Indonesia, WHO confirm 2 girls died of avian flu

first_imgApr 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian influenza virus caused the deaths of two Indonesian girls, one late last month and the other dating back to July 2005, authorities said today.A 20-month-old girl from Kapuk, West Jakarta, who died on Mar 23, suffered from a fatal H5N1 infection, bringing to 30 the number of human cases of the illness in Indonesia. Twenty-three of those people died of the disease.The World Health Organization (WHO) announced confirmation of the toddler’s infection today. The agency said investigation has shown that chickens near her home were dying about a week before she got sick. Although chicken deaths are ongoing in her Kapuk neighborhood, authorities have not yet identified the cause, WHO added.Observation and testing of the girl’s contacts are under way, WHO said. Although initial tests have been negative, follow-up continues.In addition, an 8-year-old girl who died last July has finally been confirmed as a victim of H5N1, an Indonesian health ministry official told Reuters news service today. (Some earlier reports had listed her age as 9.)News reports from Indonesia in July said the girl had tested positive for the virus locally. The government had had problems obtaining blood samples for testing at the WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong, the Reuters report said today. Indonesian authorities received the new test result yesterday, according to Reuters.The girl was part of a suspected family cluster of the first human H5N1 illnesses in Indonesia: her father, 38, and sister, 1, also died in July. Her father tested positive for the H5N1 virus, but the sister wasn’t tested, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report today.“Some experts believe the lack of proper testing facilities in Indonesia is hampering the fight against the disease,” the story said, without giving names or other details.The story added that WHO has confirmed 8-year-old’s case as well, although WHO has not yet posted the information online. Assuming it is confirmed, the case will raise Indonesia’s death toll to 24 fatalities in 31 cases and increase the WHO’s global count to 109 deaths out of 192 cases.In other news, China appears to be acceding to international requests to share more information on avian flu. The nation will provide samples from four human patients to the WHO, said Wang Yu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as reported by Xinhua, the government’s news service.Xinhua said China forwarded two samples to WHO last December as well. Still, the sharing of samples is far from complete, given that China has reported 16 H5N1 cases with 11 deaths.Recent human cases in Guangzhou and Shanghai have challenged Chinese authorities’ supposition that cases in rural areas are the result of the healthcare system and health conditions, Wang said in the Xinhua story. The urban cases show the virus can still infect people in places where the healthcare system is more advanced and hospital access is better.“Although there’s no evidence that the two patients had clear exposure to dead poultry, it doesn’t mean there’s no virus in poultry in the city environment,” added Wenqing Zhang of the WHO’s global flu program.See also: WHO situation update today on avian influenza in Indonesiahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_04_04/en/index.htmlJul 20, 2005, CIDRAP News story on family cluster in Indonesiahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/july2005indo.htmllast_img read more

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F1: Hamilton claims 4th world title, Verstappen wins in Mexico

first_imgVerstappen won the race convincingly ahead of Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and his Finnish compatriot Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari.“I’d like to say a big thanks to everybody in this Mercedes team,” said Hamilton. “What you’ve done the past couple of years is incredible. I’m so grateful.”Vettel finished fourth ahead of Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India, Williams’ Canadian rookie Lance Stroll on his 19th birthday, and local Mexican hero Sergio Perez in the second Force India.Dane Kevin Magnussen finished eighth for Haas ahead of Hamilton and two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who battled hard to resist Hamilton before finishing 10th for McLaren.Verstappen led from the first lap once Hamilton and Vettel had clashed.“The start was very crucial, I went around the outside and from then on I was just looking after the car and the tyres,” said the Dutchman after a third race win.“Big thanks to Red Bull, without them it was not possible. After last week (when he received a five-second penalty in Austin which lost him third place), it was a perfect race.”Mercedes’ non-executive director Niki Lauda, a three-time world champion, hailed Hamilton’s achievement.“Lewis won it, he deserves it,” said Lauda who said Vettel was at fault for the opening lap collision.“I don’t know why Sebastian drove so aggressively to destroy his race. Lewis was in front and Vettel hit him with his front wing, I just don’t understand it.”Share on: WhatsApp Mexico City, Mexico | AFP |  Lewis Hamilton clinched his fourth drivers’ world championship in unexpected but dramatic fashion on Sunday when, after a first lap collision with title rival Sebastian Vettel, he finished ninth in the Mexican Grand Prix.The 32-year-old Briton, who needed to finish in the top five to be sure of the title, battled from last position in his Mercedes after suffering a puncture that needed an opening lap pit-stop as Dutchman Max Verstappen won the race for Red Bull.Vettel, already a four-time champion, came home fourth for Ferrari after driving through the field from 19th following his part in the early crash with Hamilton. He also pitted for a new front wing.Hamilton’s title triumph made him the first Briton to be a four-time champion, elevating him clear of Jackie Stewart, and alongside Vettel and Frenchman Alain Prost.Only German Michael Schumacher with seven titles and Argentine Juan-Manuel Fangio on five have claimed more championships than the Englishman.“I don’t know what happened at turn three, I gave him plenty of room,” said Hamilton.“It doesn’t feel real man. It’s not the race you want when you’re 40 seconds down, but I never gave up.”After five wins in the previous six races, it was a disappointing way for Hamilton -– who said he wanted to win the title in style –- to win the crown.last_img read more

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Why use a Mortgage Broker versus a Bank, A Credit…

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0When customers call me I get the question, why should I use a mortgage broker instead of a bank, mortgage bank or credit union?My answer is almost always the same:1)      I am not an employee of a bank or credit union, I own my own company and I work for you and all the answers to your file rest with me not someone behind the scenes.2)      There is only compensation for me if I work hard and get your loan closed, I do not have a salary which makes me more motivated to work harder on your loan.3)      I have many banks to choose from and I’m going to shop them FOR YOU to make sure my rates and fees are competitive.4)      You will not have to worry about the process moving forward because I am high energy and in today’s lending environment you need this!  Someone who goes to bat for you and works diligently to get through the many obstacles you may and a lot of times will be facing.    Many people have come to me to buy their home or refinance their home over the last 10 years because of my ability to communicate consistently and my diligence on moving your file forward.   Clients who watched me through the process have been very happy with my level of energy and persistence as well as providing proper guidance during the course of the transaction.  Borrowers that were considering me but did not use me sometimes had experienced problems like  “our docs didn’t come out on time”  or “we didn’t close on time and it was not a great or pleasant experience to deal with our lender”.   Fortunately after 10 years of lending these customers who did not use me and had less than desirable results referred their friends and family to me after they closed because they weren’t treated like they thought they should be.5)      I do not represent the products of one organization, I represent many and can package your loan and send it to the right bank after I have provided a financial needs analysis.6)      I can deal with lower credit scores better than other mortgage lenders, most institutions have their credit scores and guidelines set, but not with me, being a mortgage broker allows me to fit you into unique situations that will allow me to better provide a multitude of options for you to consider.  Some banks have overlays, these are additional bank conditions that make it harder for you to get a loan.  I know which banks have a lesser amount of conditions and overlays making it an easier process for you.7)      Currently I have over 13 banks that I can use and an example of a few of these are:a)      Network Home Loansb)      Impac Fundingc)       Eagle Home Mortgaged)      Icon Residential Lendinge)      Sierra Pacific Mortgagef)       Wells FargoThese are just a few wholesale lenders that being a Mortgage Broker I have the opportunity to lend with!Give me a call, there are more benefits to working with me than I am able to articulate here.  I have been a Broker for 10 years , I am driven, competent, diligent, persistent and most of all FUN to work with and I’ll make sure you have someone on your side to help you through the mortgage process. That is my commitment to you! www.timloans.comlast_img read more

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Whitewater’s Sam Kuch grabs silver at IFSA Freeride Championships

first_imgSam Woodward of Whitewater finished seventh with 2771 points while teammate Jeff Ashton was 12th with 2265 points.A total of 331 competitors entered the 15-18 year-old category.In the female 15-18 division, Haley Cooke of Whitewater placed ninth behind winner Jess Sterrett of Salt Lake City, Utah.Cooke totalled 2856 points in the 87 competitor field.Freeriders are scored based on line choice, fluidity, technique, control, and style as they navigate through natural terrain featuring trees, steeps, cliffs, chutes, drops and gullies where they are rewarded for using the features creatively.Showcasing their skills in the steeps of Reliable and Bobcat, this next generation of rippers are redefining the sport of Freeride.The IFSA concluded its third year of independent junior competitions at the North American Championships at the Grand Targhee Resort. Whitewater Freeride skier Sam Kuch captured second place at the 2015 IFSA North American Junior Freeride Championships held recently at the Grand Targhee Resort near Alta, Wyoming.Kuch finished second to Zander Guldman of Sugar Bowl Freeride in the male 15-18 category. Guldman scored 4084 points to 3304 for Kuch.Grifen Moller of Team Summit was third.last_img read more

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#GivingTuesday with Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThis Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, consider donating to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Every gift helps the Foundation do something that might not otherwise be possible, from supporting student scholarships, to funding innovation in communities, to driving economic growth.Make a Gift!Your donation supports these effortsInvesting in tomorrow’s leadersTraining the next generation of agriculture producers, scientists, and business and community leaders is a key priority facing our state. The campaign for the OFB Foundation will expand our endowment to provide increased support for scholarships and professional development opportunities allowing individuals to advance their knowledge, share ideas, and improve people’s lives.Driving economic impactCapturing opportunities that build prosperity, create jobs, and enhance the quality of life for Ohioans by funding projects that spur economic growth in local communities.Environmental StewardshipFunding sensible solutions that contribute to a healthier, cleaner, and more sustainable Ohio by focusing on increased care for land and water.Make a Gift!  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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London Olympics: Yogeshwar Dutt to take on Anatolie ilarionovitch Guidea in 60kg freestyle wrestling

first_imgYogeshwar Dutt will lead India’s challenge in the Olympic wrestling competition on Saturday after Amit Kumar and Narsingh Pancham Yadav crashed out of the competition. Dutt will take on Bulgaria’s Anatolie Ilarionovitch Guidea in the opening round of the men’s 60kg freestyle wrestling event.India’s best bet in the sport, Sushil Kumar, will fight it out in the 66kg category on the concluding day of the London Olympics on Sunday.The Indian wrestlers started their Olympic campaign on a disappointing note with Amit and Narsingh Yadav failing to win any medals.Narsingh Yadav also bowed out of the Olympics, losing his opening fight in the men’s 74kg event.Eighteen-year-old Amit, the youngest-ever Indian wrestler in the Olympics, raised hopes of a bronze medal after he moved into Repechage 2.But there he lost 0-3 to Bulgarian Radoslav Marinov Velikov, a Beijing Games bronze medallist, failing to qualify for the 55kg category’s bronze medal match.Amit, who had received a first round bye, had won 3-1 over Iran’s Hassan Sabzali Rahimi in the pre-quarterfinal.The Indian, however, failed to repeat his performance and lost his quarterfinal bout 1-3 to Georgian Vladimer Khinchegashvili.However, it was Khinchegashvili, who gave Amit a lifeline by qualifying for the final round.But the Indian found it tough against the Bulgarian, a former world champion, in Repechage 2.Narsingh was not so lucky as he suffered a first round loss to Canadian Matthew Judah Gentry 1-3.Gentry then lost his quarterfinal bout 1-3 to American Jordan Ernest Burroughs, ending Narsingh Yadav’s hopes of making the repechage round.advertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoREVEALED: Real Madrid want Man Utd to buy Bale and fund spending spree

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Real Madrid want Man Utd to buy Bale and fund spending spreeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to make this the final season at the club of Gareth Bale.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, who was speaking on El Chiringuito.”Bale will be sold next season, it’s a decision that’s been made,” Inda explained. “They would sell him for €180m, it’s their starting price. They want to sign a centre-back, a left-back, a midfielder and two craques in attack.”Inda says Florentino expects Manchester United to come forward next year with a new proposal for Bale.And an offer of £150m is anticipated, despite Bale’s persistent injury problems. last_img read more

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Jay Williams Says Kentucky Got “Hosed” When It Comes To Seeding

first_imgUNC cheerleader walks through College GameDay live-shot.Jay Williams DukeAfter splitting the regular season title in the SEC, Kentucky and Texas A&M both reached the league’s tournament final – setting up what seemed like an all-important showdown regarding NCAA Tournament seeding. Well, that’s what we thought.The Wildcats knocked off the Aggies Sunday, taking home the trophy. But somehow, when the brackets were unveiled just hours later, Texas A&M was given a 3-seed, while UK landed on the 4-line. John Calipari, per usual, went off. It turns out some of the ESPN guys agree with him.College basketball analyst Jay Williams went as far as to say that Kentucky got “hosed” by the committee. . @KentuckyMBB got hosed. No way #BBN wins their conf tourney & share of the regular season & get a 4 seed while Texas A&M gets a 3 seed.— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) March 13, 2016It’s hard to disagree here. Most thought that at worst, Kentucky would get a 3-seed, and at best, a 2-seed. The NCAA Tournament selection committee continues to baffle everyone, year after year.last_img read more

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Council approves new offleash area in Toboggan Hill Park

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council met on Monday and approved plans for a new off-leash dog park to be built at Toboggan Hill Park.EDS Group Inc. presented a detailed design of the dog park to councillors, with the hopes of beginning construction late summer or early fall.Detailed design plan from EDS. Photo provided by the City of Fort St. John. Motocross Track Park:Pros: Room for a large and small dog area.Cons: Small parking lot, large gulley, loud noises.Priority: Long term.Motocross track dog park. Photo by the City of Fort St. John.RV Site Park:Pros: Good for tourists, makes people traveling with dogs potentially stop in the city.Cons: Next to highway, loud for dogs.Priority: Near term.RV site dog park. Photo by the city of Fort St. John. EDS proposed that the treed area of Toboggan Hill Park along 93rd street be cleared out to make room for the new eight acre park. That area would consist of a year-round dog park, with three different spaces for miniature, small, and large dogs. The park would also include watering sites, picnic areas, and a public washroom that would be accessible to the skate park as well.EDS Principal John Buchko explained that the park would feature paved and wood chipped walking areas for owners and their dogs with the paths being maintained year round.There is already a small dog park at Toboggan Hill, but residents have complained that the gravel in the area hurts their dogs paws. 60 percent of residents surveyed said that the city of Fort St. John would benefit from a new dog park.The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that Toboggan Hill will be the only dog park built this year, but there could be as many as three more built in the near future. The other sites that were deemed most suitable for possible future parks are:Kin Park:Pros: large area for dogs exercise.Cons: Next to playground with many young children.Priority: Medium term.Kin Park dog park plan. Photo by the City of Fort St. John.center_img Council voiced their pleasure at the safety of the parks as well as them being beneficial for residents and travelers with dogs.“I like that the park is based around safety,” said councillor Lilia Hansen.“The one by the sani-dump is good for travelers and people who live in that area,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “I like the idea of Toboggan Hill, Kin Park, and the RV lot.”last_img read more

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Flood Warning ended for Pouce Coupe River

first_imgUPDATE: The provincial government says that the flood warning for the Pouce Coupe River has ended.POUCE COUPE, B.C. – The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a flood warning for the Pouce Coupe River.The warning was issued earlier today for the Pouce Coupe River downstream from Henderson Creek, which enters the river southeast of Rolla, near the B.C./Alberta border. The streamflow recorded at this station is that of a flood between 100- and 200-year return periods, which is close to the June 2016 flood level. Hydrometric data from the B.C. River Forecast Centre showing forecast water levels in the Pouce Coupe River Hydrometric data from the B.C. River Forecast Centre showing forecast water levels in the Pouce Coupe River Hydrometric data from Environment Canada showing current water levels in the Pouce Coupe River Hydrometric data from Environment Canada showing current water levels in the Pouce Coupe River The River Forecast Centre is cautioning the public to stay clear of the river and unstable riverbanks.last_img read more

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