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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

Batesville Dirt Road League Basketball Results

first_imgBatesville 5th Grade White @ Connersville Spartan Arena              Batesville Blue 44, Batesville White 12               Batesville White 26, Rusvhille 19                              Grant Goldsmith 9, Jake Chapman 8, Javier Jimenez 5, Jayden Holcomb 3, Logan Hewitt 1               The 5th Grade White squad (1-11) will next be in action on Saturday, January 14th at Jac-Cen-Del High School vs Greensburg at 1:00 and East Central at 3:00                The 4th Graders (13-4) will next be in action on Saturday, January 14th at Milan Middle School vs. Connersville White at 1:00 and North Decatur at 3:00 Batesville 6th Grade @ East Central Field HouseGreensburg Blue 45. Batesville 25                              The Bulldogs got off to a very slow start and trailed from beginning to end.  Batesville shot 24% to the Pirates 51%, were outrebounded 26-15 and committed 20 turnovers.  Gus Prickel led the team in scoring with 8.  Jack Grunkemeyer had 4                              Rebounds and 2 assists.Batesville 35, Connersville 20The Bulldogs used pressure defense and led for the duration of the contest.  Batesville shot 48%, won the rebounding battle 23-15 and kept the turnovers low with only 9.  Gus Prickel and Sam Johnson led the squad in scoring with 8 each, Jack Grunkemeyer had 6 rebounds and Conner Drake 5.  Grunkemeyer and Chris Lewis each tallied 3 assists.               The 6th graders (18-6) will next be in action on Saturday, January 14th at East Central High School Field House vs. Greensburg White at 2:00 and North Decatur at 3:00 Good luck to all teams.  Go Bulldogs!center_img Batesville 4th Grade @ Batesville High SchoolBatesville 36, East Central Black 10                              Cayden Drake 8, Brayden Maple 8, Caleb Mohr 6, William Kuisel 6, Owen Enneking 2, Trenton Jordan 2, Landon Raver 2, Trenton Jordan 2Batesville 48. East Central Red 1                              Cayden Drake 11, William Kuisel 8, Brayden Maple 8, Lincoln Garrett 6, Landon Raver 6, Caleb Mohr 4, Trenton Jordan 3, Owen Enneking 2                                 Coach Matt Enneking noted a great job on defense, forcing easy fast break points in both contests. Batesville 5th Grade Blue @ Connersville Spartan Arena              Batesville Blue 44, Batesville White 12              Batesville Blue 26, East Central 12               The 5th grade Blue squad (9-6)  will next be in action on Saturday, January 14th at Jac-Cen-Del High School vs Madison at 1:00 and Connersville White at 2:00last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press The next step is for membership to draft legislation by Oct. 30. Plenty of details still need to be worked out, including how to ensure that these sponsorship deals aren’t being used as improper inducements to recruits. A formal vote will be taken by schools at the next convention in January and new rules will go into effect no later than the 2021-22 academic year.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova are scheduled to compete in a video game tennis tournament for charity called the “Stay at Home Slam.” The IMG agency says Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are also participating Sunday. Other competitors include Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, model Gigi Hadid and singer Seal. Participants will each pick a charity to receive a $25,000 donation and the winner will choose who gets an additional $1 million donation. The Madrid Open also set up a video game tournament for this week, with Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber among the entrants.US VOLLEYBALL LEAGUEUS women’s indoor volleyball league to begin play next yearUNDATED (AP) — The top women’s indoor volleyball players in the U.S. will now have their own professional league at home, giving more players an opportunity to prolong their careers past college without having to go overseas.They will get to help govern the league themselves, too. Update on the latest sports — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says the future of sports after the coronavirus pandemic might mean fewer international events. In a letter to Olympic officials and athletes worldwide, Bach says “the current health crisis will lead to a long and deep economic crisis” which will affect sports. He says “governments must include sport in their economic support programs” so it can be part of a worldwide recovery.— Switzerland’s federal government says professional sports teams can resume training on May 11, with a view to playing games in empty stadiums four weeks later. The government is set to make a final decision on May 27 as to whether games can resume in June. Games will have to be played in empty stadiums because of a federal order banning gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August. It is still unclear whether the Aug. 20 Diamond League track meet in Lausanne or the European Masters golf tournament at the end of August at Crans-Montana in the heart of the Swiss Alps can be staged.— Italy’s sports minister says it is increasingly unlikely the soccer season will resume. He says even though professional sports teams have been given the go-ahead to resume training on May 18, “resuming training absolutely does not mean resuming the season.” The French government called off the season in that country Tuesday.— A leading medical official at the Union of European Football Associations says soccer competitions should be able to resume this season. Soccer has been brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, with France and the Netherlands having canceled their 2019-20 league seasons following government orders. Tim Meyer, the chairman of UEFA’s medical committee, says all soccer organizations planning for resumptions need to produce “comprehensive protocols dictating sanitary and operational conditions” to ensure the health of those involved in the games is protected. Meyer says “it is definitely possible to plan the restart of competitions suspended during the 2019-20 season” under these conditions and if local legislation is respected.— The Spanish Vuelta cycling race will not start in the Netherlands as originally planned. This year’s race was set to begin in the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant but the changes in the cycling calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers in the Netherlands to cancel the country’s participation. Dutch organizers say the project “had been designed as a big summer party” which would not be able to happen because of the changes in the Vuelta’s original dates. Spanish organizers say they hope to plan a new start in the Netherlands “in the very near future.” This year’s Vuelta was set to start on Aug. 14. New dates have not been announced. Brome will have a chance to contribute immediately when the NHL resumes play because the league-worst Red Wings desperately need help. When the season was paused several weeks ago because of the coronavirus pandemic, Detroit had 39 points, trailing the NHL-leading Boston Bruins by 61 points and every other last-place team by at least 14 points.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSLeading plan for NHL return includes empty rinksUNDATED (AP) — The leading plan for hockey coming back this summer involves playing at a few empty NHL arenas to finish the season and award the Stanley Cup.Unknowns about the coronavirus have kept the league working on multiple scenarios. A person familiar with discussions tells The Associated Press the most aggressive timetable would have players returning to their home rinks as early as May 15, followed by a training camp in June. The regular season, featuring some if not all 31 teams would then begin in July, with the Cup awarded in September. — The NFL has renewed its streaming deal with Amazon for Thursday night games for three years. Amazon Prime Video and Twitch also will have exclusive streaming rights to one additional regular-season game in 2020. Amazon Prime Video and Twitch will stream 11 Thursday night games broadcast by Fox, giving access to more than 150 million paid Prime members. The regular-season weekend game streamed on those outlets will be played on a Saturday in the second half of the schedule. That game will be made available on free television in participating teams’ markets.NHL-RED WINGS MOVESRed Wings sign high-scoring Swedish winger Mathias BromeUNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have signed left wing Mathias Brome to a one-year contract, adding one of the leading scorers from the Swedish Hockey League last season.The 25-year-old Brome had a career-high 43 points last season. He led Orebro HK with 17 goals and 26 assists. Brome averaged 33 points over three seasons in the SHL. Athletes Unlimited, in partnership with USA Volleyball, announced plans Wednesday for a six-week league to begin next February in an as-yet undetermined city in the Southeast. It won’t conflict with Olympic preparations ahead of next summer’s games in Tokyo for those players on the U.S. squad.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESNCAA board supports name, image and likeness compensationUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving forward with a plan to allow college athletes to earn money for endorsements and a host of other activities involving personal appearances and social media.The NCAA announced Wednesday that its Board of Governors supports a plan that gives athletes the ability to cash in on their names, images and likenesses as never before and without involvement from the association, schools or conferences. Ohio State President and board chairman Michael Drake called it an “unprecedented” move by the NCAA. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Several Major League Baseball teams have announced ticket refund policies for games not played through May because of the virus outbreak. The Cleveland Indians have offered a 10% bonus credit for fans who want to apply what they’ve paid to future games. The Boston Red Sox extended a similar bonus credit to season ticket holders. Spring training was suspended on March 12 and the regular season was delayed from its scheduled March 26 start because of the new coronavirus pandemic. A revised schedule has not been announced. MLB is exploring many options to play this year if it’s deemed safe.— The Women’s PGA Championship has been rescheduled for Oct. 6-11. The major championship was to be played from June 23-28 at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania but was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The PGA Championship is one of five women’s majors. Two others are based in the U.S., the ANA Inspiration and the U.S. Women’s Open. Both have already been rescheduled. The Evian Championship and the Women’s British Open are both scheduled for August and so far have not been postponed.— The LPGA Tour is pushing back the restart of its season at least another month. The target now is a tournament in Michigan on July 15-18, and that depends on whether it’s safe to return. The tour was hopeful of resuming June 19-21 in Arkansas. Commissioner Mike Whan says it’s not about being the first sport to be back but being safe. And he says the next three events on the new schedule — in Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey — will only be played if the coronavirus situation allows for it. The season-ending event in Florida would end on Dec. 20.— The head of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says he disagrees with suggestions by some scientists and doctors that a vaccine for COVID-19 is needed to hold the games. John Coates says the advice from the World Health Organization is to continue to plan for the 2021 Olympics, and he says “that is what we’re doing.” The president of the Japan Medical Association president said Tuesday that it would only be possible for the Olympics to go ahead in July 2021 if the infections were under control, not only in Japan, but globally. — The Baltimore Ravens have exercised the fifth-year option on All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey, keeping him under contract through 2021. Drafted 16th overall out of Alabama in 2017, Humphrey has seven career interceptions and returned two fumbles for touchdowns last season. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2019 after a season in which he reached career highs with 65 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.— The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Daryl Worley. The free agent deal comes after the team selected two cornerbacks in last week’s NFL draft. Worley spent the past two seasons with the Oakland Raiders after playing his first two NFL seasons with Carolina. The 25-year-old Worley has five interceptions and 243 tackles in 56 NFL games. He was a third-round pick by the Panthers out of West Virginia in the 2016 draft. The Cowboys last week drafted Trevon Diggs from Alabama in the second round, and Reggie Robinson II from Tulsa in the fourth round.— The Bills have signed defensive end Bryan Cox Jr., whose father never hid his dislike for Buffalo during his days playing for the AFC rival Miami Dolphins in the 1990s. Cox Jr. was signed to a one-year contract Wednesday after splitting last season between Carolina and Cleveland. He has three seasons of NFL experience since being signed by the Panthers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2017. Bryan Cox Sr. was a 12-year NFL linebacker and best known in Buffalo for antagonizing the Bills and their fans during his five seasons with the Dolphins.— The Indianapolis Colts now have two kickers under contract for next season while the NFL’s career scoring leader, Adam Vinatieri, remains a free agent. Team officials announced Wednesday they have signed 10 undrafted rookies, including Rodrigo Blankenship of Georgia, one of last season’s top college kickers. Blankenship will now battle Chase McLaughlin, who replaced the injured Vinatieri late last season, and perhaps Vinatieri — if the Colts decide to bring him back.— Tae Crowder is going to have to settle for being Mr. Irrelevant without the frills for now. The Georgia linebacker is just happy being picked by the New York Giants in the NFL draft. It didn’t make a difference he went last in the three-day draft. The selection comes with the “honor” of being Mr. Irrelevant, which dates to 1976. There is usually a Mr. Irrelevant week in California at which the player is honored. That’s on hold for now because of restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSAP Source: Goodell reduces salary to $0UNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reduced his salary to zero, according to a person familiar with the move. The person told The Associated Press that Goodell voluntarily had his salary reduced this month. He makes upward of $30 million a year from salaries and bonuses. Other NFL employees will be taking pay cuts or furloughs due to the coronavirus pandemic.The league is implementing tiered reductions in base salary, beginning with the pay period ending May 22. The reduction will be 5% for workers up to the manager’s level, 7% for directors, 10% for vice presidents, 12% for senior vice presidents, and 15% for executive vice presidents.In a memo sent to league office staffers, Goodell also said no employee earning a base salary of less than $100,000 will be affected by these reductions, and no employee’s salary will be reduced below $100,000 by the reductions.In other NFL news:— Takk McKinley’s future with the Atlanta Falcons after the 2020 season is now in doubt. The Falcons say they are taking a “wait-and-see approach” with the defensive end’s future with the team. For now, the Falcons say they are declining their fifth-year option with McKinley for 2021. McKinley, a first-round pick in 2017, has 16 1/2 sacks through three seasons. He had 3 1/2 sacks in 14 games, including 13 starts, in 2019. McKinley will earn a base salary of $1.86 million in 2020. April 29, 2020last_img read more

Sandia cops RHTYSC/Walter Nero Memorial Award

first_img… Joint RHTYSC/BCB project surpasses target.THE ten cricket teams of Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club last Sunday named Timothy Sandia as their Walter Nero Father-of-the-Year 2020. The Hampshire village businessman copped the award after he was nominated by the Rose Hall Town Pepsi Under-19 team and seconded by the Rose Hall Town NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour First Division team.RHTYSC, MS Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, vice-president Mark Papannah, Asst Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu and Office Manager Joel Pike visited the Sandia family residence to hand over the award.The Walter Nero Memorial Award is sponsored by his five daughters – Karen, Sandra, Theresa, Jackie and Narcy in memory of their dad who died five years ago.Foster, stated that since its formation in September, 1990 by three-time Guyana and Commonwealth Youth Service Awardee, the St Francis Community Developers – the RHTYSC has honoured a Father- and Mother-of-the-Year. The main objectives are to express thanks for their input into the club’s success, to acknowledge their contribution in the development of their child and to promote them as positive role models to the younger generation. Sandia is the father of two children, with the youngest Jeremy been a member of the RHTYSC. He has represented Berbice, Guyana at the junior level and is considered one of the best cricketing talents in the club.Jeremy Sandia is a left-arm spinner and solid middle-order batsman.Foster issued an appeal to fathers across Guyana to play a major role in the lives of their children and to encourage them to reject the evil ways of Satan.He committed the RHTYSC, MS to continue leading the battle to get youths to Say No to Drugs, Crime, Alcohol, Suicide and Tobacco.A humble Sandia, stated that he was pleased to be honoured by the RHTYSC and the cricket teams, He congratulated the club on its outstanding work over the last 30 years and the role it has played in making a positive difference in the lives of youths including his son.The club also distributed 120 food hampers to less fortunate fathers as part of the Walter Nero Father’s Day Programme.Meanwhile, the joint RHTYSC/Berbice Cricket Board Coronavirus Crisis Response programme continues to be a success, with the distribution of over $4M worth of food hampers, cleaning detergents, personal items, educational materials and chicken products to less fortunate families across the entire coast. Foster, who is also the BCB president has spearheaded the project and has visited each sub-association to hand over the supplies.The programme was launched in April with the objective of handing over 500 hampers but it has since surpassed over 1 500 hampers. Bounty Farm Ltd has also donated over 1 000 lb of chicken products, which were distributed to homes by the team.Over $200 000 worth of cleaning detergents were also shared out to several public institutions including Port Mourant Public Hospital, Port Mourant NDC and Rose Hall Town Council.Several families also received special assistance on their requests including a Port Mourant family, whose house was destroyed by fire.A wide cross-section of Berbicians and cricket clubs have supported and Foster extended gratitude to them. Major donors were NAMILCO, Bakewell, CIDI, Bounty Farm Ltd, Food for the Poor, Farfan and Mendes Ltd, Ravi Etwaroo (CriczoneUSA), Dr Puran Singh, Mortimer George, Big ‘B’ Restaurant among others.The RHTYSC has to date been the biggest contributor to the hampers project under its charity project.last_img read more