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WHO team arrives to assist with Ukraine flu probe

WHO team arrives to assist with Ukraine flu probe

first_imgNov 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said its team arrived in the Ukraine last night and met with the country’s health ministry today to discuss a dramatic spike in flulike illnesses and deaths, particularly in the western part of the country.The Ukrainian health ministry has recorded more than 250,000 flulike illnesses, of which 235 patients needed treatment in intensive care units, the WHO said in a statement today. As of yesterday, 70 deaths had been reported.The high level of illnesses activity and severe cases, combined with reports of hemorrhagic pneumonia cases, have raised some speculation that the virus might be behaving differently in the Ukraine, but further testing is just getting under way.Laboratory testing at labs in the Ukraine have confirmed the pandemic H1N1 virus in samples taken from patients in two regions, the WHO said, adding that because the pandemic virus has become dominant throughout the world, most of the Ukrainian respiratory illnesses are probably caused by the novel H1N1 strain.Though the highest illness rates have been seen in the western part of the country, illness activity is increasing rapidly in Kiev, the WHO reported.The WHO’s field investigation team will start in the Lviv region, where the number of cases of severe respiratory illness has been especially high. Virologists from the WHO have started working with Ukrainian scientists at the National Influenza Centre and the Central Sanitary and Epidemiological Station, both in Kiev.Ukraine’s health ministry has sent viral samples to the WHO collaborating center in London, where laboratory experts will conduct confirmatory tests and further characterize the virus.The outbreak raises several questions and may provide clues about how the virus will circulate in the Northern Hemisphere during the winter months, particularly in areas such as Eastern Europe that have healthcare challenges.The WHO commended Ukrainian officials for their transparent reporting and open sharing of viral samples. It also said border closures and international travel restrictions are not warranted.Lawmakers in the Ukraine today approved legislation freeing up $1 billion UAH (about $131 million) in reserve funds for flu response actions, according to a report from UNIAN, the country’s independent news agency.The country’s head sanitary inspector today, in a television interview, denied that the country was experiencing an outbreak of pandemic flu and said only 14 cases had been confirmed, including three deaths, according to another UNIAN report today.Meanwhile, two of Ukraine’s top leaders, who are opponents in a January presidential election, scrambled to respond to the flu outbreak, UNIAN reported. President Victor Yuschenko instructed the military to prepare portable military hospitals, and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko promised to provide all of the country’s residents with masks to reduce their flu exposure.An official from the Ukraine’s flu and respiratory disease center, Oleksandr Hrynevych, today projected that pandemic H1N1 vaccination could begin in a month or two after regulators approve two vaccines that are undergoing testing, according to a report from the National Radio Company of Ukraine (NRCU). He said the vaccine supply will come from the WHO and from individual country donations.A warden message posted on the US State Department’s Ukrainian embassy Web site said US officials are aware of the outbreak and are monitoring the situation. Though the country has imposed several social-distancing measures, such as a 3-week school closure, Ukrainian officials have told the State Department that no general quarantine is in effect.The US embassy said that, because of legal restrictions and lack of resources, it is not able to provide private citizens with pandemic supplies, medication, medical treatment, or medical advice.See also:Nov 3 WHO pandemic update on pandemic flu in the UkraineUNIAN Web sitehttp://unian.net/eng/Nov 3 NRCU reportlast_img read more

Rio Ferdinand tells Mikel Arteta to build Arsenal team around three players

Rio Ferdinand tells Mikel Arteta to build Arsenal team around three players

first_imgMikel Arteta is set for his first pre-season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta should build his new-look Gunners side around the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock.The Spaniard has placed his faith in youth since taking over at the Emirates and has vowed to name a starting XI based on performances in training, rather than picking on name alone.That’s seen the likes of Alexandre Lacazette demoted in favour of youngster Eddie Nketiah and there’s been an upturn in results since Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December.Nevertheless, Arteta faces a huge challenge in north London and there will be plenty to work on this summer as he faces a difficult situation in dealing with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is refusing to sign a new deal at the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Mar 2020 10:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Ferdinand has backed Arteta’s decisions so far (Picture: Getty)But Ferdinand believes Arteta has set the right values in motion at the club and should continue to build around the likes of Martinelli, Saka and Willock.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Really you’re meant to be looking at centre-halves, they should’ve been looking there for the last 10 years and they haven’t got it right,’ Ferdinand said on Instagram Live.‘Arsenal is a fantastic football club, what a club, a massive club. I think they’ve got to get it right in other areas of the pitch. ‘Keep bringing in these [players], [Gabriel] Martinelli, [Bukayo] Saka, [Joe] Willock, all these boys.‘I love seeing that but they’ve got to get stability and strength in there, some people who will do good for the club, because it hasn’t worked with the likes of Sokratis and Mustafi, I don’t think they haven’t been able to get it right, and Chambers before that.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWith Aubameyang likely heading for the exit, Arsenal have been linked with Real Madrid outcast Luka Jovic.However, Ferdinand has advised Arteta not to move for the Serbian.‘He’s someone who’s done nothing in a Real Madrid shirt but the potential he showed when he was at Eintracht Frankfurt made him someone who was very highly thought of,’ said Ferdinand.‘But it doesn’t always go to plan when you go to a new team, so I wouldn’t hold it against him. ‘I think he’s someone who can add something to Arsenal. ‘But I don’t believe Arsenal need a player in that position.MORE: Rio Ferdinand reveals one issue with Jadon Sancho’s £120m move to Manchester United Advertisement Comment Advertisement Rio Ferdinand tells Mikel Arteta to build Arsenal team around three playerslast_img read more

Applications For Reserved Turkey Hunts Start Friday

Applications For Reserved Turkey Hunts Start Friday

first_imgHunters can begin submitting online applications for reserved turkey hunts to be held on certain state and federally owned properties including Muscatatuck National Willdlife Refuge, beginning Jan. 31.The application period runs through March 24 on DNR website.Hunters must possess a valid 2014 spring turkey license, or lifetime license or youth hunt/trap license to apply for any of the reserved hunts. Applicants are allowed to apply for one property, and choose from the available dates for that property.Whether a drawn hunter can bring a hunting buddy varies by property. On DNR properties, drawn hunters are not allowed to bring a buddy. At Muscatatuck, drawn hunters may bring a buddy, but only the drawn hunter can hunt.Hunt dates at Muscatatuck are: April 23-24, 25-26, 27-28, and 29-30.Other hunting properties throughout Indiana can be viewed on the DNR website.last_img read more

Hulk claims Chelsea interest

Hulk claims Chelsea interest

first_imgBrazil and Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk believes Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is interested in signing him. Press Association The 26-year-old moved to Russia last summer after four impressive seasons at Porto, but his time in St Petersburg has not been straightforward, particularly in view of some fans’ opposition to non-white players. Asked about Chelsea’s reported interest, Hulk said in the Daily Telegraph: “If I said there wasn’t anything in it, I would be lying. But that is not for now. At the moment, I am 100 per cent focused on Brazil and I hope to be a Confederations Cup winner with my country. Other matters will have to wait until afterwards.” center_img Mourinho is widely expected to bring in reinforcements to his forward line, with Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko of Manchester City also linked. last_img read more

Trojans to embark on final road trip

Trojans to embark on final road trip

first_imgThe players on the USC baseball team are just like your average student. And like any student, they seem to enjoy not having school.Over spring break, the Trojans (20-27, 10-11) snapped an eight-game losing streak and went 5-2. Lastweekend, after not having played for 10 days because of finals, the squad took two of three from No. 6 Arizona State to break out of a six-game slide.Leading the way · Junior pitcher Andrew Triggs looks to get USC off on the right foot in the first game of a three-game set against the Beavers. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan USC gets another top-10 team on their slate this weekend with No. 2 Oregon State. It’s the Trojans third series of the season against a top-10 team, but the Beavers (37-12, 16-5) are different than the Sun Devils and USC’s other top-10 opponent, No. 7 Cal State Fullerton. The Titans started the season at No. 8 and Arizona State started at No. 11. The Beavers were expected to finish seventh in the Pac-10 and were under the radar.But the results don’t lie. The Beavers haven’t lost a series all season, haven’t lost three consecutive games and have run off a pair of double-digit win streaks (11 and 12 games).“They’ve got some older guys; some good experience,” said USC interim coach Frank Cruz. “They’ve gelled together real well. And they can flat out pitch.”The Beavers are second in the conference with a 2.90 ERA and a .238 opponents’ batting average. Left-handed pitcher Josh Osich tossed a no-hitter against No. 24 UCLA on April 30, but he’s not even the ace of the staff. That title goes to right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio. The junior is a top-100 prospect with a 10-1 record and a 1.74 ERA. His WHIP is 1.03, and he has fanned 90 hitters while issuing just 21 walks. Perhaps most impressive is that he averages more than seven innings pitched per start.But the Trojans are no slouch on the hill either. Junior right-hander Andrew Triggs and senior Logan Odom are each coming off complete game performances against the Sun Devils. Triggs will take the mound on Friday, presumably against Gaviglio, while Odom will round out the rotation on Sunday in the series finale.Sandwiched in the middle on Saturday is junior Austin Wood. The former fourth-round draft pick hasn’t had the season he or the Trojans has hoped for, with a 4-6 record and 5.48 ERA. But the righty went seven strong innings against Arizona State last Saturday, and looks to build on that in Corvallis this weekend.Indeed, the team as a whole is looking to build on their performance last weekend and carry the momentum to the road. The Trojans are an abysmal 5-13 away from Dedeaux Field this season, including 3-6 on the road in conference play.“Going on the road is a chore [for us],” Cruz said. “Add in the No. 2 team in the country; we’re gonna have to be just about perfect.”Although the Trojans will face tough pitching this weekend, the coaching staff believes they are more than capable of challenging the Beavers and nabbing another Pac-10 series win.“The only upsets in this conference are the teams on the losing end,” Cruz said. “They’re the ones upset. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day, and I don’t mean that as a cliché. That’s just the facts.”last_img read more

Tyler Lydon showing growth defensively in NCAA Tournament

Tyler Lydon showing growth defensively in NCAA Tournament

first_img Published on March 26, 2016 at 6:51 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Lydon doesn’t typically practice with the big men, because he’s often used out on the wing as a forward. He’ll sub in for Dajuan Coleman during 5-on-5 scrimmages, but doesn’t do many of the individual drills with those players. Mike Hopkins will give him pointers on where to be in certain situations, how to make the right rotations and read defenses. His speed and ability to slide has allowed him to be a center without the size of a player like Coleman.In December, Hopkins said that Lydon had the IQ of a 38-year-old who has been in the NBA. Still, Lydon will hold on to moments, he says, where he doesn’t play well — when he isn’t that athlete smarter beyond his years. That North Carolina game is one, but there are many more.Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis wasn’t neutralized well against Syracuse on Friday. But in the first half, Lydon did a good job trapping him and forcing him to either pass or take a bad shot. That’s partly how Lydon got to his impressive block total. He was always in the right place at the right time.He makes plays that seniors don’t make, Boeheim said when his team was in the Bahamas. He “sees two plays ahead,” Hopkins said in December.His final block on Friday, though, ensured there weren’t two more plays to be had. It all but ended Gonzaga’s chances, and propelled the Orange into the Elite Eight.“He’s a good athlete,” Tyler Roberson said. “Obviously he has really good timing and long arm. And he uses quickness to his advantage. “Obviously at this point, he’s more adept at center.” Comments CHICAGO — Tyler Lydon played the fewest minutes (23) of his career when Syracuse lost to North Carolina on Jan. 9. It was after that game that Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said he thought Lydon was “just not quite ready yet, physically, to do some of the things.”The freshmen center/forward was trying to feel his way around, he said. He had experienced a lull defensively and offensively since his breakout in the Bahamas. He wasn’t the player he was then, or the presence that he has since become.“I don’t think that I’ve physically grown or anything like that,” Lydon said. “I’ve grown mentally. I think that’s the biggest change in my game. I’m not really worried about my offense. I’m more worried about my defensive stops.”Lydon’s defense has been on full display in this postseason. It’s clear he’s gone from “not quite ready” to a defender that uses his speed and instincts rather than physicality to be a presence on the inside. In the past two games he’s recorded 12 blocks, six in each game. The last, and most crucial with 1.6 seconds left, sealed Syracuse’s (22-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) 63-60 win over Gonzaga.On Sunday at 6:09 p.m., he’ll go up against No. 1 seed Virginia (29-7, 13-5), a team he played against during that difficult stretch. He recorded 26 minutes but took just one shot and grabbed only four rebounds. But in watching tape of him since, the Cavaliers know they’re getting a different player.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“A lot of guys, in their freshman year, go through a freshman hump,” UVA center Anthony Gill said. “And I guess he was in that little funk when we played them. But he’s really picked it up since then. I think the confidence aspect is really what picked up in his game.”MORE COVERAGEDougherty: Syracuse-Virginia will be a rare clash of brand-name defenses3 things Jim Boeheim said: Timeouts, Tyler Roberson and Tony BennettTrevor Cooney is driving into the paint more by designDougherty: The ACC, with half the Elite 8, was an especially important proving ground for SyracuseSyracuse gets 2nd chance to slow down Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon10 fun facts about VirginiaSyracuse basketball predictions for Elite Eight matchup with Virginia3 things Tony Bennett said: Michael Gbinije, Malachi Richardson and owning the zonecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more