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WHO logs four more avian flu cases in Vietnam

first_imgJun 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially logged another four cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnam, following a report to the agency today from the Vietnamese government.The cases occurred between Jun 1 and 17. Two of the patients are from Hanoi, one is from Hai Duong, and the fourth is from Nghe An, the WHO reported. The agency said seven patients are being treated for avian flu at a hospital in Hanoi.The report from Vietnam to the WHO comes on the heels of a Jun 16 report in the Canadian Press (CP) in which Dr. Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO influenza program, criticized the country for reporting delays. On Jun 15, multiple media reports from Vietnam said six people had tested positive for avian flu this month and that a seventh, a physician, might also have contracted the illness.Unfortunately, today’s disclosure from Vietnam does little to clarify the situation, Stohr told the CP today.”The data which we have received do not suffice to determine whether these are the cases which we became aware of yesterday [Jun 16],” Stohr said. That’s when the WHO received unofficial confirmation it felt was sufficiently strong to issue a statement saying it believed the media reports of six new cases were accurate, the CP said.”It could be the case that two more cases could be reported tomorrow. We don’t know,” Stohr told the CP. “The reality is that is the piece of information that we have.”Vietnam’s delays in reporting avian flu cases to the WHO have been a persistent issue in this latest outbreak, which began in mid-December 2004. The delays could jeopardize efforts to contain avian flu’s spread among people, Stohr was quoted as saying in the Jun 16 CP story.”We want to use this window of opportunity for early intervention . . . [but] we have to start moving when the window is opening and not when it’s closing,” Stohr told the CP. He added that the world would have up to a month to launch a full response to an emerging pandemic.Examples of reporting problems involving Vietnam are numerous. They are most evident in the delays between cases reported in reputable media and the confirmation of those cases by the WHO, which regularly posts updates soon after Vietnam notifies the organization of new cases.In addition, media reports originating in from Vietnam often differ widely. For instance, China’s Xinhua news agency, citing a Vietnamese newspaper as its source, ran stories yesterday and today saying that a doctor at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi had tested positive for H5N1 flu. The story also said 23 people with avian flu symptoms were being treated in a Hanoi hospital and that 11 of them had tested positive for H5N1.A separate source, the Vietnam News Service (VNS), ran a story online yesterday saying that two patients confirmed as having H5N1 were being treated at the National Institute for Clinical Research into Tropical Diseases and five others with type A flu were being treated at the same hospital.The institute had forwarded samples from those five patients for further testing and was expecting results next week, VNS reported.See also:Jun 17 WHO update on avian fluhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_17a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Private equity aids Shelf Drilling in jack-up trio buy

first_imgPrivate equity investment firm Castle Harlan and its partners, Champ Private Equity and Lime Rock Partners, have supported Shelf Drilling in a recent acquisition of three premium jack-up rigs, and the investors are eager to support further fleet expansion if the price is right.The acquisition of the rigs in the Middle East has been described as a continuation of Shelf Drilling’s strategy of solely focusing on shallow water drilling, and further expands the company’s presence in one of its key operating regions.Offshore Energy Today reported in early May that Shelf Drilling had agreed the purchase the three rigs from Seadrill. Castle Harlan said on Tuesday that the purchase and delivery of two of the three rigs, the West Resolute and the West Triton, was completed during the same month.The two former Seadrill rigs have been renamed Shelf Drilling Resourceful and Shelf Drilling Tenacious, respectively. The third jack-up rig, the West Mischief, is expected to be delivered to Shelf during the third quarter of 2017 upon completion of its current contract.Following the purchase and delivery of all three rigs, Shelf Drilling’s fleet will increase from 37 to 40.Shelf Drilling financed the purchase through a $225 million equity issuance listed on the Norwegian OTC list and began trading under the ticker “SHLF” as of May 5, 2017.David Pittaway, senior managing director of Castle Harlan, said: “We are continuing to enhance the value of the company and its offerings to customers, and we will add rigs to Shelf Drilling’s fleet when the price is attractive. These three rigs are especially suitable because they have a strong operating track record in the region and can reach deep into the sea floor where significant oil and gas deposits are found.”Eric Schwartz, managing director of Castle Harlan, added that current market conditions provided an opportunistic time for buying shallow water jack-up rigs, and in this case allowed Shelf Drilling to purchase these three rigs at a significant discount to both replacement cost and historical valuations.Interestingly, the same investment firm trio sponsored a major rig acquisition by Shelf Drilling back in 2012. Namely, the company acquired its first 37 jack-up drilling rigs as well as one swamp barge from Transocean.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Day two of Galway Races

first_imgThe opening race on a seven-race mixed card is the Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle, which will get underway at 5.15. The Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap is the big prize on day two of the Galway Races.With over 70-thousand euro on offer to the winner, there’s a massive 21-strong field declared for what should be one of the highlights of the week.Ever popular trainer at Ballybrit, Dermot Weld, saddles two contenders – Karalara and Ashraf.last_img

North Carolina apologizes for video board spot that trolled Clemson fans during game

first_img Mississippi State’s mascot Bully narrowly avoids disaster vs. Auburn Lots of Clemson fans at UNC game pic.twitter.com/V8GWRyj9Ut— Jay Robbins (@HeelinPa) September 28, 2019The caption suggested one group of fans “thinks that Clemson is in Georgia.” The caption for another group said the fans “can’t name Clemson’s last head coach,” while others think “‘The Fridge’ is just a kitchen appliance,” in reference to former Clemson All-America defensive lineman William Perry’s nickname.The Greenville News notes Cunningham “also has responded to all of the emails he has received so far about the video board spot.”With Saturday’s loss, the Tar Heels fell to 2-3 while the Tigers improved to 5-0. “We regret that it was produced. … We addressed the inappropriateness of the spot with the responsible staff members immediately after it was shown, and we will continue to address this week the breakdown in process that led to it.”During a timeout in UNC’s 21-20 loss to Clemson, several Tigers fans were featured on the video board with accompanying captions, implying Clemson fans were bandwagon fans.  Related News Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on ‘ugly’ win over UNC: ‘We’re not perfect’ Rondale Moore injury update: Purdue star receiver (leg) carted to locker room University of North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham issued an apology to Clemson president James Clements and athletic director Dan Radakovich after the Tar Heels trolled Tigers fans on the video board during Saturday’s game. “We want everyone who comes to Chapel Hill to have a positive experience on our campus — whether they are our supporters or our opponents’ fans, first-time visitors or long-time guests,” Cunningham wrote in a statement (via The Greenville News). “The video board spot featuring Clemson fans on Saturday was not in that spirit.last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Award-winning Kellys Centra seeks deli assistants

first_imgThe multiple award-winning Kelly’s Centra, which was recently voted for a great place to work award, is seeking two deli assistants.The ever-expanding convenience store at Mountain Top Letterkenny is recruiting for two deli assistants for immediate start.The ideal candidates will have at least 2 years experience in a similar role, with knowledge of HACCP hygiene systems.Have a flair for food and have good presentation skills.Be customer orientatedBe flexible in regard to working various shift times, including weekends.To apply for this role, please forward your CV to jobs.applications16@gmail.com Job Vacancies: Award-winning Kellys Centra seeks deli assistants was last modified: December 19th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deli assistantEmploymentjobsKelly’s CentraMountain TopVacancylast_img read more