Jun 1, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian officials announced today that a 15-year-old girl from Central Java died of H5N1 avian influenza this week, as the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that it received two human H5N1 samples from China, ending a nearly year-long delay in sharing promised samples.An official named Tondro from Indonesia’s bird flu center said the girl got sick on May 21 and was treated at a local hospital, but was transferred to Karyadi hospital in the Central Java capital of Samarang 4 days later and died there on May 29, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today.The girl was reported to have had contact with sick birds, Reuters and Xinhua reported. Muhammad Nadirin, another official from Indonesia’s bird flu center, told Reuters the girl handled a dead chicken when preparing to cook it. Several chickens died at her home and that of a neighbor, the Xinhua report said.Her death marks Indonesia’s third fatal H5N1 case, with all three cases from Central Java, in less than 2 weeks.If the WHO confirms her case, Indonesia’s H5N1 toll will be 99 cases with 79 deaths. The country’s latest previous case, in a 45-year-old man who was reported to have slaughtered and eaten a sick chicken, was confirmed by the WHO yesterday, bringing the agency’s count for Indonesia to 98 cases and 78 deaths, the most of any country. The global WHO count is 309 cases with 187 deaths.Meanwhile, a shipment containing two human H5N1 samples from China arrived at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last night, a WHO official said today, according to Reuters. The CDC is a WHO collaborating center.”We welcome it, it shows China is working with the international system of virus sharing,” WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told Reuters. Last week another WHO official told the Associated Press (AP) that the specimens were from a 2006 case from Xinjiang province in far western China and a 2007 case from Fujian province in the south.Researchers use samples of both seasonal flu viruses and novel strains like H5N1 to monitor viral evolution and drug resistance and to develop vaccines. The WHO has coordinated the international flu surveillance system for more than 50 years.In other avian flu news, a veterinary official in Vietnam said an H5N1 outbreak has been confirmed in another province, bringing the number of provinces with recent outbreaks to 13 out of 64, the AP reported today.Pham Ngoc Anh, director of animal health for Quang Nam province, said an outbreak killed 300 unvaccinated ducks at a farm in the province, and tests confirmed the birds were infected with H5N1 avian flu, the AP report said. The remaining 400 birds were culled and the site was disinfected.On May 25 an official from Vietnam’s National Institute of Epidemiology confirmed that a 30-year-old farmer from Vinh Phuc province who got sick after slaughtering chickens for a wedding had tested positive for H5N1, according to previous media reports.He was reported to be hospitalized in critical condition. The WHO, however, has not yet confirmed the man’s case, so Vietnam’s case count remains at 93 cases and 42 deaths.In the past, Vietnam has been praised by animal health experts for its tough avian flu prevention efforts after widespread outbreaks in 2004 and 2005 led to the culling of 66 million birds and triggered many human cases. The disease subsided through most of 2006, but late in the year it flared up at farms where poultry flocks had not been vaccinated and birds were hatched illegally.See also:May 31 WHO statementMay 25 CIDRAP News story “China resumes sending human H5N1 samples”
October 20, 2020
This is our country — not the NRA’s. Signs have recently sprung up on peoples’ lawns declaring “This is NRA Country.” I believe that this is our country. How did the NRA take it over? It has a stranglehold on our government. One only needs to look at the inept response our leaders made recently in response to the Texas massacre to realize this reality. Our Congress and president fail to act. We are unable, as a nation of educated, law-abiding citizens, to adopt sane, reasonable and common-sense gun control laws as the rest of the civilized world has been able to do. Let us stop slaughtering our own children. Bruce CastkaCanajoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:Feds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familyEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
October 19, 2020
The Finance Ministry has announced that it will allocate an additional Rp 1.02 trillion (US$ 71.79 million for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other health measures in simultaneous regional elections slated to take place in December.”We have approved the request for an additional Rp 1.02 trillion from the Home Minister to support the regional elections,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Thursday during a virtual meeting with House of Representatives Commission II, which oversees home affairs.The funds are to be distributed to 270 regions scheduled to hold elections on Dec. 9. Home Minister Tito Karnavian said there might be another request for additional funds as 66 out the 270 regions had not yet reported their financial conditions.”The amount of funds [that we requested] does not yet include the data from 66 regions that is expected [to come in] by the end of the week. We are also still waiting for the revised General Elections Commission (KPU) regulation on health protocol,” Tito said.Tito elaborated that the Rp 1.02 trillion would be distributed to regional KPU branches (Rp 908.4 billion) and regional Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) branches (Rp 76.36 billion), while the remaining Rp 35.78 billion would be allocated to security.Sri said the funds were part of an additional Rp 4.77 trillion requested by the KPU for the upcoming regional elections.”Although 270 regions have committed to allocating part of their regional budgets to the elections, we realize that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the income of many regions. […] Many regions have also reallocated and refocused their budgets to mitigate the impact of the pandemic,” she said as quoted from the Finance Ministry website.The minister said the ministry would approve the KPU request of Rp 4.77 trillion in the hope that the regional elections, the first stage of which would start on June 15, could be carried out according to plan. (nal)Topics :
October 19, 2020
Information on the company’s website also listed the judge as a commissioner.Anwar had decided to step down from serving the court after his appointment, Bambang said.“He has submitted his resignation as an ad hoc corruption judge through then-Central Jakarta District Court chief Yanto,” he told The Jakarta Post on Friday.“Since then, he no longer attended any trial and handed over all ongoing corruption trials to Yanto. He was only at the court to finish the administrative requirements.” Pertamina vice president of corporate communication Fajriyah Usman also told the Post on Friday that Anwar had dropped his judgeship.However, Bambang said that Anwar was still waiting for a decision letter from the Supreme Court regarding his resignation.As of Friday, the Central Jakarta District Court’s website still listed Anwar as an ad hoc judge.Read also: Critics demand stricter conflict-of-interest rules for public officialsSupreme Court spokesperson Andi Samsan Nganro said he had yet to receive notification of Anwar’s resignation from the human resource department, adding that he would look into the matter further.“The President appoints judges, so, of course, bureaucratic procedures for resignations require some time,” he told the Post on Friday.Andi asserted that judges were strictly forbidden from holding positions as commissioners of companies, noting the “potential conflict of interest” and “interfere with judges’ independence”.Judicial Commission head Jaja Ahmad Jayus also told the Post that he would be looking into Anwar’s appointment as commissioner. “The commission is looking into the matter to find out the truth.”The appointment came amid reports issued by the Indonesian Ombudsman, whose investigation found that 397 state officials, including active members of the police and military, sit as commissioners of state-owned enterprises.Read also: Supreme Court acquits former Pertamina president director Karen Agustiawan of graft chargesDuring his career as a judge, Anwar adjudicated several high-profile cases, including the e-ID graft case that implicated former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto in 2013. He was also a member of the panel of judges that handled a graft case implicating former Pertamina president director Karen Galaila Agustiawan.Karen was sentenced to eight years’ of imprisonment by the Jakarta Corruption Court on June 10, 2019, after being convicted in a case involving Pertamina’s investment in the Basker Manta Gummy (BMG) Block, Australia, in 2009.During one of the trials, Anwar reportedly expressed a dissenting opinion to the other judges by declaring Karen not guilty. The Supreme Court later acquitted the former president director from all graft charges on March 10 this year.Topics : Anwar, an ad hoc corruption judge at the Jakarta Corruption Court, has been appointed to serve as one of the commissioners for PT Pertamina Patra Niaga, a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina.Bambang Nurcahyono, spokesperson for the Central Jakarta District Court that supervises the corruption court, said Anwar had been tapped as a commissioner during Pertamina Patra Niaga’s shareholder meeting on June 12.
September 25, 2020
The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Silay City police station. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againstDalida./PN Dalida was caught after he soldsuspected shabu to an undercover officer around 3:35 p.m. on Dec. 3, the policeadded. BACOLOD City – Suspected shabuweighing about eight grams valued around P120, 000 was seized in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay Mambulac, Silay City, Negros Occidental. Aside from the suspected shabu, acellphone, P500 marked money and drug paraphernalia were also confiscated. The 43-year-old Leonardo BelarminoDalida yielded the suspected illegal drugs, police said.
September 24, 2020
The Batesville Wrestling Team competed in their seventh match of the year hosting Jennings County. The Bulldogs wrestled great winning 42-36. This win helped the dogs improve their record to 5-2.Varsity match winners were:113# class – Michael Deal, 120# class – John Moody, 132# class – Ben Westerfeld, 160# class – Neal Nobbe, 170# class – Will Amberger, 195# class – Jarret Hooten,220# class – Zach Strub, and 285# class – Garrett Watkins.Submitted by Batesville Coach Chris Deal.
September 20, 2020
Chief executive Ian Ayre believes Steven Gerrard’s iconic status means he will always be part of Liverpool but the club want him to remain involved for the long term. Press Association The cost of the redevelopment has been funded internally by owners Fenway Sports Group in the form of a loan which will be paid back over five years. Ayre also expects new sponsorship opportunities to be generated by the stand with the possibility of naming rights for all or parts of the stand likely. And while crippling debt under the previous regime of Tom Hicks and George Gillett took the club to the brink of administration, there will be no impact on squad strengthening. “The funding has been put in place by the owners, we haven’t gone outside, and it will come in as a loan and that is great news because it minimises the cost and allows us to move very quickly,” he added. “It is an effective way rather than going to a bank and paying escalating interest prices. “It shouldn’t affect squad development as we built this economic model on the basis it was important to find a solution where we could maintain our level of investment throughout the build. “It can only improve once the construction is finished and the money is paid (off) then it is additional revenue so it is additional revenues to invest in the team. “It shouldn’t have any negative effect on investment in the football team. “That is why we do this. We obviously want more of our fans to come through the door each week but we want to compete at the highest level with our biggest competitors. “They have a bigger capacity and therefore bigger revenue so can invest bigger amounts so this is one of the final pieces in the jigsaw for us.” There have been protests at Anfield over ticket prices in recent weeks but Ayre insisted the new development would allow for a greater spread of prices. “We have said all along we recognise there needs to be some affordable pricing and tickets in the stadium – that is the case today and maybe there can be more of that,” he added. “It is about finding the right balance as transfer fees and wages are going up.” Ayre also confirmed the Hillsborough Memorial would be placed into storage and a temporary feature installed at the stadium until construction is completed. The 34-year-old captain is currently deliberating over the offer of a new contract to extend his stay beyond this summer when his current deal runs out. However, because the former England international has not immediately agreed to the offer, speculation has begun about whether he will still be at Anfield come next season. Ayre insists the club want him to remain and he expects the player’s legacy to live on. “We have a fantastic dialogue with Steven and his representatives,” said the Reds chief executive, speaking at an event to announce the £100million redevelopment of Anfield’s Main Stand will begin on Monday. “We have made an offer to Steven and we have to be respectful to him and where he is in his career. There is no pressure from our side. “The one thing I can say is he will always be a part of this football club whatever his decision. “He is an iconic part of this football club and we want to see him here for many years – and that is not just about his playing career. “He has been a fantastic servant to this football club and we don’t expect that to change. “If you ask Steven Gerrard he will say he wants to be here as long as he can.” While Ayre remains hopeful Gerrard will still be around to see the opening of the new stand with its 8,500 extra seats in the 2016-17 season, he stressed the expenditure on the infrastructure would not impact on manager Brendan Rodgers’ spending plans in the future.
September 20, 2020
Things had started well enough for the reigning champions as they got the better of a manic seven-minute, first-half spell, started when Oscar’s free-kick crept into the far corner. Debutant Andre Ayew drew Swansea level in style, following a fine touch with an unerring finish, only for a Willian cross-shot to then loop in off Federico Fernandez. However, Monk’s side did not falter and dominated the second half, deservedly levelling through Bafetimbi Gomis after the striker was taken down in the box by Courtois. Chelsea just about held on after the goalkeeper’s sending off and had a few chances of their own, but in truth they were lucky to escape with a point as Swansea continued where they left off last season. Swansea were first to threaten, with Gomis heading wide and then being denied by a late John Terry block. Diego Costa was infuriated by Michael Oliver’s decision not to award a penalty against Fernandez, before a n already entertaining, end-to-end contest burst into life with three goals in seven minutes. With 23 minutes on the clock, Chelsea struck the first blow as Oscar curled in a free-kick that evaded those in the box and nestled in the far corner. Courtois saved well from Gomis, only for the ball to run free and, having seen his initial follow-up blocked, Ayew showed exceptional awareness to drag the ball back and rifle home. Chelsea were fortunate not to become the first ever Premier League champions to start their title defence with defeat after Swansea threatened an opening-day upset. A celebratory atmosphere remained around Stamford Bridge as the club basked in the afterglow of last season’s success – a feat Jose Mourinho, fresh from signing a new deal, warned would not be repeated unless they showed the “quality and determination of champions”. The Blues were found wanting in the first department against Garry Monk’s impressive side, although they showed no little determination to secure a 2-2 draw after Thibaut Courtois’ sending off. Press Association It was a memorable introduction but one cancelled out inside 100 seconds as Willian’s cross-shot looped in off Fernandez. Costa and Gylfi Sigurdsson tried their luck as the first half continued, with Gomis denied from close range as Swansea returned strongly after the break. Gomis, put through on goal by Jonjo Shelvey, was halted by a clumsy Courtois challenge, earning Swansea a penalty and the goalkeeper a red card. Terry was booked for protesting and summer signing Asmir Begovic’s first moment in a Chelsea shirt involved him picking the ball out of the net as Gomis coolly slotted home. Monk’s side did not stop there and Jefferson Montero forced Begovic into two fine saves, before Shelvey tried his luck direct from a corner. Swansea fans celebrated wildly as Gomis turned in their third – only to be rightly chalked off for offside – before Wayne Routledge, on for the injured Montero, forced another save from Begovic. After Eden Hazard and Radamel Falcao had gone close Costa punched the deck in frustration having felt the excellent Ashley Williams had clipped him just outside the box – frustration that summed up Chelsea’s afternoon. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Oh no, Chelsea’s keeper has been sent off. Lucky they’ve got C….hold on.” – Broadcaster Andy Goldstein remembers Petr Cech. https://twitter.com/andygoldstein05/status/630071507272777728 PLAYER RATINGS Chelsea Thibaut Courtois: 4 (out of 10) Branislav Ivanovic: 5 Cesar Azpilicueta: 5 Gary Cahill: 6 John Terry: 5 Nemanja Matic: 6 Cesc Fabregas: 5 Willian: 7 Oscar: 6 Eden Hazard: 5 Diego Costa: 5 Subs Radamel Falcao: 5 Kurt Zouma: 5 Swansea Lukasz Fabianski: 6 Kyle Naughton: 7 Neil Taylor: 7 Federico Fernandez: 7 Ashley Williams: 8 Jonjo Shelvey: 7 Ki Sung-Yeung: 7 Andre Ayew: 7 Gylfi Sigurdsson: 7 Jefferson Montero: 8 Bafetimbi Gomis: 8 Subs Antonio Eder: 6 Wayne Routledge: 6 STAR PLAYER Ashley Williams: Swansea’s captain led by example against the reigning champions. A rock in defence, he kept Chelsea’s attack at bay for the most part and stepped up when they threatened a late winner. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Andre Ayew: The summer signing impressed on his debut, with his equalising goal in the first half a moment of real quality. Having seen his initial attempt blocked, the former Marseille forward showed great intelligence to drag the ball back before rifling home. VIEW FROM THE BENCH This was always going to be a difficult opener for Chelsea and so it proved. The hosts started well enough but were unable to cope with Swansea’s increased intensity, leading to desperation on and off the pitch. Mourinho simply sat back and laughed as things went against his side. MOAN OF THE MATCH The constant haranguing of referee Michael Oliver and his assistants – there looked very few decisions he got wrong. NEXT UP Manchester City v Chelsea (Premier League, Sunday August 16) Swansea v Newcastle (Premier League, Saturday August 15) Swansea manager Monk told Sky Sports 1: “It’s surprising to say that (he was disappointed). When we came here last year we did well for 45 minutes but today we were excellent for 90. “The players came to the home of the champions and naturally we didn’t quite push enough but I have told the players to believe in themselves. “The message to the players all pre-season is that I want these players to be able to play and express themselves.” On the sending off, he added: “I’ve seen the replay, it was an opportunity for a goal.” Ghana international Ayew was pleased to score a goal on his Chelsea debut. “I think It was a tough one; I am lucky that the guys are really cool. I really want to praise that we had a great game. I think we had a great quality today and need to continue like that.” Chelsea boss Mourinho would not discuss the decision to send off Courtois. “Penalty, red card, goal. After that it was difficult,” he said. “We played very well until the second half. First half I think high quality, with 10 men we fought hard. “We played very well in the first half and the game was under control. “To play 35 minutes with one player less, the first game of the season when the condition is not sharp, it is difficult.”
September 17, 2020
The No. 3-ranked Women of Troy will hit the road this weekend to take on No. 17 LMU in a conference match on Saturday before heading up north to play CSU Bakersfield in an MPSF clash on Sunday.Neither the Lions (15-9) nor the Roadrunners (12-11, 0-2 MPSF) have ever defeated a USC team.The program is 25-0 all-time against Loyola Marymount, while it’s 11-0 all-time against CSU Bakersfield.This will be the Women of Troy’s first meeting with LMU this season after defeating them 14-5 last April.The Lions will be coming off a pair of Golden Coast Conference matches against Azusa Pacific and Fresno Pacific.LMU defetaed Azusa Pacific 16-7 on Thursday.On the other hand, USC went on an offensive explosion earlier this season in January against CSU Baskersfield on their way to a 33-5 route.This weekend’s slate of games will be USC’s first competition since the team’s spring break trip to Hawaii, where they came home with two commanding wins.While away from the mainland, the Women of Troy (17-2, 1-1 MPSF) dominated Pomona-Pitzer by a score of 22-3. Senior Monica Vavic continued her scoring tear since becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer by netting a team-high five goals in the match, upping her career total to 264.The team would use the momentum from that game to power past No. 7 Hawai’i by a score of 10-1.The stifling USC defense against the Rainbow Wahine was led by freshman goalie Victoria Chamorro, who posted eight saves in the win.In fact, the Women of Troy held their host scoreless for the last 11 minutes of play.The Women of Troy currently lead the MPSF on both sides of the ball, offense and defensive respectively.The conference’s number one offense is currently averaging just under 18 goals per game, while the team is giving up about four goals per game.This dominance on both offense and defense is apparent from the fact that USC has outscored its opponents this season by more than four times, 338-80.Having the best program’s top scorer in Vavic, who has tallied 73 goals to date this season, definitely helps, but she has had a lot of help along the way,Sophomore Stephania Haralabidis follows Vavic on the team’s scoring sheet with 47 goals thus far. Her twin sister, Ioanna is next in line with 35 goals.The Women of Troy will likely have to put their defensive caps on to stop a trio of established scoring threats they will be facing this weekend.LMU’s top returning scorer in junior Ivana Castro has posted an impressive 55 goals for the Lions this season.For CSU Bakersfield, the duo of sophomores Kristen Jensen and Nicola Barrett lead the team with 40 goals each.Both Saturday’s clash against LMU and Sunday’s matchup with the Roadrunners of Cal State Bakersfield are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
September 16, 2020
A strong first half for the Trojans saw them open up a 12-point lead at the half after outscoring the Buffs 18-6 in the second quarter. Colorado shot a paltry 20% from the field in the first two quarters compared to a mark of 42.3% for USC. “She was not going to let her team lose,” Trakh said. “She’s one of our most valuable players out there … She anchors the defense.” USC ended the regular season on a high note, winning eight of its final 13 conference games after losing its first five games of Pac-12 play. The Trojans’ stout defensive effort limited Colorado’s ability to shoot the ball from deep, as the Buffaloes missed all 12 of their attempts from behind the arc while USC sank four threes. The Trojans will return to action with plenty of momentum March 5 in Las Vegas for a rematch with Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament Thursday at 6 p.m. Overbeck was proud of the team’s defensive effort to shut down Colorado’s offense throughout the game. USC was led by another impressive showing from freshmen forward Alissa Pili — who earned her fourth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award Monday — and guard Endyia Rogers. Rogers continued her recent strong run for USC, finishing with 20 points to go with four rebounds and four assists. Trakh seemed encouraged by his team’s growth over the course of the season, especially given the Trojans’ tough start to conference play. Trakh was complimentary of Overbeck as a player and young leader during her final season at USC. “We were just trying to have urgency coming at the 3-point shooters,” Overbeck said. “Make them be drivers, make them take tough shots. We really excelled at it today.” Sunday’s game marked the first time USC held an opponent to under 60 points in conference play this year and the lowest total it has held an opponent to since a win against Cal State Long Beach Dec. 21. The win puts the Trojans at 16-13 overall on the season, including an 8-10 mark in conference play and an 11-4 overall record at home — good for seventh in a strong Pac-12 conference. Second-half efforts were not a concern for head coach Mark Trakh and company on Sunday, however, as USC maintained its first-half lead throughout the final two quarters. After averaging 30.5 points in her last two games, Pili topped her season average of 16.1 once again, finishing with 20 points to go with 13 rebounds. Pili’s efforts amounted to her 11th double-double this season — a team-high — and her 14th straight game with at least 10 points. The USC women’s basketball team closed out its regular season against Colorado Sunday afternoon in a 66-55 win at Galen Center. The Trojans’ encouraging development over the course of the season as well as the team’s strong finish should give them momentum heading into the Pac-12 Tournament this week in Las Vegas. Freshman forward Alissa Pili won her fourth Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award of the season Monday. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) After narrowly defeating Utah 69-66 Friday evening, the Trojans took care of business on Senior Day against the Buffaloes to finish the regular season on a three-game winning streak. Graduate guards Aliyah Jeune and Stephanie Watts were held out with injuries, but senior forward Kayla Overbeck made her presence known on both ends of the floor as she provided energy for the Trojans throughout the afternoon. Overbeck finished her final game at Galen Center with 10 points, four rebounds and a win. The Trojans earned a split in the season series with the Buffaloes after getting outscored 27-10 in the third quarter of what would ultimately become a 66-53 loss in the teams’ first meeting in Boulder. “We’re playing good basketball right now,” Trakh said. “I think it’s selflessness, I think it’s teamwork, I think it’s attitude, it’s culture. I’m just really proud of the kids.” Senior forward Kayla Overbeck finished her USC regular season career with a win over Colorado Sunday. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan)