WHO: initial analysis of Pakistani H5N1 suggests no dangerous mutations

first_imgJan 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An official from the World Health Organization (WHO) today shared results of initial genetic sequencing tests on H5N1 avian influenza samples from a man who died of the disease in Pakistan that suggest the strain doesn’t have the capacity for widespread transmission.John Rainford, a WHO spokesman in Geneva, told CIDRAP News that the genetic sequencing involved two clinical samples from a 25-year-old man from the Peshawar area who was recently announced as the first confirmed human H5N1 case-patient and fatality in Pakistan.The man was part of a family cluster of suspected H5N1 cases which sparked global concern that the virus had mutated into a form that could enable widespread human-to-human transmission. However, the WHO said in a previous statement that while the Pakistani cases suggest a rare instance of human-to-human transmission, the virus did not spread beyond the family.Rainford said preliminary sequencing of the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase genes from the specimens was performed at the WHO collaborating center in London. Tests completed so far show the hemagglutinin amino acid sequence is identical to some of the recent clade 2.2 viruses that have been isolated from chickens in other outbreaks in the region, he said.WHO virologists say the findings, along with recent field investigations, suggest that the H5N1 viruses in Pakistan have not gained the capacity for widespread human-to-human transmission, reported Rainford.In addition, neither analysis by WHO collaborating scientists of the neuraminidase gene nor partial sequencing of the M2 gene shows mutations that are known to be associated with antiviral resistance, Rainford said. “This indicates oseltamivir and amantadine should be inhibitory for the virus,” he added.Rainford said full genome sequencing is in progress.The WHO praises Pakistan’s timely investigation and management of suspected H5N1 cases, Rainford said. “[This] has provided reassurance about the lack of community H5N1 transmission, an effort that deserves appreciation and support.”In other avian flu developments, the WHO yesterday confirmed two fatal H5N1 cases in women from Egypt whose deaths were recently reported in the media. One was a 25-year-old from Dakahlyah governorate who got sick Dec 26, was hospitalized the next day, and died Dec 30. The other was a 36-year-old from Menofia governorate who became ill Dec 26, was hospitalized Dec 29, and died 2 days later.The two women are listed as Egypt’s 42nd and 43rd avian flu case-patients, and their deaths are recorded as the country’s 17th and 18th fatalities from the disease.The WHO reported that investigators have found no epidemiologic link between the 36-year-old and another woman from Menofia governorate whose H5N1 illness was recently confirmed by the WHO. That 22-year-old woman was previously reported to be recovering in intensive care.Also, the WHO today confirmed the death of a 50-year-old Egyptian woman who was previously confirmed as the country’s 40th H5N1 case-patient on Dec 28. The woman, from Domiatt governorate, was hospitalized Dec 24 and died Dec 31. She is listed as Egypt’s 19th avian flu death.In its announcements about the women, the WHO said all three had contact with sick or dead poultry before they became ill.Elsewhere, a veterinary official in Vietnam told Tuoi Tre newspaper that the country’s most recent H5N1 patient, a 4-year-old boy from Son La province who died of the disease on Dec 16, may have contracted the virus from a wild bird, according to a Bloomberg News report today.That report says the official, Van Dang Ky, speaking at a national conference on bird flu control in Hanoi yesterday, noted that the boy’s family had brought home some wild birds from a hunting trip and also that samples from poultry in the area where the boy lived tested negative for the H5N1 virus.See also:Dec 27 CIDRAP News story “WHO confirms H5N1 case in Pakistan cluster”last_img read more

Keane won’t return to Galaxy early

first_img The 33-year-old striker’s LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena had asked that the striker be withdrawn from the party to face Kazakhstan in Dublin on Tuesday evening. However, King politely declined and Keane, who missed training on Wednesday morning with an ankle injury, will remain with his international team-mates for the duration. A Football Association of Ireland statement said: “The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that Noel King has responded this afternoon to the manager of LA Galaxy Bruce Arena to inform him that he has decided not to release Robbie Keane and trusts that he understands the position, having been an international manager himself. “Bruce Arena had requested that the release of Robbie Keane be considered after the Germany match and before the international match against Kazakhstan in Dublin on October 15.” Ireland have only a mathematical chance of making the play-offs for next summer’s finals in Brazil after defeats by rivals Sweden and Austria last month. Keane, the Republic’s record goalscorer with 60, will take his tally to 131 senior caps if he plays in both games. Interim Ireland boss Noel King has rejected a request to release skipper Robbie Keane from his squad after Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Germany. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg misses oral arguments due to stomach bug

first_imgYinYang/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not on the bench for oral arguments Wednesday due to a stomach bug, according to the court.The court’s oldest justice, 86, is recovering at home, a spokesperson said.“But she will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts or recordings of the oral arguments,” Chief Justice John Roberts said from the bench at the open of the day’s court session.Notably, Ginsburg is missing the justices’ Wednesday conference to discuss and decide cases argued Tuesday — which were those challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which President Barack Obama created in 2012 to provide temporary legal status and work permits to immigrants.At issue in the DACA case is whether the Trump administration followed federal law requiring agencies to base policy changes on sound reasoning that is explained to the public. Lower courts ruled that the decision to end DACA was “arbitrary and capricious,” in violation of law.During Tuesday’s oral arguments, the court’s conservative members — including the newest members of the court, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch — seemed inclined to overturn the lower court decision. Overturning the decision would allow the Trump administration to carry on with canceling DACA.Ginsburg and her fellow liberal colleagues, however, pushed back. Ginsburg herself argued with the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security’s assumption that DACA is unconstitutional, as outlined in two memos by two now-former homeland security secretaries.“Her whole memo is infected by the idea that this is, one, illegal. It leaves substantial doubt about its illegality,” she said, referring to the memo by Kirstjen Nielsen. “If we take that out, then — the independent ground that you’re asserting, then she would be saying, we stand up and say this is the policy of our administration. We don’t like DACA and we’re taking responsibility for that, instead of trying to put the blame on the law.”Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco replied that he “very much disagree[d]” with that assessment.Justice Stephen Breyer, meanwhile, suggested a possible middle ground by crafting an opinion that buys time for policymakers to address DACA recipients’ status.This is Ginsburg’s second absence from a public court session in the past year. Last December she took leave after undergoing cancer surgery, which was the first time in her 26 years on the bench she missed an argument. She was also treated for a localized malignant tumor on her pancreas in August before the court convened for the new term.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fifa’s Sepp Blatter will not attend women’s World Cup final in Canada

first_imgFIFA President Sepp Blatter will not travel to Vancouver for the final of the women’s World Cup on July 5 and has told organizers that personal reasons will prevent him from going, a U.S.-based lawyer for Blatter said on Tuesday.FIFA President Sepp Blatter will not travel to Canada for the final of the women’s World Cup on July 5 for personal reasons, a U.S.-based lawyer for Blatter said on Tuesday.Senior executives of Zurich-based FIFA were charged with corruption on May 27 by prosecutors in the United States over bids for major soccer tournaments dating back 24 years and involving up to $150 million in purported bribes. Blatter came under pressure to step down, and he announced on June 2 that he would do so.U.S. prosecutors have not accused Blatter of wrongdoing but his stewardship of world soccer’s governing body is under scrutiny, sources familiar with investigations in the United States and Switzerland have said.”He’s not going to go to the finals in Canada,” said the lawyer, Richard Cullen.”He has informed the organizers of that and cited personal reasons.” Cullen said that FIFA Senior Vice President Issa Hayatou of Cameroon would preside at the trophy ceremony after the final in Vancouver instead.This will be the first time Blatter has not presented the trophy to the winners of the women’s competition, which is held every four years, since he became FIFA president in 1998.Blatter, the self-styled “godfather of women’s football,” said before the tournament began on June 6 that he was looking forward to being in Canada. The tournament’s semi-finals will be contested by the United States and Germany on Tuesday and England and Japan on Wednesday.Investigations by U.S. and Swiss authorities also include scrutiny of how FIFA awarded World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 men’s tournaments.–last_img read more

Orioles-Nationals game suspended because of grounds crew’s tarp failure

first_imgThe Orioles and Nationals will have to complete their Sunday matchup later in the week because the Nats’ grounds crew couldn’t roll the tarpaulin onto the field quickly enough as rain swamped  the Nationals Park infield.Video of the grounds crew losing its battle against the tangled tarp rocketed around the internet Sunday afternoon. The crew couldn’t restore the drenched infield even after the rain had stopped and the sun had come out.MORE: Angels rookie knocks ball over the fence with his glove”I don’t know if you’d call it a rain delay,” Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg told reporters, per MLB.com. “I think it was more of a tarp delay.” That, in turn, forced umpires to suspend the game at the point of the delay: in the top of the sixth inning with the Orioles leading 5-2. MLB Rule 7.02(a)(3) calls for games to be suspended when there is a “malfunction of, or unintentional operator error in employing, a mechanical or field device or equipment under the control of the home club (e.g., a retractable roof, a tarpaulin, or other water removal equipment).”The contest will resume Friday in Baltimore, where the teams are set to play a weekend series.”I was unaware of the mechanical part of the rule. Now I know. I’ve never been a part of something like this,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said, per MLB.com.last_img read more

Why CAF has shifted Uganda vs Comoros to September 4, 5pm

first_imgFULL Africa Cup of Nations standings with one qualification round to goGroup A  Liberia      5 3 1 1 10 4 10Tunisia      5 3 1 1 12 2 10Togo         5 2 2 1  6  4  8Djibouti     5 0 0 5  1 19 0Group B DR Congo   5 4 0 1 12 5 12C.A.R.         5 3 1 1 8  7 10Angola        5 1 1 3 6  7 4Madagascar 5 0 2 3 4 11 2Group CMali     5 4 1 0 8 1 13 – qualifiedBenin    5 3 2 0 10 5 11S.Sudan  5 1 0 4 3 11 3E.Guinea 5 0 1 4 2 6 1Group DB. Faso  5 3 1 1 4 1 10Uganda   5 3 1 1 5 2 10Botswana 5 2 0 3 4 6 6Comoros  5 1 0 4 2 6 3Group EG.Bissau 5 3 1 1 7 6 10 – qualifiedCongo    5 1 3 1 8 7 6Zambia   5 1 3 1 6 6 6Kenya    5 1 1 3 4 6 4Group FMorocco  5 4 1 0 8 1 13 – qualifiedC. Verde 5 3 0 2 11 6 9Libya    5 1 1 3 7 6 4Sao Tome 5 1 0 4 4 17 3Group GEgypt     4 3 1 0 7 1 10 – qualifiedNigeria   3 0 2 1 1 2 2Tanzania  3 0 1 2 0 5 1Note: Chad withdrew after matchday 3 for financial reasonsGroup HGhana      5 4 1 0 13 2 13 – qualifiedRwanda     5 2 0 3 8 5 6Mauritius  5 2 0 3 3 14 6Mozambique 5 1 1 3 4 7 4Group II.Coast  3 1 2 0 2 1 5S.Leone  3 1 1 1 1 1 4Sudan    4 1 1 2 2 3 4Group JAlgeria    5 4 1 0 19 5 13 – qualifiedEthiopia   5 2 2 1  9 13 8Seychelles 5 1 1 3  4 9 4Lesotho    5 1 0 4  5 10 3Group KSenegal 5 5 0 0 11 2 15 – qualifiedBurundi 5 2 0 3 7 9 6Namibia 5 2 0 3 5 7 6Niger   5 1 0 4 2 7 3Group LZimbabwe  5 3 2 0 11 3 11 – qualifiedSwaziland 5 2 2 1 6 8 8Guinea    5 1 2 3 4 5 5Malawi    5 0 2 3 4 9 2Group MCameroon   5 3 2 0 5 2 11 – qualifiedMauritania 5 2 1 2 5 4 7S. Africa  5 1 3 1 7 5 6Gambia     5 0 2 3 1 7 2Note: 13 group winners and best two runners-up from 11 four-team groups qualify for 2017 Cup of Nations with hosts Gabon. Uganda’s defender Denis Iguma (R) evades Botswana’s midfielder Lebogang Ditsile during the AFCON 2017 qualifying match Botswana vs Uganda June 4 AFP PHOTOAfrica soccer governing body CAF has changed the fixtures of the last 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, placing matches of all the teams competing for the two best losers spots to Sunday September 4.Games involving Tunisia versus Liberia, Togo versus Djibouti, Mali versus Benin, DR Congs versus CAR, Uganda versus Comoros and Burkina Faso versus Botswana are now all scheduled for September 4.This action, going by previous fixtures and times of final international group games, is usually to ensure there is no unfair advantage to any of the team – with some teams putting in no effort knowing the other results, or settling for a result which favors both teams in a match.Uganda’s game against Comoros was initially set for Saturday September 3.In a statement, Uganda’s football governing body FUFA said “Federation of Uganda Football Associations confirms changes in the date and kick off time of the crucial 2017 AFCON qualifier between Uganda Cranes and Comoros.”“The new date is Sunday 4th September, 2016 with kick off set for 5pm at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. The change is as a result of the decision taken by CAF which is with in their jurisdiction.” Cranes taskAll Uganda has to do is beat Comoros to advance to their first Nations Cup final since 1978. If Cranes win their final game, they will be one of two second based placed teams, that make it to Gabon.They set themselves up in this position by stunning Botswana 2-1 in June. 13 group winners and best two runners-up from 11 four-team groups qualify for 2017 Cup of Nations with hosts GabonOnly four other teams, CAR, Tunisia, Mali (already qualified) and Benin can end up with 13 points, but if CAR and Tunisia get the 13 points, they will deny their 2nd placed teams, as that will leave them at 10 and 12 points respectively.Mali and Benin play each other in the final match, so even if both get 13 points, one will be group leader – leaving Uganda as the second team at 13.Teams that have qualified for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Guinea-Bissau (Group E winners)Morocco (Group F winners)Egypt (Group G winners)Ghana (Group H winners)Algeria (Group J winners)Senegal (Group K winners)Zimbabwe (Group L winners)Cameroon (Group M winners)Mali (Group C  winners or runnersup)Groups in contention for two second best qualification placesGroup A  Liberia      5 3 1 1 10 4 10Tunisia      5 3 1 1 12 2 10Togo          5 2 2 1  6  4  8Djibouti     5 0 0 5  1 19 0Final gamesTunisia vs LiberiaTogo vs DjiboutiGroup BDR Congo     5 4 0 1 12 5 12C.A.R.           5 3 1 1 8  7   10Angola          5 1 1 3 6  7   4Madagascar 5 0 2 3 4 11 2Final gameDR Congs vs CARGroup CMali            5 4 1 0 8 1 13Benin         5 3 2 0 10 5 11S.Sudan     5 1 0 4 3 11 3E.Guinea   5 0 1 4 2 6 1Final gamesMali vs BeninGroup DB. Faso       5 3 1 1 4 1 10Uganda      5 3 1 1 5 2 10Botswana   5 2 0 3 4 6 6Comoros     5 1 0 4 2 6 3Final gamesUganda vs ComorosBurkina Faso v Botswanacenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

DFB President says the German team won’t play in countries where women don’t have…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Spiegel/GettyAdvertisement ngt6bNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsmm0abWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eat4f( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s7wWould you ever consider trying this?😱8el46Can your students do this? 🌚jf508Roller skating! Powered by Firework Football has always been standing strong in favour of equality of race, religion and gender. From UEFA’s ‘Say No to Racism’ campaign, to the movement against the pay gap for women footballers last year, and the very recent ‘No Room for Racism’ rising in the English Premier League- the demurral against discrimination is larger than ever. And now, the German Football Association have come forward with their own modus operandi.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Spiegel/GettyFritz Keller, the president of Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB), has openly stated that the German national team will not participate in any matches taking place in a country where women are not given equal rights.Speaking to German news outlet Die Welt, Keller said: “With German football we have to agree on a differentiated answer to complex questions. What values are not negotiable for us? For example, women’s rights.”Advertisement “That’s why in my first DFB Bureau meeting I submitted a draft resolution based on which we no longer allow national teams to play in countries where women are not granted equal access to football stadiums or other sports facilities without discrimination” the 62 year old added.Germany, who are currently competing in the 2020 UEFA Euro Qualifiers, are 2nd in Group C with 15 points, with their latest 3-0 voctory over Estonia in October. They will face Belarus in their next qualifier on 17th November.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

India vs West Indies: Fan edits third umpire’s Wikipedia after controversial Rohit Sharma dismissal

first_imgAs the bat first or pad first question continues to prevail after Rohit Sharma fell to the controversial caught behind decision against West Indies in Manchester, an irked fan went a step ahead to express his frustration over the third umpire.It was in the 6th over of the game when a length ball from Keema Roach angled in and went between Rohit Sharma’s inside edge and the pad. There was a confident appeal from West Indies but the onfield umpire rejected it, following which Jason Holder went for a review.Third umpire Michael Gough was quick to rule it out. However, TV replays showed there was a spike on UltraEdge but it wasn’t clear whether it was due to the ball’s impact on the pad or bat.In case of tight calls, the third umpires generally take a long look at the visuals but Gough’s decision to rule it out helped raise quite a few eyebrows over the umpiring and technology.The decision also frustrated fans as someone was too quick to edit Michael Gough’s Wikipedia page to mention about the controversial dismissal.”In 2019, he was chosen to be the third umpire for the India vs. West Indies match. He is under fire for choosing to overturn the on-field umpiring decision of “not out” for Rohit Sharma without considering a replay of the ball and without conclusive evidence. It is of suspicion that he is biased for his host team, England, to reach the semi-finals as England had back-to-back humiliating defeats by Sri Lanka and Australia,” was added to Gough’s original Wikipedia page.advertisement Michael Gough’s decision to overturn on-field umpire Richard Illingworth’s decision and rule Rohit Sharma out, also sparked opinions from the cricket pundits.On-field commentator Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out that there could have been bat but the visuals didn’t prove anything conclusive.”I would have taken a little bit of time to be absolutely sure. The batsman didn’t think so. The bowler was absolutely confident. There was definitely pad involved but was there any bat at all?” Sanjay Manjrekar said during his commentary duties for Star Sports.Michael Atherton added: “West Indies bowlers were equally convinced, absolutely clear gap between bat and pad, the problem with the third umpire is that the ball passes the bat and pad almost simultaneously. The on-field decision is key there and you have to be absolutely convinced to overrule it.”Third umpire on rohit’s DRS#INDvsWI #WorldCup2019 pic.twitter.com/GylaL4yEx6Juhi Jain (@schizopuniac) June 27, 2019Ground umpire be like #INDvsWI #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/wsnbL6tJyHsweety (@piggy_chopps) June 27, 2019After the match today. #IndvsWI pic.twitter.com/ktKIpJXO11aaa (@being_kappaa) June 27, 2019This mistake from 3rd Umpair is not understandable. Is there any 100% Convincing evidence of edge.Poor umpairing..#INDvsWI pic.twitter.com/STZt8PJjwNShetty (@Shetty4507) June 27, 2019India, who are currently placed third on World Cup points table, are facing 8th placed West Indies in Manchester.Also Read | India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s dismissal sparks off controversyAlso Read | Virat Kohli breaks Tendulkar and Lara record, fastest to 20,000 international runsAlso Seelast_img read more

Rory McIlroy puts himself in prime position for victory on return

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Golf Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Rory McIlroy Share via Email The Observer Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Rory McIlroy need not have bothered expressing a belief of being “rejuvenated and refocused”. Demonstration of that has been delivered in Abu Dhabi, with McIlroy’s round-by-round improvement.From the earlier position of the 28-year-old’s fitness and attitude being questioned, it would now be a disappointment if McIlroy does not mark this return to competitive action with victory.He will begin the fourth round one shot from the lead – held jointly by Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher – after backing up the promise of a 69 and a 66 with a 65. Fisher, who also signed for a third-round 65, has Pieters for company at 17 under par.McIlroy is quite right to point to the long game, of setting standards on this comeback he hopes will resonate for the remainder of his career. Still, there is little doubt plenty of people have eyes fixed on the potentially seismic story of a first victory after 16 injury-disrupted months.“It was another great round and another really good confidence builder,” McIlroy said. “Not just for this week but for the rest of the season. Winning would mean a lot. I’ve had a lot of close calls here, about six top-threes or something like that.“I’ve never won my first start back out. It’s felt like a while since I’ve won and just to give myself these chances; I gave myself a chance at the end of the year [in the British Masters] at Close House and wasn’t able to do it. Paul Dunne played too well for me. I’m excited to get back on the horse.“I felt really comfortable, really relaxed. I haven’t been looking at leaderboards too much. Just been trying to play my game and it’s going pretty well so far, so I’ll try to do the same thing.”The third round witnessed vintage McIlroy, not just in terms of scoring but creativity. One of the game’s natural artists had worried in recent times he was becoming one dimensional, with that fear sufficient for the four-times major champion to mix up his practice regime. The result is already obvious, with McIlroy displaying the range of shots that set him apart from so many others.“I hit a little eight iron into 14, which was probably a nine-iron yardage,” McIlroy said. “I just didn’t feel comfortable with it so I just sawed off a little eight iron. I’m really comfortable with those shots. Those are shots I worked on a lot over the last three months.”A McIlroy run without a dropped shot reached hole 51 before trouble ensued. He found the greenside bunker at the 15th, from where there was precious little green to work. McIlroy took two to get out of the trap, rendering his four – as completed from the fringe of the green – a decent effort. On the 17th, McIlroy chipped in for a birdie to offset the earlier and minor damage.Dustin Johnson’s 68 means he is not out of the equation at minus 12. Matthew Fitzpatrick, who is alongside Tommy Fleetwood at 15 under, blasted himself firmly into the mix with a 63. Fitzpatrick branded himself lucky, saying: “I holed every putt.”That has not been the story for McIlroy, which should endorse his status as the player to watch on Sunday. His most meaningful statement of intent for quite some time is within 18 holes of delivery. Share on Facebook news Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

DU denies banning outsiders

first_imgDhaka UniversityThe authorities of Dhaka University have denied their previous order that restricts outsiders’ entry into the campus and said they never banned outsiders from entering into the DU campus, reports UNB.A DU press release on Wednesday put the blame on media for, what it said, creating misunderstanding among people by publishing misleading information.The DU release also made an urge to the media not to inspire evil forces by misinformation in their news.Interestingly, the new DU stance came in two days after it earlier issued a release on 9 July saying that outsiders would not be allowed to roam around, stay in dorms and hold any kind of activity on the Dhaka University campus without permission from the authorities.Taking permission for holding any programme and activities at campus is not anything new and security guards are always stationed at entry points, wednesdays’s release further reads.last_img read more