World Health Assembly addresses pandemic flu

first_imgMay 19, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The world has an unprecedented warning that pandemic influenza may be imminent, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report that urges swift action to prevent global illness and death.A WHO report, “Strengthening pandemic influenza preparedness and response,” is slated for discussion tomorrow at the organization’s annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.Although distinct from the recent report produced by experts convened by the WHO in Manila on May 6 and 7, this document makes similar points about the threat of a flu pandemic.”The virus may be evolving in ways that increasingly favor the start of a pandemic,” the report states, later adding, “The ecology of the disease and behavior of the virus have created multiple opportunities for a pandemic virus to emerge.”Changes have occurred since a year ago, when the WHO advocated eliminating the virus in its animal reservoir. Experts now agree it is endemic in parts of Asia, and the public health focus is shifting to reducing the risk for people exposed to H5N1, particularly subsistence farmers, and improving response to illness, such as with a vaccine. However, the report says, creation of a vaccine “has moved forward, but not with a speed appropriate to the urgency of the situation.”Vaccines against H5N1 are being made and tested now, although the virus has changed since the current vaccine seed stock was created.The WHO report suggests that vaccine against the H5 subtype should be produced in bulk and stored.”Even if the actual pandemic H5 subtype virus shows mutational changes when compared with the current H5N1 strain, a vaccine that is protective against infection due to that strain could confer almost as much protection,” WHO said. “Stockpiles of an H5N1 vaccine would be useful in the early phase of a pandemic when large-scale production of a vaccine has not yet been initiated.”The report also emphasizes the importance of preparedness, particularly stressing vigilance for clusters of respiratory disease cases in affected countries.The meeting about pandemic flu caps a week of high-profile discussions on the topic that began May 16, when the WHO director-general sounded a warning as he convened the annual assembly.Calling avian flu “the most serious known health threat the world is facing today,” Lee Jong-wook, MD, MPH, noted the importance of the window of time between hints of a pandemic and its actual occurrence.”By good fortune we have had time—and still have time—to prepare for the next global pandemic, because the conditions for it have appeared before the outbreak itself. We must do everything in our power to maximize that preparedness,” he said.Mike Leavitt, US secretary of health and human services, said in Geneva on May 16 that transparency, strong surveillance, and communication are essential parts of a response. Leavitt’s remarks were posted on the US State Department’s Web site.Leavitt also urged strong international collaboration, with an emphasis on developed countries effectively helping developing countries control the virus and treat patients. He urged health ministers to support a draft resolution on pandemic preparedness and response, offered by the United States and several other nations, saying it “provides a good blueprint for action.”The WHO’s top flu official, Klaus Stohr, emphasized that fast response is important, according to a story published today by Agence France-Presse. “We are working on pandemic preparedness on borrowed time,” he said.While health officials in Geneva discussed the possible pandemic, new avian flu developments were reported in Asia:A positive serum sample from a poultry worker has led to concerns about human H5N1 infection in Indonesia, which has been plagued with poultry outbreaks. The worker, from hard-hit South Sulawesi province, is being retested, according to an Associated Press (AP) story May 18. He has shown no signs of illness, the AP reported. The WHO said the serum sample was positive for avian flu antibodies, which on its own doesn’t constitute a confirmed case. The worker returned to health officials for more blood tests, which are expected to be done within 2 weeks. Indonesia has tested 83 people for exposure to H5N1, according to an earlier report in the Jakarta Post. This is the first positive finding.Chinese authorities confiscated contaminated eggs from Vietnam hidden in the carry-on luggage of two airline passengers on separate flights, according to The Standard newspaper of China. Dogs sniffed out the 45 chicken, duck, and goose eggs Apr 28. The duck and goose eggs tested positive for the presence of H5N1 virus, the newspaper said.Thailand and Hong Kong are collaborating to create an Asian bank of influenza vaccine and antiviral drugs, the Thai News Agency (MCOT) said today. The countries will establish a bank of the antiviral drug oseltamivir and serve as a regional resource in event of a pandemic flu, a Thai official announced yesterday in Geneva. The collaboration will help link Hong Kong’s expertise in laboratory diagnosis with Thailand’s expertise in epidemiology, said Thailand’s health minister, Suchai Charoenratanakul. The partnership also will include research and the exchange of lab samples of the virus, the story noted.See also: WHO draft report “Strengthening Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response” resolutions presented at WHA meeting; pandemic flu resolution is EB115.R16 read more

Seven foreign envoys submit diplomatic credentials to Jokowi

first_imgRead also: Political appointees tipped for prestigious diplomatic postsMauritanian Ambassador Mohammed At-Thalib Zain Al Abidin, Brazilian Ambassador Jose Amir da Costa Dornelles and United Arab Emirates Ambassador Abdulla Salem Obaid Salem Al Dhaheri also submitted their diplomatic credentials on Wednesday.Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi accompanied the President during the ceremony. Also present were State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, presidential military secretary Maj. Gen Suharyanto and Presidential Secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono.All officials and envoys in attendance wore masks and adhered to physical distancing protocols. Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo welcomed on Wednesday seven new foreign envoys who submitted their letters of credence, marking the start of their diplomatic duties in representing their countries in Indonesia.The ceremony, which took place at Merdeka Palace, was held under strict COVID-19 health protocols.The ambassadors were Guatemalan Ambassador Maynor Jacobo Cuyun Salguero, Egyptian Ambassador Ashraf Mohamed Moguib Sultan, Cuban Ambassador Tania Velazquez Lopez and Qatari Ambassador Fawziya Edrees Salman Al-Sulaiti.last_img read more

Paul Merson slams Arsenal players and says Gunners are ‘a million miles away’ from title under Mikel Arteta

first_imgThe Spaniard has showed some early signs of promise since taking charge (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Paul Merson has slammed the Gunners’ squad and says Mikel Arteta must tighten up their leaky defence, even claiming Pep Guardiola could not get this current side challenging for titles.Although still only sat in ninth place in the Premier League table, Arsenal had been enjoying a resurgence prior to the suspension of the season – going unbeaten in their last eight league games and winning three on the bounce.However, Merson feels the calibre of the squad is simply not good enough and has questioned Arteta’s approach, arguing that the Spaniard needs to sort out the defence as a priority. FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirus is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Asked if he could see Arsenal getting back to the top under Arteta, Merson told Sky Sports: ‘Even if Pep Guardiola was in charge, no. No I don’t at the moment.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Arsene Wenger used to say all the time: it’s all about the players. It’s all about the players and Arsenal’s players are not a good enough team, it’s not a good enough squad.‘I like Arteta, I really do, and I think he’ll do better than the last manager. But at the same time to go and challenge for the title? I think they’re a million miles off. A million miles. They can’t defend.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAsked if there was any room for optimism after some promising signs, Merson continued: ‘I’m gonna go no, if I’m going to be honest.‘As I say, I don’t know any team that’s ever won anything that can’t defend. And if you can’t defend, you’re not going to win anything.‘You can’t keep having to score three goals every game to try and nick a point or just win a game. So until he tightens that up, they’re going to be a million miles off. For me at the moment, no, I think this is going to be a slow, slow journey back for Arsenal.’ Merson is not getting carried away by Arsenal’s good form since the turn of the year (Picture: Getty)Jamie Redknapp agreed, adding: ‘Merse is right, it’s all about players. I like what he [Arteta] is doing, there’s no doubt he knows the game inside out and he’s worked with the best manager in terms of producing players and working with great players. But he hasn’t got great players at Arsenal.‘I think it’s going to take a long time, a lot of investment. I think what’s happening right now, with the current climate, doesn’t help.‘But I think he made a positive impact when he first came in, but he needs better players it’s as simple as that because they keep making so many bad defensive errors and he can’t change that.’MORE: How Arsenal missed out on signing Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas’ replacementMORE: Arsenal targeting £35m-rated Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Paul Merson slams Arsenal players and says Gunners are ‘a million miles away’ from title under Mikel Artetacenter_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Apr 2020 12:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Brisbane real estate: Historic home sells for millions

first_img“My parents sold it to the Methodist Church for 10,000 pounds, which was a peppercorn rate.” His wife lived there until the mid 1960s.Just a few years later, and a few kilometres away, Mr Taylor would finish work on perhaps his most well known creation, the Walter Taylor Bridge, which is still used as a vital connection for the northern and southern sides of the Brisbane River. Inside the home at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville.The grandson of Walter Taylor, Noel Davis, went to the auction in June last year and to have a look inside the home for the first time in several ­decades.“I’d love to see someone get it back to the way it was back when my grandfather built it,” Mr Davis told The Courier-Mail. This property at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville, has sold for $3.925m.Prominent engineer, contractor and builder Walter Taylor built the property for his family on the huge 4076sq m riverfront block 90 years ago. RELATED: How a 1940s cottage was transformed More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe river view from the home at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville.Ms Bakker said the family was in the process of planning the renovations for the home and had engaged prominent architect, Shaun Lockyer.“Because it’s heritage-listed, it’s a very big project,” Ms Bakker said.“I’m looking at the plans right now and it’s going to be unbelievable.” MORE: Reno passion project pays off Inside the home at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville.center_img The front of the house at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville.Ms Bakker said the buyer, who lived around the corner, wanted to make it one family home, rather than subdivide the block.“They could see the potential probably more than anyone,” she said.“Most people were a bit scared of it because it does need so much work, and renovating a heritage-listed home can be fraught with danger with council.” Noel Davis at the home designed by his grandfather, Walter Taylor, at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville. Picture: AAP/David Clark.ONE of Brisbane’s most historic homes has sold for almost $4 million to a local family who plans to restore it to its former glory.The towering property at 95 Bank Rd, Graceville, was once the home of a man whose name is connected to many of the city’s landmarks. The heritage-listed grounds of 95 Bank Rd, Graceville.He said he would have happily bought the home that day — if he had a spare few million.The house, which was built in 1928, has six bedrooms and three bathrooms and a rare, 64m river frontage.It was formerly owned by The University of Queensland. Noel Davis at the Walter Taylor Bridge, which was designed by his grandfather, Walter Taylor. Picture: AAP/David Clark. The heritage-listed property, also known as “Glenrae”, failed to sell at auction last year, despite plenty of interest and bids in the millions.Meaghan Bakker of Ray White – New Farm, who marketed the property with Matt Lancashire, said the buyer was a local family with young children, who paid $3.925 million for it.last_img read more

State Road 7 to close for repairs

first_imgMadison, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation personnel from the Madison Unit have been scheduled to make asphalt pavement patches and repair concrete ditches along a slide site on State Road 7 next week at Madison.INDOT crews should be onsite next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (OCT 30, 31 & NOV 1), weather permitting, closing S.R. 7 north of S.R. 56—just north of Irish Hollow—on Hanging Rock Hill. Barricades will be in place each day between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. stopping traffic at the top of the hill at Harris Street and at the bottom of the hill at Third Street.The S.R. 7 Hanging Rock Hill slide is slated for mitigation next year. A $2,164,847 state contract was awarded this week to the Paul H. Rohe Company of Aurora for stabilizing the embankment slide and resurfacing S.R. 7 pavement 0.4 miles north of S.R. 56.last_img read more

ARTisTREE District wants your input for future plans

first_imgGreensburg, IN—The Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County is currently working on creating a plan for the ArtisTree District, and it is important that they hear from teens, young adults and adults about what they would like to see develop in the district. In 2018, the Greensburg City Council designated an area as a cultural district known as the ARTisTREE District, spanning from the Tree County Playhouse to Rebekah Park and Greensburg High School. The District also includes the Main Street and Historic Districts. It contains 40 cultural assets, over 100 cultural programs annually, and features several culturally significant businesses.They are asking any residents, visitors and interested persons to complete the survey as we seek to develop a Master Plan for the ARTisTREE District. What dreams do you have to include in the District? A link to the survey can be found on their Facebook page or by clicking here.last_img read more

Kroger employees now required to wear a mask

first_imgKroger officials announced a new safety requirement, effective yesterday, which will require all employees to wear a form of facial protection while working in their stores.Prior to this, masks or a form of facial covering were strongly encouraged to be worn by all associates at Kroger stores, but they were not required. The safety measure is now required following the company being able to purchase enough personal protective equipment to provide masks to all of their associates. Kroger said employees can continue using their own masks if they prefer.Kroger encourages all customers to also wear a mask when they visit their stores or to use their curbside delivery service.last_img

Sevilla see off United

first_img On-loan Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin was among the scorers for the Primera Division outfit, who were in Montenegro on Thursday night to complete a comfortable Europa League victory over Mladost Podgorica. While it was only a friendly and most of United’s senior stars missed out in readiness for Sunday’s Community Shield encounter with Wigan at Wembley, it does mean they have won just two of seven pre-season matches since Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer. Lingard just failed to finish off Fabio’s low cross as he slid in at the far post, while a more experienced United outfit – bolstered by the introductions of Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Wilfired Zaha – began to take control. Zaha and Carrick both had opportunities to level near the end but were unable to take them. Restored to England’s senior squad for next week’s friendly with Scotland, Zaha almost brought United level three minutes from time, only for Beto to make another smart save. In the end, Bryan Rabello ensured there was no way back for United, although if nothing else, Moyes was able to see the development of his young players continue. “It is good that we are giving young players a game,” he said. “It has always been part of the tradition of this club and I am looking forward to making that happen. “There are one or two who make me think they are not far away. We will push them and see where we get to.” After the match, Ferdinand confirmed his desire for silverware extends to Sunday. “We wanted to win tonight and we are not happy to lose,” said Ferdinand. “But on Sunday we will make sure we go down there to win. “Not many players get to play 10 years at one club and I will be proud when I have finished. But before that I have got things to win.” Ferdinand also reserved special praise for Januzaj, who was awarded the man-of-the-match honour. “Adnan was our best player tonight. That is fantastic for the manager,” he said, before offering his backing to Moyes ahead of the acid test of his managerial credentials over the next few weeks. “We have a new manager in place and everyone needs to get behind him.” David Moyes’ difficult start to life at Manchester United continued at Old Trafford as Sevilla spoiled Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial with a 3-1 win. Following the failure to make any significant signings to date, and the continued uncertainty over Wayne Rooney’s future, the result is hardly the ideal backdrop to a Premier League title defence that starts at Swansea next Saturday. Yet, speaking to BT Sport immediately before the game, Moyes insisted he has had a “brilliant” five weeks in charge and he was only encountering issues anyone would have come across, including his predecessor. “Everybody who takes over at Manchester United has testing times,” he said. “Even Sir Alex Ferguson had testing times. It is no different for David Moyes.” Nevertheless, Moyes could not be happy at the ease with which Vitolo and Marin, the latter on a season-long loan from Stamford Bridge, got their first-half goals. Prior to the double blow, Chilean teenager Angelo Henriquez fired straight at Beto after being sent clean through, while afterwards, Shinji Kagawa should have found the net after being picked out at the far post by Antonio Valencia, only to be thwarted by the visitors’ keeper. Valencia blazed over in first-half stoppage time before Adnan Januzaj was off target with a curling effort just after the break. Januzaj’s presence, along with that of Jesse Lingard, who was introduced at half-time, was a reminder of two young stars that have shone during pre-season. And the pair combined as the Belgian forced another good save out of Beto before nipping onto the rebound and crossing for Valencia to finish off. Press Associationlast_img read more

Kjeldsen claims Irish Open crown

first_img Press Association Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in dramatic circumstances after looking to have let a fourth European Tour victory slip from his grasp. “I t’s like I am dreaming but I don’t want anyone to wake me up,” added Kjeldsen, who has not played in the Open since it was last held at St Andrews in 2010. Pepperell had set the clubhouse target on two under after a remarkable bogey-free 69, with Wiesberger missing from eight feet for birdie on the 18th in his closing 73. Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello missed out on the play-off – and with it a place in the Open – after a bogey on the 18th, with Hatton alongside Cabrera-Bello on one under after a par on the last in a closing 74. “I played really well, no question, but I had to putt really, really well,” Pepperell said. “All four days have been tough, so while today was very difficult it did not feel that different to the first three days. “I said to myself anything in the 60s was a really good score and it was a great round of golf.” Only five players finished under par after a testing week which saw tournament host and world number one Rory McIlroy miss the cut after rounds of 80 and 71. “I am very proud to be associated with what has been an incredible event,” McIlroy said. “To bring this tournament to Northern Ireland and see the amount of people who came out to support the event and the foundation as well was brilliant.” Speaking about securing his Open debut, Pepperell added: “It’s great. It didn’t cross my mind until I walked off the 18th and my caddie told me. That’s a real bonus. I know my dad and a few friends had already planned to go there regardless. “Having never played an Open before, for my first one to be St Andrews is going to be quite special and the fact that we play there every year (in the Dunhill Links Championship) can only help. I’ll go there pretty confident.” The players returned to the par-five 18th for sudden death and, after finding the green in two and seeing his opponents fail to make birdie, Kjeldsen two-putted from 25 feet, although his birdie attempt did a full circuit of the hole before dropping. “Three weeks ago I was 112th in the Order of Merit and my game was not in good shape,” Kjeldsen said. “With turning 40 (a fortnight ago) you wonder was that it? Now I am standing here and it’s pretty remarkable really.” Kjeldsen, whose last win came in the Open de Andalucia in 2009, admitted he was feeling the pressure after his two-shot overnight lead disappeared on the first hole, which he bogeyed and playing partner Max Kieffer birdied. The 40-year-old also bogeyed the second but with the tough conditions sending scores soaring, a run of five pars was enough to put Kjeldsen back in front before a double bogey on the eighth, where his first chip failed to reach the green and came back to his feet. “The last breath I took was on about the 14th,” added Kjeldsen, who reclaimed the lead with his only birdie of the day on the 12th. “I have never been as nervous as this in the other tournaments I have won. “I had decided not to look at leaderboards but once I started dropping shots I started looking because it gave me a little pleasure that I wasn’t the only one struggling because it was such a brutal day. ” I was leaking shots left, right and centre but made a great up and down on 15 and the three-wood second shot in the play-off was pretty special.” Kjeldsen also claimed one of the three places available in the Open Championship to players finishing in the top 10 who were not already exempt, with Pepperell and Tyrrell Hatton taking the others. Kjeldsen took a two-shot lead into the final round and was one ahead with two holes remaining despite being four over par for the day as the players battled heavy showers and winds gusting up to 40mph at Royal County Down. A three-putt bogey on the 17th left Kjeldsen needing to birdie the last to win, but after chipping from one side of the green off the other, he did well to get up and down for par and a closing 76 to join England’s Eddie Pepperell and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger in a play-off. last_img read more

French Ligue 1 to allow five substitutes next season

first_imgPARIS: Clubs in the French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 will be able to use five substitutions in the 2020-21 season. According to French magazine L’Equipe, the decision was taken by the French Professional Football League (LFP) after a meeting of its board of directors on Friday morning.The LFP had earlier announced that the 2020/21 season of the French Ligue 1 will start on August 22 and will conclude on May 23 next year. Lorient host Strasbourg on the opening weekend, while Lens are on the road at Nice. Defending champions Paris St Germain will face Metz at home in their first match of the season on August 23. PSG had won their seventh top flight title in eight seasons when the league was suspended prematurely on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Subsequently, FIFA announced that the new five substitute rule will remain in place until the end of the 2020-21 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Following the decision taken on May 8, 2020 to give competitions scheduled to be completed in 2020 the option of allowing teams to use up to five substitutes, The IFAB Board of Directors had agreed to review whether to extend this option further,” FIFA said in a statement. IANS Also Watch: #LetsTalk: Of Perception & Understandinglast_img read more