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Japan’s first human case of avian flu was minor

first_imgDec 22, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Tests have confirmed that a man who worked on a Japanese farm during an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza last February had Japan’s first human case of avian flu, though he never became seriously ill, officials announced today.The man was tested for the virus twice, and the second test showed an increase in antibodies, confirming infection, according to a report by Agence France-Presse (AFP). Four other people tested positive for antibodies but were tested only once; they were regarded has having had “highly possible” cases, the story said.None of the five developed influenza, although the employee with the confirmed case did report a sore throat for a few days after taking antiviral medication, AFP reported. Four of the people worked at a poultry farm where the avian flu outbreak occurred. The fifth was a local government worker who helped disinfect the farm.The five were not expected to pose a public health problem “as there is no possibility that they will develop such symptoms or infect other people,” according to a government statement quoted by AFP.Health ministry officials took several months to complete diagnosis of the human infection because they used extra care in the face of a lack of established rules for testing for H5N1, the story said.A Japanese government research team said this H5N1 strain was virtually identical to strains found in South Korea, AFP reported. The agriculture ministry today banned poultry imports from South Korea until further notice.The affected employees hadn’t worn protective clothing, according to a story today by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA). That might have been due to attempts to cover up the outbreak, AFP reported.Two people died last March in an apparent double suicide related to the outbreak, AFP said. The chairman of Asada Nosan Co., which owned the affected poultry farm, was found dead, along with his wife. In August, their son was sentenced to a 1-year jail term, which was suspended for 3 years, for failing to report the outbreak.last_img read more

Trump says he is on same page with Fauci, is not firing him

first_imgHe has contradicted or corrected Trump on scientific matters during the public health crisis, including whether the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is effective against the virus.On Monday, Fauci made a point of saying the president had followed his advice on putting social distancing recommendations in place for the country.”The president listened to the recommendation,” Fauci said. “The first and only time that I went in and said: ‘We should do mitigation strongly,’ the response was, ‘Yes, we’ll do it.'”‘Very complicated’The Republican president in the past has repeated critical tweets of officials or enemies rather than make the criticism himself. The retweet fueled speculation Trump was running out of patience with Fauci and could fire him, prompting a White House denial before Trump’s briefing.White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Trump’s retweet addressed what he considered a false report on his travel restriction involving China, where the novel coronavirus originated.Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked on CNN about a New York Times report documenting early warnings issued to the White House about the novel coronavirus. The scientist acknowledged shutting the country down sooner could have saved lives, but cautioned that a number of factors were involved.”Obviously, it would have been nice if we had a better head start, but I don’t think you could say that we are where we are right now because of one factor,” Fauci said. “It’s very complicated.”Already a target of the far right for his contradictions of Trump, Fauci drew more opprobrium after the interview.Trump also denounced the Times story in tweets on Sunday, calling it “Fake.”Last week during the daily White House coronavirus briefing, Trump stepped in and prevented Fauci from answering a question about hydroxychloroquine.”He won’t fire Fauci today,” tweeted Joe Lockhart, press secretary to former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat. “That’s not his style. He needs to humiliate him a while first.”Fauci, 79, has led the federal infectious disease agency since 1984 under Republican and Democratic presidents. Republican George W. Bush honored him with the presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.Some opinion polls during the public health crisis have shown Americans trust him more than Trump.  On Sunday, Trump retweeted a call to fire Fauci after the top US expert on infectious diseases said lives could have been saved if the country had shut down sooner during the novel coronavirus outbreak.At the briefing on Monday, Fauci said he was answering a hypothetical question in the interview and made clear that Trump had listened to him when he recommended mitigation efforts.”I like him,” Trump said of Fauci. “I think he’s a wonderful guy.” Trump said he had been on the same page with Fauci from the beginning of the crisis, but added that not everyone was happy with the doctor.Fauci has assumed national prominence – and a degree of popular affection – as a leader in the fight against the coronavirus, which has killed 23,543 people in the United States and infected 583,990, according to a Reuters tally. President Donald Trump said on Monday he liked leading health expert Anthony Fauci and did not intend to fire him after Fauci said in an interview that earlier mitigation efforts against the coronavirus outbreak could have saved more lives.At a sometimes contentious briefing with reporters, Trump said he and Fauci had been on the same page “from the beginning” about the virus and played a video for reporters defending his administration’s response.Trump, who played down the seriousness of the virus in its initial stages, has chafed at media coverage suggesting he did not do enough to prevent its spread.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Eight years after shooting, Nobel-winner Malala graduates

first_img“I don’t know what’s ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep.”The photos show Malala covered in brightly coloured bits of paper and foam — a student tradition — and having a cake with her family, decorated with the words “Happy Graduation Malala”.Malala first rose to prominence aged just 11 with a blog for the BBC’s Urdu-language service charting her life in Swat under the Taliban.She was shot in the head by a Taliban hitman in October 2012, and after being flown to Britain for life-saving medical treatment, the family settled in Birmingham, central England.She was at school there when she heard in 2014 that she had won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”The youngest ever Nobel laureate, she has continued to speak out for girls’ education. Nobel Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai, who moved to Britain after being shot for campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan, described her joy Friday at graduating from Oxford University.Almost eight years after she was attacked by the Taliban on her school bus in the Swat Valley, the 22-year-old posted photos on Twitter of her celebrations with her family.”Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford,” she said.  Topics :last_img read more

Family home in need of renovations no deterrent for potential buyers

first_img7 Ibsen Street, Aspley.Mr Jessup said while stock was low in the area, he had received multiple offers on the home, on a 584sq m block.“It sold within three days,” he said.“This property had a lot to offer. It’s a little bit bigger, kind of had a third bathroom downstairs, there was a shower/toilet, and there was a rumpus room and double garage too.”Mr Jessup said the sellers had put a deck on the home in 2010, adding value to the property. 7 Ibsen Street, Aspley.Mr Jessup said a huge amount of investors and buyer’s advocates were buying up properties in the Aspley area before they came on the market. the kitchen at 7 Ibsen Street, Aspley.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Johnson Real Estate Chermside — Chermside selling agent Jonathan Jessup said the couple had plans to renovate the home. “It just needs some general things done like pulling up the old carpets and polishing the timber floorboards,” Mr Jessup said.center_img 7 Ibsen Street, Aspley.A home in Aspley has been snapped up by a young couple who were not fazed the property needed a bit of tender loving care.The property, at 7 Ibsen St, sold on October 10 for $569,500 and has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage.last_img read more

Mega mansion’s $3m sale sets new record for its Gold Coast street

first_imgImagine relaxing in this bathtub! The home is like a palace. Forget fancy restaurants, this dining room will still offer a fine dining experience. CHARLI ROBINSON SELLS GOLD COAST UNIT MERMAID WATERS DOMINATES MARKET More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe seven bedroom, nine bathroom property was on the market for about eight months before Mr Stephens took over the marketing.He found the new owner five months later.“They are business owners down in Melbourne,” Mr Stephens said.“It’s basically going to be a holiday home for them.”He said the new owners liked the privacy of the prestige home, which sits on a 3063sq m block and has a tennis court and pool in a screened atrium. The property at 2 Witt Ave, Carrara has changed hands for $3 million.THE multimillion-dollar sale of a palatial Carrara property has set a new price record for its waterfront street.The sprawling residence at 2 Witt Ave fetched $3 million, which is double the previous record set by the sale of No. 6 in 2005.Marketing agent Grant Stephens, of Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach, said it went under contract earlier this year and settled last month. The pool is in a screened atrium.Despite being on the market for more than a year, Mr Stephens said it attracted a lot of interest from house hunters.“We actually had several offers on it,” he said.He said the market in Carrara was performing well, with demand and property prices continuing to climb.“It’s been an emerging area for a few years,” he said.“It’s a very highly sought after area there, (because) it’s close to everything.”According to latest CoreLogic data, the median sale price for a house in Carrara has jumped more than 40 per cent in the past five years to $590,000.Figures show residents hold onto their houses for an average of 11 years while the median days on market is 25.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenElizabeth Tilley talks prestige property07:29last_img read more

HHLA feels negative impact of COVID-19

first_img Categories: German terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) reported decreases in both revenue and earnings in the first three months of this year due to the challenging market environment. At the three Hamburg container terminals, the throughput volume of 1,652 thousand TEU was down 4.1 per cent on the same period last year. Revenue decreased year-on-year by 2.6 per cent to € 195.6 million in the first quarter of 2020. This was primarily caused by the decrease in volumes resulting from the pandemic. Primarily due to the drop in volume, the operating result declined by € 12 million or 31.7 per cent year-on-year to € 25.8 million. The contraction is affecting all areas of the economy, including international trade, which is critical to HHLA. Posted: 4 months ago As explained, this is attributable to stormy conditions in Northern Europe as well as the first signs of slowing economic activity in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Extraordinary measures to contain the spread of the virus have been implemented worldwide. Both at a national level and in international transportation, this is leading to a contraction in economic activity whose true impact and duration cannot be reliably gauged, the terminal operator explained. In the Container segment, the throughput volume at HHLA’s container terminals decreased by 3.7 per cent overall to 1,796 thousand standard containers (TEU) in Q1 2020 from 1,865 thousand TEUs handled in Q1 2019. “It is not possible to make any reliable forecasts under the current conditions, but we can assume that revenue and operating result (EBIT) for the Port Logistics subgroup will be strongly below previous year. This is primarily due to the possible at least temporarily sharp declines in container throughput and transport,” according to HHLA. The listed Port Logistics subgroup recorded a moderate decrease of 3.7 per cent in revenue which stood at € 327.4 million in the first three months of 2020, compared to € 339.8 million in the same period last year. EBIT decreased sharply by 41.7 per cent to € 32.5 million from € 55.7 million seen in Q1 2019. “We have to adapt to a situation that we have never experienced in our company’s history and that we cannot influence. 2020 will be one of the most challenging years in the history of HHLA. However, we will use our experience to find ways out of this crisis and continue to successfully develop HHLA.” The company also recorded a moderate decrease in its container throughput and a significant decline in container transport. HHLA said that its revenue was down by 3.4 per cent to € 335.7 million in Q1 2020 from € 347.6 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier. HHLA receives two more mega-ship cranes Handling volumes at HHLA’s international container terminals in Odessa and Tallinn were on a par with the previous year at 144 thousand TEU. Ship delays resulting from the severe storms over Northern Europe and blank sailings resulting from the coronavirus pandemic led to a moderate decrease in cargo volumes from the Far East. The operating result (EBIT) decreased by 38.6 per cent to € 36.7 million in Q1 2020 from € 59.7 million posted in Q1 2019. Similarly, profit after tax dropped by 53.4 per cent and amounted to € 17.9 million in the first quarter, against € 38.4 million recorded in the quarter ended March 31, 2019. Ports & Logistics “Our expectations for the current financial year were marked by optimism; however, we are aware that external conditions for our business have been changing for some time due to a range of factors. The effects of the storms in the spring and the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic have nevertheless left a mark on our performance figures,” Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, commented. Performance of HHLA’s Port Logistics subgroup in the first quarter Posted: 4 months ago Outlook for the 2020 financial year Photo: HHLA / Thies Rätzke “Notwithstanding the current business development, HHLA is well positioned for the future. Despite the strains put upon us by the coronavirus pandemic, the existing liquidity will allow us to fulfil our payment obligations,” Chairwoman of the Executive Board concluded. In the Intermodal segment, container transport also decreased by 5.1 per cent to 378 thousand TEU. last_img read more

Bago City local electrocuted

first_imgBACOLOD City – A man was electrocuted inBarangay Poblacion, Bago City, Negros Occidental. Vilaruz accidentally touched an openelectric wire while working in a house around 12:20 p.m. on Jan. 11. The victim was identified as 53-year-oldMariano Vilaruz of Barangay Lag-asan, Bago City.center_img He was rushed to the Bago City Hospitalbut was declared by an attending physician “dead-on- arrival.” /PNlast_img

Moses re-echoes support for former club Wigan Athletic.

first_img Loading… Former Super Eagles winger Victor Moses may have left wigan Athletic eight years ago, but the Inter Milan loanee has revealed undying love for the English League One side.Moses played for Wigan Athletic between 2010 and 2012 while the club was still in the premier league scoring eight goals in 74 appearances.Moses had earlier played for Crystal Palace before moving to Wigan. Unfortunately the club has been facing teething problems including financial constraints and has again unfortunately slide down from the elite division to the third tier league, but Moses nonetheless insists that the club and its officials need every support they can get describing his stay at the DW Stadium as memorable for him and his family.Taking to the social media Wednesday, the Chelsea star who has been on long loan journey since 2013, urged lovers of the club to put every hand on deck to protect it.The 29 year old who had five different loan deals to Liverpool, Stoke City, West Ham, Fenerbahçe and currently Inter Milan said;  “Wigan Athletic will always have a special place in my heart.I have so many incredible memories from my time there and the people of Wigan & everyone associated with the club have always been so good to me and my family. We must do all we can to protect the future of this great club”Read AlsoMoses still in shock, devastated by Europa League cup lossClub supporters are definitely not sitting on the fence as they recently launched fund-raising effort initially aimed at reaching £500,000 by 31August to secure the club’s future. The financial target was achieved and a further target of £750,000 reportedly set.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Largest Cities In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Surprising Ways Drones Could Be Used In The FutureA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”The Biggest Cities In The World So Far6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

Local wrestlers have big days at regional championships

first_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The wrestling scene in eastern Maine revolved around Hancock County on Saturday afternoon as wrestlers from 17 high schools came to Ellsworth for this year’s Class B North championships.Wrestlers from Fort Kent to Calais to Belfast and everywhere in between packed Ellsworth’s Katsiaficas Gymnasium as fans in attendance sported team colors and hung banners. Yet despite tough competition from those teams, local wrestlers enjoyed plenty of success at the tournament.Bucksport took fifth place at the Class B North wrestling championships Saturday as Ellsworth claimed seventh and MDI placed 15th. All three schools qualified wrestlers for the upcoming state championships.Bucksport’s Ricky Perkins (second from right) stands on the podium after placing second in the 152-pound weight class at the Class B North wrestling championships Feb. 9 at Ellsworth High School. Bucksport placed fifth as a team. ROBBY PERKINS PHOTOFor Ellsworth, senior Logan Lord went 3-0 on the day to win the regional title for the host team in the 138-pound weight class. Lord pinned Fort Kent’s Larry Nadeau in 2 minutes, 30 seconds and Belfast’s Jonah Lovejoy in 2:55 before scoring a 12-2 decision over Dexter’s Justin Wing in the championship bout.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt 285 pounds, David Gross of Bucksport stayed undefeated on the season to add a regional heavyweight title to his résumé. After pinning Belfast’s Shane Rumney in the quarterfinals and winning his semifinal contest against Foxcroft’s Jared Atkinson via default, he beat Penobscot Valley’s Joe Tuulima in a 14-3 decision to take home first place.The win by Gross highlighted a strong day for Bucksport, which got second-place finishes from Alex Burbank (106 pounds), Kaleb Nightingale (113 pounds) and Ricky Perkins (152).Yet arguably the most intriguing and intense round of the day was the consolation semifinals, which determined the final two state championship spots in each weight class. “The death round,” as MDI coach Tony Dalisio called it, was the deciding factor as to whether or not a wrestler’s season would continue for at least another week or come to an end.“Both wrestlers know that this is it,” Dalisio said. “If you lose, you’re done. It’s a lot of pressure on one round, but that’s what makes it exciting.”Mount Desert Island’s Sam Hoff (top) wrestles Fort Kent’s Manny Pettingill in a 285-pound bout at the Class B North championships Feb. 9 at Ellsworth High School. Hoff, who trailed by a point for most of the match, came back in the final period to pin Pettingill and advance to the consolation championship. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLLocal wrestlers who earned trips to states with wins in the round were Matt Reid, Noah Hughes and Charlie Hughes of Ellsworth (120 pounds, 160 pounds and 182 pounds, respectively), Jacob Coghill of Bucksport (220) and Sam Hoff of MDI (285). Hoff’s consolation semifinal win at 285 came after the senior trailed Fort Kent’s Manny Pettingill for most of the match before earning a pin in the third period.Ellsworth’s Everett Huckins and MDI’s Ethan Harkins will serve as alternates for the state championships. Huckins finished with a record of 2-2 on the day in the 145-pound weight class for the Eagles with wins over Dylan Korsadovich of Calais and Josh Hesseltine of Mattanawcook Academy, and Harkins went 1-2 at 182 for the Trojans with a win over Keith Gehriger of Calais.Foxcroft won the team championship with 169.5 points, and Dexter took second with 148.5. Mattanawcook scored 103 points to beat out Piscataquis (100 points) and Bucksport (96.5) for third. Belfast (95), Ellsworth (71), John Bapst (42), Fort Kent (41.5) and Washington Academy (27) rounded out the rest of the top 10.Qualified wrestlers will head to Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln next Saturday, Feb. 16, for the state championships, which are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.center_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Latest Postslast_img read more

Morgan out, Moore, Foy ‘probably doubtful’ for Louisville

first_imgSyracuse head coach Scott Shafer ruled cornerback Wayne Morgan out of Friday’s game against Louisville in his Tuesday teleconference.Previously the Orange’s third-choice cornerback, Morgan missed SU’s 31-15 loss to Notre Dame after having a knee procedure late last week. He won’t play when the Orange (2-2) takes on the Cardinals (4-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, Shafer said. Additionally, tight end Kendall Moore and starting right tackle Ivan Foy are “probably doubtful” for the game against the Cardinals, too.With Morgan out against Notre Dame, converted wide receiver Corey Winfield played significant snaps, getting beat by Will Fuller for a 72-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Morgan’s absence also forced Julian Whigham and Brandon Reddish to play more downs.“Wayne had a procedure done last week,” Shafer said. “They went in and cleaned it up. And we’re full-go at his treatments and his rehab right now. And we’re going to take it basically week-by-week to see how he’s progressing.”Moore had to be carted off the field in the fourth quarter of SU’s loss to the Fighting Irish Saturday after taking two knees to the head in quick succession.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Tuesday, he went to class, Shafer said. Moore has caught four passes for 31 yards — including what proved to be the game-winning touchdown against Villanova — through four games. Josh Parris, who started the year injured and is now back int he mix, is listed as the No. 2 tight end behind Moore on SU’s latest depth chart.“He probably will be doubtful for this weekend, but we have a lot of people asking about him,” Shafer said. “And he’s doing well. He’s come around.”Foy left the game against the Irish with 8:20 left in the second quarter with a lower-body injury and did not return. Junior Michael Lasker replaced him and was flagged for a personal foul and offsides.Said Shafer: “Ivan Foy is sore, but thank god he had a good knee brace on and again, probably doubtful for this weekend, but we’ll see how he progresses.” Comments Published on September 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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