Vietnam reports 43rd H5N1 death

first_imgJun 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A Vietnamese health ministry official announced 2 days ago that a 20-year-old man had died of H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country’s first death from the disease in about 18 months.Trinh Quan Huan, Vietnam’s vice health minister, told Vietnam News Agency (VNA) that the man fell ill on Jun 2 and died on Jun 10, two days after he was hospitalized, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today.VNA reported that the man’s family raised about two dozen fighting cocks and some ducks, the AP story said.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the man’s case, as well as four other cases reported by Vietnam over the past few weeks, the country’s H5N1 case count will rise to 98, with 43 deaths. For now, the WHO count for Vietnam stands at 93 cases and 42 deaths.Two Vietnamese patients who were recently diagnosed with H5N1 infections have been released from hospitals, while two others remain under care, according to the AP report. All are from northern provinces, and all were reported to have had contact with sick or dead birds.Vietnam has been battling several poultry H5N1 outbreaks since early May. Animal-health officials today announced that almost 700 ducks and chickens died at eight farms in Bac Giang province in northern Vietnam, bringing the number of affected provinces to 16, Reuters reported.”Bird flu virus is widely present in the environment and has infected many poultry flocks. Therefore, it can happen anywhere now,” said a government statement quoting Deputy Agriculture Minister Bui Ba Bong, according to the Reuters report.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently published a report on its investigation of Vietnam’s recent bird outbreaks. It attributed the unseasonable outbreaks to an increase in the numbers of ducks, many unvaccinated, that were released to graze on newly harvested rice paddies.Meanwhile, agriculture officials in Bangladesh said today that H5N1 avian flu has spread to two farms in Jaipurhat district, prompting the culling of 7,000 chickens, according to a Reuters story.The outbreaks, which began in March, have now affected 14 of the country’s 64 districts, the Reuters report said. Bangladesh has had no confirmed human H5N1 cases.See also:WHO H5N1 case countJun 7 FAO report read more

Merrill Lynch retains top spot in broker survey

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House website hacked, building put up ‘for sale’ in jobs law protest

first_imgHe said the House’s information and technology division was in the process of fixing the website and had taken down the hacked text.At the time of writing, the House’s website appears to have returned to normal.A TikTok video showing the hacked text made rounds on social media, with many netizens expressing their amusement at the guerilla satire.House secretary-general Indra Iskandar acknowledged that there had been attempts to hack the website since Monday, when the bill was passed into law. Widespread protests against the passage of the controversial Job Creation Law have extended to cyberspace, as netizens flood social media to criticize lawmakers, but certain tech-savvy protesters have taken a more direct approach.The House of Representatives’ website was recently hacked and the home page header was changed to read “House of Traitors”.Communications and Information Minister Johnny G Plate confirmed the hacking on Thursday and noted that the security breach was being investigated. However, he denied that the altered text on the website’s home page was the result of hacking, claiming that it was merely a visual edit.Read also: Govt defends jobs law despite opposition“The text was [the result of] an edit,” Indra said, adding that the House had coordinated with state-owned telecommunications firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) and the National Police to monitor any further security breach.Other protesters have also found unusual ways to voice their opposition to the new law, such as putting up mock product pages on e-commerce platforms to “sell” the House complex.One such page on Tokopedia offers the House complex – and its occupants – for Rp 1,000 (US$0.068).Tokopedia spokesperson Ekhel Chandra Wijaya said the company would watch out for disruptive activities on the platform to ensure compliance with the law.“We are following up on reports in accordance with procedure,” Ekhel said in a statement on Wednesday as quoted by e-commerce company, Shopee, also saw the creation of product pages for the House complex on its platform.“We have ensured that all product and store pages that violate our application’s terms and conditions are taken down to ensure customer convenience,” said Shopee spokesperson Radityo Triatmojo.Several such product pages on Shopee offered the House complex for between Rp 10,000 and Rp 99,000.The National Police previously issued a telegram calling for “cyber patrols” to curb mass protests against the passage of the law, stoking fears of authoritarianism among protesters. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Danny Welbeck may still get new Arsenal contract despite injury troubles

first_img Comment Advertisement Phil HaighSunday 31 Mar 2019 6:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15Shares Welbeck has been out since November (Picture: Getty Images)‘He’s progressing very well,’ said Emery.ADVERTISEMENT‘He is working and starting to touch the ball and to work on the pitch. His progress with such a big injury is going very well.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s difficult for him to play matches this season but he is progressing very well and maybe the doctor will tell us he can come train with us in the last weeks of this season.‘After, his individual thing is to speak with the club (about his future). Welbeck broke his ankle against Sporting (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have very few English players in their ranks, and Emery hinted that could be a reason to keep Welbeck in the squad.‘Every (English) team needs English players,’ the Spaniard continued.‘Danny has his injury now. He was going with the national team and we were happy for him and the national team.More: FootballChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘(Promising English players) are now in (Arsenal’s) under-18s, under-19s, under-20s and under-21s teams.‘We have a lot of players with the possibility to grow up with us and be part of our future, and also with the national team.’Arsenal are in Premier League action on Monday night when they take on Newcastle at the Emirates.MORE: Roma want Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri to be their manager next seasonMORE: Furious Neil Warnock blasts ‘criminal’ officials after controversial Chelsea defeatcenter_img Unai Emery is thinking about a new deal for Danny Welbeck (Picture: Getty Images)Danny Welbeck’s hopes of a new Arsenal contract are still alive, despite being out of action through injury since November.The England international’s current deal expires in the summer, and his chances of a new contract appeared to have been hit after he broke his ankle in the Europa League on 8 November.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starHowever, Gunners boss Unai Emery believes contract talks are on the way for the 28-year-old, as the Spaniard provided an update on the striker’s injury. Advertisement Danny Welbeck may still get new Arsenal contract despite injury troubleslast_img read more

GUIMARAS A HARD SELL? DOT seeks to reposition island after Iloilo Strait tragedy

first_imgParticipants included students, businessmen, motorboatoperators and workers, motorcycle and jeepney drivers, and resort owners, amongothers. The Department of Tourism Region 6knows what it has to do: reassure tourists that it remains safe to cross theIloilo Strait. But Director Helen Catalbas acknowledges there’s a lot to do. MARINA actually ordered the phase outof all wooden-hulled passenger motorboats and replace these with aluminum- orfiberglass-hulled ones but boat operators said the cost was prohibitive. “What Guimaras is currently gettingare independent or individual travellers, small groups. Gone are the big groupsof tourists crossing the Iloilo Strait to visit the island in buses and vans,”said Catalbas. Stakeholders present includedrepresentatives from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Maritime IndustryAuthority (MARINA), local government units of Guimaras, tour operators,resorts, hotels, and restaurants. “In the minds of tourists, it’s noteasy, it’s not safe to go to Guimaras anymore,” lamented Catalbas. According to the Guimaras ProvincialTourism Office, 19,439 same-day tourists visited the island in August and16,908 in September – significantly lower than the 49,295 visitors recorded inAugust 2018 and 31,856 tourists who came in September last year. From the Parola wharf, the berthing area of motorboats plying the Iloilo City – Guimaras route has been temporarily moved to the old wharf of Bacolod City-bound fastcrafts on Iloilo City’s Muelley Loney Street to give way to the dredging of the mouth of the Iloilo River. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Last month a group calling itself Hugpong Guimarasheld a “unity walk” in Guimaras to dramatize the sorry plight of the provincedue to the tightly regulated operation of motorboats. “We have to respect the ‘safety first’policy of MARINA and coastguard,” said Catalbas, “but we have to come up withsolutions which will allow tourism and Guimaras to move forward.” Wearing black shirts, they called for the return of the way motorboatsoperated prior to the Aug. 3 Iloilo Strait tragedy. “We will reposition Guimaras as a safedestination. We need to assure tourists that traveling to Guimaras is stillsafe. But we have to get the commitment of all stakeholders,” she said duringyesterday’s inter-agency dialogue at a hotel here. Tourism has become one of the maineconomic drivers of Guimaras which boasts of export-quality sweet mangoes,beaches and dive sites. The PCG and MARINA imposed strictmeasures on sea travel following the Aug. 3 Iloilo Strait tragedy. Theseincluded limiting motorboat trips (from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. only), removal orrolling up of tarpaulins or canvas that give shade to passengers, and mandatorywearing of lifejackets throughout the trip. Catalbas also suggested that fastcrafts and roll on, roll off (roro) ships make themselves available for chartertrips of big groups going to Guimaras. Stakeholders also agreed to lobby withMARINA to reconsider one restriction – the removal or rolling up of tarpaulinsor canvas that protect passengers from the scorching heat of the sun. ILOILO City – After the capsizing ofthree motorboats that drowned 31 people in the Iloilo Strait, tourist arrivalsin the island province of Guimaras dropped by 73 percent in August andSeptember this year from arrivals recorded in the same months last year, datafrom the Guimaras Provincial Tourism Office showed. “Our plea is that for the time being, samtang wala pa ang modernization, ibalik ang trapal with some modifications,” said Fred Davis ofHugpong Guimaras. “With a lot of events and conventionsin Iloilo City, Guimaras has to be ready to accommodate tourists. Whether weadmit it or not, whether we realize it or not, Guimaras is one of theattractions of Iloilo City. They (visitors) come here for events and they hopeto cross to Guimaras which is only 15 minutes away,” said Catalbas. One of the things that dialogueparticipants agreed yesterday was to modernize or improve motorboat services. Gov. Samuel Gumarin of Guimaras and Cong. Lucille Nava themselvesearlier warned of the economic dislocation of motorboat operators, crew andtheir families if the phase out of wooden-hulled boats is not done gradually./PNlast_img read more

Defeat may put players off – Bruce

first_imgHull boss Steve Bruce has admitted his side’s 3-0 capitulation to Newcastle at the KC Stadium could have jeopardised his chances of strengthening his squad in the current transfer window. But Carver now faces a “15-game season” to turn his dream job into a longer-term appointment, with club officials still expected to look elsewhere for a successor to Alan Pardew. Carver said: “I want this job and have all re-focused on what is really a 15-game season. “We are getting players back from injury and they have all got to compete and get in the team. Everybody’s re-focused because they know I am now the head coach and I hope we are going to go forward.” Carver went on to pay tribute to top scorer Papiss Cisse, who completed his long-haul return from the African Nations Cup late on Friday night and made a brief appearance off the bench with the game already won. “We got him on a train and a plane and he got here eventually,” Carver said. “He might have been a little bit fatigued, but I wanted to get him on the pitch because he had travelled and made the effort to get here. It shows you that everybody wants to be a part of it and that is a good thing.” Bruce revealed fees have been agreed for the Tigers’ two main targets – Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Dame N’Doye. But, after goals from Remy Cabella, Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran gave the visitors the simplest of wins, Bruce said he would not be surprised to find either player having second thoughts. Press Association Bruce said: “Both (the deals) are up to the players themselves, and, with the position we are in at the moment in the bottom three, we are not really endearing ourselves to the two players. “The fee is agreed (for N’Doye) but there is still a lot of work to be done and that goes for Lennon too – but we hope we can bring the pair of them in. “It would certainly add to our squad but even if we don’t I am still confident the squad we’ve got can avoid going back down into the Championship.” Bruce blasted his side’s second-half performance after an encouraging start in which Michael Dawson and Curtis Davies both came close to putting the hosts ahead. Individual errors were responsible for gifting Newcastle their first two goals and Bruce acknowledged: “We simply have to stop gifting people goals like we have done in the game today. “We made an individual mistake from which they scored and up until then I thought we were the better team – then in the second half we have made a catalogue of errors for the second goal. “We need to show resilience and a bit more determination to try to rectify the situation, but if we’re honest after the second goal it turned into one of those horrible afternoons you can all do without.” The result provided a dream start for Newcastle head coach John Carver, who was handed the job until the end of the season earlier this week. last_img read more

Port Harcourt Polo Club Joins Campaign against Polio

first_imgErnest Chinwo in Port Harcourt Port Harcourt Polo Club has announced its preparedness to work with relevant government and non-governmental agencies to advance the health and well-being of the people.The club joined the campaign against polio in the country as part of its humanitarian services. The President of Port Harcourt Polo Club, Leo Edochie, spoke in Port Harcourt while unveiling a big polio box presented to the club by Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan, District 9141.Edochie lauded the partnership between the club and Rotary Club and said the club was ready to serve the greater interest of the public.He noted that polio was one of the diseases plaguing the country and said it was time individuals and organisations joined hands to eliminate the scourge from the country.“Port Harcourt Polo Club is pleased to partner Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan on this important fight against polio.  “While we call on other individuals and organisations to join this important fight against polio, we restate our preparedness to work for the greater good of the society,” he said.Edochie said greater humanitarian service is one of the new board’s nine point vision and that the club and its members are willing to do more.His deputy, Chukwudi Dimkpa, also said that Port Harcourt Polo Club will do everything positive to support in the fight against Polio.The Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan , District 9141  had presented a big polio box at the Port Harcourt Polo Club, GRA, as part of its humanitarian services in the city.The big polo box is for cash donation that would be forwarded to Rotary Foundation for the fight against polio.Speaking at the presentation, the former District Governor of District 9141, Sir Gabriel Toby, commended the management of Polo Club for partnering Rotary to end polio.Toby, a former deputy Governor of Rivers State, said sports control a lot of followership and the larger society could be reached through sports. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Senators discuss budget concerns

first_imgMonday night’s Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting tackled budgetary issues within USG and determined which organizations on USG’s Program Board will receive additional funding this spring.Treasurer Kameron VanWoerkom proposed an amendment to USG’s bylaws that would restructure the organization’s discretionary fund. The discretionary fund allocates USG funding to undergraduate student organizations on campus that do not fall under the umbrella of USG’s Program Board.VanWoerkom said the fund has lost some of its discretion over the years, due to a flood of applications overwhelming board members.“The discretionary fund comprises one-third of our Program Board funding,” VanWoerkom said. “They’ve been receiving four to six applications per week, and their meetings are taking longer than the one hour they are planned for.”The discretionary fund received 121 expense requests this year, and more than 70 applications for funding. Under current USG bylaws, members of the discretionary board are unpaid. VanWoerkom believes the amount of work for these individuals is far too strenuous relative to their compensation.“There can be lots of stress, particularly for the director and assistant director,” VanWoerkom said.The proposed amendment will divide the discretionary fund in half. Instead of a single committee, the organization will split into two committees headed by two co-directors. Applications and proposals will be shared equally between the two committees, along with the same source of  USG funding.The goal of this reorganization is to have each board process two to three applications per week, and for discussion to be more thoughtful and conversations with student organizations to be more productive.“Conservations with student [organizations] can be time consuming [for the Discretionary Committee], but also very rewarding, as they help determine which organizations deserve funding,” VanWoerkom said.The Senate will vote on the proposed amendment after spring break.USG also voted on several funding requests. Notably, the Senate struck down a funding request from the Concerts Committee.“The amount we’re able to give them is [too] small relative to the amount they need,” said Greek senator Nicole Schrad.A Latino Student Assembly funding request was also denied and performing arts was partially funded. The Speakers Committee received funding on the condition they finalize their contract with high-profile speakers for the spring.last_img read more

Fostering the future

first_imgFor Lucero Noyola and Jesse Aguiar, the opportunity to pursue higher education was life-changing. Education revealed to them a potential for their future, granting them both personal triumphs and struggles: Noyola navigated through East Los Angeles College by herself, working jobs to raise her child as a single mother. Aguiar, too, found the community college system complex and at times, disheartening.Lucero Noyola (top) and Jesse Aguiar (bottom) assisted in sponsoring legislation to help foster youth through college. Less than 10 percent of foster youth receive bachelor’s degrees, per Foster Care to Success. Top photo by Tomás Mier, bottom photo courtesy of Jesse Aguiar.As former members of the foster youth system, Noyola and Aguiar surmounted emotional, educational and financial struggles to graduate college and live independently. According to data from nonprofit Foster Care to Success, approximately 20 percent of former foster youth graduate high school and attend college, and fewer than 10 percent receive a bachelor’s degree. In Fall 2016, Noyola and Aguiar worked to sponsor legislation to aid former foster youth transitioning to college life in California, in an effort to combat foster youth’s low success rates in higher education.“There’s a lack of knowledge, and there is a lot of research that shows that foster youth are not taught leaving the system [to be] prepared for college, but a lot of them have aspirations of attending college,” said Noyola, now a graduate student at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. “And so, that was what we were trying to solve, to give our [foster youth] community support services on their campuses — to help them persist and graduate.” On Oct. 13, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1567 into law, renaming a previous bill to the Higher Education Outreach and Assistance Act for Foster Youth. The bill will require California state universities and community colleges to reach out to former foster youth with available on-campus resources. The legislation is crucial in providing emotional support by connecting youth to a community with shared experiences, said Aguiar, director of the Beyond Foster Care program at Journey House, a nonprofit that assists former foster youth in adulthood.   “I know for myself, I went in and navigated the entire community college application process by myself, and I remember how difficult it was,” Aguiar said. “So, one of the indirect [effects] of this — for me I feel really proud of — is now, when a foster youth steps on a campus, they won’t feel alone, and … from the very beginning, if they answer the question that they were former foster youth, the college application will allow them to have access to community support.” Working against the odds At Beyond Foster Care’s first event in June 2015, Noyola and Aguiar connected over their similar backgrounds and aspirations as two former foster youth who once faced incarceration and socioeconomic struggle, with desires to enact concrete change in their community. “When I met Jesse at Journey House, I was receiving [foster care] services, so I was at USC and [Journey House] would help me with books and supplies,” Noyola said. Journey House supported Noyola during her transfer to USC, and she received books, supplies and rent support from the nonprofit. She then connected Journey House to the Trojan Guardian Scholars program, USC’s main support network for emancipated foster youth. Noyola had experience conducting research throughout her undergraduate and graduate careers at USC, a skill that caught Aguiar’s attention in his work for Beyond Foster Care. Aguiar had previous experience working in grassroots organizing. Aguiar and Noyola began to have conversations about conducting an official study on foster youth, which evolved into the possibility to sponsor legislation on the issue.“Initially, it was just a conversation we had about issues we felt were very important to the foster care community,” Aguiar said. “From conversations with [elected officials who represent the Pasadena area] … an office reached out to us … [and] they were interested in pursuing some concrete action and asked if we wanted to partner with them on this legislation.” After strategy sessions on crafting the intent and language of the bill, the two were notified in January that California State Assemblymember Chris Holden agreed to author their bill. Noyola and Aguiar then spent time in Sacramento advocating for their legislation and providing testimony to government officials with the guidance of Serena Kirk, a policy consultant at IDEATE California. What was different about Noyola and Aguiar’s campaign, Kirk said, was that almost every individual working to advocate for the legislation or providing testimony was a former foster youth, which strengthened their policy. “A lot of times, in policy, you’re representing a population … but in this case, [Noyola and Aguiar] were representing themselves and each other,” Kirk said. The two were successful in getting their legislation sponsored in one year with no external opposition from other advocates, an uncommon occurrence in policy, both Kirk and Aguiar said. A key aspect of the bill’s success was Aguiar and Noyola’s willingness to compromise when their policy went through various legislative cycles, Kirk said. Initially, Aguiar and Noyola envisioned a system that would provide former foster youth automatic enrollment into support programs, as well as a data-sharing component, which would notify California state universities and community colleges that an individual was enrolled at their campus.Graphic by Steven Kramer | Daily Trojan“One of the first appropriations and cost analyses done on our bill estimated it to be around $4.6 million [to pass the bill], so that became a very huge barrier for us,” Aguiar said. They worked to alter aspects of the bill, such as automatic enrollment in support programs and an automatic notification system for former foster youth, to lower the bill’s overall cost, Noyola said.“[Aguiar and Noyola] really felt committed to their objective, which was bettering outcomes for former foster youth, but then also making sure they weren’t unintentionally creating barriers within the system that support foster youth,” Kirk said. For a better future“If you hear stories about former foster youth or people who are involved in the criminal justice system, their stories — not to say that it’s not the reality — are told in this very kind of repetitive narrative of trauma, loss, victimization,” Aguiar said.Both Noyola and Aguiar, who once faced incarceration in their youth, experienced the juvenile system and felt abandoned by society. However, the two hope to be remembered for their social work and reform. Their desire to meaningfully impact their community drive them beyond simply explaining their journey as former foster youth.“I always saw research as a tool to advocate,” Noyola said. Before their bill could be crafted, she had worked with a researcher from UCLA to create fact sheets and reference materials on statistics of foster care youth, while taking courses at USC. “Being able to support Jesse through my passion of research and seeing how far my work can go, how it can have a real impact on my community — that’s why I want to continue to do this kind of work,” Noyola said. When Noyola and Aguiar brainstormed ideas to help former foster youth, their goal was to create concrete action. “I think the conversation Lucero and I have a lot, not just with ourselves, but even in our circles away from work, is how do we share our story, how do we use our stories and our experiences in a way that’s different than how they’re traditionally told,” Aguiar said. “Populations are studied from a distance, from an academic standpoint. For us, we wanted to use our experiences to drive insightful [conversations].” Although the two were successful in their first legislative endeavor, they have their sights set on sponsoring future policies for former and current foster youth in their transition to independent adulthood. “What we did was monumental,” Aguiar said. “All these organizations that are well-funded … [with] senior legislative officials who have years of experience in research and policy work — even the larger advocacy organizations in California don’t always get their bills passed in one legislative session. And we were able to do that with just Lucero and [me].”Clarification: Lucero Noyola worked independently to create fact sheets and reference materials for the bill, but has worked with UCLA researchers to conduct the preliminary study on former foster youth.last_img read more

Irish rugby side back on the training pitch

first_imgThe 6 Nations champions failed to impress in Sunday’s victory over Italy, which sealed their place in the quarter finals.Sexton says Ireland have to raise their game for the group decider against France on Sunday.There’s also pool matches today at the World Cup.The opening match features the two minnows in Pool D as Canada take-on Romania at the Leicester City Stadium, where kick-off is at 16:45.The late game tonight is in Pool A where Uruguay will face Fiji from 8pm. Joe Schmidt will be putting his players through their paces at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales ahead of Sunday’s battle with France for the top-spot in Pool D.Centre Jared Payne will hope to play a part in today’s session after spending most of the weekend in a protective boot because of his bruised foot.Jonathan Sexton says Ireland will need to improve significantly to succeed at the World Cup.last_img read more