NEWS SCAN: H5N1 cases, avian flu in Kentucky, E coli in wildlife, food-import safety, FDA clears malaria drug, polio appeal

first_imgApr 8, 2009Vietnam reports H5N1 case, WHO confirms 3 Egyptian casesVietnam’s health ministry reported that a 3-year-old boy from Dong Thap province died of an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. He is listed by the WHO as Vietnam’s 110th case-patient and the 55th to die of the disease. He got sick on Mar 12, was hospitalized a day later, and died on Mar 19. An investigation revealed that he had close contact with sick and dead poultry. Also today, the WHO confirmed three of Egypt’s previously reported H5N1 cases, involving a pair of 2-year-old boys from Beheira governorate who are hospitalized in stable condition and a 6-year-old boy from Qalyubiya governorate who is hospitalized in critical condition. All three boys had contact with sick or dead poultry, the WHO said. Close contacts of the two boys from Beheira have been identified, and none have shown symptoms of H5N1 infection. The three boys’ cases brought Egypt’s H5N1 count to 63 cases, of which 23 have been fatal. The four WHO confirmations push the world’s H5N1 total to 417 cases, of which 257 were fatal.[Apr 8 WHO statement on Vietnam’s latest case][Apr 8 WHO statement on Egypt’s latest cases]Tests show Kentucky chickens exposed to H7N9Agriculture officials confirmed that chickens at a commercial poultry farm in Kentucky were exposed to a low-pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza virus, according to an Apr 6 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Routine testing revealed that the birds had been exposed to the virus, and they showed no increase in mortality or symptoms other than a modest decrease in egg production. Laboratory testing is continuing, but so far no virus has been isolated. As a precaution, authorities culled 20,000 birds in two barns at the farm in Grayson County, located in central Kentucky.[Apr 6 OIE report]Low rate of E coli O157:H7 found in California wildlifePreliminary results of a California study suggest that the prevalence of E coli O157:H7 in central California wildlife—seen as a potential source of crop contamination—is very low, according to a report today from in Nevada City, Calif. A team of university, state, and federal researchers found the pathogen in only 4 of 866 animals they tested, a rate of less than 0.5%. Tested animals included deer, wild pigs, birds, rabbits, tule elk, coyotes, rodents, and others; the pathogen was found in one wild pig, one coyote, and two tule elk. As noted in the report, E coli O157:H7 was found in 13 wild-pig samples during the investigation of the E coli outbreak tied to California-grown spinach in 2006. The leader of the study said the new findings indicate that the risk of produce contamination by wildlife is probably low.[ report]Former FDA official says imports pose top food safety challengeThe biggest challenge to US food safety is the global market for food, Margaret Glavin, the former head of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement division, told food industry representatives yesterday, according to a Government Executive report. She said the FDA lags far behind the US Department of Agriculture in its ability to set standards for and inspect foreign food firms. She also called for a modernization of the nation’s food safety laws, urged that lawmakers harmonize food safety strategies across government agencies, and said food safety agencies need more power to enforce prevention measures and record-keeping.[Apr 7 Government Executive story]FDA approves new malaria treatmentThe FDA today approved a new two-drug tablet for treating patients who have acute, uncomplicated malaria. Coartem, made by Novartis Pharmaceuticals, contains artemether and lumefantrine and has been found effective in parts of the world where resistance to chloroquine, a drug commonly used to prevent and treat malaria, has been reported. Coartem is approved for use in adults and children weighing at least 5 kg (about 11 pounds), but is not indicated for severe malaria or preventing the disease.[Apr 8 FDA press release]Aid group makes emergency polio appealIn response to outbreaks of wild poliovirus in 14 African countries, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today launched a $2.1 million emergency appeal. Fundraising will help reinforce immunization campaigns and help train and mobilize volunteers. Tammam Adoudat, the IFRC’s senior officer for health emergencies, said in a press release that polio is spreading, even to countries such as Uganda that have not had an outbreak in more than 10 years. He added that action is needed now to salvage progress made during the last 20 years of polio eradication efforts.[Apr 9 IFRC press release]last_img read more

HUP: The drafting of the Decision on the annual quota for the employment of foreigners for 2018 is underway.

first_imgYesterday, HUP called on its members to send the needs for foreign workers for 2018, given that preparations for the drafting of the Decision on the annual quota for employment of third-country nationals, in which process HUP is an active participant, will begin soon.Namely, the Aliens Act (OG 130/11, 74/13 and 69/17, hereinafter: the Act) regulates the stay and work of aliens in the Republic of Croatia, and Article 74, paragraph 1 of the Act stipulates that the Government of the Republic of Croatia determines the annual quota for employment of third-country nationals no later than 31 October of the current year for the following year for the renewal of already issued permits and new employment.The decision sets an annual quota for the employment of third-country nationals, which does not include nationals of EU Member States. Furthermore, the Decision is intended for the employment of third-country nationals with lower education (NKV and SSS), while for the employment of highly qualified workers from third countries, the institute of “EU Blue Card” is provided, regulated in Chapter XII. Of the Aliens Act, it is not necessary to register them in the quota for employment of aliens in accordance with (except in the case of transfer of persons within the company – Article 79.a of the Act).In 2017, 7.026 permits were issuedBy the decision on determining the annual quotas of permits for employment of foreigners for the calendar year 2017, it was determined that the total annual quota of permits for the employment of foreigners in the Republic of Croatia is 7.026 permits. Of the total quotas for tourism, the most requested are quotas, 60 of them for masseurs of special types of massages, chefs of national cuisine a total of 4 quotas, 30 for tourist animators as well as 30 quotas for tourist agents and five quotas for diving instructors.last_img read more

Jack Wilshere reveals how Arsenal players reacted to Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leaving

first_imgArsene Wenger couldn’t convince the star trio to stay (Picture: Getty Images)‘He was going to be one of the reasons why we’d improve and start challenging.I’d always think back to that first season and when we came so close and thinking what would’ve happened. ‘Would Cesc have stayed, could we have attracted bigger players, challenged in the Champions League? But year after year players left.‘I saw it over when I first started to the expectation dropping even from then. From the first season challenging for the PL to then challenging for the top four was what we were going for.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsDutch striker Van Persie was next to depart from the north London club a year later in 2012, defecting to Manchester United are he wrote a letter to Arsenal fans which criticised the management of the club and questioned its ambition in the transfer market. Wilshere added: ‘Robin when he left he was coming to the end and only had a couple of years left he was arguably joining one of the biggest clubs in the world who had just won the league and obviously the manager was a big part in that.‘He was proved right in that he went on to win the Premier League the next season.‘There wasn’t really [any offers for me] and to be honest, I wouldn’t have gone anyway. I was happy playing at a club I dreamed of playing for since I was nine. I thought I was going towards being a big player for Arsenal, perhaps even captain.’MORE: Shaun Wright-Phillips details failed Arsenal move as Chelsea swooped to sign himMORE: Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool all interested in Monaco striker Wissam Ben YedderFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Jack Wilshere reveals how Arsenal players reacted to Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leaving Fabregas, Nasri and Van Persie all left within two years of eachother (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed he and his teammates struggled to muster the belief they could challenge for major honours after watching a succession of key players depart for rival clubs.By the start of the 2010/11 campaign Arsene Wenger appeared to have built a squad capable of challenging for major honours. Wilshere, then just a teenager, emerged as a key component of a side which also contained the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie.Injuries, allied to a succession self-inflicted defeats, saw that particular team fail to reach its potential, however, and after one narrow miss too many both Fabregas and Nasri departed in the space of two turbulent weeks in the summer of 2011.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlthough Wilshere sympathised with the decisions made by two of his former teammates, he struggled to escape the feeling that losing two such prominent players set the club back significantly.ADVERTISEMENTHe told the Lockdown Tactics Podcast: ‘Why is our best player and our captain leaving? Then you see obviously Nasri went to City. I got on really well with Samir and I remember having a conversation with him and he was saying w’hat City are building, it’s hard not to want to be a part of that’.‘I could understand where he was coming from but at the same time it hurt because he was so good for us. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Apr 2020 3:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Munsters joins Edmond de Rothschild as asset management head

first_img“He has successfully run and grown large-size asset managers, empowering professionals in varying countries and with diverse backgrounds, with a strong focus on clients and portfolio performance.”She also thanked Tignard for his work since joining the company from HSBC Global Asset Management in France three years ago.On his appointment, Munsters said: “It is an honour to have the opportunity to take part in the group’s European and international development and to support the further growth of its reputation.”Prior to leaving Robeco last year, where he spent six years as chief executive, Munsters was CIO at APG.He joined the largest Dutch pension manager in 2005 from PGGM, where he spent seven years as a member of the executive investment committee. Roderick Munsters has joined Edmond de Rothschild Group, being named chief executive of the asset management business.Munsters, who most recently was chief executive at Robeco, replaces Laurent Tignard at the Swiss asset manager, effective immediately.Ariane de Rothschild, chair of Edmond de Rothschild’s executive committee, said she was “very pleased” to welcome Munsters to the CHF85bn (€78bn) asset manager.“He will bring a wealth of experience, strong knowledge of international financial markets, entrepreneurial spirit and recognised ability to generate long-term performance,” she said.last_img read more

T&T health authorities investigating latest case of microcephaly

first_img Share HealthLifestyleNewsRegional T&T health authorities investigating latest case of microcephaly by: Caribbean Media Corporation – September 27, 2016 Sharing is caring! Tweet 163 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share A baby born with microcephaly (file photo)PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Ministry of Health says it is seeking assistance from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to determine whether a baby born with microcephaly is as a result of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly.In a brief statement, the Ministry of Health said that the mother of the unidentified baby was attended to privately and was not a patient of the Mt Hope Maternity Hospital where the national screening effort is located.“It is to be noted that Trinidad and Tobago registers approximately 12 cases of microcephaly yearly due to a variety of genetic causes.“To date, this case cannot be directly attributed to the Zika virus and the assistance of PAHO/WHO has been sought to make a clinical determination,” the statement noted.The Ministry of Health said that it was asking that the family’s privacy be respected and that it “will keep the public updated as new facts become available”.Last month, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the number of Zika cases recorded were inaccurate and there were more than the 247 confirmed cases, with the likelihood that the figure was in the thousands.At least 60 pregnant women have been diagnosed with the virus.last_img read more

Dominican entrepreneur gets through to finals of International Talent and Innovation Awards

first_img Share 44 Views   3 comments Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Dominican entrepreneur gets through to finals of International Talent and Innovation Awards by: – March 20, 2012 Share The New Beginning Craft Workshop team, from L-R: Shirley Alexander, Mentor; Sian Jones, Mentor; John Roach, DYBT Co-ordinator; Vanessa Winston, Owner of New Beginning Gifts and Leather and TIC America finalist; Natasha Yeeloy, Mentoring Co-ordinator and Enterprise Development Officer, DYBT.One Dominican entrepreneur has made history on being the first individual to qualify for the International Talent and Innovation Awards scheduled for April in Columbia.Vanessa Lissa Winston, the owner of New Beginning Gifts and Leather in Roseau has been selected from a field of 4,000 entrepreneurs from 35 countries to become one of the 22 teams short-listed in the TIC Americas’ Talent and Innovation Awards category.A press release from the Dominica Youth Business Trust states that the workshopWinston, through her New Beginning Crafts Shop, will host a workshop aimed at offering training in poetry, straw craft and craft-making using recycled materials to 36 unemployed people.“One of the special, innovative aspects of the project is that it will lead to the formation of a new co-operative of craftspeople. Not only will this alleviate unemployment amongst young people, but it will also allow craftspeople to work together in order to fill the gap in the market to supply a whole range of locally-made craft products to hotels, restaurants and other businesses, who tend to have large orders that cannot currently be met by the existing independent craftspeople”.If successful, Winston could receive a trophy and cash prize of US$5,000 which would go towards the cost of running the workshop, and also lend support to the search for sponsorship and other funding sources.The award ceremony is scheduled for the 10th to the 13th of April, 2012 in Cartagena, Colombia. The Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT), which was launched in 2004, is committed to supporting entrepreneurship, especially among the island’s young people. DYBT volunteer and mentor, Sian Jones said; “We are incredibly excited to announce the success of one of our entrepreneurs in this prestigious competition and are very pleased that Vanessa’s idea for a craft workshop and co-operative has achieved the international recognition it deserves. Congratulations Vanessa!”A sample workshop event will take place at the training venue in Stock Farm on Thursday 22nd March, from 8.30am – 1pm. Interested persons who wish to attend the training should apply by emailing Vanessa at: and provide the following information: name, address, date of birth, marital status, number of dependants (children or elderly family members), employment status and some brief details about why you want to take part in the training. Places will be limited to 15 persons so please get in touch now to avoid disappointment!Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Fernandes: Ronaldo put in good word for me at Man Utd

first_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Kendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTop 8 Best Looking US First Ladies Ever Loading… “I know some people asked Cristiano what he thought of me and what I was like as a player and a person. “I know he spoke highly of me and gave me a good reference, so I sent him a message after to thank him for his kind words. Read Also:Messi reveals what Real Madrid are missing since Ronaldo’s exit “Pressure always has to be present in our day-to-day and we have to be under pressure to improve every day.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Fernandes arrives in the Premier League highly regarded with Ronaldo himself backing his Portugal team-mate to shine. “I didn’t speak to [Ronaldo] before coming but did after my arrival,” Fernandes said.Advertisement Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, believes Cristiano Ronaldo urged manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sign him.last_img read more

ISP Versailles seeking Regional Dispatchers

first_imgVersailles, In. — The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for a Regional Dispatcher position at the Versailles Post to help staff its Regional Dispatch Center. Successful applicants must be able to receive, record, disseminate, and accurately dispatch information to police personnel, other law enforcement agencies, and other support services.A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required as well as the ability to successfully pass a typing test. Two years of public safety communications experience and an emergency medical technician certification are preferred but not required.  The applicant should also reside within driving distance of the Versailles Regional Dispatch Center located in Versailles, Indiana.Pay starts at $30,082 per year.The deadline for applications is June 15, 2018.For more information and to apply, go online here Job Opening #2018-68.Persons that are interested may also call the Versailles Post at 812-689-5000.last_img read more

Rafa: Three points, stats the key

first_img Chelsea are bidding to consolidate their place in the top four and a Champions League qualifying spot by winning their game in-hand over Tottenham. Benitez said: “I haven’t wasted any second thinking about how many (points) we need. It’s just the next three points. I’m just thinking about the next game. I don’t waste time when you have so many games. You cannot be doing numbers all the time. It depends on the other teams.” Press Association Spurs and Chelsea play at Stamford Bridge on May 8 in what could effectively be a Champions League play-off. But Benitez, who takes Chelsea to his former club Liverpool in another key game on Sunday, anticipates the race to the top four will continue until the final day of the campaign. He said: “Hopefully we can be there. I don’t know who will be with us. The league will go until the end of the season. Hopefully I am wrong and we will be qualified before (then), but I think it will be until the end of the season.” Experience is key at this stage of the season, and Benitez added: “The head makes the difference. At the end of the season it’s more important to be strong mentally and approach every game with the belief you can win.” Chelsea have players with the requisite experience. Frank Lampard and captain John Terry are expected to return at Craven Cottage, having been unused substitutes in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Manchester City. Midfielder Lampard could be in the final months of his Chelsea career, with his contract expiring and the prospects of an extension uncertain, and is three short of overtaking Bobby Tambling as the club’s record goalscorer. “The main thing is the team,” said Benitez of Lampard, who last scored against West Ham. “I would like to see Frank breaking the record, for sure. (But) if I pick him it’s because I think that he’s a good player. I’m sure he can score goals. Hopefully he can score more than two and then he will break the record.” center_img Rafael Benitez normally likes statistics, but the Chelsea interim boss has had no time for numbers ahead of tonight’s west London derby at Fulham where three Barclays Premier League points is all that matters.last_img read more

Torres staying with Milan

first_img Press Association The deal does not rule out a return to Atletico in the upcoming transfer window. The Spanish champions have indicated they do not have the funds for a permanent deal themselves, but may yet sign him on another loan deal from Milan once he has left Chelsea. A return home could be what Torres needs to reignite a once sparkling career. The World Cup winner and double European champion scored 46 goals in 172 Chelsea appearances, but only 20 of those came in 110 league outings – a poor return when compared with the 65 Premier League goals he scored in 102 appearances for Liverpool. Torres moved to Stamford Bridge late on January transfer deadline day in 2011 for a then record British fee, but initial struggles soon appeared to be a crisis of confidence as he managed just one goal in 18 appearances before the end of the season. The following season he scored 11 goals, including a hat-trick against QPR and a vital breakaway goal against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, but still looked a shadow of himself. His best season in a Chelsea shirt came in the following campaign as he scored 22 goals across seven competitions, including the winner in the Europa League final against Benfica. He managed only 11 goals the following season, after which Jose Mourinho broke up his misfiring striking trio of Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba, all of whom left the club. His move to Milan has not exactly seen his form ignite, with only one goal in 10 appearances, but that has not prevented a deal being done. Fernando Torres’ Chelsea career is officially over after the Premier League leaders announced he is to make his loan move to AC Milan permanent next month.center_img Torres, 30, won the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup in three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, but never lived up to expectations after a £50million transfer from Liverpool, failing to replicate his once-prolific scoring record in the capital. He moved to Milan on a two-year loan in August and, although he had been strongly linked with a return to his first club Atletico Madrid in recent days, on Saturday Chelsea announced a deal had been reached for him to join Milan permanently from January 5. last_img read more