May 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The latest human infected with H5N1 avian influenza died of the infection yesterday in Egypt, while a leading influenza expert called H5N1 the worst flu virus he has seen.The Egyptian victim was a 27-year-old woman from Cairo whose H5N1 case was announced yesterday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). She had been hospitalized with bilateral pneumonia May 1, and a WHO statement yesterday had described her condition as stable.She was the 13th Egyptian confirmed to have an H5N1 infection and the fifth to die of it. Her case was the first reported in Egypt since early April. The WHO’s global case count now stands at 206 cases with 114 deaths.Meanwhile, virologist and influenza expert Robert G. Webster, attending an avian flu conference in Singapore, told the Associated Press (AP), “I’ve worked with flu all my life, and this [H5N1] is the worst influenza virus that I have ever seen.”Webster, who works at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, said that in poultry, the virus invades the brain and destroys the respiratory tract, the AP reported. Concerning the threat of a human pandemic triggered by H5N1, he said, “If that happens, God help us.”According to the story, he predicted it would take at least 10 more mutations to give the virus the ability to spread from person to person. He added there was no way to know when or if that will happen.”All of those mutations are out there . . . but the virus hasn’t succeeded in bringing it together,” Webster was quoted as saying.He also said far more needs to be done to prepare for a pandemic and to understand the virus’s behavior. Calling for stockpiling of more H5N1 vaccine, he labeled current efforts “miserable,” according to the story.Webster said research has been hampered by cultural attitudes preventing autopsies of victims, with autopsies conducted on only six people since the virus began spreading in late 2003.In other developments, the 21 countries in the group Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), meeting in Vietnam, agreed today on a plan for joint efforts to respond to the avian flu situation. The organization consists mostly of Asian and Western Pacific countries, but also includes the United States, Canada, Russia, Mexico, Peru, and Chile.The 5-page plan calls for various kinds of cooperation. For example, the members agreed to:Increase the prompt reporting of avian and human cases and sharing of biological specimensEncourage the business sector to get involved in the prevention and control of avian fluEstablish “best practices and common approaches to risk communications”Work to improve biosecurity on commercial and “transition” poultry farmsDevelop ways to exchange information on “management of travelers” to minimize damage to trade and travelEncourage steps, such as use of pre-authorized visas and customs, to ease the entry of WHO rapid response teams into countries that have invited themSee also:WHO statement on death of Egyptian womanhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_05/en/index.html
Kolkata: Top-seeded Saurav Ghosal retained the title, defeating Zahed Salem of Egypt 3-2 in the final of the Kolkata International $30,000 PSA event here on Sunday.Ghosal, who won the meet defeating former World No.1 Marwan ElShorbagy in the final three years back here, took 86 minutes to edge past Salem 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-5.Ghosal looked comfortable in the first game but after World No. 27 Salem drew level by bagging the second game, it was nervy all throughout with Ghosal throwing away two championship points in the fourth game.”It was a quite nervy affair. There were some questionable calls. For that I got a bit rattled,” Ghosal told reporters, looking disturbed by the standard of refereeing.Ghosal had been critical of refereeing standards during the Commonwealth Games also after winning silver in the mixed doubles category with Deepika Pallikal.”The entire ecosystem has to change. We need to educate everyone as the youngsters are watching these games. When they will play, the standard should improve,” said Ghosal who is at a career-high world ranking of 11. IANS Also Read: Sports News
There is no decision yet on how to allocate the CONCACAF Champions League slot that typically goes to the tournament champion.___Kansas State will allow 25% capacity at its football stadium for games this season after getting approval Monday from the county commission. That means a maximum crowd of just under 15,000 fans.The Big 12 Conference is allowing schools to set their own attendance policies based on local jurisdictions.The Riley County Commission reviewed the rest of Kansas State’s return-to-play protocols, too. Fans will be required to wear face coverings where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Tailgating will not be permitted in parking lots controlled by the school. There will be no reentry. There also will be hand sanitizing stations and other protective measures. Soccer’s U.S. Open Cup has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The 2020 tournament was suspended in early March shortly before it was supposed to kick off. The final was to be held on either Sept. 22 or 23.Officially called the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it is the longest-running soccer tournament in the United States and gives amateur teams a chance to take on the pros, setting up the chance for an intriguing Cinderella team to advance far into the tournament. The winner earns a spot in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football’s Champions League.The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Monday that the Open Cup couldn’t be staged this year because the pandemic affected teams’ ability to travel, limited or eliminated fans at games, and necessitated strict testing protocols.The teams that were invited to participate this year will be invited next year instead. “We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”Unlike other major leagues in North America, the CFL does not have the luxury of a billion-dollar television contract. While its deal with TSN has become more lucrative over the years, the CFL remains a gate-driven league — a major problem when fans aren’t allowed in the stands.___Mississippi starting center Eli Johnson says he won’t play football this season.Johnson announced on Twitter that he’ll sit out the season and focus on completing his master’s degree in criminal justice in December. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___There will be no fans at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for NFL and MLS games played in September. The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United say the coronavirus pandemic forced the decision. Associated Press August 17, 2020 The teams say they will continue to collaborate with local and national health officials before deciding on the possibility for fans in games after September.The Falcons will play at least two home games without fans — against Seattle on Sept. 13 and against Chicago on Sept. 27.“The health and safety of our fans is our top priority,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of the Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank’s sports and entertainment group. Cannon said the decision was made “after thoughtful consideration and collaboration.”Atlanta United previously announced there would be no fans for three games: Aug. 22 against Nashville SC, Aug. 29 against Orlando City SC and Sept. 2 against Inter Miami CF.___ One plus for fans: With the elimination of tailgating and reentry, the school will allow beer and wine to be purchased in general seating sections for the first time. Alcohol sales had been limited to luxury suites.___The CFL has canceled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919.The nine-team league announced the move Monday, dashing hopes of a shortened season in the hub city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The decision comes after the CFL couldn’t solve a number of issues in an effort to try to salvage a season.“Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. The Southeastern Conference allows players to opt out of the season because of COVID-19 and remain on scholarship.Johnson started all 12 games last season, allowing only one sack. His father, David, was hospitalized this summer because of the virus.“I will be forever grateful for my time here at Ole Miss,” Johnson wrote Sunday night on Twitter. “God bless and Hotty Toddy.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: No fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium through Sept.
RJR Sports Foundation National Sportswoman of the Year 2016 nominee Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce strode into the Olympic year with a great 2015 season behind her and important goals ahead. In the year that had just ended, she had retained her World 100-metre crown and was rightly named Sportswoman of the Year. In the year to come, she had a chance to become the first woman to win the Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres three times. Restricted by injury, she sprinted through pain to win the bronze medal.That made her the most successful female 100-metre sprinter in Olympic history, outdoing the American pair of Wyomia Tyus and Gail Devers, who had both won the coveted title twice. Neither had endured long enough to face the starter in a third Olympic 100 final.Fraser-Pryce’s achievement is even more remarkable when a nagging toe injury is considered. She contributed a majestic anchor leg run to a 4×100 metre relay win at the Western Relays in February, but soon stories of pain began to emerge.”Training was going great in my background season. I was hitting the times and getting the work done and then, unexpectedly, I had a recurrence of an injury and it set me back quite a bit, but to be honest, as an athlete, you have to prepare for things like that mentally, so I am just trying to work through all the pain to try and get ready for the Olympics,” said Fraser-Pryce during a pre-meet press conference in May.”I had this problem last year, so it’s my second year running with this injury, but it has got worse,” she revealed. “We are trying to get that fixed, and right now, we are still trying to get pressure off the toe and see how best we can work around this.”Her time – 11.18 seconds – and her finish position – eighth – cast a huge contrast for a woman who had broken the 11-second barrier eight times in 2015. Yet it was a triumph. She was at last able to race, thanks to creative training schedules and shoes inserts designed to mitigate the impact of each painful footfall. A close 11.09-second win over World Indoor champion Barbara Pierre at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix in Kingston provided more encouragement.The first sign of how much the little dynamo was suffering came at the National Senior Championships. Racing behind a sensational Elaine Thompson, who joined her as Jamaican record holder at 10.70 seconds, Fraser-Pryce grimaced in pain once she had secured the runner-up spot and the right to defend her title in Rio de Janeiro, home of the 2016 Olympic Games. Her time of 10.93 was her fastest of the year, but the pain was mounting.By the time she got to Rio, she had been able to train and race, but according to Olympic head coach Maurice Wilson, the pain was back.”In the heats and semis, we saw when she came off the field, obviously in a lot of pain,” said Wilson. After a pluperfect 10.98 from the outside lane in the heats, she accelerated to 10.88 seconds in the semi-final, and 10.86 for bronze in the final, with Thompson and American Tori Bowie ahead of her.That was her 41st 100-metre run quicker than 11 seconds. The only Jamaicans with more are Merlene Ottey and Veronica Campbell-Brown.Wilson believes that the pain affected her efforts.”It’s going to create some doubt irrespective of how strong you are,” he explained, “and I personally believe that when someone can go to the Olympics with a major injury, based on what we were told, and come out with a medal, it speaks volumes of her courage.”Wilson’s observation is supported by another comment by the champion.”I am one of those athletes who are able to run through pain because I believe that all athletes, in order to get to where they need to, there is some amount of pain you will feel,” she underlined, “but I think I have surpassed my threshold, and I am just trying to stay focused and stay in the game.”Wilson also notes that the malady cost her valuable training time.”We must remember that this was a young lady who would have missed quite a number of weeks from training because of the injury,” he insisted.Despite the double-barrelled dilemma of pain and missed training, Fraser Pryce made history in Rio with her bronze medal. On the clock, she logged four sub-11 clockings during the 2016 campaign, with her fastest race of the season coming in the most important race of the year – the Olympic final. It’s no wonder she is again a nominee for the National Sportswoman of the Year Award.The awards ceremony takes place on Friday, January 13, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.