WHO catalogs H5N1 viruses, launches tracking system

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised on Jan 23 to correct errors regarding the numbers of clinical specimens and H5N1 viruses submitted by Indonesia to the World Health Organization in 2007. Jan 22, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Countries affected by H5N1 avian influenza have sent material containing 734 H5N1 virus isolates to the World Health Organization (WHO) over the past 5 years, and from now on the public will be able to track particular isolates that have been submitted and what is being done with them, according to the WHO.An online chart published by the WHO yesterday shows that countries submitted 8,763 samples from humans and animals from 2003 through 2007, and 734 H5N1 viruses were isolated from those samples. The WHO needs the isolates so it can monitor the virus’s evolution, potential for human transmissibility, and susceptibility to antiviral drugs.Vietnam contributed the most H5N1 isolates—375, derived from 1,199 samples. But Indonesia provided the second most: 171 isolates derived from 4,774 submitted samples. This despite the fact that the country stopped sending H5N1 samples for several months last year because of concern that vaccines derived from such samples are too expensive for developing countries.In 2007 Indonesia sent the WHO 65 clinical samples, from which 13 viruses were isolated, the WHO chart shows. The country had withheld H5N1 samples from the WHO for about 5 months starting at the beginning of the year, according to previous reports.Tracking system announcedOn the heels of the report on H5N1 specimens submitted, the WHO today unveiled an online system to provide information on H5N1 specimens shared with the WHO through its Global Influenza Surveillance Network. The system permits anyone to search for particular isolates by date of submission, source country, host species, and several other variables. The system provides a page of detailed information for each isolate, including a list of all the laboratories to which the virus has been distributed, including pharmaceutical companies.The WHO describes the current system as an interim version. At this point it contains most of the viruses and clinical specimens that have been submitted to the WHO since Nov 24, 2007, plus all H5N1 viruses that have been developed into vaccine viruses, according to a WHO statement. Information on the remaining viruses submitted since Nov 24 is being added to the system.Both the tracking system and the country-by-country report are results, at least in part, of Indonesia’s concerns about the fairness and openness of the WHO system for the sharing, monitoring, and use of influenza viruses.A WHO statement today said the tracking system was developed following the intergovernmental meeting on flu virus sharing that was held Nov 21-23 in Geneva. At the meeting, a WHO working group tried unsuccessfully to resolve Indonesia’s concerns about sending H5N1 specimens to the WHO. The country pushed for rules forbidding the commercial use of H5N1 samples, such as for vaccine development, without the source country’s permission. But no agreement was reached.The November meeting and other discussions in 2007 were held in response to a resolution passed at the WHO’s World Health Assembly last May. The resolution called on the WHO director-general to come up with a system for equitable sharing of the benefits of flu-virus sharing, to set up an international stockpile of vaccines for H5N1 and other potential pandemic viruses, and to revise the “terms of reference” for international sharing of flu viruses.Viruses chosen for vaccinesThe WHO chart of H5N1 viruses submitted in the past 5 years says 13 isolates were selected for development into vaccines. So far, eight engineered viruses derived from these isolates, “suitable for vaccine development and production, are available for distribution,” the WHO reports.The agency says 292 institutions have received one or more copies of the eight engineered viruses, and 46 institutions have received “wild-type” vaccine viruses.Numerous other countries besides Vietnam and Indonesia have submitted samples that yielded H5N1 isolates over the years, according to the WHO. For example, Hong Kong submitted 380 specimens that yielded 4 isolates, China (other than Hong Kong) submitted 26 samples with 22 isolates, Egypt sent 758 specimens with 26 isolates, and Turkey provided 335 specimens with 6 isolates.See also: WHO’s chart of H5N1 virus specimens and isolates submitted by countrieshttp://www.who.int/influenza/resources/documents/TrackingHistoryH5N1_20080131.pdfWHO tracking system search pagehttps://extranet.who.int/ivtm/Search.aspxResolution passed at WHO’s World Health Assembly in May 2007http://www.who.int/csr/don/archive/disease/influenza/A60_R28-en.pdfNov 26, 2007, CIDRAP News story about outcome of November 2007 Geneva meeting on virus sharinghttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/nov2607pact.htmlMay 23, 2007, CIDRAP News story about World Health Assembly resolutionhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/may2307who.htmllast_img read more

Syracuse’s turnaround attracts record attendances to home games

first_img Published on October 16, 2012 at 2:47 am Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweets Ian McIntyre stood with his back to the field, looking up at the bleachers with his hands on his hips. The season hadn’t even started yet, but the head coach was already dreaming about the future followers of SU soccer.“If we get a few fans in the stands,” said McIntyre, pointing from left to right at the seats in front of him, “this place could be rocking.”Syracuse set its first of many attendance records later that night with 1,581 fans on hand to watch the Orange beat Albany in its season opener. But what initially looked like a one-game aberration has become normal at SU Soccer Stadium.McIntyre’s vision came true faster than he or anyone else expected. The fans have been supportive the entire season. Some of the record-breaking 1,652 fans at the Syracuse-Louisville game on Oct. 6 had to stand at the very top of the bleachers, unable to see over the crowd. Others snuck their way into the out-of-bounds territory behind both goals to get enough elbow room to cheer.Team captain Ted Cribley knows Syracuse’s win-loss record accounts for most of the increased interest. With a home record of 4-2 and an overall record of 10-4, Cribley said he and his teammates are simply playing better soccer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Cribley also admitted he never anticipated fans would appreciate the turnaround and come to as many home games as they have in 2012.“I think we’ve really entertained the crowd more,” said Cribley. “We’ve played much better and (we’ve) really enjoyed (the turnout).”Winning helps, but it isn’t the only reason why SU is setting new attendance highs this year. McIntyre’s most recent recruiting class features four freshmen from the greater Syracuse area, and that means more local support from family and friends.Two of those players — goalkeeper Alex Bono and midfielder Stefanos Stamoulacatos — start for Syracuse this season. Backup goalkeeper Andrew Coughlin has also seen playing time at SU Soccer Stadium, and fellow Baldwinsville native Ben Ramin has become a much-used reserve.Cristos Stamoulacatos, Stefanos’ father, routinely brings more than 100 family members, friends and neighbors to home games. And the infusion of local players like Stamoulacatos has led more families and community members to support McIntyre’s team than they did during previous SU head coach Dean Foti’s tenure.“That’s something that Foti never did,” Cristos Stamoulacatos said. “He would look for players from other areas and not at the ones that were closest to him. McIntyre knows that when you bring in players from around your program, your program gets noticed more in the community.”And no one enjoys the new and reenergized fan base more than McInytre. When he was hired three seasons ago, he promised his work would be reflected in Syracuse’s record, but also in the team’s following.After winning five games over his first two years, McIntyre is following through on that promise. And as all 1,652 fans filed out of SU Soccer Stadium after its 2-1 loss to Louisville, the head coach made sure his players left the field early to personally thank their new supporters.“To come out like they did tonight, and all season,” McIntyre said, “that’s what we’ve always had in mind.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Borg van der Velde sets saves career high in loss to Duke

first_img Comments Published on September 14, 2018 at 8:58 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Borg van der Velde’s parents traveled over 3,000 miles to watch their daughter make history on Friday.Her parents are in the midst of a week-long trip to America, in which they’ll watch their daughter play two games this weekend. On Friday against Duke, the SU sophomore had one of the best games of her career. She recorded 11 saves, a career high. Van der Velde’s reflexes and shot blocking kept the Orange within one for the entire afternoon, even as No. 12 Syracuse (3-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) lost 1-0 to No. 4 Duke (4-2, 1-0 ACC).Syracuse failed to produce a shot for the first time in the Ange Bradley era, while Duke peppered the Orange cage with 21 shot attempts. Entering Friday, the Orange conceded an average of 10.8 shots per game. Of those 21 shot attempts against the Blue Devils, 12 made it on goal, one hit the post, and one found the back of the net.Duke scored its lone goal midway through the first period. After that, SU’s goalkeeper tightened up. With Syracuse’s passing lethargic, van der Velde’s reflexes were as fast as ever. In both halves she made saves with every body part and her stick. “In the moment, it’s about making one save at a time,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “She kept us in the game, obviously.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Duke on its third penalty corner 15 minutes into the game, van der Velde made a left foot save to deny Rose Tynan off a set play. The rebound found a Duke stick, and the ball cycled back to the top of the circle. Once there, Morgan Bitting tested van der Velde again, this time top shelf. Van der Velde stepped forward and reached to block the shot with her left blocker.Duke’s waves of attacks kept coming. Every time SU turned it over, the Blue Devils ran rampant on the counterattack. She covered all 12 feet of the width of the cage for her third save, sprinting to her left to block a shot attempt and smother Libby Thompson’s attack.It was Duke’s sixth shot, and fourth on goal that found the breakthrough. Caroline Andretta weaved through two SU players, then played a pass into Thompson, who then passed forward to Leah Crouse. Van der Velde had no choice but to come out and attack Crouse. Crouse then slotted it back across goal to Andretta, who had made the 50-yard run to position herself front and center.Andretta tapped the ball into the SU net. Even after the goal, the Orange never responded.“I trust our defense but Duke had a really good offensive set,” van der Velde said.In the final minutes of the first half, SU faced another pulse of Duke chances. Van der Velde helped fight off two penalty corners late in the half, one while laying on the ground. The ball careened off the foot of senior back Roos Weers, and the Blue Devils had another corner.Another corner, another save from van der Velde. This time with her right shin pad. The rebound came back to Andretta, who shot well high.Five minutes into the second half, van der Velde found herself on the turf at J.S. Coyne Stadium again. This time, however, the shot had elevation. As the ball flew towards her, she reached her pad on her left hand up, blocking the shot off the goal line.Her dad, among others, cheered her name as she then shielded the ball long enough to draw a foul on the Blue Devils. Fifteen minutes later, Andretta tested the goalkeeper again. Van der Velde made two saves, Duke had two shots blocked, and another attempt hit the post. She reached out her right leg about as far as she could stretch it, kicking the shot attempt wide. Then she used her stick to deny another chance. Duke pressed on and on trying to double its lead, but it couldn’t find a second.Van der Velde broke a Syracuse record today. A record that she doesn’t want.“I’d rather not have a career high in saves,” she said. “I’d rather have zero shots and zero goals.”last_img read more

StarTimes launch “Bundesliga Football School” to unearth talent

first_imgAfrica’s leading pay-TV service operator StarTimes in collaboration with the German Bundesliga, have rolled out a project targeted at developing young football talents and coaches in Ghana.The event dubbed Bundesliga Football School, is a partnership project between Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) and StarTimes, the official broadcaster of the German Bundesliga in all Sub-Saharan Africa. The Bundesliga Experience is a unique event which will give football fans in Ghana a taste of ‘Football As It’s Meant To Be’.The event allows local fans to experience a physical connection to Germany’s top tier league through a number of fun and inclusive activities.The Bundesliga Football School, which has been slated for December 14 – 18, 2019, is a new partnership model targeted at developing and promoting young talent worldwide. The approach is to join with national soccer associations, soccer leagues and professional clubs to encourage talented young soccer players at the local level.Over the course of one week, soccer players (boys and girls) between the ages of 13 and 17 will receive targeted assistance in a series of compact training sessions and workshops, enabling them to showcase their talent.The sessions will be ran by experts and licensed coaches from the youth training centres of Bundesliga clubs with assistance from selected Ghanaian coaches.Former German international Renate Lingor, 2x World Cup Winner, 2x European Champion and 3x Bronze Medal Olympic Games winner together with other UEFA license A coaches such as Tobias Süveges of SV Werder Bremen, Arne Stratmann of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Bjoern Nass of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and head coach of the Bundesliga Football school, Birger J. Nass will lead the course.Ghanaian coaches will also benefit from the project which seeks to expose them to new methods of developing young talents and build a new working corporation as they work together with the German coaches.Former German captain and a 1990 FIFA world cup winner, Lothar Herbert Matthäus will also be in Accra during the period in a legends tour campaign to encourage the young talents and share his footballing experience.The German Bundesliga is a role model for youth development, with future talent emerging in the league every season.In 2002, it became mandatory for all Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs to have youth academies and since then, €1.6 Billion has been invested by clubs in youth development.The Bundesliga is therefore the perfect partner for this football school.To participate in the Bundesliga Football School, Ghanaian football talents (Boys & Girls) between the ages of 13 to 17 who can confidently exhibit their skills should download the StarTimes ON APP from Google Play Store and follow the process on the homepage to register from now until December 1, 2019.In a press launch held at Tang Palace Hotel today, Head of Marketing at StarTimes Ghana, Mrs. Akofa Banson revealed the need to invest in the development of Ghana football.“StarTimes, the brand that introduced affordable pay-tv to Ghanaians 3 years ago is seeking to give back to Ghanaians with this Football school project through our partnership with Bundesliga.”“We will continue to improve our brand, offer more value to our customers and contribute our quota to the growth of Ghana Football.”last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgRussell shines again MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies all-rounder once again proved his worth for Sydney Thunder as they produced another strong performance to edge Melbourne Stars by a single run off the last ball in an electrifying Big Bash League encounter yesterday. Sent in at the MCG, Thunder rallied to 178 for six off their 20 overs behind opener Usman Khawaja’s brilliant unbeaten 109 off 70 balls. Russell smashed 22 off 16 balls to be the only other batsman to pass 20 and one of only three to reach double figures. Thunder were going nowhere at 59 for three in the ninth over when Khawaja anchored a series of partnerships to spark a revival. It was his exhilarating 53-run fifth-wicket stand off 29 balls with Russell that gave the innings real momentum. While he pummelled 12 fours and three sixes, the right-handed Russell chipped in with four boundaries before perishing in the 18th over, brilliantly caught by a leaping James Faulkner at long on off seamer John Hastings. In reply, Stars were propelled by Kevin Pietersen’s superb 76 off 42 balls with five fours and six sixes, while Faulkner made 45 not out from 36 deliveries with two fours. The hosts were cruising at 48 without loss before pacer Russell, who finished with two for 28 from his four overs, struck twice in the sixth over to remove both openers Marcus Stoinis (27) and Luke Wright (18) and halt their progress. In Sydney, there was no such fortune for West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy as his Hobart Hurricanes went down by 95 runs to Sydney Sixers. Sammy went wicketless in two overs, which cost 32 runs, as Sixers piled up 186 for seven and then made two from six deliveries as Hurricanes collapsed for 91. Taylor sparks, but Thunder lose BRISBANE, Australia (CMC): West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor extended her handsome run of form, but Sydney Thunder’s batting failed as they collapsed to a 14-run defeat to Brisbane Heat in the women’s Big Bash League here yesterday. Chasing 142 for victory at the Gabba, Thunder were held to 127 for nine off their 20 overs, with the right-handed Taylor top-scoring with 43 and Erin Osborne getting 31. Taylor faced 47 balls and struck three fours and a six, while Osborne counted two fours off 33 deliveries. Earlier, Jess Jonassen top-scored with 47 from 44 balls and captain Delissa Kimmince hit 29 from 27 balls, to help Heat up to 141 for eight off their 20 overs. Taylor proved economical with her off spin, taking one for 23 from her four overs.last_img read more

Kerber pulls through a surprising challenge, faces Keys next

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award With a mix of slice and chips, lobs and bunts, whippy half-volleys and wristy crosscourt ground strokes off both wings, Hsieh pushed Kerber to the extremes and unsettled her rhythm.Former No. 1-ranked Kerber finally got a succession of breaks to take the second set and dominate the third in a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory on Monday afternoon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Credit to her. She played an unbelievable match,” said Kerber, who won the Australian and U.S. Open titles and reached No. 1 in 2016. “I was feeling I was running everywhere. She was playing a lot of corners and drop shots. I was bringing a lot of balls back.”After holding it together to improve her 2018 winning streak to 13, Kerber faces U.S. Open quarterfinalist Madison Keys in the quarterfinals. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Not all South Koreans are happy about unified hockey team Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases She took out one major winner — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza — in the second round, and took a set off an almost dumbfounded Kerber to open the fourth.Kerber, returning from a form slump that saw her ranking drop into the 20s in 2017, had to produce some of her best tennis.She finished a 14-shot rally early in the second set by racing to the net and reaching at full stretch to track down a drop shot and send a forehand winner over the net post. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Keys returned to the quarterfinals here for the first time in three years with a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 8-seeded Caroline Garcia. She has yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park and is averaging a brisk 62.5 minutes on court through her first four rounds.Going into the fourth round, Keys had only dropped 14 games — the second fewest among the women through three rounds, just behind Kerber’s 13 games.Keys, the only American woman to reach the fourth round, said she feels like she’s playing without pressure since returning from her wrist injury that forced her out of last year’s Australian Open.“I definitely realize how much l love it and how much pressure I put on myself,” in the past, she said. “Just being really happy to be back out here and not at home in a cast.”Hsieh certainly made the most of her time back in the spotlight, returning to the fourth round at a major for the first round in a decade.ADVERTISEMENT Germany’s Angelique Kerber reacts after losing a point to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne. APMELBOURNE, Australia — Angelique Kerber remains the only Grand Slam singles winner in the Australian Open women’s draw after surviving a frustrating fourth-round match.For a while, though, it appeared Kerber’s progression may have unraveled against No. 88 Hsieh Su-wei, a former top-ranked doubles player with a double-handed grip on both sides.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The 30-year-old German player had to serve to stay in the match in the ninth game of the second set. Then, after winning four straight points and converting a break-point chance with a sliding forehand winner down the line, Kerber crouched and screamed to celebrate the point.She served out the set at love and then got critical service breaks in the first and fifth games of the final set as Hseih began to tire and started to miss the lines.Hsieh has won two Grand Slam doubles titles, and was ranked No. 1 in doubles in 2014 but had a career-high singles ranking of 23. At age 32, she was oldest woman still in the singles draw. Recent work with former doubles champion — and Australian Open tournament director — Paul McNamee paid off with her singles ranking expected to rise again. She’ll likely also attract more attention from sponsors after going through the singles in an unadorned white tank top and black skirt.On the men’s side, Tomas Berdych returned to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the seventh time after a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini.Berdych has been this far at Melbourne Park for seven of the last eight years. The only time he’s failed to reach at least the quarters was last year when he lost in the third round to Roger Federer.He could meet Federer again in the next round, if second-ranked Federer wins his fourth-round match against Marton Fucsovics later Monday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Nimba Lawmakers, Why Be So Ungrateful?

first_imgOn September 2, 2017, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed frustration over Nimba lawmakers’ absence in Sanniquellie at the ceremony marking the dedication of a modern judicial complex that contains courts, the home of the county’s resident judge, and offices of other functionaries of the Judicial Branch of government.The complex is among many development projects from which Nimba has benefited in the two successive terms of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. These include the modern 100-bed Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita; trans-border electricity from neighboring Ivory Coast passing through Nimba to south-eastern Liberia; and the well-paved Red Light-Ganta Highway. It is also evident to the people of Nimba and to all Liberians that since iron ore exploitation began in Nimba in 1963, the Sirleaf administration has, for the first time, made annually available social development fund to the tune of US$1.5 million to Nimba from the proceeds of this mineral. It is from this amount that the county has been able to purchase road building equipment worth US$4.6 million.In spite of all that this Government has done, using resources that should benefit all Liberians, Nimba lawmakers, including some of their people, have continued to discredit this government. This is exactly what the lawmakers did at the dedication last week of the 8th Judicial Circuit Court complex. Adding to the frustration, Nimba Senator and hero Prince Y. Johnson defended this act of ingratitude by accusing the President on things that he does not know about, which also may benefit only him personally. According to him, President Sirleaf refused to give him a subsidy to run his private school. Senator Johnson went further to accuse the President of allegedly mismanaging US$40 million he says was meant to pave the road from Ganta to the mining town of Yekepa. ArcelorMittal, however, has clarified to this newspaper that it could not and did not provide the money because of the drop of price of iron ore. Some lawmakers gave different excuses, ranging from campaigning to personal issues, while others have not explained their absence from the judicial dedication.How justifiable are excuses provided by Prince Johnson and his kinsmen to cause sitting lawmakers to stay away from the dedicatory ceremony of a major development project from which their county will benefit? Was it not even better for Prince Johnson to attend the dedication and raise his concerns there? The ingratitude demonstrated by Nimba lawmakers seems to be entrenched among people of the county as sometimes manifested by their decision making in elections. Despite all that have been done, Nimbaians without balanced judgment claim Prince Johnson as the only man in the political sphere of Liberia to develop them. This mindset arising from tribal divide leads them always to vote him for the presidency, despite the fact that his human rights record cannot convince other Liberians and the international community that he is presidential material. The matter is further exacerbated by the news that Gios have resolved to vote for only Gios, a classic example of tribalism.Our reporter who covered the event quoted some local residents saying on a local radio that Nimba has resources from which government earns money and therefore the infrastructure erected in the county is not a favor but a right. These naïve perceptions keep those people from understanding the Liberian Constitution that gives all natural resources on and in the ground of this country to the government. Prince Johnson in 2009 ordered a slash in the county development funds, allowing each lawmaker to seize US$1,000 to facilitate his trip to Nimba “to oversee development projects.” That is an oversight responsibility taken care of by the budgetary allocation to all lawmakers of gasoline slips and vehicles. Was this money taken in line with the rules and regulations guiding the county-social development fund?Each Senator has received the amount of US$300,000 in this term of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration to implement Legislative Support Projects (LSP). Can Senator Johnson or any other Senator show any project they have implemented in Nimba with theirs? How can a man of this tainted record accuse others of not doing what he has not done? We want to state clearly that Nimba lawmakers were in serious error to abandon the dedication of the judicial complex on these grounds. Regardless of political difference with the President, they must realize that the very project dedicated on September 2 is directly benefiting their county, confirming why they should show appreciation.The President remains the head of government and deserves respect from all officials, including citizens. Why will she visit your county and all of you stay away for selfish reasons? There is one principle about life that the Lord Jesus taught his followers: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” As you seek reelection while Senator Johnson eyes the presidency, remember: The respect you give others today will follow you, and anything you allow to take complete control of you decides your fate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more