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
Ronald Koeman’s decision to bring Philippe Coutinho back into the fold at Barcelona could prove very lucrative to his former side Liverpool.According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Reds are in line for a £5million windfall if the Brazilian plays a further 15 matches for the Catalans this season.It was one of a number of add-ons said to have been included by Liverpool in the £145m sale of Coutinho to Barcelona back in January 2018. Under previous boss Quique Setien it appeared this clause would cease and expire with Coutinho having no future in the side.But after helping Bayern Munich win the 2019-20 Champions League – which included a role in the 8-2 demolition of Barcelona which cost Setien his job – Koeman is keen to reintroduce Coutinho into the side as he looks to shake-up a squad that became disillusioned by the end of last season.There had been Premier League interest in Coutinho and any switch would have made an appearance clause redundant for Liverpool.Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester all had an interest in the former Liverpool attacking midfielder.But Koeman was swift in reaching the Brazilian, according to the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian.Speaking to talkSPORT, he explained: ‘Koeman called him right after the Champions League victory with Bayern, the following day, and told him he’s very much in his plans and would like him to return‘He was due to return on September 7 but actually he returned at the beginning of September because he didn’t want to lose his momentum and fitness, and he’s been training with Barcelona.‘All signs point to the fact Barcelona have changed quite dramatically, the way their philosophy of how they wanted to move forward from last year and the players they’ve brought in, like Coutinho, (Ousmane) Dembele and (Antoine) Griezmann, they’re all going to be part of the squad this year.’Coutinho, who could be used as a centra midfielder in Koeman’s system, cut short his break to resume training in a bid to impress his new manager and ensure he forces his way back into the Barcelona side – something that will no doubt be encouraged by Liverpool with a windfall reportedly due in 15 games time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ali Adams has vowed to end Audley Harrison’s boxing career when the pair meet in April.Their encounter will be much-maligned former Olympic champion Harrison’s first fight since he was beaten by David Haye in a one-sided world title clash in 2010.The Wembley heavyweight, 40, says he is determined to atone for that performance and put himself in the frame for another title shot.But the Iraq-born Adams, who lives in Chelsea, says he will knock Harrison out.He told West London Sport: “I hit hard – and when I hit Audley he’s going to the floor.“Audley is a joke and I’m going to end his career. I’m going to destroy him. There’s no way the fight will go the distance.“I’d rather die than lose to Harrison and let people down. Is he ready to face someone like me? I don’t think he can handle it.”Adams, nicknamed ‘The Tiger’, has lived in west London since he was 16 and was introduced to boxing by his father, who passed away last year.Winning the 14 April showdown with Harrison in Brentwood would put the 30-year-old in line for a British title challenge and he is keen to make the most of his chance.“It’s my time – a big opportunity for me and I’m going to take it,” he declared.“I’m going to do it for my dad and show people what Ali Adams is capable of.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Twitter
Elderly people who have a sense of purpose live longer, reported Science Daily. Scientists at Rush University Medical Center monitored 1,238 community-living seniors for five years in order to test the hypothesis that purpose in life affects mortality. “Purpose in life,” explained research leader Patricia Boyle, “reflects the tendency to derive meaning from life’s experiences and be focused and intentional.” After adjusting for other factors, the team found that persons with a high sense of purpose were half as likely to die during the monitoring period. The statistics held across racial differences, income, and other medical conditions. To flourish, to age successfully, we need to have a sense that our lives matter, the team found. The study did not factor in religious commitment, but asked participants for their feelings about these statements:I sometimes feel as if I’ve done all there is to do in life.I used to set goals for myself, but that now seems like a waste of time.My daily activities often seem trivial and unimportant to me.Boyle was excited about the results of the study because it shows that people can take positive steps to improve their well-being. “Although we think that having a sense of purpose in life is important across the lifespan, measurement of purpose in life in older persons in particular may reveal an enduring sense of meaningfulness and intentionality in life that somehow provides a buffer against negative health outcomes,” she said.It’s very difficult to account for all the factors in statistical surveys such as this, but it stands to reason that a will to live for a purpose is a healthy attitude. It doesn’t mean your cancer will not kill you, or that you will necessarily outlive a depressed person, but we should employ all the strategies we can for healthy living. A weakness of studies like this is the lack of accounting for the object of purposefulness. It’s like saying that having faith is good. Faith in what? Not all faith is healthy or wise. Some faith is stupid. Some is dangerous. Should we have faith that when we leap out the window we will fly? The key to healthy purposefulness is having the right object for it. For a negative example, what if your purpose was to hurt as many people as you can before you die? or to indulge in all the vain pleasures you can, like some Hollywood movies portray the good life of a terminally ill patient? It would be hard to consider one’s last breath satisfying if that is all there is to life, and there is no hope beyond. How would a sense of purpose evolve? This study would make no sense in a Darwinian world view. An evolutionary biologist would have to pity an elderly person believing he or she has purpose. Why? Because to an evolutionist, such things are an illusion. But if that were true, why have a purpose to be a scientist? Evolutionary “purpose” defeats itself. There’s only one purpose that matters: to know Who put you here, and to please Him. He alone knows what makes us tick. He wrote the Operations Manual. He revealed how He is to be found, and what we are supposed to be doing in life. Before we can live a healthy purpose-filled life, we have to realize that we have the wrong purpose by default. We all desire to please ourselves. We have an innate tendency to choose the wrong path. We have to turn around, admit our lostness, and receive His pardon purchased by Christ on the cross. Then we can have confidence that our lives matter. Paul wrote about this eloquently in I Corinthians 15 (a very appropriate passage for this entry). This chapter is all about purpose and the justification for purpose. If Christ did not rise from the dead, Paul said, then we are of all men most pitiable – we should eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die, if the dead are not raised. But because Christ died and rose again, He can raise us to eternal life with the same power He had in his resurrection. That eternal life doesn’t start when you die; it begins the moment you trust Him for it. What’s more, it begins a relationship with your Maker in which you can join in His purpose for the world. The purpose He gives is not just an emotion or illusion. It really matters. Paul concluded, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” When you know your labor is not in vain, you have joy! You can go at your work with enthusiasm. That’s healthy. Are you elderly and feeling worthless? Maybe not yet (but see Ecclesiastes 12). Are you agreeing with those three fatalistic questions the researchers asked? Consider the Creator’s purpose for you. Your life matters to him. Don’t waste your life on earthly things that don’t satisfy (read the book of Ecclesiastes for the ultimate example). You were made on purpose for purpose. Even if you are old or infirm, there is always something you can do. You can pray, for instance. You can be an example of endurance. You can encourage others. Read our online book for a real-life testimony. When your prayer includes Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, you have solid ground for a meaningful, joyful purpose that will help you flourish in life, and that will outlast the grave.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
23 January 2006South Africa’s courtrooms are set to go the hi-tech route, with the accused taking part in proceedings from prison via video-conferencing facilities, in a system successfully pioneered at the Durban and Pinetown magistrate’s courts in KwaZulu-Natal.The Mercury newspaper reports that the technology is already being used for half the cases – about 30 a day – heard at Court 10 in Durban, where those accused of serious and violent crimes make pre-trial court appearances.The prisoners do not leave Westville Prison. Instead, they appear before the magistrate on a television set in the courtroom, the newspaper reports.The hi-tech system allows for a two-way interaction, with the camera panning to whoever is speaking at the time. It also provides for private telephone conversations with attorneys and the exchange of documents via fax.If implemented countrywide, the technology will save the government millions of rands in prisoner transportation costs – and end the risk of escapes, prisoner violence in vans and attacks on court orderlies.Deon Boardman, the national manager of the project, told the Mercury that the aim was to simplify court procedures and improve efficiency.“We are in the proof of concept stage,” he said. “It is an impact study and we aim to roll it out to other courts with high case volumes.“The test period is six months. So far, it has gone so well. It is a joint venture between the Departments of Justice and of Correctional Services, the National Prosecuting Authority and the police. In April, a joint decision will be made regarding roll-out.”Some 500 prisoners are transported every day from Westville Prison to various courts.“It is an administrative nightmare,” Boardman told the Mercury. “They have to be checked out of the prison, transported to the courts, checked into the grill, handed over to the police, escorted to and from the courts, fed, and taken back to prison. All of this for a two-minute court appearance.“The costs are enormous and the risk of escape is huge . this project is the way to go.”The project began in October 2005, initially with only a few cases a day to allow the court staff to become used to the system and make the necessary mental adjustment.“It was important for both court staff and prisoners to feel comfortable,” said Boardman. “All prisoners make their first appearance in the court itself so they know what the courtroom looks like.“They are then informed that their next appearances will be via video.“But if they want to come to court, they can. They simply make the request and they are requisitioned either the same day or the next day. But … most prisoners seem happy to appear on camera,” Boardman told the Mercury.The idea for the system came from Peter Benson of Durban-based Digital Voice Processing, which now runs the project, who first saw the technology at work in the US state of Florida, and suggested it to the Justice Department. He said it was inexpensive, with the pilot project only costing about R230 000 so far.“We worked out that if the department equipped every prison and one court in each courthouse with these video remand systems, the total cost of the technology would be recovered within nine months,” he told the Mercury.“I am passionate about this project,” he said. “It will save millions and it will save lives . I want to see this thing happen even if I don’t get the final tender.”SouthAfrica.info reporter
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LATEST STORIES MOST READ “They’re playing as well as anyone in our league at this point,” Hornets guard Kemba Walker said. “They move the ball really well, they trust each other.”Fred VanVleet and C.J. Miles each scored 12 points for the Raptors, who have won four straight since an overtime loss to Milwaukee on Feb. 23.Walker scored 27 points and Dwight Howard had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who lost their third straight, all on the road. Charlotte is 10-21 away from home.Jeremy Lamb scored 16 points, Frank Kaminsky had 15 and Nicolas Batum added 10.Despite the outcome, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he liked what he saw in the final quarter.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving “Purposeful offense, smart play, and very good defense,” Clifford said. “That’s what we’re capable of. If we are serious about making a run here, that’s what we’re capable of.”The Hornets are 5.5 games behind Miami for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 18 games remaining.“We need to build on what happened here tonight in the fourth quarter,” Clifford said.A downcast Walker wasn’t as encouraged as his coach.“We lost,” Walker said. “That’s all I’m really looking at right now until we watch the film.”Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored the game’s opening basket but the Hornets never led again.The Hornets cut the deficit to two, 88-86, on a three-point play by Lamb with 5:11 left in the fourth quarter. Lowry answered with a 3 for Toronto and, after Walker split a pair at the line, DeRozan added a corner 3, giving Toronto a 93-87 lead with 3:22 remaining. “We just tried to do what we could to stay in the game and win it down the stretch but those guys are really good,” Walker said. “They just made plays.”This was the first time in four meetings with Charlotte this season that the Raptors failed to score at least 120 points. 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(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — After three double-digit losses to Toronto, the Charlotte Hornets finally turned in a strong performance against the Raptors.Unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough to beat the Eastern Conference leaders.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 13 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Hornets 103-98 on Sunday night, Toronto’s 11th win in 12 games.Ahead by 13 points to begin the fourth quarter, Toronto saw its lead dwindle to two before DeRozan and Lowry made key 3-pointers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It wasn’t a pretty game,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Last year we probably would have lost that game, but we were mature enough to make plays, the right plays.”Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and Lowry had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors completed their first season sweep of Charlotte since 2006-07. Toronto improved to 26-5 at Air Canada Centre, the best home record in the NBA. Hornets: F-C Cody Zeller returned after missing the previous two games because of a sore left knee. He fouled out with six points. … G-F Dwayne Bacon missed the game with an illness. … Michael Carter-Williams returned in the third quarter after suffering a sprained left shoulder in the second.Raptors: F OG Anunoby (sprained right ankle) missed his second straight game. “It’s not going to be a long-term thing,” Casey said of Anunoby’s injury. Malcolm Miller made his first career start.CRIME SPREEBatum has at least one steal in 11 consecutive games, the longest streak of his career.AS GOOD AS OVERThe Raptors are 39-1 when they lead through three quarters. The lone exception was a Dec. 11 road defeat to the Clippers in which Toronto led 74-70 after three.UP NEXTHornets: Open a three-game homestand against the 76ers on Tuesday. Charlotte lost at Philadelphia last Friday, their first meeting of the season. 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