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UN names global coordinator for flu threats

first_img At a news conference, Nabarro, 56, said he was nearly certain that a pandemic will erupt soon and predicted it could kill anywhere from 5 million to 150 million people, according to a Reuters report. Dr. David Nabarro, a British public health expert with the World Health Organization (WHO), was named to the new job of “UN system coordinator for avian and human influenza.” The WHO said today that, because of increased surveillance in the country, “growing numbers of people with respiratory symptoms or possible exposure to the virus are being admitted to hospital for observation and, when appropriate, treatment.” Many of the patients don’t have symptoms compatible with H5N1 infection, the agency said. See also: Testing at the WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong confirmed the woman’s case, the WHO said. The agency said she had had contact with sick and dying chickens in her household shortly before she fell ill. He said that if the virus starts to spread, the nature of the world’s response will determine whether it ultimately kills as few as 5 million or as many as 150 million, Reuters reported. At the news conference, Nabarro warned it is “very likely” that the H5N1 virus will soon acquire the ability to spread readily from person to person, according to the Reuters report. “I am almost certain there will be another pandemic soon,” he was quoted as saying. Nabarro said he would run a new UN office in New York that will begin working with governments, international agencies, health workers, and the drug industry, Reuters reported. Sep 29, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The United Nations today signaled a new level of concern about avian influenza and the risk of a flu pandemic by naming a special coordinator of all UN responses to the situation. According to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report, Nabarro warned that the world will have only “a matter of weeks” to respond after a pandemic begins to erupt and before it gets out of control. He said health agencies will have to fight the virus with the antiviral drug oseltamivir and the most potent vaccines available. The story said he expressed particular concern about the possibility that migratory birds will spread avian flu to the Middle East and Africa. An outbreak in poor, war-torn parts of Africa, such as Sudan, could lead to “a nightmare scenario,” he commented. Meanwhile, an AFP report today quoted an Indonesian health official as saying the country has had a total of 63 confirmed and suspected avian flu cases so far this year. But the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said only 5 of the 63 cases were confirmed, while 9 were probable and the rest were suspected. News of Nabarro’s appointment came as the WHO said further tests had confirmed earlier reports that a 27-year-old Indonesian woman who died Sep 26 had H5N1 avian flu. In the WHO announcement, WHO Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-Wook stated, “The world is responding [to the pandemic threat], and is moving quickly to get prepared. However, coordination of these efforts is critical to ensure all stakeholders are giving the best of what they have to offer, and that countries receive the support they urgently require.” Indonesian officials said on Sept 26 that the Jakarta woman and a 5-year-old girl who died last week both had tested positive, though test results for the girl were inconsistent. The WHO statement today didn’t mention the girl. Indonesian casesIn Indonesia, the 27-year-old Jakarta woman represents the fourth avian flu case that the WHO has recognized as confirmed. The government has cited a few other cases as confirmed or probable, including those of the 5-year-old girl and two young daughters of a 38-year-old man who died of avian flu in July. Nabarro calls pandemic very likelyNabarro was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In announcing the news, the WHO said, “The appointment is critical as the world is fast recognizing the risk of an imminent human influenza pandemic, and is taking steps to reduce the risk and to get prepared.” Nabarro was described as one of the agency’s most senior public health experts. A Reuters report today quoted Indonesian health officials as saying the country has more than 50 suspected avian flu cases. Three days ago officials had put the number of suspected cases at 34. The country has been on high alert for avian flu since Sep 19, when the government said the growing number of suspected cases represented an “extraordinary incident.” Nabarro has held WHO leadership jobs dealing with malaria, environmental health, food safety and, most recently, crisis operations, the WHO said. His 30 years of experience includes work in community-level and government health programs, particularly in Asia, and in administering development assistance, managing scientific research, building development partnerships, and working with nongovernmental organizations. WHO statement on new coordinatorhttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2005/pr45/en/index.html WHO update on Indonesian caseshttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_09_29/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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San Jose Golden State Warriors: The untold story of what almost happened

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Tuesday marks the start of the Golden State Warriors final season at Oracle Arena. Then, off they go to San Francisco. Of all the history etched in Oakland during the team’s 46-year run here, one piece remained largely buried, until now:How close the Warriors came in 1995 to moving to San Jose.Close enough to schedule a press conference — cancelled with just hours to spare — to announce the news. …last_img read more

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Logistics Hub Initiative Vital to Strengthening Economic Ties with Brazil – Minister Hylton

first_imgStory Highlights The Government’s Logistics Hub Initiative is vital in Jamaica’s transition to strengthening economic ties with Brazil Both governments are exploring the matter of enhancing travel, within the region MSME sector must play a critical role in the success of the Logistics Hub Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the Government’s Logistics Hub Initiative is vital in Jamaica’s transition to strengthening economic ties with Brazil.“Without the logistics hub, we will continue to struggle with a small market (Jamaica), looking at a huge market (Brazil), and not being able to compete effectively,” he pointed out.“With the logistics hub, we are talking about a deeper integration of Jamaica into the global economy, and with that, the movement of passengers globally, and the movement of goods globally…we’ll have the links between Brazil and Jamaica enhanced by movement of goods, passengers, and data,” the Minister added.Mr. Hylton was speaking at a special luncheon hosted by Jamaica National Small Business Loans Limited, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on August 26, to provide a context for Jamaica and Brazil to dialogue on opportunities for trade and investment.Mr. Hylton informed that he would be making an official visit to Brazil to continue discussions on potential partnerships for the logistics hub. He stressed that it was critical that these linkages be made, and that Jamaica intends to play its part.The Minister also cited the critical role that the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector must play in the success of the Logistics Hub. He urged the gathering of stakeholders to “pay very keen attention” to the MSME policy, and the follow-up actions that will emerge.In his remarks, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said the event reflected some of the important steps that Jamaica has taken in South South co-operation, and the country’s relationship with Brazil. “It was not by accident that Jamaica established a full Mission in Brazil,” he said.Mr. Brown noted that although the Jamaica-Brazil Chamber of Commerce was established in 2008, it did not receive ratification until a Mission was established in the South American country, and the first order of business was to give government support to the Chamber of Commerce.“There is much trade that can be derived between the two partners…in particular, we have worked very closely on agriculture, where there is significant co-operation and best practice that can be derived,” he said.South South Co-operation involves the exchange of resources, knowledge, and technology between developing countries, also termed countries of the global South.Mr. Brown pointed out that both governments are exploring the matter of enhancing travel, within the region.He acknowledged also, that the logistics hub would be important to this issue as well. “We are not only speaking about cargo, but it also has to do with the movement of people…if we are able to address the issue of airlift, we will see a significant movement in terms of the engagement of Jamaica and Brazil, not only in terms of culture, but also in terms of trade,” he outlined.Meanwhile, guest speaker, President of the Jamaica-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, Donovan McFarlane, emphasized the strength of the Jamaican brand, and the affinity that Brazil has with Jamaica’s culture, music, and sports personalities.This, he said, helps to facilitate the awareness of the local tourism product. “Understand though, that success is only guaranteed through a joint effort with Jamaican businesses, hotels and the tourism sector,” he stated.Mr. McFarlane called on local businesses and industries to join the membership of the Chamber of Commerce. “We are ready and we are equipped with the tools to show you the way to achieve success in business with both countries,” he said. He urged businesses to use the Chamber of Commerce as their “gateway” to doing business in Brazil.For his part, Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Antonio Da Costa E Silva, affirmed that there are “immense” opportunities for trade between Jamaica and Brazil, and that trade and tourism levels are below what it should be.“In those areas as well as in investment, what I think we are lacking is better knowledge of what we are in each of our context …we have a lot of commonalities,” he stated, adding that a similar sister organization (Chamber of Commerce) should be established in Kingston, to develop closer ties.The Ambassador said such an organistion would focus not only on trade, but also on joint venture investment, and partnerships to tap into other markets where Brazil may have assets, and those markets with which Jamaica is acquainted, such as the United States and Europe.last_img read more

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Lessons learnt from Chandrayaan are faith fearlessness says Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the two “greatest lessons” he learnt from the Chandrayaan-II mission are “faith and fearlessness” and also announced a quiz competition whose winners will get an opportunity to visit Sriharikota to witness the moment the spacecraft will land on moon in September.In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ address, Modi said the way scientists rectified technical issues, which caused ISRO to defer its launch by a few days, is exemplary and unparalleled. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”If you ask me what the two greatest lessons I have received from Chandrayaan II, I shall say they are faith and fearlessness. We should trust our talents and capacities; we should have faith in them,” he said. “We should feel proud of the fact that despite hindrances, there is no change in the arrival time. We should trust our talents and capacities; we should have faith in them,” he said. Hailing the indigenous project, he said it is “thoroughly Indian in heart and spirit. It is completely a swadeshi, home grown mission.” He hoped that the Chandrayaan II mission will inspire youth towards science and innovation, saying that science is the path to progress. “This mission has proved beyond doubt, once again, that when it comes to attempting an endeavour in new age, cutting edge areas, with innovative zeal, our scientists are second to none. They are the best, they are world class,” the prime minister said. Asking students to participate in the quiz, whose details will be out soon, he said space, and science and technology will be its key features. “And the most thrilling part is that students scoring the highest in their respective states will be invited to visit Sriharikota, with expenses borne by the government. There in September they will get an opportunity to witness the moment when Chandrayaan would be landing on the surface of the Moon. For these winners, it will be a historic event of their lives,” he said.last_img read more

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We dont know how to take advantage of Messi Tagliafico

first_imgThe Argentina national team left-back believes his country has the best player in the world, but they don’t know how to use him.At club level, Barcelona star Lionel Messi is simply one of the best, if not the best player in the whole world.But at the national team level, he has had trouble, not being able to lift any silverware with the senior squad.This has pushed him away from the team as he hasn’t played with them since they were eliminated by France in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.But for defender Nicolas Tagliafico, the problem is his country doesn’t know how to take advantage of a player like Messi.“We have seen two glorious stages in our football with [Cesar Luis] Menotti and [Carlos] Bilardo, which are two different ways of understanding football,” Tagliafico was quoted by Goal.“We have not found out which is the best [style of play] for our time, or which one is the best to help Leo [Messi].”Top 5 players who can actually replace Messi and Ronaldo Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 After Pep Guardiola’s latest defense of Messi and Ronaldo, we need to start talking about the Top 5 players who can replace them.Replacing Messi and…“He’s the best player in the world and we do not know how to take advantage of him,” he added.“We have to find an idea or a coach that makes us understand the opportunity he represents and bring that order we need.”“It’s not the same to be in a club for 15 years knowing everything,” he tried to explain.“In the national team, either because of the change of president, coach or because of the passion we have that blinds us, we are not able to put together projects every year. That’s not easy.”“Leo did not have the luck to be crowned. He reached three finals, but we do not have the project that, for example, Barca does,” he concluded.Argentina will play two friendlies on March: the first against Venezuela on the 23rd, while three days later they will play against Morocco.last_img read more

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The all inclusive brand factory

first_imgIf diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then luxury brands are surely their best acquaintances. The obsession with brands is common to women and men world over. The word ‘brand’ is synonymous with a marquee, which indicates a certain product identity that is well known. A product that is recognised is casually referred to as a brand. Among brands, however, there are categories starting from everyday use products like toilet soap to luxury brands like high-end cars. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Brands may be around us, but often we take them for granted unless of course we have forked out a lot of money to buy a branded product. For example, if we see a luxury car, the first thing that crosses our mind is how much it costs or how expensive it is to maintain. Thus, it is human nature to notice a br and that is associated with an expensive product. This phenomenon is what has propelled the huge demand for luxury brands. Be it an expensive suit or an expensive handbag — the primary object is to flaunt it so that our friends, acquaintances or even passersby notice. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOther than a few people I know, most people possess luxury brands that act as an extension of their flamboyant personality. On a derogatory note, such people are called ‘brand wh***s’ as they commonly switch luxury brands just to show off. However, this may be a matter personal choice even if it is considered a vulgar show of money.As the craze for expensive branded product increased over the years, people who could not afford too have begun to aspire for brands. This is something that has been identified by many luxury brand makers. Luxury car makers the world over have diversified into the budget segment to boost their sales. Unlike the 1960s and 70s, when luxury brands were the privy of the super rich, today’s luxury product makers have a wide range of products under the same brand name. This makes it easy for even someone from the upper middle class to buy into a luxury brand. This would have probably been an unfinished dream for his father. Thus today’s generations have it a lot easier than their predecessors thanks to recession-driven economies. As luxury brands are more easily available, their market penetration has increased significantly. Thus brands have come a long way ……Salloli Kumar has been a regular on the page 3 circuit for nearly a decade.last_img read more

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Bengal IPS ranks see Bengal IPS ranks see another reshuffle

first_imgKolkata: Following Thursday’s reshuffle order of seven IPS officers, another order bearing reshuffle notice of six IPS officers was published on Friday. In Friday’s order, the earlier posting of Kunal Aggarwal as Special Superintendent (SS), CID Headquarters at Durgapur, was cancelled. On cancellation of his earlier order, Aggarwal has been posted as SS, CID, West Bengal.In Friday’s order, Superintendent of Police (SP), Jhargram, Rathod Amit Kumar Bharat has been posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Zone I (North) in the Howrah Police Commissionerate. The SP of Baruipur Police District, Arijit Sinha, has been made the new SP of Jhargram. The DCP (headquarters) of Howrah Police Commissionerate Ranendranath Banerjee has been posted as DCP, Zone I, Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, whereas Sukhendu Hira from Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate has been posted as DCP (Headquarters) of Howrah Police Commissionerate. Apart from these, DCP (Headquarters) II of Kolkata Police, Ajay Prasad, has been posted as SP, Baruipur Police District.last_img read more

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