H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: World count passes 94,000, more antiviral resistance, $1B needed for poor nations, public behavior and novel flu

first_imgJul 6, 2009Global novel flu total passes 94,000The world’s pandemic flu total reached 94,512 cases, 429 of them fatal, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The number is 4,591 more cases and 47 more deaths than the last report on Jul 3. Countries reporting their first cases include Cook Island, Croatia, the French overseas territories Guadaloupe and St Martin, Guyana, Libya, and Macedonia. Countries reporting the highest numbers of new cases are Argentina (898), Australia (730), and Thailand (662).[WHO update 58]Hong Kong finds antiviral-resistant novel flu strainPublic health officials in Hong Kong said they have detected their first oseltamivir (Tamiflu)-resistant novel H1N1 strain, which was isolated from a 16-year-old girl after she arrived from San Francisco, the health ministry said in a Jul 3 press release. Similar cases were recently reported in Denmark and Japan. The girl was isolated and treated at a hospital where she refused antiviral treatment. She was released on Jun 18. The sample was sensitive to zanamivir (Relenza).[Jul 3 Hong Kong Department of Health statement]UN director: $1 billion needed to help poor nations fight fluUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon today estimated that $1 billion is needed by the end of the year to help developing countries respond to pandemic influenza, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Speaking at a press conference in Geneva after a donor’s conference, Moon said funding isn’t coming in as expected. Margaret Chan, the WHO’s director-general, said donor assistance is needed to help 49 developing countries stockpile antivirals and other drugs.Study: Credible flu info linked to behavior changesA British survey on the public’s perceptions and behavior changes related to the novel flu outbreak revealed that just over a third had followed any advice to reduce their risk, the British Medical Journal reported on Jul 2. The survey of 997 adults showed that changes were associated with beliefs that the outbreak is severe, that good information is available, and that people can control their risk. Belief that outbreak reports are exaggerated was linked to less behavior change.Traveler is Syria’s first novel H1N1 caseSyria’s health ministry confirmed the country’s first novel flu case, a Syrian woman living in Australia who had flown back for a visit, the AP reported on Jul 4. The woman’s family was tested, and all of the passengers on her flight were slated for testing. The woman had flown through Dubai on her way to Syria.Three countries report first pandemic flu deathsPeru, New Zealand, and El Salvador recently reported their first pandemic flu deaths, according to several media reports. Peru’s fatalities include a 38-year-old woman and a 4-year-old girl, both of whom had underlying conditions and died last week, the AP reported yesterday. New Zealand reported three deaths: two men, ages 19 and 42, and a young girl. One of the men and the girl had underlying conditions. El Salvador’s fatal case was a 9-year-old boy who died in the country’s capital.last_img read more

Prison escapee dug tunnel for six months using stolen tools, police say

first_imgTangerang Police chief Sugeng Hariyanto previously said that the cellmate had refused Cai’s invitation to escape the prison with him.Yusri said that the police had formed a team with the prison authorities to further investigate the case for the possible involvement of other parties.The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s corrections directorate-general spokesperson, Rika Aprianti, said separately that the ministry would work together with the police to recapture the escaped prisoner.She added that the corrections directorate general, along with the ministry’s inspectorate general and regional office in Banten, would question the penitentiary’s officers.Tangerang Penitentiary warden Jumadi previously said that Cai, a Chinese national who also goes by the name of Cai Ji Fan, escaped the penitentiary on Monday at around 2:30 a.m. through a 30-meter long tunnel that he had dug and which was connected to a sewer outside the prison walls.The convict was found guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to death in 2017. He had been transferred to the penitentiary from the Pemuda Prison in Tangerang.Topics : Cai Changpan, a 53-year-old drug convict on death row who recently escaped from the Tangerang penitentiary in Banten, West Java, dug the tunnel that he used to escape the facility over the course of six months using stolen construction tools, the Jakarta Police said on Tuesday“There is an indication from [Cai’s] cellmate’s initial statement that [Cai] had been [digging the tunnel] for about five to six months using several tools that we have confiscated,” Jakarta Police spokesperson Yusri Yunus told reporters Tuesday.According to the statement, the escapee allegedly took the tools for the construction of a prison kitchen and used them to dig the tunnel inside his cell.last_img read more

Partnership sets up UK coalition for carbon accounting

first_imgGiel Linthorst, executive director of PCAF and director at Guidehouse, said: “The UK has always been a leader in the financial industry. I’m very pleased to see that this PCAF UK coalition is similarly taking a leading role as well.He added that a “stronger and national collaboration is crucial” within PCAF to enable its participants to improve their data quality and steer their portfolio in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.Mark Carney, as the Prime Minister’s finance adviser for COP26 and observer to PCAF, said: “To achieve net zero we need a whole economy transition – every company, every bank, every insurer and investor will have to adjust their business models, develop credible plans for the transition and implement them.”He noted that for financial firms, that means reviewing more than the emissions generated by their own business activity. “They must measure and report the emissions generated by the companies they invest in and lend to,” he added.“They must measure and report the emissions generated by the companies they invest in and lend to”Mark Carney, observer to PCAFPCAF continues to expand, having grown from its initial 50 financial institutions as members with over $3trn (€2.5trn) in assets at the global launch last September, to its current 77 members with over $13trn in assets. The group is rapidly expanding across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific.Eoin Murray, head of investment, international, at Federated Hermes, said: “Enacting genuine change to the level of carbon emissions that we finance as an industry requires transparent and rigorous carbon accounting, the efficacy of which is only enhanced when public and private stakeholders are able to do so collaboratively. PCAF UK allows us to work as a collective towards a common goal, and we are delighted to be leading the UK coalition.”The open-access, free-of-charge PCAF initiative allows banks and investors all across the world to assess the greenhouse gas emissions of their portfolios on the path to aligning their business strategies with the Paris Climate Agreement.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) – an industry-led partnership to standardize carbon accounting for the financial sector – has launched a UK coalition to further promote measurement and disclosure of carbon emissions in the finance sector.Led by Federated Hermes’ international business, and following a collaborative structure first created in the Netherlands, PCAF participants in the UK will enhance their cooperation on carbon accounting.In addition to Federated Hermes International, other coalition members include: Triodos Bank UK, NatWest Group, Lloyds Banking Group, CDC Group, Investec, Ecology Building Society and Nationwide Building Society.The PCAF UK coalition will focus on applying PCAF’s methodologies for measuring financed emissions in a UK context, sharing best practices, working on data quality improvements and performing research on further method development, it announced.last_img read more

Legalising assisted dying can actually increase suicides

first_imgMercatorNet 17 September 2020Family First Comment: “I used to believe that it was possible to regulate and restrict killing to terminally ill mentally competent adults with less than six months to live. I also thought that regulating suicide and death in this way would curtail those tragic cases where someone ends their own life. I was wrong. If there is one thing I learnt in my country, it is that legalising assisted dying will not constrain the numbers. Deep down, many campaigners consider the legalisation of assisted dying for terminal patients merely as a stepping stone towards further liberalisation.”Recently I addressed a group of Parliamentarians in London about assisted suicide and euthanasia. My talk, which coincided with World Suicide Prevention day, sought to address the unintended consequences of legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia in the Netherlands.One of the arguments we hear is that assisted dying will bring down the number of violent suicides. It will provide a more peaceful death to patients in unbearable suffering who would otherwise have violently killed themselves. For other patients, the mere option of assisted dying (even if it will never be effectuated) is said to be a reassuring thought that will keep them from killing themselves.I admit that these arguments may hold in individual cases. However, on the whole, the argument is mistaken.In the Netherlands, assisted dying gradually became available for patients commonly considered to be at risk of committing suicide: psychiatric patients, people with chronic illnesses, dementia patients, and elderly people without a terminal disease.But instead, the suicide numbers went up: from 1,353 in 2007, they went up to 1,811 in 2019, a rise of 33.8 percent. In surrounding countries, most of which have no assisted dying practice, the suicide numbers went down. Germany, with a population much like the Dutch in terms of age, economy, and religion, saw its suicide numbers decrease by 10 percent in the same period.One hypothesis I increasingly accept as an academic and as someone who worked for almost ten years in monitoring and reviewing assisted dying cases for the Dutch authorities is the normalising effect that legalising assisted dying has had on the general population.We already know from the literature that when one person takes their own life, it can be a catalyst for others. Indeed, there are over 50 peer-reviewed studies reaching the same conclusion in what has been dubbed suicide contagion, copycat suicides or the Werther Effect. Not without reason, and based on advice from the World Health Organisation, the media go to great lengths to censor details that could trigger further suicides. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about their carefulness when reporting assisted suicide stories, the great majority of which express an ill-informed and naïve sympathy for assisted dying.The Netherlands should act as a cautionary tale to those in power in the UK. Like many of the current supporters of assisted dying, I used to believe that it was possible to regulate and restrict killing to terminally ill mentally competent adults with less than six months to live. I also thought that regulating suicide and death in this way would curtail those tragic cases where someone ends their own life.Theo Boer is Professor of Health Care Ethics, Protestant Theological University, Groningen, the Netherlands, and visiting Professor of History of Ethics, University of SunderlandREAD MORE: https://mercatornet.com/legalising-assisted-dying-can-actually-increase-suicides/66597/last_img read more

Caribbean Theatre Network production stages “Ecstasy” this weekend

first_img 56 Views   no discussions LocalNews Caribbean Theatre Network production stages “Ecstasy” this weekend by: – December 7, 2011 Dr. Alwin Bully. Photo credit: Celia Sorhaindo, FlickrAfter a two year break artistic director of the Caribbean Theatre Network production company Dr. Alwin Bully is back, this time with a controversial Jamaican play called Ecstasy. Ecstasy which was written for mature audiences and Rated R by acclaimed Jamaican playwright David Heron, explores the sensitive issues of class, colour and sex as people try to find their place in a Caribbean society whose value systems are often based on family background, home address, workplace and what car they drive. At a press conference on Wednesday Dr Bully explained that the play depicts elements of society which affects daily living and people’s relation with each other.“It is a play that which keeps people taking, it is controversial that it deals with subjects that people don’t like to talk about which are class, colour and sex and how these three elements as part of our lives affects how people behave towards each other,” he said.Dr. Bully explains in the story, how an uptown boy from Kingston’s upper class fell in love with a girl from the ghetto.He said the girl that he fell in love with worked as a dancer in a club named ecstasy.“The scene depicts the way people climb the social ladder and try to fight their way out of the ghetto and usually this is done by sex,” he said.Calypsonians Daryl Bobb, Marja “Lady Star” Jeffers and radio personality and entertainer Miguel Labadie forms part of the production cast.Parents are asked to keep children away from the play as the sexual contents will be strong, and only those above sixteen will be able to enter.Ecstasy will be staged at the Arawak House of Culture in Roseau on December 9th through 11th, 2011.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Flagpole Taken From Local Cemetery

first_imgPolice are investigating a missing flagpole from a cemetery in Dillsboro. (Image: Dillsboro American Legion)A flag pole that had been present at the Oakdale Cemetery for decades has been stolen.Police received the report of the absent aluminum 50 to 60 foot pole on Monday, September 23. It was first noticed missing on Tuesday, September 17. It was partially cut at the base and then tore down.Dillsboro Police Chief Ryan Brandt says the culprits may have taken the pole to a scrap yard for cash. Brandt has been attempting to contact local scrap dealers to determine if it had been taken in.The flagpole was donated over thirty years ago by the Dillsboro American Legion Post 292 in honor of veterans.“I am sure they cut it down for scrap metal. It’s a shame people would do something like that,” said Dillsboro American Legion Finance Officer Ron Heffelmire.While the thief, or thieves, may get a couple hundred dollars from scraping the pole, it could cost up to $4,000 to replace it, according to Heffelmire. He indicated that the legion is considering have it replaced.Anyone with information on the theft is advised to contact the Dillsboro Police Department at (812) 432-3033 or (812) 537-3431.last_img read more

Two arrested after infant left home alone

first_imgColumbus, IN—CPD officers arrested two people Sunday night after determining that an 11-month-old child was left alone in poor living conditions at a Columbus residence.  At approximately 11:15 p.m., CPD officers were dispatched to a residence on Elm Street in regards to a welfare check.  Several minutes later, the officers spoke to Bradley A. Longworth, 38, of Columbus who walked up to the residence.  He advised officers that he resides at the home and the infant child was picked up by a friend and not inside the house.The officers made contact with the infant’s mother, Sarah E. Coe, 28, of Columbus who arrived at the residence a short time later.  Coe confirmed that the child was inside the house. When officers entered the home, they noted the deplorable living conditions inside including the overwhelming odor of animal urine and feces.Both Coe and Longsworth were placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where they were remanded with a 48-hour hold on a preliminary charge of Neglect of a Dependent, a level six felony.The Indiana Department of Child Services was contacted and assisted with the call.last_img read more

Spurs miss out on top-four spot

first_img After beating Arsenal here on March 3 Spurs held a seven-point gap over their biggest rivals, but a run of five wins in their remaining nine games allowed Arsenal to finish above their rivals for the 18th consecutive season. Tottenham started positively amid a booming atmosphere inside White Hart Lane. Emmanuel Adebayor gave John O’Shea the slip to latch on to Kyle Walker’s header but Simon Mignolet tipped the Togolese’s shot around the post. Bale charged through on to Tom Huddlestone’s through-ball and entered the box but he collided with Larsson, who used both his arms to bring the Welshman down in the box. The home fans held their breath as Marriner put his whistle to his lips, but tension gave way to anger as the referee booked Bale for diving, which enraged the Spurs bench. Sunderland stirred momentarily, Connor Wickham taking advantage of a mistake by Jan Vertonghen, but Hugo Lloris took the striker’s shot on the chin at his near post. Tottenham raged against Marriner for the second time in the 51st minute when they were denied what appeared to be another blatant penalty. The ball pinged around the Sunderland box and fell to Dempsey, whose shot was blocked by the outstretched arm of Carlos Cuellar. Marriner again paused for a second before waving play on. The feeling that nothing was going Tottenham’s way continued on the hour when Colback saved on the goal line from both Scott Parker and Aaron Lennon in quick succession. Tottenham continued to pepper Sunderland’s goal but Mignolet held strong. Vaughan was then dismissed after picking up a second yellow for a late tackle on Lennon. Bale drew two top-class saves from Mignolet as the clock ticked towards 90 minutes while the Sunderland stopper had to be at his best to stop Huddlestone from powering home a 25-yard strike. Bale finally grabbed the goal with a fantastic 25-yard curler, but it was not enough to ensure Spurs qualified for the Champions League. Tottenham suffered yet more Champions League heartache as they missed out on a top-four berth to Arsenal despite another wonder goal from Gareth Bale in a 1-0 victory over Sunderland. Referee Andre Marriner denied Tottenham two clear penalties before Bale fired home his 26th goal of the season right at the death to give the home side three points. Sebastian Larsson bundled Bale over in the box, but the 23-year-old was booked for diving, while Carlos Cuellar clearly handled Clint Dempsey’s shot but the referee’s whistle stayed silent. Tottenham will have to settle for a place in the Europa League again next season, as Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Newcastle ensured that they finished in fourth position. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Arkansas, Tennessee meet in conference play

first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press Arkansas, Tennessee meet in conference play Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappArkansas (16-7, 4-6) vs. Tennessee (13-10, 5-5)Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: SEC foes meet as Arkansas battles Tennessee. Arkansas came up short in an 83-79 overtime game at Missouri in its last outing. Tennessee lost 77-64 loss at home against Kentucky in its most recent game.center_img VARYING EXPERIENCE: Arkansas has been fueled by senior leadership this year while Tennessee has relied on freshmen. For the Razorbacks, seniors Mason Jones, Jimmy Whitt Jr. and Adrio Bailey have collectively scored 55 percent of the team’s points this season, including 61 percent of all Razorbacks points over their last five. In the other locker room, freshmen .MIGHTY MASON: Jones has connected on 33.3 percent of the 138 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 9 for 25 over the last three games. He’s also made 81.8 percent of his foul shots this season.SLIPPING AT 74: Tennessee is 0-6 this year when it allows 74 points or more and 13-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 74.PERFECT WHEN: The Volunteers are 5-0 when they score at least 75 points and 8-10 when they fall shy of that total. The Razorbacks are 14-0 when they hold opponents to 72 points or fewer and 2-7 when opponents exceed 72 points.DID YOU KNOW: Arkansas has committed a turnover on just 16.5 percent of its possessions this season, which is the top rate among all SEC teams. The Razorbacks have turned the ball over only 12 times per game this season.___ February 10, 2020last_img read more

Virat Kohli: MS Dhoni played a big role in my becoming captain

first_imgVIRAT Kohli has credited MS Dhoni with playing a significant role in anointing him as his successor as India captain.Kohli took over as the full-time Test captain when Dhoni retired from the format midway India’s tour of Australia in 2014-15, and later became captain across formats when Dhoni quit his limited-overs post in early 2017.Kohli said the process was a gradual one of “earning trust” over several years.“I was always inclined towards taking responsibility,” Kohli said of his early days in the India dressing room, during an Instagram chat with team-mate R Ashwin.“After that it was all about just wanting to play, wanting to be in the XI regularly. I didn’t play all the games, but I wanted to be discussed, that ‘whether this guy is good enough to play or not’. That is a transition that slowly happens.“Then with your interest in the game you start talking to the captain regularly. I was always in MS’s ear, standing next to him, saying: ‘We can do this, we can do that.’ He would deny a lot of things but he would discuss a lot of things as well. I think he got a lot of confidence that I can do this after him.“A large portion of me becoming captain was also to do with him observing me for a long period of time. It can’t just happen that he goes and the selectors say, ‘Okay you become captain.“Obviously the guy who is there takes responsibility and says, ‘Okay I think this is the next guy. I will tell you how it is going.’ And then slowly that transition is formed. He played a big role in that, and that trust you have to build over six-seven years. It doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a process.”Kohli was first appointed vice-captain for the 2012 Asia Cup, which followed India’s tour of Australia for a Test series and a tri-series in 2011-12.In a tour that otherwise went poorly for India, who were blanked 4-0 in the Tests and failed to reach the tri-series final, Kohli emerged with distinction. He scored his maiden Test century in the fourth match at Adelaide, becoming the only India batsman to reach three figures in that series.In the ODIs, he made his then highest score in the format, smashing 133* off just 86 balls as India chased down a target of 321 in 36.4 overs to keep their hopes of making the final alive.Kohli said that tour helped him become aware of his game and hone it significantly. “I remember that whole season,” he said. “It was from that Test hundred in Adelaide to continuously stringing scores. That was a phase of six to eight months where I really realised a lot about my own game and came into my own as far as my skills were concerned.“I was very competitive but I wasn’t very sure or in control of what I wanted to do before. When you come in new, you’re still figuring out how to go about it. At the international stage you want to be feared, you want to be respected. You don’t want to walk in and hear, ‘He’s one of the youngsters, we’ll just knock him over.’ We all play for that. That was a phase where I started to realise this.”In the Asia Cup that followed, Kohli made 183 in another tall chase, against Pakistan. He revealed that during this knock, he had negated the threat posed by Saeed Ajmal by treating the off-spinner as if he were a leg-spinner.“I told myself I’m going to start playing him like a leg-spinner,” Kohli said. “Because his doosra was quite difficult to face and his off-spinner was not that lethal. So I said I’m going to try and hit him over cover consistently, and it just paid off. As soon as I negated his doosra, the potency of his threat became lesser and lesser.“In that game I scored most of my runs against him through the off-side (29 off 10 balls on the off-side and 7 off 7 on the leg- side). My only aim was I’m going to make him unsettled with his doosra. He should fear bowling the doosra to me then I’m on top of my game.” (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more