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WHO: confirmation of H5N1 awaited in 2 Indonesian cases

first_imgJul 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that only one of three deaths blamed on avian influenza in Indonesia this week is known so far to have been caused by the disease, saying test results are still awaited in the other two cases.Meanwhile, the Indonesian government promised to take firmer measures to control the virus, which began killing poultry in the nation in 2003 but had caused no human deaths until now.Indonesian officials announced yesterday that a 38-year-old man and his two young daughters were the nation’s first H5N1 avian flu victims. The WHO said tests have confirmed that the man died of the illness. The daughters “died of severe pneumonia illness compatible with H5N1 infection,” but confirmation was not yet available in their cases, the agency said.”Limited samples were available from the 8-year-old daughter who died on 14 July, and the 1-year-old daughter who died on 9 July,” the WHO said. Previous reports had listed the older daughter as being 9 years old.The three victims lived near Jakarta. The 8-year-old fell ill on Jun 24 and was hospitalized Jun 28, the WHO said. The 1-year-old became ill Jun 29, and the father’s symptoms began Jul 2. He died Jul 12 after about 5 days of hospitalization.Samples from the father tested positive for H5N1 in WHO reference laboratories at the University of Hong Kong and at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the WHO said. Samples from the two children were still being tested.Besides being Indonesia’s first H5N1 deaths, the cases have raised concern about possible human-to-human transmission of the virus, because the three victims had no known contact with infected poultry.Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today that Indonesian officials promised to take stronger measures to control avian flu and admitted that they should have culled more poultry in past efforts.Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said an outbreak occurred in April at a pig and chicken farm 9 miles from where the family lived, but only limited culling was done there, the AFP story said. Supari said it was possible that the victims were infected by the virus from the farm.The story didn’t specify whether the farm was one of several where pigs were found to be carrying the virus, as the government reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in May. The farms were in the Tangerang district, where the three victims lived.Supari said the poultry and pigs “should have been destroyed but it wasn’t the case at that time because some of them were vaccinated,” AFP reported.She promised the government would take firm action, including culling, surveillance of people who might have been in affected areas, preparation of hospitals to treat patients, and an information campaign about the virus.Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyanto said his agency would destroy animals on two pig farms in Tangerang and compensate the owners, according to a state news agency report cited by AFP. He said the ministry was allocating the equivalent of $10.7 million in emergency funds to tackle the disease.Supari said 21 provinces have had avian flu outbreaks since 2003, the latest in North Sumatra; Jambi, part of Sumatra; and Banten, which includes Tangerang, the AFP report said.The WHO said it was working with the Indonesian government and US Naval Medical Research Unit 2 to find potential sources of infection in the Indonesian cases.Supari said about 300 people who had possible contact with the victims still have shown no signs of illness, AFP reported.In other developments, the H5N1 virus was found in processed frozen duck meat shipped from China to Japan in 2003, according to an Associated Press (AP) report based on an article published online by the journal Virology.The WHO said this was not the first time the virus had been found in processed meat, but added that the finding demonstrates the virus’s toughness and widespread occurrence in Asian poultry flocks, the AP reported.See also:WHO statement read more

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Lessons from France on the Myths of Same-Sex Marriage

first_imgPublic Discourse 4 June 2013If the recent French mobilizations against same-sex marriage have taught us anything, it’s this: The LGBT lobby has misrepresented its cause’s relationship to time and history. Illinois Democrat Greg Harris stated in a National Public Radio piece what the lobby has been claiming for years:Folks know this will be a vote that history will remember . . . And I think a lot of folks are deciding they’re going to want to be remembered on the right side of history.The proponents of same-sex marriage like polls. A Gallup poll published in mid-May showed public support for their cause rising from 27 percent in 1996 to 53 percent this year. Pew’s survey data reflect a more modest rise, from 35 percent in 2001 to 49 percent in 2013, but the upward march is still clear. In April 2013, the Williams Institute published a state-by-state analysis that reflected a steady growth in the number of states, such as New York, in which more than 50 percent of respondents supported same-sex marriage.Less often mentioned are certain caveats in all these polls. For instance, in Gallup’s poll respondents were asked to choose between supporting or opposing same-sex marriage, without being offered a third option such as civil unions. The data from the Williams Institute show that liberal California is still only at 50 percent for same-sex marriage, perhaps because the state has domestic partnerships already. Minnesota residents only supported same-sex marriage by 43 percent, despite their popular vote to reject a constitutional ban in 2012 and despite the legislature’s hurried process of legalizing it in the state.Nevertheless, two assumptions have determined the way pundits have interpreted these data.One assumption is that the increase in support will be consistent over time rather than fickle. We can name this the Inevitability Assumption, a quasi-Marxian or at least Hegelian view that History is beckoning in one direction and there will be no turning back.The second assumption is that more people accept same-sex marriage because they have more reliable information about what it entails. This is the Enlightenment Assumption, the notion that there is a transcendental benevolence in same-sex marriage, which can rely on the good and the true, if not the beautiful, to be vindicated by the diffusion of knowledge.These assumptions are in fact fallacies. More than any other populace, the French have laid them bare with their four massive “manifs” or mobilizations (November 17, January 13, March 24, and May 26).These four mobilizations are credited as the largest mass uprising in France since the famous revolts of May 1968. As many as 60 percent of French respondents supported same-sex marriage in the fall of 2012, but the level of support now hovers around only 39 percent, with 54 percent supporting “civil unions” only. It is no wonder that the French government has had to shield itself and its LGBT benefactors from outrage with an increasingly totalitarian modus operandi encompassing tear gas and other familiar police-state tactics.The French resistance to same-sex marriage has demonstrated that an ostensibly progressive nation that had little issue with homosexuality as a moral question can change its mind, not based on ignorance of reality, but based on knowing more about what same-sex marriage really means. Sorry, LGBT lobby, the French are sending your soufflé back to the kitchen.Fallacy #1: The Inevitability AssumptionFrance proves that no opinion trend on any graph can be taken for granted as perpetual. In the United States we knew this already; we simply weren’t aware that we knew it. We know from the abortion debate that what seems like a steady march of acceptance can actually grind to a halt or reverse.The Gallup polls on abortion show how unpredictable the trends in opinion can be, for the number of “pro-choice” Americans peaked in 1996 at 56 percent, then declined to 45 percent today, while pro-life opinion gained significant ground, albeit in fits and starts (only 33 percent of Americans were pro-life in 1996, compared to 48 percent today).If we take a step back and examine how the international LGBT lobby has fought for same-sex marriage, we see that the lobby’s leaders must be equally aware that nothing is inevitable about acceptance of same-sex marriage, regardless of what they say publicly. Rather than patience, haste has characterized their tactics.Fallacy #2: The Enlightenment AssumptionRather than maximize people’s access to information about the impact of same-sex parenting, the lobby has sought to suppress journalistic and academic investigations into areas such as surrogacy, which give people pause with time and reflection. While it is impossible to know the inner thoughts of people running advocacy groups, it is reasonable to conclude that they opt to force same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting through the legislatures and courts at lightning speed, before people have the chance to stop and think about what they are signing up for. (The recent examples of California and Illinois are telling; in both states the large number of people who have gay friends did not lead to easy passage of same-sex marriage, but rather may have triggered a backlash resulting in California’s Proposition 8 and the failure of same-sex marriage last week in the Illinois legislature.) read more

Afro-Brazilians seeking to unearth their African ancestry

first_imgAFRICAN NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP African officials seeking solution to migrant crisis African Union re-admits Central African Republic Related More than a century after slavery officially ended in Brazil, DNA tests are giving Afro-Brazilians the intriguing chance to find out who they are beyond mere skin color. More than a century after slavery officially ended in Brazil, DNA tests are giving Afro-Brazilians the intriguing chance to find out who they are beyond mere skin color.More than a century after slavery officially ended in Brazil, DNA tests are giving Afro-Brazilians the intriguing chance to find out who they are beyond mere skin color.A documentary project dubbed DNA Africa says its  database of more than 30,000 indigenous African can help trace original ethnic groups of many of the Afro-Brazilians in the country.last_img read more

Shooting lands man in hospital

first_imgAs of this writing, officers of theKabankalan City police station have yet to identify the suspect and the motivein the shooting./PN BACOLOD City – A man was shot inBarangay Tampalon, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. According to police investigators, Gerocheand his friend were homebound when an unidentified suspect shot him around 10p.m. on March 30. Geroche was rushed to the Corazon LocsinMontelibano Memorial Regional Hospital here for medical treatment. The 25-year-old resident Welnard Gerochesustained a gunshot wound on the right arm, police said.last_img

Wolves boss Nuno hails record-breaker Jimenez

first_img The Mexico international’s second-half header secured a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at Molineux. Wolves are sixth, just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea who now have a game in hand, and they travel to Stamford Bridge on the final day of the season.Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movies7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti Loading… Jimenez’s 15 league goals is also the most by a Wolves player in the top flight since John Richards scored 17 in 1975-76, leaving Nuno impressed. read also:Arsenal stunned by Brighton late show, Wolves close on top four The Wolves boss said: “He has been working very hard and he is a special player. His motivation is to improve, he has broken the club record (most goals in a Premier League season) and he is challenging himself, again and again, every day. “He has improved in a lot of things, I cannot be specific with one, but if you asked me the other way around there is also a lot of room to improve. He can be better.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Wolves’ boss, Nuno hailed his record-breaker Raul Jimenez after victory over Bournemouth.last_img read more

Milan “Graduate Caravan” to roll through town Saturday

first_imgMilan, IN—Milan High School will celebrate the Senior Class of 2020 with its annual Graduate Caravan that will take place this Saturday.  This is part of the blended celebration ceremony to honor the 94 person Class of 2020 which includes commencement ceremonies virtually with a video that includes traditional speeches, formal pictures, and other tributes.  The video will be available on June 5. The caravan will be led by the fire department and will leave the high school at 11 am traveling through Main Street. If you would like to participate, park your cars up and down the streets and honk your horn to honor the graduates as they pass by.last_img

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: South Africa undone by the ‘KULCHA’ duo yet again

first_imgSouth Africa lost their first two games of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shone for India in the series in South Africa.India has won only once against South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cups. highlights New Delhi: South Africa was low on confidence heading into the game against India in the ICC Cricket World Cup clash in Southampton on Wednesday. They had lost their first two games against England and Bangladesh. They were battling injuries to Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi. Their opponents, India, had been dominant against them in the last couple of seasons and in recent ICC events. From 2012, South Africa have lost five consecutive games in ICC events starting from the World T20 clash in Colombo right until the 2017 Champions Trophy in London. In 2018, South Africa was hammered by 1-5 in the six-match bilateral series at home, their worst loss ever.The prime reason behind the loss in the ODI series was their inability to tackle the spinners, more specifically the wrist spinners. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal had taken 17 and 16 wickets respectively. The South African batsmen were often caught between aggression and defence and both bowlers exploited their weakness brilliantly. The variations, combined with the accuracy, helped India register their biggest win against the Proteas. Kuldeep and Chahal have been vital to India’s success in ODIs overseas in the last couple of seasons and South Africa faced the full force of the power of the wrist spinning duo. It was Chahal who struck first when Rassie van der Dussen employed an ambitious reverse sweep and missed it to be out for 22. The second wicket of Faf du Plessis exposed the weakness South Africa have had against spin for a long time.The tendency of South Africa’s batsmen had been to read the ball off the pitch rather than off the hand. Chahal bowled a quicker ball and it skidded through as du Plessis played down the wrong line and was cleaned up. Chahal had maintained the pressure built up by the earlier two strikes of Jasprit Bumrah. Kuldeep joined his partner at the other end and trapped JP Duminy LBW for 3 with quick, straight delivery. David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo tried to string a partnership but Chahal broke the stand when he caught and bowled Miller for 31. Phehlukwayo was stumped for 34 as Chahal ended with 4/50.A combined spell of 5/96 from 20 overs from Kuldeep and Chahal, dubbed KULCHA was instrumental in breaking the back of the South Africa batting and it needed a solid 42 from Chris Morris to ensure the Proteas had something to bowl to. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

CBN Tennis Tourney Gets Top Players into ActionÂ

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Meanwhile, Central Bank of Nigeria Ag.Director Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor said this year’s championship which is on-going already would be special as it marks the 40th year of uninterrupted sponsorship of the annual event.Over 300 players drawn from across the country are participating in the Championshipwhich served-off on June 21 at the Package ‘B’ tennis courts of the National Stadium Abuja.The event will end on Saturday  and some of the notable players includesformer Champions, Henry Atseye, Christy Agugbom, Shehu lawal, Sarah Adegoke, Nonso Madueke, Blessing Samuel and Aanu Aiyegbusi among others.A total of N700,000 would be won by deserving champions in all the categories of play . With the qualifying series of the 40th edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria men and women Open Senior Tennis tournament  concluded yesterday, action resumes today with the commencement of main draw of the both the men’s and women’s singles events.The men and womens doubles events will also get underway later in the day just as the Wheelchair tennis event that was introduced few years ago will also see potentials Special athletes in that field also in action from noon at the main court in Abuja.The Championship which began on Saturday had witnessed some interesting results with some up coming players who were given entrance via the wide card rules are not leaving anything to chance thereby confirming the earlier position of the technical officials of fierce battle this year.Women Singles defending Champion Sarah Adegoke still sees herself as the player to beat. According to her, “every player is a potential threat to her tittle defence and I will not underrate anyone in the course of defending my singles’ tittle,” she responded yesterday as she gets herself into action later this afternoon. If junior MaryLove Edward can come from nowhere and beat all her seniors to face me in the 2017 finals, then no player must be seen as a minor anymore and this is a pointed to the fact that the younger players as set to take over by using tournaments like this as a platform,” she pointed out.last_img read more

Badgers get the best of Beasley

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoOMAHA, Neb. ? For one half, Michael Beasley was a one-man wrecking crew. Unfortunately for him, it was just one half, and he was just one man. And it takes more than that to beat Wisconsin.With the Player of the Year candidate standing between them and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen, the Badgers weren?t about to become the next team to be victimized by Beasley.It didn?t look that way early on, though. Beasley scored 17 points in the first half, one point more than the rest of Kansas State and enough to keep Wisconsin?s lead at just six.Almost single-handedly keeping his team in the game, the forward drew foul after foul on Wisconsin?s big men, forcing them all to log some time on the bench.Greg Stiemsma, Brian Butch, Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft each had a pair of fouls on them at the break, and it looked like Beasley was starting to wear UW down.And then, almost as suddenly as he burst onto the national scene this season, Michael Beasley disappeared.With his team within striking distance, the freshman started to look less like a potential No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and more like, well, a freshman.?Second half they was ? clamping down a bit more,? Beasley said. ?They was double-teaming, triple-teaming every time I touched the ball so I really couldn?t get the shot I wanted.?Not only could he not find the shots he wanted, but he couldn?t make the shots he took.Beasley scored just two points in the first ten minutes of the second half as Wisconsin took what had been a six-point lead and stretched it to a 13-point one.By the time Beasley rattled home a dunk for his last points of the game, there were less than four minutes to play, and UW?s lead had climbed above 20 points.Though Beasley eventually finished with a respectable 23 points and 13 rebounds, it wasn?t enough to best UW.?I think he?s impossible to stop,? Stiemsma said. ?I think you can just try and contain him. I thought we did a little better job of that in the second half.?Wisconsin didn?t make any dramatic locker room shifts to limit Beasley?s production after the break. Instead, it stuck to the concepts that made it the nation?s stingiest defense over the course of the season.?Didn?t change a thing,? Badger coach Bo Ryan said about the difference in his team?s defense in the second half. ?We did not change one of our principles. We just tried to do them better.?Playing with foul trouble, the array of big men guarding Beasley also realized they had to be more efficient with their fouls.?We didn?t want to give any silly ones,? Krabbenhoft said. ?We wanted to use them. We wanted to send a message, ?you?re not going to get anything easy.??As the game wore on, and Wisconsin?s lead grew, Beasley tried to do more and more to get his team back in the game. But the Badger defense wasn?t willing to make it easy for him.?Here?s the thing with Wisconsin: If you?re down 10 to them, it?s the equal of being down 25 to someone else,? Wildcat coach Frank Martin said. ?So we maybe pressed a little bit too much offensively.?Beasley forced a couple of shots in the second half and showed signs of fatigue as the game wore on. His 37 minutes of action were just one off his season-high, and Wisconsin had the ability to mix things up on him defensively.?We were rotating guys on him,? Krabbenhoft said. ?Throwing different types of players at him. We were just throwing different guys on him, and I think that got to him a little bit.?With little time to prepare for the Kansas State game, Wisconsin didn?t tailor its approach to defense because of Beasley either, opting to stick to its own defensive rules rather than to game plan for him.?We treat him like we treat any other player in the Big Ten, like a D.J. White,? junior Marcus Landry said. ?We just fronted him, make it hard for him to get the ball, make him take tough jump shots.?Of course, it didn?t help Beasley that Kansas State?s other players weren?t doing much to open things up.The Wildcats missed on all 13 of their 3-point attempts, making it easier for the Badger defense to pay more attention to Beasley.?We just couldn?t make shots today,? Wildcat forward Dominique Sutton said. ?It was just one of those days when the rim wasn?t big enough for us.?In the end, Wisconsin was once again able to prove how tough it can be defensively, stopping Beasley and Kansas State to make its way back to the Sweet Sixteen.last_img read more