World Cup of Darts 2020: Big guns set to take centre stage on Saturday | Darts News

first_img“Some people find that a little bit too much pressure to handle, but also some people think it’s just another game of darts.“Representing your country can sometimes do strange things to players, it can pick their game up, find something that hasn’t been there for the past month or two.“It’s all going to be good fun. There’s going to be pressurised good fun. I’ll be sitting there with a big bowl of popcorn watching some people squirm, whilst other people thrive.”Don’t miss a dart at this weekend’s World Cup of Darts – the action continues from 12pm on Saturday on Sky Sports Arena and we will have the remaining four sessions as the new champions are crowned. Michael van Gerwen is bidding to lift his fourth World Cup of Darts title this weekend Belgium (5) vs Latvia “Say someone like Rob Cross – he might do all he can to leave D18, whereas Michael Smith we know is a tops, tens and fives hitter. You have to have this all in your armoury, to think to yourself: ‘Right, usually I go that way to go for that’,” said Lloyd. Michael van Gerwen appeared to relish the role of team captain as Danny Noppert went walkabout on stage in Salzburg. “You have still got to keep the confidence in yourself that you’re going to take out the shot, but if you don’t, you’ve got to try and leave it as comfortable as possible for your partner.“Your partner might look at you, drop his head and think: ‘Ah why has he left me D16? I hate D16, he could have left me tops.“Then you start getting negative as a pair. You shouldn’t do because a double is a double on the dart board, but there’s so many different things you have to think of as a pair, you’re not just being selfish and thinking of yourself, which is what you do as an individual sportsman.”Saturday’s action will see the singles matches take centre stage, with doubles deciders only required if the two singles matches are shared, which arguably favours the more decorated nations.The unique pairs format creates unfamiliarity even for the game’s leading lights, although the prospect of taking on unheralded stars in more ordinary circumstance alleviates the probability of shock results. Second seeds Wales are touted by many as the team to beat this weekend, thanks largely to the form of Gerwyn Price. Elsewhere, sixth seeds Germany are bidding to progress to the quarter-finals for a third time in four years when they take on Greece – appearing in the second round for the first time in World Cup history.It has been touted as one of the most open World Cups since the tournament’s inception in 2010 due to the fluctuating form of Van Gerwen, the absence of Wright and Anderson and the uncertainty surrounding England.Nevertheless, the pressure of representing your country is also a crucial factor, and Lloyd is intrigued to see how proceedings play out over the coming days.“There is that added pressure – you’re not just playing for yourself, you’re representing your country. I don’t think there is any higher honour in the world of sport than to pull on the shirt to represent your country,” the former world No 1 continued.Listen to the Darts Show podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox AfternoonEvening New Zealand 5-2 DenmarkPoland 5-0 South Africa England (1) vs Lithuania Rob Cross and Michael Smith – normally rivals on the major stage, delivered as a unit to see off the challenge of Philippines, whilst Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts were positively euphoric after surviving a scare against the Czech Republic.Michael van Gerwen relished the role of seniority as he partnered debutant Danny Noppert, despite the fact there’s only two years between the pair, whilst Wales and Germany also demonstrated their credentials in Austria.However, pairs play is uncharted territory for many of the current protagonists in the PDC and speaking on the Darts Show podcast, two-time major winner Colin Lloyd revealed the pressure it can exert.- Advertisement – The World Cup of Darts is generally regarded as one of the highlights of the sport’s calendar. It provokes drama, tension and emotion in equal measure, evidenced by a thrilling opening day of action in Salzburg on Friday.- Advertisement – The 32-nation tournament began with a bang at the Salzburgarena, as former champions Netherlands, England and Scotland advanced to the last 16.Fourth seeds Northern Ireland and 2019 finalists Republic of Ireland were the major opening round casualties, although second seeds Wales produced arguably the most impressive display, as Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton excelled. Portugal 5-0 HungaryJapan 3-5 Scotland Lithuania 5-3 GibraltarSweden 0-5 Greece Austria (8) vs Portugal Italy 4-5 SpainHong Kong 4-5 Latvia Belgium (5) 5-4 Czech RepublicWales (2) 5-0 Russia Germany (6) vs Greece Live World Cup of Darts November 7, 2020, 12:00pmLive on center_img Friday’s World Cup of Darts – First Round matches Wales (2) vs Scotland England (1) 5-3 PhilippinesNetherlands (3) 5-1 Brazil EveningAustralia vs Poland Rob Cross and Michael Smith are bidding to secure England’s fifth World Cup of Darts crown. Two of last year’s quarter-finalists collide in the afternoon’s curtain-raiser, as Canada meet New Zealand, with Canada fresh from a clinical display that saw them cause the shock of the round to dump out Northern Ireland.However, the tie of the second round is a blockbuster showdown between two-time finalists Wales and holders Scotland, represented by John Henderson and Thornton.The new-look Scottish pairing are bidding to retain the title claimed by Peter Wright and Gary Anderson almost 18 months ago, although they face a huge challenge against an irrepressible Price and an in-form Clayton.Four-time winners Netherlands continue their bid for a fifth World Cup crown against former semi-finalists Spain as world No 1 Michael van Gerwen bids to return to winning ways, with the help of the emerging Danny Noppert.Another intriguing showdown in prospect is a clash between former finalists Australia and an unheralded Polish partnership, with both nations producing formidable displays to defeat Republic of Ireland and South Africa respectively. – Advertisement – Netherlands (3) vs Spain 2:21 Rob Cross and Michael Smith are bidding to secure England’s fifth World Cup of Darts crown. Northern Ireland (4) 2-5 CanadaRepublic of Ireland (7) 2-5 Australia Saturday’s Second Round Matches – Order of Play The dynamic of pairs play is also a fascinating spectacle and the camaraderie between the teams was refreshing to see.- Advertisement – 2:31 Michael van Gerwen appeared to relish the role of team captain as Danny Noppert went walkabout on stage in Salzburg. Michael van Gerwen is bidding to lift his fourth World Cup of Darts title this weekend
Michael van Gerwen is bidding to lift his fourth World Cup of Darts title this weekend

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Tipped to Sport 2K Display With 120Hz Refresh Rate, 108-Megapixel Camera

first_imgIs this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. The same tipster has also leaked that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will have an improved camera sensor over the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is tipped to have a 108-megapixel primary HM3 sensor with 0.8um pixel size. The camera setup will offer laser focus, but will lack a Time of Flight sensor.Additionally, 91Mobiles also spotted the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra on NFC certification site. The phone is reportedly listed with the model number SM-G998U, but the listing says little else about the phone apart from the fact that it will support NFC.Past leaks suggest that the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones in the series will go on sale on January 29. The launch is expected to be held on January 14 and pre-orders of the smartphones will begin the same day of the launch. The phones are said to be available in Black, White, Grey, Silver, Violet, and Pink colours.- Advertisement – Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the rumoured most premium model of the next-generation Galaxy S series, is tipped to offer 120Hz display refresh rate at 2K resolution. This is similar to this year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 line-up which also has the ability to go up to 120Hz, but to offer this refresh rate at 2K resolution display will be a first for a Samsung flagship. Furthermore, the camera specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra have also leaked online. The phone has also been spotted on NFC certification site.Starting with the display leak, tipster Ice Universe has taken to Twitter to share that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will have a 120Hz display refresh rate just like its predecessor, but with 2K, aka QHD+, resolution. 2K resolution is somewhere between full-HD+ (1080p) and 4K. The resolution could vary based on the display size, but it should be somewhere around 1,440p. If this leak holds any weight, then this will be the first Samsung phone to have 2K resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Black Voters Helped Deliver Biden a Presidential Victory. Now What?

first_img“I am hopeful and willing to give Biden a chance but am not completely sold,” said Geary Woolfolk, 53, who is Black and lives in suburban Atlanta.In this year’s election, Mr. Biden attracted about 87 percent of the Black vote. At the same time, Mr. Trump, despite being widely viewed as inflaming racial hatred, gained more Black voters than in 2016, especially among Black men, according to exit polls.In two dozen interviews, some African-American voters echoed a longstanding political concern that they were underappreciated, particularly within the Democratic Party they have staunchly supported for decades. While Democrats always face high expectations to deliver for Black communities, the pressure on Mr. Biden, a compromise-first moderate, may be even greater because of the recent summer of protests over police brutality and systemic racism, the racial makeup of his electoral coalition and his own past. [Race affects our lives in countless ways. To read more stories on race from The New York Times, sign up here for our Race/Related newsletter.]When President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. thanked Black voters in his victory speech on Saturday night for rescuing his campaign when it was at its lowest point and declared “you’ve always had my back, and I’ll have yours,” Kourtney Neloms did not cheer like the hundreds in attendance.- Advertisement – While Black voters across the country celebrated the election of Mr. Biden and his vice president, Senator Kamala Harris of California, many said in recent days that the administration would have to prove its sincerity when it came to addressing the country’s vast inequalities and systemic barriers. Mr. Biden’s dramatic vow during his victory speech to return the favor for Black voters who so ardently supported him was an unusually explicit commitment to African-Americans from an incoming president.“It does create a situation where there is more pressure to provide for the Black community,” said Isaiah Thomas, a city councilman in Philadelphia who is Black. “I don’t think that we can recreate this moment right here. So we have to get as much as we can for poor people and people of color.”During the campaign, Mr. Biden released an extensive policy agenda that outlined his plan for Black America. It included proposals to invest in Black businesses and entrepreneurs, create opportunities for homeownership, narrow racial disparities in education and address a criminal justice system that disproportionately arrests, convicts and imprisons members of Black communities. While young Black progressive activists champion slogans like “defund the police,” Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, one of the most powerful Black members of Congress, criticized the use of such phrases. He argued that they threatened to undermine support for racial justice movements and hurt Democrats in elections.Banika Jones, 41, who works in food service for the Detroit Public Schools, said she wanted to see reparations for Black people, a public option for health insurance, a living wage for workers and the elimination of student loan debt.“I want to see some actual, real socialist reform,” she said, emphasizing the political ideology that Republicans have used to demonize Democrats. “I said a dirty word and I meant it. I want us to move toward Denmark.”Although she voted for Mr. Biden, Ms. Jones said she was not excited about him. Instead, she saw him as a continuation of past Democrats, who seem more inclined to try to placate voters in the middle, rather than push for real change for African-Americans and other marginalized groups.“The Democrats always say that they’re going to do something,” she said. “They’re going to make health care better. They’re going to help us with education. They’re going to do something about poverty. But they have spines that are made out of ramen or something. They are completely unwilling to stand up and fight back.” “Biden definitely owes us an administration that works on equality,” said Ms. Brooks Murphy, 74, a retired retail buyer living in Charleston. She says access to health care is an important priority for her because she has many friends “who are afraid to go to the doctor or will not go because they can’t afford the treatment or the medicine.”Part of the challenge for Mr. Biden will be to coalesce the broad and differing views that Black Americans hold on policy goals, ideas and strategies. Some see a drastic overhaul of systems — from policing to housing — as the path to equality, while others favor more moderate measures that can garner support across the political spectrum. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I’m kind of cautious,” he said, “but then again, I’m still hopeful because he specifically addressed us and he said that we were a key part of him winning the election. I feel as though that he really is going to try to help us more now.”It was not enough for Black voters to wait on Mr. Biden to help their communities, some said. They needed to force the issue.Jasmine M. Johnson, who spent a year helping to mobilize voters in Milwaukee, where turnout was similar to 2016, said she was ecstatic about Mr. Biden’s victory — and hopes his cabinet selections include Black women, “who once again delivered.” After that, she said, the president’s Black agenda should prioritize shrinking the wealth gap.“This election cycle has been a refresher for some and a crash course for others in civics,” Ms. Johnson, 39, said. “We have to collectively understand the impact of elections in our lives and collectively come up with our ask of this new administration — and then hold them accountable.”center_img Instead, listening to Mr. Biden speak in Wilmington, Del., from her hometown, Detroit, she felt somewhat skeptical.“OK, let’s see if he’s really being honest about this,” Ms. Neloms, 42, who is Black, recalled thinking. “My prayer is that it’s not just lip service.” Updated Nov. 10, 2020, 8:57 p.m. ET Jaymes Savage is far from being disillusioned. A 19-year-old sophomore at Rutgers University-Camden, he voted for the first time this year and is excited about what a Biden-Harris administration could mean for a Black man from Philadelphia like himself. He is especially hopeful that Ms. Harris — whose father immigrated from Jamaica and mother immigrated from India — would be able to relate to the continued struggles in his community. As he started his transition this week, Mr. Biden released a plan that included a section on racial equity. Activists with the Movement for Black Lives coalition said on Tuesday that they sent a letter to Mr. Biden asking to have a role in the transition, but that they have not heard back.Not long after Mr. Biden’s speech on Saturday, Mr. Woolfolk, a centrist who described his vote not necessarily in favor of the new president but instead in opposition to Mr. Trump, wrote an open letter to Mr. Biden. He said the Democratic Party had not earned his vote — or his loyalty. “Politicians,” he wrote on Facebook, “my vote is open for bid — what will you do for me and my kind now that the election is over?” The father of three grown sons, Mr. Woolfolk said he wanted police accountability without defunding departments and better preparation for Black students headed to college or trade school.Jean Brooks Murphy counted herself among the more than 60 percent of Black voters in South Carolina who rescued Mr. Biden’s withering primary campaign. In this year’s presidential bid, Mr. Biden’s political identity was shaped largely by the fact that he served as the vice president to Barack Obama, the country’s first African-American president. He leveraged that experience to garner Black support, and it was Black voters in South Carolina who rescued his campaign during the Democratic primary.He also addressed an issue that might have affected Black support, acknowledging that parts of his signature legislation as a longtime Delaware senator, the 1994 crime bill, were a mistake. Much of his campaign pitch, too, centered on addressing racial disparities, with the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately harming Black and Latino communities, and incidents of police violence leading to one of the largest protest movements in the nation’s history.Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris — the first Black woman on a successful presidential ticket — accumulated huge margins over Mr. Trump in Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Atlanta, cities with large or majority Black populations that gave the president-elect a significant boost in tightly contested swing states. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Taylor vs Gutierrez: Watch a live stream of Katie Taylor’s final press conference ahead of Saturday’s fight | Boxing News

first_imgBall is targeting the vacant WBA bantamweight belt, but must overcome Argentina’s Jorgelina Guanini who has already claimed the IBF belt at super-flyweight.This historic triple-header of women’s world title fights will also be streamed for free on YouTube, Facebook and skysports.com.Watch Katie Taylor, Terri Harper and Rachel Ball in world title action this Saturday, from 7pm on Sky Sports. Harper defends her WBC super-featherweight title against Katharina Thanderz after this summer’s thrilling draw with fellow Brit Natasha Jonas.- Advertisement – Terri Harper returns on a world title triple-header Terri Harper returns on a world title triple-header

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Certain symptoms may predict fatal foodborne botulism

first_imgAug 20, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A distinctive group of symptoms—shortness of breath, impaired gag reflex, and absence of diarrhea—may be predictive of severe outcomes, including death, from foodborne botulism, a group of researchers reported recently. Varma JK, Katsitadze G, Moiscrafishvili M, et al. Signs and symptoms predictive of death in patients with foodborne botulism—Republic of Georgia, 1980-2002. Clin Infect Dis 2004 Aug 1;39(3):357-62 [Full text] Patients were considered to have botulism if this was listed as the final diagnosis. A trained epidemiologist completed a form about each patient that included patient demographic characteristics; medical history; history of present illness; physical examination findings at admission; clinical course, including complications, adverse reactions, and death; suspected source of disease; and results of laboratory tests. Classification and regression tree (CART) analysis was used to find clinical syndromes at presentation that were predictive of survival or death. In an analysis limited to patient age, signs, and symptoms, it was found that a history of shortness of breath or vomiting and normal facial muscle strength on physical examination at admission was 100% predictive of survival (odds ratio for death, 0%, P<.01). The clinical syndrome most predictive of death included shortness of breath, impaired gag reflex, and absence of diarrhea; patients who died were 22.6 times more likely to have this syndrome than were those who survived (95% confidence interval, 22-48). Because botulism is among the diseases considered most likely for use as a bioterrorist weapon, any clues to outcome, such as those in this study, could be useful in triage in a mass-casualty setting. For example, in such an emergency situation, rapid transport to a facility providing higher-level care might be justifiably reserved for patients with the triad of symptoms identified as predictive of death.center_img The most common symptoms at admission were found to be fatigue (90%), muscle weakness (89%), and difficulty swallowing (81%). Ophthalmoplegia, ptosis, and slurred speech were the most common physical examination findings, present in 79%, 76%, and 58% of patients, respectively. Among the 705 patients for whom final outcome was known, 54 (8%) died. The group of symptoms classically considered to be predictive of botulism—nausea and vomiting; dysphasia; diplopia; dry mouth; and fixed, dilated pupils, was present in only 2% of patients. The authors point out a number of limitations to their study and stress that validation outside of Georgia is needed. The authors, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center of Disease Control, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, collected data from the medical records of 706 patients hospitalized in the Republic of Georgia with botulism from 1980 through 2002. The country has the highest reported incidence of foodborne botulism in the world (0.9 cases per 100,000 population), according to the report.last_img read more

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China plans early warning system for avian flu

first_imgJun 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A Chinese official announced this week that China plans to launch an early warning system for outbreaks of avian influenza, according to a report by Xinhua, the state news agency.The system will include a nationwide virus database, epidemic analysis and information sharing among foreign experts, and regular announcements to the public, the Jun 1 report said. The information was attributed to Ma Juncai, assistant director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Microbiology.China has been a focus of concern about H5N1 avian flu recently because of the revelation in late May that hundreds of migratory birds had died of the disease at a nature preserve in Qinghai province in the northwest. Chinese officials have denied rumors of human cases associated with the outbreak.Describing the early warning system at a conference in Shanghai, Ma said, “The system would warn people of an epidemic and help scientists find solutions to kill the virus as soon as possible.”Ma and his colleagues are developing the system in eight provinces. “The high-tech system is under construction, but it’s hard to say when it will be put to use,” he was quoted as saying.Little new information about the Chinese outbreak in wild birds emerged this week. The outbreak has stirred concern because it is the first known H5N1 outbreak in China since July 2004 and because at least five species of wild birds, including bar-headed geese and two species of gulls, were reported to have died of the disease. Wild waterfowl are recognized as the natural reservoir for all influenza A viruses and commonly carry them without getting sick, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).A news report this week in the British magazine Nature said that until now, only a handful of migratory birds were known to have died of H5N1 infection. The Chinese outbreak implies that the virus has become highly infectious and lethal among migratory birds, prompting fears that the virus might have mutated in a dangerous way, the report said.The WHO has sought to obtain virus samples from the dead birds for analysis. “They have not provided any samples yet, though we would love to get our hands on them,” WHO spokesman Dick Thompson told CIDRAP News by e-mail today.The outbreak was first reported to involve 178 birds, but this increased to 519 in a Chinese report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), dated May 21. A week ago, a Chinese agricultural official put the number at more than 1,000 birds. Unconfirmed reports circulating on the Internet have listed higher numbers.Thompson said today, “The size of the outbreak in birds is unclear to us.” He also said Chinese officials continue to deny reports of human cases in the area.Elsewhere, avian flu has been ruled out as the cause of a mysterious respiratory illness that killed 5,000 chickens in Brazil, according to a Jun 1 Associated Press (AP) report. The outbreak at a farm in Mato Gross do Sul state prompted the slaughter of another 17,000 chickens.”We know it’s not bird flu,” Jamil Gomes, coordinator of the Agriculture Ministry’s animal sanitation division, was quoted as saying. He said authorities suspected the disease might be exotic Newcastle disease, which is not dangerous to humans. An outbreak of exotic Newcastle disease in California in 2002 and 2003 led to the slaughter of more than 3 million poultry.The AP story said Brazil is the world’s largest chicken exporter, its export business having burgeoned last year in part because of the widespread outbreaks of avian flu in Asia.last_img read more

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President seeks more food safety funding for FDA

first_img FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach told reporters that the extra funding would allow the agency to hire 490 more people than it had originally planned, which represents a 15% increase that will allow the agency to “rebuild the workforce and intellectual capital.” Apr 1 CIDRAP News story “FDA seeks comments on food safety plan” “Combined with crucial legislative proposals, this increase will allow the FDA to continue to transform its regulatory strategies to meet the challenges of the evolving global marketplace,” Leavitt said in a press release yesterday from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “These are opportunities for us to take our science to the level that is needed to address the kind of outbreaks that we see today, even with regards to the Salmonella outbreak in tomatoes,” he said. Since the release of the plan, the FDA has held several stakeholder meetings to solicit feedback on the plan, and on Apr 1 announced that it was seeking public comment on the plan through Jul 30. Jun 9 HHS press release He said the extra funding would, for example, help establish import safety offices in China, India, and Central America, permit more risk-based inspections, improve trace-back investigations, and expand lab capacity. Jun 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt announced yesterday that the Bush administration has boosted its fiscal year 2009 budget request by $275 million to increase funds for new food and medical product safety initiatives at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In an evening conference call with the media, Leavitt said the proposal would raise the total proposed increase in the FDA’s’ 2009 budget request to $404.7 million, a 17.8% increase from 2008. He said the extra funding would be offset by reductions in other federal discretionary funding. In November, in the wake of several high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks and problems with imported products, HHS proposed a wide-ranging food safety plan containing 14 broad recommendations and 50 action steps to address the concerns. Some would require new authorities from Congress, such as the power to mandate food recalls when companies don’t initiate them voluntarily. “These changes require new resources,” Leavitt told reporters. “For the health of the American people, we need Congress to act on these commonsense proposals.” Apr 30 CIDRAP News story “Health group urges overhaul of US food safety program” He said it’s still not clear what specific amount would go toward implementing each specific part of the FDA’s proposed food protection plan. Congress will be able to react more appropriately when it sees links between the plan and the needed funding, Levi said. See also: Jeff Levi, executive director of TFAH, praised the budget amendment to increase funds for the FDA. “It’s always great when this administration asks for more money for public health,” he told CIDRAP News. Of the extra $275 million requested, about $125 million is for the FDA’s food protection plan, $100 million is for improving drug, device, and biologics safety, and $50 million would go toward modernizing the FDA’s scientific capabilities and workforce, according to the HHS press release. In late April, Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington, DC, issued a report that detailed a long list of problems at the FDA, including severe underfunding. The report recommended that Congress double FDA funding over the next 5 years.last_img read more

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NEWS SCAN: WHO confirms 5 Egyptian H5N1 cases, Jakarta culls backyard birds, ‘silent’ avian flu infection

first_imgMay 22, 2009WHO confirms 5 cases of H5N1 in Egyptian preschoolersThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed five previously reported cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Egypt. The cases were reported by Egypt’s Ministry of Health between May 13 and May 20 and involved three 4-year-olds and two 3-year-olds. One of the 4-year-olds died on May 18, and the rest are listed in stable condition. All of the cases had close contact with dead or sick poultry. The cases bring the total of WHO-confirmed H5N1 cases in the country to 74, including 27 deaths. Twenty-three of the 34 cases confirmed by the WHO this year have come from Egypt. The worldwide count now stands at 429, including 262 deaths.[May 22 WHO notice]Jakarta officials seize, cull 1,600 backyard birdsOfficials in East Jakarta, Indonesia, recently confiscated and culled 1,609 birds in efforts to decrease the spread of avian influenza in the city, the Jakarta Post reported today. Adnan Ahmad, chief of the East Jakarta Animal Husbandry Office, said workers doing spot checks had seized 746 chickens, 703 pigeons, 126 swans, and 34 ducks in response to a 2007 law designed to curb backyard poultry holdings in the city. “We plan to conduct the spot checks once a week until the municipality is fowl-free,” Ahmad said.[May 22 Jakarta Post story]Evidence of ‘silent’ H5N1 infection in CambodiaA study in the Jun 15 Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID) found 7 of 674 villagers (less than 1%) to have antibodies to the H5N1 avian influenza virus, indicating they were exposed to the virus without exhibiting significant symptoms. All those testing positive for H5N1 antibodies were younger than 17, with a median age of 12, compared with a median age of 27 for those who had no antibodies. In addition, the researchers determined that bathing or swimming in household ponds that may have harbored the virus may have increased the villagers’ exposure. “This conclusion is somewhat reassuring, because it suggests that large pockets of infected persons are probably not being missed,” wrote Drs. Sylvie Briand and Keiji Fukuda of the WHO in an accompanying editorial, but added a caveat: “Although these results cannot be considered to be representative without broader confirmation, they show that, in some settings, surveillance may substantially miss H5N1 virus infections.”[Jun 15 JID study abstract][Accompanying editorial]last_img read more

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Croatia Airlines: In extraordinary circumstances, the priority is passengers whose trips should start in 72 hours at the latest

first_imgIn accordance with the new situation related to the coronavirus epidemic, Croatia Airlines, as a national airline, is continuously adapting its business activities to the current epidemiological situation in Croatia and abroad and the recommendations of the Croatian and world public health authorities.  Zbog toga je tvrtka, uz dosadašnje telefonske brojeve Kontakt centra 6676 555  i 072 – 500 505,  otvorila i dodatni broj telefona 0800 – 7777 kako bi se svim putnicima u najkraćem mogućem roku izašlo u susret i regulirala sva njihova prava. Osim toga, mobilizirani su i dodatni ljudski potencijali prodajnog osoblja i to na nekoliko lokacija unutar tvrtke, navode iz CA. “Zbog velikog broja telefonskih poziva, a s ciljem što veće operativne učinkovitosti,  kompanija je u aktualnoj situaciji prisiljena prioritet dati putnicima čija putovanja trebaju početi najkasnije za 72 sata. Svi ostali korisnici usluga mole se za razumijevanje i strpljenje, a pritom treba naglasiti da će svaki putnik i svaka zrakoplovna karta biti obrađeni i to u skladu s prilagođenim pravilima, koje je tvrtka donijela zbog epidemije koronavirusa” naglašavaju u priopćenju iz CA te zaključuju kako svi putnici trebaju kontaktirati prodajno osoblje Croatia Airlinesa prije datuma planiranog putovanja. This is a basic precondition for regulating their travel rights, which includes an agreement on travel arrangements in the post-epidemic period.center_img As the CA points out in a new statement, in these extraordinary circumstances, priority is given to passengers, especially those who have already purchased tickets for domestic and international flights. Photo: CAlast_img read more

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