddle or a violin or something like that. Any instrument would be cool. But if I had to pick, it’d be one of those.What’s your most useless talent? BEDROSIAN. I can shake my eyes. (he shakes his eyes). I say that’s kind of useless. last_img read more

B&H Football Team Traveled to Historic Success

first_imgAt 9:00, the B&H national football team traveled from the Sarajevo airport to Lithuania, where on Tuesday they will play the last qualification match for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. After Friday’s victory in Zenica against Liechtenstein with the result 4-1, our team will take off tomorrow after their historical success, the placement of B&H at the big competition. They had the support of B&H fans during the qualification. They had seven wins, one draw and one defeat. Football players, after having finished the final training in Hrasnica in preparation for the crucial match have promised to the coach Safet Sušić that they will give their best to win this game.The management board of B&H Football Federation, the professional staff and the players are maximally concentrated to play the match with Lithuania in a best way, with the desire to achieve the dream victory of B&H citizens. The landing at Sarajevo airport after the match against Lithuania is scheduled for Wednesday, the 16th October around 13:20, where a press conference will take place. More information will be announced at the press conference. (Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

Hail Larry Trumps Hail Mary

first_imgGLENDALE, AZ — Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald ran in for the winning touchdown in overtime to give the Cardinals a 26-20 victory over Green Bay on Sunday, capping an extraordinary finish to an NFL playoff game that will be remembered as one of the classics.The Cardinals advanced to the NFC championship game against the winner of Sunday’s clash between Carolina and Seattle, while New England booked its place in the AFC decider with a 27-20 victory over Kansas City. The Patriots will play either Pittsburgh or Denver.As close as the Patriots victory over the Chiefs was, it was outdone for drama by the remarkable finish in Arizona.Green Bay forced overtime in scarcely believable fashion. On fourth down and 20 at their own 4-yard line, with no time outs left, and in the final minute of regulation time, the Packers looked finished, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers found Jeff Janis for a 60-yard reception to keep the game alive.Then with time expiring, an off-balance Rodgers sent a speculative 41-yard ‘Hail Mary’ pass into the crowded end zone, where it was Janis again who took the catch to make it 20-19 and the conversion sent the game to overtime.Arizona had every right to feel deflated, but came up with the victory on the first drive of overtime. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer spun away from pressure and made a cross-field pass to a wide open Fitzgerald, and he eluded a series of tackles before being brought down just short of the end zone for a 75-yard gain.Two plays later, Palmer tossed short to Fitzgerald, who had an open path to the winning touchdown. Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 176 yards.“As an elder statesman on this team I just try to elevate my game and make plays for my teammates,” he said.It was a brave effort by the Packers just to force overtime, and the performance of Rodgers and the unheralded Janis — forced to step up due to the unavailability of Green Bay’s two main receivers — on that final drive impressed even their opponents.“That’s Aaron Rodgers,” Arizona linebacker Kevin Minter said. “It was No. 83 (Janis). Man, he made a play, didn’t he? It looked like they batted it down and he just made a great play. My jaw was on the ground.”New England quarterback Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski with two touchdown passes and reached over the goal line for another score to lead the Patriots into the AFC championship game.It’s the fifth straight trip to the conference title game for the defending Super Bowl champions.The Patriots will meet the winner of Sunday’s game between Pittsburgh and Denver for a spot in Super Bowl 50 as they try to become the first repeat NFL champs since they did it in 2003-04.After spending the last two weeks recovering from knee and back injuries, Gronkowski had touchdown catches from 8 and 16 yards. The tight end had seven receptions for 82 yards.After spending the last two weeks recovering from knee and back injuries, Gronkowski caught seven passes for 83 yards, including touchdowns from 8 and 16 yards out. Gronkowski also recovered an onside kick after Kansas City cut the deficit to 27-20 with just over one minute left.Julian Edelman returned from a broken foot to catch 10 passes for 100 yards for New England, which had been below its best in the closing weeks of the regular season but again showed its playoff pedigree.Alex Smith completed 29 of 50 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown for Kansas City (12-6). The Chiefs had won 11 consecutive games, including a 30-0 victory over Houston in the wild-card round last week for their first playoff victory since 1993.Brady led New England to a score on the opening drive, throwing 11 straight passes and completing eight — the last an 8-yard score to Gronkowski. The Chiefs then made it to the Patriots 16, but settled for a field goal.After trading punts twice, the Patriots started on their when punt returner Danny Amendola was flagged for a helmet-first hit to coverage man Jamell Fleming. The drive was in danger of stalling at the Kansas City 35 when Chiefs linebacker Dezman Moses hit Brady late and was called for roughing the passer.Four plays later, unable to find an open receiver, Brady sprinted — at least his version of a sprint — for the corner of the end zone. The Chiefs managed to keep him out, but only for one more play. On the next snap, Brady leaned forward and reached into the end zone to make it 14-3.Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones forced Knile Davis’ fumble on the Chiefs’ first possession of the second half, then Brady added another touchdown pass to Gronkowski to make it 21-6.Smith had the Chiefs into New England territory on their first six possessions, but they managed just six points before he hit Albert Wilson on a 10-yard pass that made it 21-13.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more