WHO sets Nov 11 meeting on threat of flu pandemic

first_img William Aldis, the WHO’s representative in Thailand, called the Thai government’s efforts “vigorous and rigorous,” AFP reported. Public health leaders are worried about a likely drastic shortage of effective vaccine and antiviral drugs if a pandemic threatens. The AP quoted Stohr as saying that the world’s total vaccine production capacity is only 300 million doses and that it would take at least 6 months to develop a vaccine for a pandemic virus. Sep 28, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “New avian flu cases confirmed in Thailand, human transmission suspected” The 11-year-old girl lived with her aunt and a 6-year-old cousin in a household in northern Thailand where chickens had died, according to previous reports. The aunt and cousin also were infected with avian flu, and all three cases were believed to have resulted from exposure to infected birds. But the 11-year-old’s mother had been living near Bangkok, and it was unclear whether she had been exposed to infected poultry. Last September the US government awarded a contract to Aventis Pasteur to make 2 million doses of a vaccine to protect people from the H5N1 virus. Officials have said there is no guarantee that the vaccine would work if the virus mutated and triggered a pandemic, but it offers the best possible protection for now. In other recent developments, the WHO reported Oct 29 that a woman who died of avian flu in a family cluster of cases in Thailand was not infected with a potentially pandemic form of the virus, according to news services. Vaccine manufacturers from Russia, Japan, and several European countries were invited to the meeting, the AP reported. “If we continue as we are now, there will be no vaccine available, let alone antivirals, when the next pandemic starts,” Stohr said. “We have a window of opportunity now to prepare ourselves.” “We believe that we are closer to the next pandemic than we ever were,” Stohr was quoted as saying in an interview yesterday, before he spoke at an American Society for Microbiology conference in Washington, DC. Testing by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated the virus had not mutated into a readily transmissible form, Stohr was quoted as saying. He said the tests showed that the virus isolated from the woman was “pure avian flu virus.” In other news, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said he was satisfied with Thailand’s October campaign to stamp out avian flu, even though the virus is still present, according to an AFP report today. The woman, Pranee Krongkaew, died of avian flu Sep 20, nine days after her 11-year-old daughter had died of probable avian flu. Officials feared that the mother had acquired the disease from her daughter while caring for her in a hospital. Deputy Prime Minister Chaturon Chaisung said the fact that only one new human case of avian flu occurred in October was a sign of the campaign’s effectiveness, even though many new poultry outbreaks were reported, according to the report. Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO’s influenza program, said 16 vaccine companies and health officials from the United States and other major countries have agreed to attend the meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. The cluster of cases had sparked concern about possible person-to-person spread of the H5N1 virus. But an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report quoted Stohr as saying, “It’s not a pandemic virus, it’s not transmissible on a large scale.” Nov 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has called a Nov 11 “summit” meeting of health officials and vaccine companies to discuss how to confront what is seen as the growing risk that avian influenza will trigger a human flu pandemic. See also: On Oct 1 Thailand launched a month-long campaign against the virus. Thaksin was quoted as saying today, “I consider that the situation today has been significantly improved and will take a closer look at what the obstacles still are and where to focus and mobilize all forces to tackle it.” H5N1 avian flu has infected poultry flocks across much of Southeast Asia this year and also infected 44 people, killing 32 of them. The virus has not acquired the ability to spread quickly from person to person, but disease experts say that could happen, potentially leading to the first flu pandemic since 1968.last_img read more

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Rich-lister Tony Quinn selling Gold Coast apartment

first_imgTony Quinn is selling his Main Beach apartment.Mr Quinn made his fortune from his family’s VIP Petfoods empire, selling it for $410 million in 2015.The family’s $200 million sale of Darrell Lea to Quadrant Private Equity followed earlier this year.Mr Quinn is a regular visitor to New Zealand but told the Bulletin in January he hoped to spend more of his time at his Byron Bay retreat. Tony Quinn is selling his Main Beach apartment.The family operates motorsport facilities and other businesses, including popular entertainment centre Game Over at Helensvale.They have been a heavy hitter in the Gold Coast property scene over the years.The Quinn family sold an art deco-style mansion at Tamborine Mountain for $5.5 million in 2016 and has also owned property at Broadbeach Waters. RICH-LISTER Tony Quinn has put his luxury Gold Coast apartment on the market.RICH-LISTER Tony Quinn has another sweet deal up his sleeve.Fresh from making a $175 million killing on the sale of iconic lolly icon Darrell Lea, Mr Quinn has put his luxury Main Beach apartment on the market. The listing comes four months after the entrepreneur splashed $3.4 million on a Byron Bay retreat.Property records show the Quinn family bought the three-bedroom apartment in Main Beach’s Axis building for $2.62 million in 2006.center_img Tony Quinn is selling his Main Beach apartment.Ray White Prestige agent Jackson Paradise is marketing the 320sq m property and said his vendor was “motivated to sell”.“It’s a very luxurious apartment on the 19th floor,” Mr Paradise said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“There are five massive balconies and stunning ocean and Hinterland views.“It’s also a short stroll to Tedder Ave, some of the Gold Coast’s best beaches, a selection of cafes and restaurants and the Main Beach light rail station.”The residence has three ensuited bedrooms and a home office.last_img read more

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Italy arrests Moroccans for inciting hatred of Pope

first_img Share Magdi Allam (left) was baptised in 2008Six Moroccan men have been arrested in northern Italy on suspicion of seeking to incite hatred of Pope Benedict among Muslims.Police in the city of Brescia said the suspects had allegedly banded together to stir up religious hatred.A note was found calling for the Pope to be punished for converting a Muslim journalist to Roman Catholicism.According to another source, the suspects are not suspected of planning attacks.Five of the men, who are all Brescia residents, were placed under house arrest while the sixth was taken into custody.The note found by police urges Muslim immigrants not to integrate into Italian society, Italian media report. Police said the six were accused of “setting up a group that aimed to incite discrimination, racial and religious hatred, violence and jihad against Christians and Jews”.The Pope was condemned for converting Egyptian-born Magdi Allam, a former columnist for Italian daily Corriere della Sera.Mr Allam, an outspoken critic of Muslim militancy and strong supporter of Israel, was baptised by the Pope in March 2008. Tweet Share Sharing is caring! News Italy arrests Moroccans for inciting hatred of Pope by: – February 25, 2011 24 Views   no discussions BBC News Sharelast_img read more

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Football Friday Night

first_imgWRBI Area High School Football Games.Friday (8-22)Country 103.9 WRBI-Batesville vs. Jennings County.  7 PM.WRBIRADIO.COM-East Central vs. Campbell County.  7:30 PM.Countdown To Kickoff at 6.We will keep you updated with the other area games.Franklin County vs. New Castle.Milan at Rushville.Oldenburg Academy at Southside Home School.Greensburg at Shelbyville.North Decatur at Union County.South Decatur vs. Cambridge City Lincoln.Connersville vs. Richmond.Lawrenceburg at South Dearborn.Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell follows the games on WRBI!last_img read more

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Attachment Parenting: It’s All about Basic Instincts

first_img(Attachment Parenting International)INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – While the times have changed tremendously for families in Indiana and nationwide in the past two decades, most of the main philosophies of parenting really have not.So says Janet Jendron, board president of Attachment Parenting International, a group celebrating its 20th anniversary.She says today’s parents have to deal with children growing up with new technology, social media and the like, but…“What’s changed is not the basic parenting. Attachment parenting is natural parenting,” Jendron says. “It’s what people have the instincts to do, and that’s what’s kept the human race going all these years. It’s being close, feeding on demand and all of that.”Attachment Parenting International was founded in 1994, with a goal of promoting practices that create strong and healthy emotional bonds between parents and children. October is Attachment Parenting Month.In the past 20 years, there’s been a great deal of research into parenting, on everything from the benefits of breastfeeding to the use of corporal punishment, which Jendron notes has garnered much recent attention with the happenings in the National Football League.“It’s most interesting that that’s coming out now on such a big scale, because Attachment Parenting all along said, ‘These decisions you make in a family make a difference in society, in violence in society.’ And the way a child is parented is the way he’s going to instinctively, or she, raise his or her own children,” Jendron says.Another growing challenge in raising children, says Jendron, is how parents are becoming overwhelmed with opinions and products.“Parents now have in front of their eyes, Facebook, on TV, it’s all of these things that they think they need to have to raise a child. And really, actually, very few of those things are absolutely necessary,” she says.“I think there’s a lot of stress on new parents to have the right product, do the right thing.”Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

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New striker set for United

first_img Press Association Senior sources at United were insistent last week that the Red Devils were not after a new front man, but after United’s 1-0 win over Club America at the weekend Van Gaal hinted a “surprise” signing might be in store. And on the eve of United’s second tour match in California against the San Jose Earthquakes, the United boss again dropped a cryptic clue which suggested a forward could be coming to Old Trafford. “He is in the process,” Van Gaal said bluntly when asked about his “surprise” signing. When asked whether United were close to signing the striker in question, Van Gaal said: “No. It is not a striker that the media has written, but you have to wait and see. “The transfer period is open until September 1. You have to wait.” United have been linked with a number of forwards in the last few weeks, including Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. A German newspaper claimed United had bid £70million for Lewandowski’s team-mate Thomas Muller on Monday, but sources at Old Trafford denied an offer had been tabled. Van Gaal seemed to enjoy toying with the media who peppered him with questions on the eve of the game at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose. When asked whether United were any closer to signing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, who they want to bring in as part of a swap deal for David de Gea, Van Gaal said: “I cannot talk about these rumours. I have said already in a lot of press conferences, it is a process. Maybe Mr Ramos is in the process. You never know.” De Gea, absent for the match in Seattle, will miss the second match of the tour, along with Antonio Valencia. Louis van Gaal has confirmed Manchester United are in the process of recruiting a new striker. “They have minor injuries,” Van Gaal said. “They have visited the hospital this morning. That is confirmed. They cannot play against San Jose I don’t think, but we shall wait and see.” It is understood that De Gea should be fit for United’s second game in California against Barcelona on Saturday. Javier Hernandez will join the squad on the day of the Barca game but is unlikely to feature. That means Wayne Rooney will once again lead the line for United against San Jose, who are offering free United shirts to those who buy tickets in an effort to fill the 18,000 venue, which was selected at short notice after Van Gaal decided he did not want to play in a bigger stadium in Berkeley because of travel issues. Although United may sign another striker, Van Gaal will place high demands on his captain, who has been told he will play up front, rather than in midfield this season. “I expect from him the same as I expected from (Robin) Van Persie or (Radamel) Falcao. The principles are still the same,” Van Gaal said. This time last year Van Gaal was weighing up whether to appoint Rooney or Van Persie as captain. He clearly thinks he made the right choice. “I could not expect more,” Van Gaal said when asked about Rooney’s first year as captain. “I think he is a great captain. Better than I had expected. He is fully accepted by the players. “I can choose, but the players decide. That is my philosophy. The players have to accept the captain. The first captain is Wayne Rooney.” Van Gaal said he had no fears about Rooney getting injured in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial, which takes place six days before United’s season-opener against Tottenham. “He can also fall off the stairs. That is my answer,” Van Gaal said. last_img read more

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Cricket News When Yuvraj Singh Twitter trolled by Harbhajan Singh over power cut

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have shared the Indian dressing room for a very long time. Both the athletes have not only contributed towards Team India but have also given some of the most exciting and notorious moments off the field.Recently, Yuvraj took his Twitter handle and complained about the power cut in the area where he is currently residing but Bhajji showcased his sense of humour when he took a jibe on the all-rounder which left everybody amused.Yuvraj wrote ‘’Lights Out in Bandra for over an hour now … can we get it back please ?!?!’’. Harbhajan instantly replied ‘’Badshah bill time par diya karo’’.Both the players were also the part of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. Yuvraj played for Kings XI Punjab while Harbhajan Singh wore yellow jersey for the first-time when he joined Chennai Super Kings squad.Chennai Super Kings won the IPL for the third time under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. last_img read more

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Indian Premier League Yuzvendra Chahal focused on World Cup and reviving Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL fortunes

first_imghighlights However, the day was bitter-sweet for Chahal, who was selected in the 15-man Indian squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup which will begin on May 30 in England. Chahal said he was focused on playing his first World Cup but at the same time, the legspinner did not give up hope for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s playoff chances.“World Cup is after one month and still I’m playing for the RCB, so I’m just looking towards the next seven matches. It is my first World Cup, I’m very excited about that. Everyone wants to represent the country in the World Cup, so I’m excited,” Chahal remarked.Royal Challengers Bangalore will next take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on April 19 while Mumbai Indians face a crucial match against Delhi Capitals on Thursday. With this loss, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s playoff prospects are virtually over. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Royal Challengers Bangalore stumbled to their seventh loss in eight games.Yuzvendra Chahal took 2/27 and was backed up by Moeen Ali’s 2/18. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are the two legspinners for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. New Delhi: Yuzvendra Chahal and Moeen Ali were the stars for Royal Challengers Bangalore as they looked to revive their IPL 2019 campaign against Mumbai Indians. AB de Villiers blasted 75 and Moeen smashed 50 to boost Virat Kohli’s side to 172/7. In response, Moeen picked 2/18 in four overs while Chahal took 2/27 as Royal Challengers Bangalore put pressure on Rohit Sharma’s side. However, Hardik Pandya’s blazing 37 off 16 balls helped Mumbai Indians to a five-wicket win and inflicted Royal Challengers Bangalore their seventh loss in eight games. Speaking after the match, Chahal praised Hardik Pandya’s efforts on a pitch which was offering turn but ruled out that no certain individual was to blame for the loss.“The pitch was offering turn and it wasn’t easy to score against the spinners. We bowled well till the 18th over (barring a) couple of bad overs in the powerplay and still, there were two overs and 24 runs (actually 22) left (for Mumbai to chase). We had a chance on this track but Hardik did well. You can’t blame a particular bowler. A medium pacer or a spinner not bowling good, it is (still) a team game. If we lose the game, I accept that (as a bowler),” Chahal said.last_img read more

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Captains hail Hurricane Relief T20 initiative

first_img– Guyana Jaguars and Caribbean All Stars square off today at Providence Stadium AS relief efforts continue for the victims of recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, a T20 cricket match between home side Guyana Jaguars and a Caribbean All Stars team is billed for today at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, with the first ball set to bowl off at 17:00hrs.Dubbed ‘Cricket Cares’, the game is organised by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), in partnership with Ansa McAl’s Carib Beer and Keem’s Foundation, a charitable organisation.Meanwhile, during a press conference yesterday at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, captains Leon Johnson and Rayad Emrit have hailed the initiative, with Johnson indicating that cricket is a unifying force in the Caribbean.“It’s great to see us coming together to raise funds for the countries that were affected by the hurricanes,” Johnson related.The game will feature several players who were part of the Hero Caribbean Premier League 2017, including Emrit, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Ronsford Beaton, Jonathon Foo and Veerasammy Permaul.The Guyana Jaguars line-up will feature all the players who recently competed in the Antigua Independence Tri-Nation T20 Series, finishing as runners-up to Jamaica.While Johnson says execution will be the key in today’s encounter, Emrit has acknowledged that to play Guyana at home is always difficult.“It always difficult to come to Guyana and play against Guyana, no matter what team they put up on the park, so we need to come out and give a good showing of ourselves.“We have a lot of guys who have played international cricket and who have played in Leagues around the world, and it (is)always difficult to come and put this team together, but as experienced players, we are professionals and hopefully we can give a good showing of ourselves and most importantly, give the crowd a good showing,” the Trinidadian said.This initiative follows several acts of benevolence and solidarity by the region to assist those afflicted by the devastating category five hurricanes.Countries such as Barbuda and Dominica are being described as uninhabitable with almost 90 percent of homes destroyed.The Government of Guyana through its President David Granger has already offered lands free to those who wish to migrate and rebuild their lives elsewhere. So, this game will further add to that initiative.Guyana Jaguars: Leon Johnson (Captain), Robin Bacchus, Sherfane Rutherford, Jonathon Foo, Gajanand Singh, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Anthony Bramble, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Ricardo Adams, Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Steven Jacobs, Ronsford Beaton, Ramal Lewis.Caribbean All Stars: Rayad Emrit (Captain), Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Andre Fletcher, Nicolas Pooran, Kjorn Ottly, Kevin Cooper, Keswick Williams, Jevon Searles, Fidel Edwards, Sulieman Benn, Lennox Cush, Joshua Wade, Andre Stoll, Romaine Maniram.last_img read more

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