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
Wave Venture, a specialist wave energy consultancy and software provider, is developing an innovative Techno Economic analysis product called “Wave Venture TE”. This software is a hybrid desktop-cloud integrated engineering and financial analysis package.Wave Venture have been developing components of this integrated Wave Venture TE software for several years. Supported by Marine-i, they aim to have an integrated product ready to launch soon that will significantly impact the wave energy industry.The software will allow for Wave Energy Converter (WEC) developers to rapidly and accurately analyse their devices. This software brings the additional benefit of optimisation that includes all stages of a commercial wave farm development.MD, Ronan Costello, says: “Receiving grant support from Marine-i has given a huge boost to the project. It will help us to validate the dynamic simulation component of the software by comparing these with published results.”“There is a wide range of customers who can benefit greatly from our services. These include businesses investing in wave energy technology , organisations conducting research and development on wave energy conversion systems, and companies planning the deployment of wave energy farms.”Professor Lars Johanning, who leads the Marine-i team, says: “We felt that it was important to support this pioneering project. Not only could it put Cornwall at the forefront of a new field of commercial analytics, but it could also help stimulate growth in the wider wave energy industry, by giving investors and WEC developers the accurate information they need to formulate optimum commercial strategies.”“The key elements of Wave Venture TE are currently being used by our team, who are all very proficient in the correct application of the software. However, there is a big difference between an ‘in-house’ system and one that can achieve success in the broader market.“There are therefore a number of key milestones that we need to reach before we are ready to take the product to full commercial launch. These include running the software on multiple example applications, verifying the accuracy of the software on these example applications, and ensuring that all the documentation needed for the development of user manuals and training materials is in place,” concluded Costello.
The Tipperary side travel to take on Blackrock in the Division 1B Play-Offs this afternoon.Peter Silk is a member of the club committee.He says Cashel have reason to be confident they can get a good result in Stradbrook.
Nicky Rehbock The key to Africa’s development lies instimulating thriving local and globalbusinesses and brands on the continent,according to Brand Africa chairpersonThebe Ikalafeng.MEDIA CONTACTS• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122The upcoming 2011 Brand Africa Forum will tackle key issues affecting the continent’s growth, reputation and competitiveness to ensure lasting Africa-centric solutions.The event, hosted by Brand South Africa and Brand Leadership Academy, will take place on 29 September at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.It offers global thought leaders, influencers and decision-makers a valuable opportunity to interact and discuss matters ranging from governance and sustainability, growth-enabling policies, as well as business and its role in shaping the continent’s economic future.The significance of South Africa joining Brazil, Russia, India and China in the BRICS bloc will also be explored, along with lessons to be learnt from emerging markets.“Brand South Africa’s involvement in the Brand Africa Forum goes back to the inaugural event in 2010,” says Brand SA CEO Miller Matola.“For us it was a natural fit because the health of Africa’s brand is important for the strength and health of our own nation brand. If countries on the continent improve in terms of their image and reputation, the same holds for South Africa. Our prosperity is inextricably linked to that of the other countries on the continent.”Powerful line-up of speakersThe 2011 forum boasts an impressive range of guest speakers, including renowned global business consultant Dr Vijay Mahajan, global economist Dr Dambisa Moyo, Brand SA chairperson Anitha Soni, Brand Africa chairperson Thebe Ikalafeng and Rakesh Wahi, who is the vice-chairperson and co-founder of CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa.A dynamic panel of young leaders from Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Senegal have also been included to discuss youth and their vision for the continent.“One of the things we learnt from last year’s event was that we need to focus on discussions that are more about the continent and include people from those places. We also need to create more media outlets for the stories that are generated as a result of this. With the diverse line-up of speakers at this year’s event – and journalists who will be there to cover it – we will ensure that it’s not just South Africans talking about Africa,” says Miller.Importance of corporate brandsWhile there’s been extensive coverage on multinational, Fortune 500 South African companies such as SABMiller, Old Mutual and Anglo American, less is recorded about similarly influential concerns elsewhere on the continent.These include Oando PLC, Nigeria’s largest indigenous energy group; Kenya’s CFC Bank and its East African Portland Cement Company; Angola’s national diamond company Endiama; as well as Sudan’s Kenana Sugar Company.“One of the messages we want to spread through the forum is that corporate brands are very important in developing nation brands and nations’ economies,” says Miller, adding that it is through telling these stories that Africa can be “positioned as the next growth frontier in terms of investment and business”.Dealing with Africa’s challengesWhile the forum will focus on the positive issues arising from the continent’s growth and development, Africa’s challenges won’t be ignored.Situations unfolding in North Africa, Ivory Coast, Sudan and Zimbabwe are just some of those which are up for discussion.“At last year’s event there were very open and frank discussions about the continent and some of its weaknesses. Issues that need to be addressed this year focus on challenges in terms of democratisation, macroeconomic reform and policies that impede competitiveness,” Miller says.“To build a strong brand you need to look at these fundamentals – it can’t just be about image. I believe the Brand Africa Forum 2011 will ensure that we have a platform for open and balanced debate, which will take the continent forward.”Practical outcomes of the forum will include a written report on discussions, which will be made available online and across a variety of platforms throughout the world. It will also be given to potential investors and interest groups, according to Miller.The 2011 forum proceedings will be broadcast by CNBC Africa to 41 sub-Saharan African countries.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho described his team’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City on Sunday as a “fake” result.But the reality, however much it hurts, is that Chelsea could hardly have made a more unconvincing start to the defence of their crown, on or off the pitch.A Community Shield defeat by Arsenal was shrugged off as irrelevant, but something looked seriously amiss a week later in a fortunate 2-2 draw at home to Swansea City in which keeper Thibaut Courtois was red-carded.That poor display was overshadowed by Mourinho’s removal of club doctor Eva Carneiro from bench duty after describing her as “naive” for tending to Eden Hazard — leaving Chelsea temporarily reduced to nine men.Worse was to follow on Sunday, though, as Mourinho suffered his joint-heaviest defeat as a Premier League manager.A listless display at City’s Etihad Stadium, particularly in the first half, allowed Chelsea’s main title rivals to steal a march and move five points clear.The biggest bombshell, however, was long-term captain and defensive colossus John Terry being substituted at halftime for tactical reasons — the first time Mourinho had ever taken his trusty skipper off in the heat of battle.The only good news on Sunday was the signing of left back Abdul Rahman Baba from Bundesliga club Augsburg — a welcome recruit after a summer in which Chelsea failed to significantly upgrade last year’s model.So dominant last season when cruising to the title, Chelsea have looked under-cooked so far.advertisementNot since 1998 have they failed to win either of their opening league games and while a five-point deficit on City with 108 more points to play for is no crisis — a return to form cannot come soon enough.Yet Mourinho was having none of it after goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho sent City top.”3-0 is completely fake,” Mourinho told reporters. Also read: Rampant Manchester City crushes Chelsea 3-0Speaking to Chelsea’s TV channel later, he added: “In the second half we controlled every aspect of the game.”Then one corner, one mistake and 2-0. The best team in the first half won and the best team in the second half lost.”Terry’s position in the team will dominate the week ahead as Chelsea prepare to face West Bromwich Albion.”I had to decide on John or (Gary) Cahill because Zouma is the fastest player we have in our defensive line,” Mourinho explained of his decision to hook Terry.”The point was not to bring John out but to bring Zouma in. I wanted to have my fastest player on the pitch.”I’m the one that plays John every game, made him captain, brought him back from a difficult situation with other managers.”
On Monday, July 8, 107.5 The River hosted its STAR PARTY at Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville, a benefit show featuring rising star musician, English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.All of the proceeds from the night went towards Musicians on Call (MOC), an organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. The event raised over $22,500 for the Nashville branch of MOC – which is more than enough to fund one of its 11 weekly Bedside Performance Programs for a full year.Sheeran received an overwhelming ovation from the sold-out crowd for his solo-acoustic set which included hits “The A Team” and “Lego House,” as well as fan favorites like the energetic “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You.” The GRAMMY-nominated Brit rocker has developed a strong following in the U.S. with back-to-back sold out headlining tours and countless national television appearances. Sheeran is currently supporting Taylor Swift on her North American RED Tour.Through benefit concerts, live and online auctions featuring concert experiences and memorabilia from The Black Keys, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Darius Rucker, Gene Simmons, Sheeran, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and more, MOC Nashville has received over $65,000 in recent weeks to go towards programs in Middle Tennessee. MOC Nashville anticipates the announcement of an additional weekly Bedside Performance Program to open later this year.Please visit www.MusiciansOnCall.org for more information.
More than 5,000 staff members of Texas A&M University (TAMU) picked up the phone this week to hear an unexpected voice on the other end: Hollywood icon Lily Tomlin was on the line pleading for their support in urging TAMU President Michael Young to end the school’s muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments on dogs.In the message, the Grace and Frankie star points out that 35 years of these cruel tests have failed to produce a cure or even a treatment to reverse symptoms of MD in human sufferers.“Texas A&M deliberately breeds golden retrievers and other dogs to have a debilitating form of canine muscular dystrophy …[and many] of these dogs suffer premature and agonizing deaths,” Tomlin says in the recording. “Others endure lives of misery and struggle to swallow and even breathe.” She goes on to urge everyone to take action against this abuse: “Please call or e-mail President Young today and tell him, ‘Enough is enough.’”Video footage obtained by PETA shows dogs suffering from MD who were caged, sometimes alone, in barren metal cells in TAMU’s labs. Their swollen tongues and weakened jaw muscles made it difficult for them to swallow even thin gruel, and strings of drool hung from their mouths. Those who didn’t exhibit symptoms but who carried the gene for MD were used for breeding more dogs to experiment on. The video shows these dogs frantically pacing and gnawing in frustration on the bars of cramped, barren cages.PETA’s efforts to end these tests have received support from patients afflicted with MD, scientists — who have criticized the experiments’ inapplicability to human patients — and public figures, including, in addition to Tomlin, Miami Dolphins quarterback and TAMU alumnus Ryan Tannehill and commentator Bill Maher, who called the university “dogs’ worst enemy.”
Twitter Jaaji, left, and Chelsey June, right, make up Ottawa duo Twin Flames. The musicians recorded their song Human for the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages. (Sean Sisk) CBC is doing a series of stories to recognize that the United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The observance is meant to raise awareness about the consequences of losing endangered languages, and to establish a link between language, development, peace and reconciliation. When Chelsey June and Jaaji take the stage as the band Twin Flames, they want to break down barriers and help people connect with each other — no matter what background they come from.That’s their message in their new single Human, which is a song for UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages. June, who is Métis, and Jaaji, who is Inuk and Mohawk, say they want to reach people who do not speak their languages Advertisement The band, which has won several national music awards for their work, blends contemporary folk music with Indigenous storytelling. Their songs are in English, Inuktitut and French. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement
Shakhtar Donetsk have confirmed their upcoming Champions League game against Lyon has been moved to KievThe Ukrainian Premier League leaders normally host their home matches in Kharkiv rather than Kiev.However, the destination of Donetsk’s Group F showdown with Lyon has been in doubt for the past few weeks due to Ukraine’s tense relationship with Russia.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“The UEFA have decided that the Champions League group stage game against Lyon will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev,” read a statement on the club website.Shakhtar are third in Group F and two points off second-place Lyon heading into the final game next week.Paulo Fonseca’s side needs to win to progress to the knockout stages with leaders Manchester City out of reach with a five-point advantage.
RBL Bank (formerly Ratnakar Bank Limited) is all set to hit the primary market with its initial public offering (IPO) of equity shares soon, after the capital markets regulator late last month cleared the private lender’s public issue.The bank had filed the draft prospectus with the regulator on June 23, 2015.Kolhapur-based RBL Bank had raised Rs. 488 crore in pre-IPO preferential placement of shares last December. The exercise was in accordance with its IPO document filed with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in June 2015. The shares were placed with international investors, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and CDC Group Plc. The shares were issued at Rs. 195 apiece.”This capital raise was undertaken to augment the tier 1 capital base of the Bank,” Vishwavir Ahuja, MD & CEO, RBL Bank, had said in a statement on Dec. 20, 2015.Here are some facts about RBL Bank, according to information available on its website and the draft prospectus filed with Sebi: The IPO size will be about Rs. 1,100 crore comprising fresh issue of shares, in addition to offer of sale of 17.56 million equity shares by existing investors.The face value of the share is Rs.10 each. The price band will be decided in consultation with global coordinators and book running lead managers (GCBRLMs) to the issue.The shares will be listed on BSE and NSE.The bank earned a net profit of Rs. 292.48 crore on revenues of Rs. 3,234.85 crore for the financial year 2015-16, up from Rs. 208.45 crore and Rs. 2,356.5 crore in the preceding financial year. The diluted EPS was Rs.9.43 for 2015-16 as against Rs. 7 in 2014-15 (Diluted earnings per share reflect the potential dilution that could occur if contracts to issue equity shares were exercised or converted during the period).Deposits and advances stood at Rs. 24,348 crore and Rs. 21,229 crore, respectively, as of March 31, 2016.Net non-performing assets (NPAs) as percentage of total advances rose to 0.59 percent from 0.27 percent at the end of financial year 2014-15.The GCBRLMs to the issue are Kotak, Axis Capital, Citi and Morgan Stanley. The BRLMs are HDFC Bank, ICICI Securities, IDFC Securities, IIFL Holdings and SBI Capital Markets.The bank was incorporated in 1943 as Ratnakar Bank.Over the last five years, global and domestic investors have infused capital of over Rs. 1,500 crore in the bank, taking the TIER 1 capital to Rs. 2,200 crores (approx).As of March 2016, RBL Bank had 197 branches and 362 ATMs across 13 Indian states.The corporate office of RBL Bank is at One Indiabulls Centre, Tower 2B, 6th Floor, Lower Parel (W), Mumbai, while the registered office is at Shahupuri, Kolhapur.