HHS orders drugs to treat 14 million in flu pandemic

first_img Avian flu has broken out again in commercial poultry in Russia this week. More than 100,000 chickens on a farm in the southern region of Krasnodar, on the northeastern side of the Black Sea, have been killed to contain the outbreak, according to the AP. See also: The World Health Organization (WHO) said today its collaborating laboratory in Britain has confirmed the second fatal human H5N1 case in Iraq. The case, in a 39-year-old man, was announced previously by Iraq’s health ministry and the WHO. An official at Sulianti Saroso Hospital said the two patients were transferred there early today, according to the story. He said seven other patients at the hospital were being treated for suspected avian flu as well. Mar 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US health officials announced today they have ordered more than 14 million treatment courses of two antiviral drugs to add to the 5.5 million courses already bought in preparation for a possible influenza pandemic. Mar 1 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_01a/en/index.html The HHS announcement came as concern about the spread of H5N1 avian influenza continued to increase in Europe and elsewhere. The British lab is also testing samples from some suspected human cases from the northern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniyah and the southern provinces of Basra and Missan, the WHO said. In Germany, disease-control officials said the cat recently found infected with avian flu almost certainly had the deadly strain of H5N1, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. If so, the cat will be the first known instance of a mammal infected with the virus in Europe. Captive tigers and leopards and a few domestic cats were infected in Asia in 2004. The HHS pandemic plan calls for buying enough doses of antivirals to treat 25% of the US population, according to the release. The department didn’t say how soon it expects to receive the doses just ordered. In Indonesia, two more people, a 20-year-old and a 12-month-old, were hospitalized in Jakarta with suspected cases of avian flu, according to another AFP report today. Thomas Mettenleiter, head of Germany’s Friedrich Loeffler Institute, said the cat is believed to have eaten an infected bird, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published last night. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ordered 12.4 million courses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) from Roche and 1.75 million courses of zanamivir (Relenza) from GlaxoSmithKline, according to an HHS news release.last_img read more

MEPC set for £300m shake-up

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North Sumatra’s Dairi Police grant 75-year-old alleged rapist bail over health concerns

first_imgDairi Police spokesperson First Insp. Donni Saleh stated that MM was granted the temporary release following a request from his family. According to Donni, the family’s reasoning for the bail request was because of his deteriorating health and effort to make peace with the victim and her family.“We had to grant their request because the suspect will be a burden to the investigators considering his decreasing health condition,” Donni said, adding that police investigators initially attempted admitting him to a hospital and a detention center in Dairi regency.Read also: North Sumatra prepares 1,000 isolation rooms to handle COVID-19 patientsHowever, the detention center did not accept the man for indefinite detention due to COVID-19 concerns, while the hospital rejected him due to overcrowded conditions.  Donni gave assurances that the police would proceed with his case despite the release.“We will send the suspect’s file to the prosecutors soon,” Donni said. The chairman of Indonesian Women Care in Dairi, Delphi Masdiana, deplored the police’s decision to grant MM bail since his case was categorized as an extraordinary crime. “We have objections with this decision since it’s an extraordinary crime. The police granted the suspension request too easily,” Delphi said. (dpk)Topics : The Dairi Police in North Sumatra have granted a 75-year-old man who allegedly raped and impregnated a junior high school student bail.The alleged rapist, identified only as MM, was removed from his detention cell at the Dairi Police headquarters and picked up by his family on Monday.last_img read more

Seven-year impossible project a ‘gift from heaven’

first_imgThe view of the estate from the Knightsbridge Parade East.IT’S been seven years since Riccardo Rizzi placed the winning $5.3 million bid on a partly constructed Sovereign Islands estate.Original owners Scott Tyne and Clare Marks had reportedly already outlaid $21.44 million on the initial construction and four blocks of land on Knightsbridge Parade East, part of an exclusive gated community on the northern Gold Coast.Their dream was to build a modern day 100-year-old chateau, designed by the renowned Brunei Royal Family architect Bayden Goddard.Exterior photos of the unfinished residence in 2013. Picture: Williams JeradThe sprawling Mediterranean masterpiece was taking shape on the best parcel of land facing due north down the Broadwater before the banks moved in.Photos taken prior to the mortgagee auction in 2013 show weeds had started to take over the concrete structure which was still a long way off resembling a home.It’s a daunting project for anyone to take over and one which Mr Rizzi has embraced without regret.“Very few times in life you’re given a gift from heaven to do something and this project was mine,” he said.“It was probably one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done in my life.“It was a combination of so many different skills that needed to be put together to do it.”Riccardo Rizzi placed the winning bid at auction in 2013.A civil engineer with a background in project management, Mr Rizzi took a methodical approach to organising the paperwork into folders and boxes – enough to fill an entire room – to get his head around the monstrous task ahead.His first act was to pay the tradespeople and consultants what they were owed and rehire as many as possible.“Virtually everyone was put on an hourly rate,” Mr Rizzi said.“Come Friday I would do a bank run and everyone would get paid.“People who didn’t meet the standard, didn’t make it to the following week so we did have a reasonable turn over.”Some of those original tradesmen – including a carpenter and a tiler – have worked on the house since building began in 2008.Detailed finishes inside the residence were completed by hand.At the height of construction, there were 20 or more workers on site, with detailed finishes including herringbone timber flooring and marble stonework completed carefully by hand.“I met a lot of good people, some fantastic tradesmen who were a privilege to work with,” said Mr Rizzi, who counts ‘after work beers’ among his fondest memories.“Not many people are in a position to give up seven years of their life to complete a project. I got so much enjoyment from doing it.”Hours of research were devoted to selecting the finishes and fixtures, including an original 4m high, 1.5 tonne bronze statue of Neptune, imported from Florence at an estimated cost of $400,000.Mr Rizzi prefers to confine his use of the house to the kitchen.That statue graces the entry foyer where a spectacular domelike cupola, thought to be the only one of its kind in an Australian residence, rises 14.5m over head.Living in such a grand estate has been an experience in itself for the bachelor who occupies only a small area.“When I say I live in the house, I live in the kitchen,” Mr Rizzi said.“The kitchen is more than 100 sqm which is in fact the size of a three-bedroom apartment, so I’m more than comfortable.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa6 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“To go from the kitchen to the master bedroom suite, I think even Usain Bolt would take more than 10 seconds to run it.”Mr Riccardo Rizzi outside the residence in 2015. Picture Mike BatterhamProfit was never the main driver for Mr Rizzi who hasn’t put a value on the cost of completing the estate, which has previously been listed for $45 million.Amir Prestige has set an auction for October 17 as Mr Rizzi makes plans to move closer to his adult children in Perth.The completed residence is a sight to behold.But rather than revel in the success of seeing the project through, he’s quick to pass credit to those who laid the foundations.“Scott Tyne had an inspiring vision to set this whole project up and no one can take that from him,” Mr Rizzi said.“He should be a very proud man, alongside his wife, as they are talented and gifted people.“I wish them well and am extremely grateful that this opportunity came about.”Plans are already in the pipeline for another major project in Perth for Mr Rizzi, buoyed by the confidence of conquering an inconquerable dream.“What I found when I did the house is that I’ve elevated myself to a level that when I see a challenge, irrespective of how complex it appears, it is in fact an accumulation of individual singular simple problems,” he said.“Now I find that I can actually deal with things that might otherwise seem impossible.”The completed residence at 26-34 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands.last_img read more

Algoma Buys Product Tanker for Domestic Fleet

first_imgCanadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation has purchased a 2008-built product tanker which will become the seventh vessel within the Algoma Tankers Limited fleet.As informed, the ship is scheduled to depart Gothenburg today and head for Canada, at which time the vessel is expected to begin operations within the company’s product tanker fleet.We would like to announce the purchase of a product tanker for our domestic fleet! See the details here: https://t.co/oyGGdKH7Fc #shipping #tanker #excitingtimesatalgoma pic.twitter.com/1CABfvEUnf— Algoma Central (@AlgomaCentral) November 9, 2018“We are extremely pleased to add a vessel to our Algoma Tankers Limited fleet as customer demand continues to strengthen in this segment,” Ken Soerensen, President and CEO of Algoma, said.The 16,958 dwt vessel will be re-named the Algonorth after the company held a Name the Tanker Contest in which all employees took part.Algoma Tankers’ fleet ships petroleum products on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway and East Coast.Algoma Central Corporation operates a fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers, including self-unloading dry-bulk carriers, gearless dry-bulk carriers and product tankers. The company also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets and a 50% interest in NovaAlgoma, which includes a diversified portfolio of dry-bulk fleets operating internationally.last_img read more

Cardiff complete Moore deal

first_img City manager Malky Mackay had previously confirmed a deal had been agreed with the Bees, with the 23-year-old becoming a Bluebird on Monday after the necessary paperwork was completed. Moore told Cardiff City Player: “I’m delighted to be at Cardiff City – to play in the Premier League has always been my goal. “It’s exciting to think that I’ll be working with quality goalkeepers like David Marshall and Joe Lewis on a daily basis and I know that I can develop and learn from them.” Moore is set to be quickly reunited with his former team-mates as Cardiff travel to face Brentford in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday night. Moore started his career in the Southampton academy and had a spell with Farnborough Town before joining Brentford in 2009. He kept 13 clean sheets in 52 appearances last term. Mackay said: “We have been watching Simon for a year or so – he is a real up-and-coming goalkeeper. My thanks go to Brentford for the way they went about their business and we are delighted to get Simon in for the start of our season. “He is one for the future and we have three quality senior goalkeepers in our squad.” Moore becomes Cardiff’s third summer acquisition as the club prepare for their maiden Premier League season, with striker Andreas Cornelius and defender John Brayford having already arrived at Cardiff City Stadium. The Welsh club have also had an offer of around £9.5million accepted for Toulouse’s French international midfielder Etienne Capoue, and are hoping to convince the 25-year-old his future lies in south Wales, despite reports he is keen on a move to Spain. Cardiff have completed the signing of goalkeeper Simon Moore from Brentford on a four-year deal.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Bolasie earns Pardew’s praise

first_img The Palace boss brought to an end an often-turbulent five-year spell at St James’ Park to take over in south London at the turn of the year and their first meeting since then ended in stalemate. Papiss Cisse opened the scoring for the visitors, whose fans berated Pardew on only a handful of occasions throughout the night, but that was to be Newcastle’s only shot on target as the Eagles turned up the heat. He is a talented footballer and I worked with him ever single day at Plymouth and I know he has a bright future ahead of him and he is a talent. “You saw from his first touch, he shifts the ball quickly and puts a quality ball in the box and they score from it. “I was concerned that he would do that again and we would lose the game so I had to do something about it – sometimes you have to take off your flair players to get something out of the game.” Both managers, close friends away from the pitch, pointed out their only focus on the night was getting the best result for their respective teams. “I just came here and tried to get three points,” said Pardew. “Knowing that Newcastle had some very good players. That was my only focus. It was nice to see both sets of players apply themselves in a good manner and the points were fair. Carver added: “I would have take a point form the situation, there has been a lot of hype about Alan and myself – we are good friends and that is where it ended tonight. “I was in charge of Newcastle and that is all I’m focused about, I don’t even know he is in the dugout next to me because I’m focused on the pitch thinking how we can win the game. “I have had three games since I got the head-coach role and I’m sitting here unbeaten, we could have nine points but we have five and I would take that.” On an evening where tempers could have boiled over, the game itself was played in a good spirit and was only marred when Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was hit with an object thrown from the Holmesdale Road stand as the visitors celebrated Cisse’s opener. Again, both managers were united in condemning the act – with Carver suggesting his skipper was lucky to not be seriously wounded by what appeared to be a coin. “It just can’t happen can it?” questioned Carver. “It has got to be taken out of the game. What is disappointing from their point of view is that they have an unbelievable crowd here, an unbelievable atmosphere – it is a fanatical group of supporters in that corner. “It takes one idiot to throw an coin, I have seen it and it misses Colo’s eye by an inch – another inch and it could blind him.” Pardew said it would be an isolated incident but hopes the club put in the necessary steps to indentify the culprit. “I saw the referee come over to the linesman and hand him something,” he said. “It would be a shame if that was an incident- a random fan acting poorly if that is the case and that is unusual for this club if that is the case because we have a great record of behaviour so I am sure we will look into it.” Press Association It was his substitutes that Pardew had to thank for preventing just a second defeat since his arrival at Selhurst Park as Bolasie, back from African Nations Cup duty, whipped in a superb cross which was converted by top scorer Fraizer Campbell with a little under 20 minutes remaining. “I thought we really took the game to Newcastle,” Pardew said. “But really it was the bench that salvaged the game for us. Yannick’s cross was of the highest order and he had no right to put in a ball of that quality from the room he had. “It was a great goal for us and gave us time to get a winner – and I thought there would only be one winner at that point but we could not quite get a second goal. “He is an exciting player – I have been an opposing manager to him – with great power and technique and it gives you an unpredictability in your team which I quite like.” Newcastle boss John Carver, who had worked as Pardew’s assistant, echoed his former number one’s sentiments about Bolasie’s ability as his side remain with just a solitary win since Pardew’s defection. The travelling fans appeared unhappy at the decision to replace attack-minded Remy Cabella with defender Paul Dummett with the game level at 1-1, but Carver was quick to explain his reasoning. “Let me tell you something about the substitutions. I brought Dummett on because I know all about Yannick Bolasie,” he said. Alan Pardew was left praising the impact of Yannick Bolasie after the returning winger created Crystal Palace’s equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Newcastle.last_img read more

Bounty Farm supports CARIFTA swimmer

first_imgNATIONAL swimmer Lian Winter, earlier this week received sponsorship from Bounty Farm Ltd, towards her attendance at this year’s CARIFTA Swimming Championships, where she will be participating in six events.“Bounty Farm Ltd as part of our corporate responsibility has made a financial contribution to assist Lian Winter to be able to attend the championships,” the company said in a press release yesterday.The sponsorship was handed over to Winter’s coach Stephanie Fraser, as a smiling Winter looked on. Also present was her father Duane Winter.The Championships, which will be held in Nassau, Bahamas from April 15 to 18, will see Guyana represented by a four-person delegation – two pool swimmers and two open water swimmers. Apart from Lian, the other pool swimmer is Leon Seaton.Winter will be participating in the Girls’ 11-12 category where she will be competing in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, and 50m, 100m, and 200m backstroke.This will be Winter’s first time at the Championships, and her biggest event to date.last_img read more

Man City surge on, United sink Spurs to stay second

first_imgCOMPLETE CONTROLThough Jay Rodriguez equalised quickly, City were in complete control once Fernandinho’s deflected effort put them ahead after 15 minutes.Substitute Sterling scored his ninth of the season in all competitions four minutes after coming with City’s only late moment of concern en route to a 13th straight win coming when careless defending from Nicolas Otamendi let in Matty Phillips for a consolation.City’s 28 points equalled the tally accrued by Chelsea in 2005 and Manchester City themselves in 2011 – and both those sides went on to win the title – but neither of those teams could match the plus-29 goal difference of Guardiola’s charges.The manager reserved special praise for Sane, describing him as a “special talent” after City extended their unbeaten record in all competitions to a club record 21.Mourinho hailed United’s win in difficult windy and rainy conditions in the lunchtime fixture between the second and third-placed teams as “deserved” after they had created the lion’s share of chances.Martial struck 10 minutes after coming on, latching on to Lukaku’s flicked header from David de Gea’s goalkick.It was a scruffy left-foot finish from the Frenchman, leaving Mourinho to smile: “Martial scores with a bad shot — but the bad shots can be the most beautiful.”Wenger was in bullish mood after Arsenal’s win, saying the Gunners had proved their critics wrong by overturning a lead for a third time in a week.“Again we have showed the mental strength to come back and win the game,” said Wenger, now just 10 matches short of former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson’s landmark of 810 Premier League matches as manager. LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City maintained their charge towards the Premier League title with a 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion as Manchester United kept within five points of their neighbours with a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.Goals from Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling moved the leaders on to 28 points – equalling the best return after 10 matches of a Premier League season – as irresistible City took their campaign’s tally of league goals to a remarkable 35.Earlier, Jose Mourinho received the response he had demanded from his United side following their humbling defeat at Huddersfield Town as an 81st-minute goal from substitute Anthony Martial preserved their perfect home record.The win, their sixth straight victory in the league at Old Trafford without conceding a goal, moved United on to 23 points, three clear of Spurs as champions Chelsea and Arsenal both marched to within a point of their London rivals.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who had shown unusual irritation last week when asked about stories linking compatriot Carlo Ancelotti with his job, seemed rather happier after Eden Hazard’s 51st minute goal earned his side a 1-0 win in the late game at Bournemouth to maintain their fourth spot.Arsene Wenger celebrated a successful 800th Premier League match in charge as Arsenal fought from one down to beat Swansea City 2-1 with second-half goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey.Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp got the better of his best friend, Huddersfield boss David Wagner, in a 3-0 win at Anfield where second-half strikes from Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum pushed the Reds to sixth on 16 points.Watford’s giddy ascent, though, was checked with a 1-0 home defeat by struggling Stoke City – Darren Fletcher hit the target in the 16th minute – that dropped them to seventh on 15.At the other end of the table, Crystal Palace escaped with an astonishing 2-2 draw with West Ham United, coming back from two down and earning a draw in the seventh minute of stoppage time through Wilfried Zaha.Pep Guardiola’s Man City continue to look unstoppable at domestic level, having opened up in brilliant fashion with Sane scoring his sixth goal in seven league games after 10 minutes. By Ian Chadbandlast_img read more

USC finishes lengthy road game slate

first_imgAfter nearly a month since its last home game, the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team will play at UC Irvine before returning home to McDonald’s Swim Stadium for six of its final seven regular season matches.“It’s nice to be able to come back home this weekend,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “We have all our long road trips behind us now, with our big wins over Stanford and in the NorCal tournament, so we are looking forward to staying close to home.”Thursday’s contest will be a rematch of this year’s SoCal tournament semifinals, a game in which the Trojans (17-0, 2-0) won 10-5. In that game, UCI (14-5, 0-2) had the score even at 3-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Trojans expect a similar fighting spirit in this week’s matchup.“They have a really good all-around team,” senior two-meter Matt Burton said. “They always come out hard and just work. They’re going to come out with a ton of energy at their home pool and hopefully we can match that energy and play with the poise and experience that we have.”Over the course of the team’s four-year run of dominance, players have grown accustomed to opponents’ energy. USC’s reputation precedes it, and everybody strives to unseat the kings.“Whenever you’re the number one team, everyone’s always excited to play against you,” Burton said. “We look forward to it. That’s where you like to be, in that number one spot.”At present, the Anteaters are reeling, having lost four of their last six games, including each of their first two games of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. Coach Vavic expects UCI to come out with a sense of urgency given its early conference struggles.“I had a meeting with the guys yesterday and brought up the example of Stanford’s football team beating us [in 2006] when they were ranked very, very low in the national rankings, and they beat us,” Vavic said. “The point was that everybody can beat anybody, and UCI is not a team to take lightly. They can be dangerous.”The Trojans’ defense is focused on UCI’s multiple scoring options. The Anteaters have two drivers, Bojan Hrlec and Mitch Wise, who have scored 52 and 47 goals respectively this season, and three others who have scored at least 20 goals in 2012.“They have just an overall very good attack,” senior driver Tobias Preuss said. “They have great drivers that are very explosive. They get themselves into very good finishing positions and can be extremely dangerous if you’re not prepared.”USC has won its last 19 games dating back to last season. But the team is still focused on ways it can improve.“We still have a lot of space to improve,” Preuss said. “There are lots of things to improve on. But that’s OK, as long as we go game by game and really analyze what we did right and what we did wrong, we’ll be in a good spot when all is said and done.”last_img read more