Indonesia has more bird flu deaths; Azerbaijan probes possible cluster

first_imgMar 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The human toll of H5N1 avian influenza mounted again today with reports of the deaths of two young Indonesian patients, while authorities in Azerbaijan were investigating a cluster of 10 suspected human cases in one village.The World Health Organization (WHO) listed one of the Indonesian victims as a 4-year-old boy from Semarang in central Java who fell ill on Feb 10 and died Feb 28.The other victim was a 12-year-old girl who died Mar 1 in Solo, also in central Java, according to an Associated Press (AP) report citing Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari as the source. The report said the WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong had confirmed the case.The AP also reported on the boy from Semarang but described him as a 3-year-old. Indonesian Health Ministry official Hariadi Wibisono said his case was confirmed by a local lab and later by a lab in Atlanta, according to the story.The WHO said an investigation showed that the boy lived in a neighborhood where chickens had died shortly before he became ill. The AP report said both patients “appeared to have come into contact with infected birds.”The two cases apparently raise Indonesia’s count of human cases to 29 with 22 deaths and the global tally to 177 cases with 98 deaths, though the WHO has not yet noted the 12-year-old girl’s case at this writing.Agricultural authorities have reported a recent increase in poultry deaths in central and eastern Java, the WHO said, adding, “These reports have led to a heightened awareness of the risk of human cases and a higher level of clinical suspicion when patients present with respiratory symptoms.”Many Indonesian patients initially suspected of having avian flu have been cleared by lab tests, the WHO added.In Azerbaijan, authorities are investigating suspicious illnesses in 10 people, all from the same town, of whom three have died, the WHO reported in a separate statement today. Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic on the west side of the Caspian Sea, reported its first H5N1 outbreak in wild birds on Feb 9 and found an outbreak in poultry 2 weeks ago.The patients in the cluster are all from the settlement of Daikyand in the Salyan area in southeastern Azerbaijan, the WHO said. Their homes are near wetlands used by migratory birds, and poultry deaths have been reported in their town, but the cause was not yet known.The surviving patients include a 16-year-old boy who is hospitalized in critical condition and six people who were hospitalized with mild symptoms but have recovered and been discharged, the WHO said.Among the three patients who died was a 17-year-old girl who succumbed on Feb 23 after suffering for more than a year from respiratory symptoms associated with a “neoplastic condition” (tumor), the agency said. The preexisting illness is now believed to have caused her death, but samples from her will be tested in England.The second victim was a 20-year-old woman and a neighbor of the first victim. She had rapidly progressive acute pneumonia—typical of H5N1 cases—and died Mar 3, the WHO said. The third victim, a 17-year-old girl, died Mar 8; officials gave no details on her illness.The agency did not say whether any of the patients or victims are related. But an Agence France-Presse report published yesterday quoted WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng as saying the cluster includes eight members of one family.If any of the cases are determined to be H5N1, Azerbaijan will be the eighth country to face human cases. The list now includes Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Turkey, and Iraq.The WHO said the Azerbaijani health authorities have responded well to the situation but have been hampered by a lack of some essential equipment and inadequate diagnostic capacity. A WHO team is in the country to assess needs and provide technical support, and more personnel and supplies are due to arrive Mar 13, the agency said.The patients in the cluster have been treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu), a limited supply of which is available in the country, the WHO said.See also:WHO statement on case of 4-year-old boy in Indonesia statement on situation in Azerbaijan read more

Series tied 2/2 in Roseau Valley Basketball League finals

first_img 27 Views   no discussions NewsSports Series tied 2/2 in Roseau Valley Basketball League finals by: – May 11, 2012 Share On Thursday 10th, the Elvis Welding Services Road Stars, defeated the Upper Village Hoosiers by the final score of 98-96 points, in game 4, of the best-of-5 series finals, in the Roseau Valley Basketball League. The Hoosiers came into this game leading the series 2-1, and would be looking to be closing of the series, & getting their 1st championship in doing so, while the Road stars would be ensuring that this in not so, and force a game 5. The Hoosiers were again without key players, Orlando George & Charles Williams, who will not be available for the rest of the series due to knee injuries, while the Road Stars are still without Thomas Felix, who is in out of state. As usual, there was a lot of hype & suspense before this game. The crowd support on hand was again excellent, with their horns, conch shells, buckets and galvanize. The referees were Mr. Jeffery Murdock, Mc’Dowe & Peggy. The 1st period of this game belonged completely to the Road Stars, as they were the ones who dominated early & kept the pressure on the Hoosiers to work hard. They were surely on point in the early going. Their offence & defense was 1st class. They were up for the fight, & were not in any mood to simply give up the series. The Hoosiers rarely had anything going for them, as they were inconsistent and the majority of their 15 points in this opening quarter, came from second chance opportunities. The game was still closely knit, but the road stars closed of leading, 22-15: an advantage of 7 points. By period 2, the game began to get extremely tense for both teams. The game became more of a balanced affair. They were now both in it, as they played & dominated in their own style & fashion. Along with this brought a lot of lead changes & ties. At the half, the Hoosiers had erased the 7 point 1st period deficit, & were now leading, but only by a minimal 4 points, 42-38.Quarter number 3 had started, & things turned a bit nasty. The whole of the Hoosiers team were already in foul trouble with only 1 sub. Royce Ceasar had 4, Ramal Carbon had 4, Curtis John had 3 & Edgar George with 3 as well. The players from the Hoosiers, as well as certain fans were of the opinion that a certain referee was against them, as the majority of the calls went against them, while the Road Stars felt a sense of justice was being done, as they too complained of the decisions in game 3. It was extremely tense at this moment, with even violence being shouted from the stands. Everyone was on edge. Players, supporters, referees, & even the clock man. To add to that, it was extremely cold, with strong winds at the basketball arena in Trafalgar. But…… The excitement was still in the air. The Road Stars opened up a 10 point lead, with about 5 minutes to go, until the Hoosiers tightened up a bit, and closed the quarter, down again, trailing by 4 points, 66-62.The 4th quarter took about 6 minutes, before it began, as there was still a lot of fracas, & confusion going on. Everyone was complaining. Eventually, it started. The Road Stars opened another lead, this time of 8, but maintained it all through, till about 2 minutes, until things got interesting. Baskets were being traded on both ends of the floor, as the Road Stars kept their lead up. The likes of Julian Isles, Fitzgerald Daniel, Javeed Joseph, worked hard for the Road Stars, while, as usual, the work horse, Joseph “Boone’ Jno. Baptiste did all the work for the Hoosiers, and received great help from his fellow villager, Royce Caesar. But that was the end of the line in terms of help for them, as Ramal Carbon had fouled out long time, and 3 other players sitting on 4 fouls. In the final seconds of play, being down by 4 points, there was a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel for the Hoosiers, with Jno. Baptiste being fouled twice, shooting 3 pointers, but, having missed the 1st of the 2 sets of free throws, that was the end of the line for the Hoosiers, losing by 2 points, 98-96. And with that, came more noise,& confusion at the final whistle. Series tied 2-2 with the final game to be played on Sunday 13th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Trafalgar Basketball court. Will certainly be exciting. Great mother’s day present.Top performers for Road Stars were; Javeed Joseph – 24 pts, 7 reb, 4 asts, Fitzgerald Daniel – 22 pts, 11 asts, Julian Isles – 16 pts, 13 reb, 3 blks, Patrick Lafonce – 15 pts, 8 reb and Simon “Toto’ Joseph – 12 pts, 4 reb.Top performers for Hoosiers were; Joseph “Boone’ Jno. Baptiste – 41 pts, 6 reb, 6 asts, Royce Caesar – 34 pts, 5 asts and Ramal Carbon – 9 pts, 5 reb.Game 5 will be played on Sunday 13th May from 7:30 p.m.By: Edgar George Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Zidane: El Clasico will not decide title

first_img Promoted ContentWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right NowHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthRihanna Is Getting Her Own Museum In BarbadosPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Of The Worst Celebrity Dads In Hollywood6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone “You lose two games, you get criticised,” Zidane added. “I get it, I am responsible. It’s what is happening, it’s nothing new. But I have the strength to continue, I have faith in my players and I believe we can turn this around.” Barcelona have already sacked their coach this season, with Setien replacing Ernesto Valverde in January, while a number of off-field controversies have created tension between key players and the board. Former Real Madrid forward Jorge Valdano said this week the Clasico would be a battle of “two lame ducks” but Zidane said the criticism has been harsh. “When teams start dropping points, people sometimes over analyse,” Zidane said. “Real Madrid and Barcelona are first and second in the league so what does it say about the others? “I don’t think people can say we are a disaster if we are first and second in the table. There are always periods where you are good and periods where you are less good.” Setien was at the Santiago Bernabeu to watch City’s win over Madrid in the Champions League and spoke to Pep Guardiola after the match. “I didn’t go to see Guardiola, I went to see the game and to watch an opponent very similar in terms of style to ours,” Setien said. “We talked about different things. There are some things City did that could be good for us and other things that are not for us and we aren’t interested in.” Jordi Alba was given the green light on Saturday to play after recovering from an adductor injury while Setien confirmed Gerard Pique is fit, despite turning his ankle against Napoli on Tuesday. read also:Neymar re-opens legal battle with Barca over £33m claim “It’s not damaged and he will not have any problem,” Setien said about Pique. On Alba, he added: “We’re feeling positive, it’s just whether we start him or not. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Zinedine Zidane said the Clasico on Sunday will not decide the title race even if Real Madrid lose to Barcelona and fall five points behind them in La Liga. Barcelona players in training ahead El Clasico Yet opposite number Quique Setien believes Barca’s two-point cushion at the top makes the match at the Santiago Bernabeu “much more important for Madrid” than his team. Victory for the Catalans would effectively give them a six-point advantage over Madrid, given what would be a superior head-to-head, with 12 games left to play. But Zidane insists there would be still be a way back. “I don’t think anyone will lose anything this weekend,” he said in a press conference on Saturday. “There are still 12 games left, we’ll still be in the title race regardless of the result. But we’re going to try to win, 100 per cent.” Setien, also speaking Saturday, said the pressure was all on Real. “For Madrid this match is certainly much more important than for us. In relation to their situation in the table, it is a key match, I don’t know if it’s decisive, but it’s very important.” After Madrid, Barcelona will only have one away game left against the top six, when they face Sevilla in April, yet Setien thinks there will be more twists to come. “A victory would give us an advantage but I don’t know if it would be enough,” said Setien. “I think probably not because we’ve already seen a lot of surprises.” Both teams have endured a bumpy few weeks but Barcelona arrive in a better mood after Madrid’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday made it one win from five games for Zidane’s side. Asked if his job would be under threat if they fail to win the title this term, Zidane said: “I don’t know, that’s a question for someone else. I know what I have to do. “We’re going to try to win something, thats what we’re working for but you can only have one winner.”center_img Loading… last_img read more