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Thai teen died of avian flu; infected eagles enter Belgium

first_imgOct 25, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza concerns rose on two continents today as Thai authorities announced another human death from the H5N1 strain and European officials alerted travelers about two airline flights that had carried infected eagles from Thailand to Belgium last week.A 14-year-old Thai girl from northern Sukhothai province who died Oct 19 had H5N1 influenza, an official said in an Associated Press report today. A World Health Organization update said the girl developed symptoms on Oct 8 and that chickens at her household had died suddenly in late September.This was the first confirmed human death from H5N1 in Thailand since a mother and daughter died in late September, in a rare instance of probable human-to-human transmission. The teen-ager’s death brings to 32 the toll from H5N1 influenza in Southeast Asia since late January. A dozen nonfatal H5N1 cases have been confirmed as well.In Belgium, two infected mountain hawk eagles were seized from a Thai man who had smuggled them into the country in his airplane carry-on bag Oct 18, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). Passengers were warned about the situation today, after the eagles’ infection was confirmed.The man traveled on EVA Airways flight BR0061 from Bangkok to Vienna on Oct 17 and on Austrian Airlines Flight OS351 from Vienna to Belgium, arriving Oct 18. He had two small, live eagles wrapped in plastic tubing in his carry-on bag, news services reported.Although the man was released, the eagles were seized and quarantined at the Brussels airport. Both eagles tested positive for H5N1 influenza yesterday and were euthanized, along with two parrots being held at the quarantine site, news services reported. The eagles’ owner later turned himself in for medical examination at the request of authorities, AFP reported.Belgium’s health ministry urged all the other passengers on the man’s flights to see their doctors as a precaution, Bloomberg News reported. The European Commission said the travelers should see their doctors if they experienced flu-like symptoms, according to AFP.”Although the risk of transmission from the animals to humans is limited, it cannot be excluded since the birds traveled in the passenger cabin in hand luggage,” the European Commission said, as quoted by AFP.”The birds never left the quarantine installations at Brussels airport and did not pose any threat to the European poultry flock,” the commission said.Customs officers and scientists who encountered the ailing eagles were preventively treated with antiviral medication, Belgian news reports said. A recent report by Dutch researchers showed an antiviral medication had helped protect people exposed to H7N7 avian flu during a 2003 outbreak in the Netherlands.A veterinarian who examined the eagles in Belgium has contracted a “light” case of conjunctivitis, according to the AFP report, attributing the information to the Belga news agency. It was not clear whether that illness was linked to the eagles. However, conjunctivitis was the most commonly reported condition among people infected with the H7N7 avian flu during the Dutch outbreak.See also:WHO statement about human case in Thailandhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_10_25/en/last_img read more

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Jamie Carragher claims Carlo Ancelotti is not the right appointment for Arsenal

first_imgJamie Carragher claims Carlo Ancelotti is not the right appointment for Arsenal Comment Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly in the running to take the Arsenal job (EPA)Jamie Carragher believes Carlo Ancelotti would be the wrong appointment for Arsenal.The 60-year-old Italian is reportedly in the running to become Unai Emery’s long-term successor after he was sacked by Napoli earlier this week.Ancelotti would provide Arsenal with a wealth of experience having won the Premier League with Chelsea, the Champions League and Serie A with AC Milan, Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain and the Champions League with Real Madrid.But Carragher believes the Arsenal job requires a manager who is more capable of rebuilding teams.ADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t agree with Ancelotti,’ Carragher told Sky Sports. Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli earlier this week (Getty Images)‘I think Ancelotti makes very good teams even better and takes them this next step.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘This is a big job. This is a rebuilding job.‘I don’t think Ancelotti has ever really been into clubs before and taken a group of players like this.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea 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 City‘He’s always gone to top teams where it’s more about man-management and getting the best out of real top players, getting them onside.‘I think a lot more is needed here – this is a rebuilding job.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Dec 2019 8:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link220Shareslast_img read more

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Pogatetz wants Hammers to stay calm

first_img Press Association The Hammers’ 2-1 defeat at struggling Aston Villa was a fourth loss in six league games and left them in 11th place, with a seven-point cushion above the relegation zone heading into the final 12 matches of the season “We shouldn’t panic. We are in a good position,” Pogatetz said on West Ham TV. Emanuel Pogatetz says West Ham must not “panic” as they look to steer clear of a battle for Barclays Premier League survival.center_img West Ham host Tottenham on February 25 before taking on both Chelsea and Manchester United next month, and the Austrian defender added: “Obviously we know we have hard games coming up, but we are up to the task. “Our performance was all right at Villa and if we can push on from that, we can put many more points on the board and achieve everything we want by the end of the season.” Manager Sam Allardyce used the break in domestic action caused by this weekend’s FA Cup ties to take the squad away for some warm-weather training in Dubai. Last season, it helped rejuvenate the squad for their end-of-season run in, which culminated in a victory over Blackpool in the npower Championship final at Wembley that secured promotion. Pogatetz, 30, can only see positives from the change in routine. “When I played in Germany for the last two years, we got a winter break and I think this is a similar break now,” he said. “The lads will enjoy the break and the warm weather. They can recover the bruises and knocks or whatever they have got and then make a fresh start next Monday when we are back. I think the group will really benefit from it.” last_img read more

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Pardew ban could have been longer

first_imgNewcastle boss Alan Pardew could have been handed a five-match stadium ban and a bigger fine for his head-butt on Hull midfielder David Meyler. But the commission said: “In considering the sanction to be imposed, the commission considered initially a five-match stadium ban and a higher fine. “But, based on the mitigation presented together with the action taken by both the club and Mr Pardew, the regulatory commission came to the conclusion that the appropriate sanction set out below was fair, reasonable and proportionate and thus ordered as follows: Mr Pardew be warned as to his future conduct; be suspended immediately until such time as Newcastle United FC has completed seven first team matches. The first three matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban from first team fixtures; Mr Pardew is fined the sum of £60,000.” Pardew, who served the first game of his stadium ban at Fulham last Saturday, was accompanied by legal counsel, club secretary Lee Charnley and Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers’ Association, at the hearing. He had admitted the charge and later revealed he was prepared to accept whatever penalty came his way. In mitigation, the Magpies manager, who had already been fined £100,000 by his club, argued that he did not instigate the altercation with Meyler and meant no physical harm to the player, and had expressed his remorse. He also signalled his intention to enrol on an executive leadership and management programme with the LMA in an effort to address his behaviour. The commission, who took into account previous offences, viewed video footage of the incident and considered written reports from match referee Kevin Friend, his assistant John Flynn and fourth official Howard Webb before reaching its conclusion. It said: “The commission also considered the impact of this type of incident in football in general and could not escape from the fact that a vast number of people would have seen the incident on national and international television. “Bluntly, Mr Pardew had little option but to admit the charge and to apologise accordingly. “Mr Pardew is a high-profile and very experienced manager at a high-profile and well-respected club in a high profile league and where matches are watched worldwide. “This is, on any view, a serious incident which has to be sanctioned accordingly, but at the same time proportionately.” Press Association The independent regulatory commission before which Pardew appeared on March 11 released the written reasons for its decision on Wednesday, and revealed that its punishment might have been more severe. Pardew was ultimately handed a three-match stadium ban and four more from the touchline, as well as a £60,000 fine. last_img read more

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Rogers City Area Schools get new superintendent

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisRogers City Areas Schools hires Nicholas Hein as its newest superintendent. He said there’s a handful of items on his list he wants to tackle to move the school district within his first 100 days.One of the first items on his list is adding more elective courses for students. Hein said giving students an hour of the day to take a course that piques their interest is invaluable because it helps them discover their niche in life.“With everything in my heart,” Hein said, “if you want to see kids succeed or students succeeed, you have to put them in a position to succeed. A lot of times, that means finding that niche for them.”And once that student finds their niche, Hein said they’ll build self-esteem and pride within themselves.“Individualizes classes, where people have that option to learn is what I’m to try to incorporate.”Hein also said he wants to reorganize the administration and faculty more by setting clear and defined expectations.Do you have a story idea? Contact Elijah Baker at elijah@wbkb11.com or follow him on Twitter at @elijahbtv.   AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Potential meteor ignites Southern Michigan skyNext Gone to the Snow Dogs YouTube Channel Helps put Alpena on the Maplast_img read more

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Kurtenbach: 49ers look Super in rout of Packers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Are there any more questions for these 49ers to answer?After Sunday’s 37-8 win over the Packers at Levi’s Stadium, there’s only one:How far can this team go in the playoffs?Perhaps all the way to Miami and Super Bowl LIV? Yes, there might be a month left in the regular season, but it’s not jumping the gun to start thinking about such things: Sunday’s win effectively guaranteed a spot in the tournament for the 49ers — their first postseason berth since 2013.But it …last_img read more

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SA starts the 2010 countdown

first_imgNational flags flew high during celebrations marking 100 days to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. There’s no doubt that South Africans are excited about the upcoming World Cup. South Africans are ready to welcome the world with the spirit of ubuntu. An excited South African blowing a kuduzela.(Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Thembelihle Radebe Media & Communications Public Liaison Department City of Johannesburg +27 11 407-7353 +27 082 377 3747 ThembelihleR@joburg.org.za • Jermaine Craig Media Manager 2010  Local Organising Committee +27 11 567 2010 +27 83 201 0121 jermaine.craig@2010oc.com RELATED ARTICLES • Media wowed by 2010 stadium tour • World Cup 2010? Yes, we can • World Cup fever hits the road • World Cup ticket sales soar • World Cup fever spreads abroad • Goodwill Balls get 2010 rollingBongani NkosiIt’s less than 100 days until the world’s biggest football spectacle kicks off on African soil, and South Africa, the host nation, is gripped by euphoria as it counts down.Photo essay: 100 days to kickoffThe country marked 100 days to the 2010 Fifa World Cup in original local vibe.  Song and dance characterised celebrations in Sandton, Johannesburg, and of course the vuvuzelas blared feverishly.The nation’s flags were hoisted high by many and the green and yellow jerseys of the South African national team signified the nation’s exhilaration.The street event in Sandton, organised by the City of Johannesburg and South Africa Tourism, coincided with other celebrations across the country. From Pretoria to Durban, the country became a hive of excitement in anticipation of the tournament.“[The excitement] is about South Africa and we’re taking it to the world,” musician Brian Temba, who was based in the UK until 2009, said from stage. A number of musicians, including Khanyo Maphumulo, Lulu Dikana, Camagwini, Watershed and many others, brought the stage alive to encapsulate the excitement of South Africans for the long-awaited event.“What an amazing day. It is 100 days to go. We will have an incredible event in South Africa,” said Lupi Ngcayisa, a producer at local radio station Metro fm.Ngcayisa, who runs a charitable campaign supplying underprivileged children with new school shoes, brought the message home to fellow South Africans that their visitors will expect nothing but ubuntu when they arrive in June. “It is up to us to ensure that the people who come here are treated with the utmost respect.”Sorina “The Flooze” Erasmus from popular local soapie 7de Laan was one of the stars of the event and got everyone hyped up about the Diski Dance, a dance style she, like many other South Africans, seems to have perfected.The City of Johannesburg used the day to send a message to the world that it’s ready to welcome them. Johannesburg is the only city in the country that will host matches in two stadiums, Ellis Park and Soccer City, and will stage 15 games including the opening match, a semi-final and the final.City employee Smokey de Clown, as he identified himself, could have easily won a prize for best dressed South African on the day. With a painted face and a strange outfit, designed from his work uniform, De Clown was a real clown, but he had an important message for tourists: “We want to show the world that Joburg is ready. Bring the world cup to Joburg.”Thanks for Football FridaysDavid Mabu is one of those colourful football fanatics who never misses a Bafana Bafana game. Mabu, a staunch Kaizer Chiefs supporter, was visibly excited as he moved and swayed with the singing crowd. “I’m the happiest fan… I’m even happy that South Africans are starting to get excited.“We’re the luckiest generation. This did not happen in our fathers’ time, but it’s happening in 2010,” said Mabu.He’s grateful for Football Fridays, the campaign spearheaded by the International Marketing Council that urges people to wear a football jersey every Friday until the World Cup kicks off. “I’m impressed by whoever created the Football Fridays concept. People are starting to buy Bafana jerseys, that will inspire the team.”Encouraging Bafana BafanaNobody doubts that the nation will get behind Bafana. The vuvuzela has become an unstoppable phenomenon and it will be blaring in support of the team. The nation will sing songs of support and the world will know that “Africa’s time has come, Ke Nako” indeed, as a local slogan goes.“We should encourage Bafana Bafana in whatever way we can,” said Benedict Majatladi from Alexandra.“We know what Bafana needs, they need power. The power inside of you can do wonders,” said singer Lulu Dikana, exhorting the national squad.The main event marking the 100 days remaining to the first match, which sees South Africa and Mexico face off, took place in Durban. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Fifa President Sepp Blatter and about 120 local and international journalists were in attendance.“South Africans are excited for a good reason,” President Jacob Zuma said at an event in the UK. “The World Cup provides an excellent opportunity to promote our country as a place of dynamism, growth and opportunity.”last_img read more

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Praise for SA’s efforts to transform accountancy profession

first_img24 April 2014 The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) has been recognised by the World Bank for its efforts to transform the profession through its Thuthuka bursary programme, as well as for upholding high standards in accounting and financial reporting in South Africa. The World Bank’s report on South Africa’s regulatory system was commissioned by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Released earlier this year, the report commended the bursary programme as a “world first”. The report, titled Coverage of Standards and Codes: Accounting and Auditing, said Saica had “taken decisive steps to transform the profession. The black membership of professional accountancy organisations has increased during the past 10 years with the implementation of the Thuthuka programme. “Universities are actively increasing their number of black students by participating in the Thuthuka initiative, and by allowing entrance into extended programmes for black students who do not fully meet the admission requirements,” the report stated.Student enrolment South Africa’s Council on Higher Education, an independent statutory body, reports that from 1994 to 2007, total student enrolment in higher education had grown from 425 000 students to 761 000 students, with the proportion of Africans growing from 43% in 1998 to 67% in 2007. “The gender and racial demographics for Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA) students have changed dramatically over the past nine years,” the report said. “In 2003 the number of female CTA students as a percentage of total enrolment was approximately 28% and increased to 50% in 2011. Black students comprised 25.8% of total CTA enrolment in 2003, compared to 38.8% in 2011.” A Saica senior executive Chantyl Mulder said, “I am pleased that an independent and credible body such as the World Bank recognise the ground-breaking work that Saica is doing in transforming the profession thus far.” World Bank representative Patrick Kabuya said: “South Africa has implemented a number of commendable accountancy profession reforms in the past decade that have contributed to strengthening its financial reporting systems. The systems have contributed to the advancement of governance and financial accountability which are critical pillars of enhancing business environment and country competitiveness.”Accreditation Saica works closely with its 13 accredited universities and is making progress in accrediting other universities, particularly historically disadvantaged universities, such as Walter Sisulu University and the University of Zululand. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has asked Saica use the Thuthuka Bursary Fund model to target priority professions such as actuarial science, engineering, medicine and education, as part of South Africa’s Human Resources Development plan. [Saica’s] Thuthuka development model is also set to be exported to other African countries and developing nations, Business Day reported. Read the full report on the World Bank’s website. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more