Indonesia reports new H5N1 death

first_imgAug 4, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An official from Indonesia’s health ministry recently confirmed that a 19-year-old man died from an H5N1 avian influenza infection.Nyoman Kandun, director general of communicable diseases at the health ministry, said the man died last week in a hospital west of Jakarta, according to an Aug 2 report from the Associated Press (AP).The man, a cargo worker, died in Tangerang, a suburb of Jakarta, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported yesterday. If his death and another reported last month are confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the man would be listed as Indonesia’s 137th H5N1 case and its 112th death.Media reports gave no details about the source of the man’s infection or whether his personal contacts have undergone medical evaluation.The confirmation of the man’s death by an Indonesian health official appears to deviate from the country’s recent policy of foregoing official announcement of H5N1 cases as they occur, opting instead for periodic updates. In early June, health minister Siti Fadilah Supari said the country would announce cases at longer intervals, perhaps as long as 6 months, according to previous reports.Though Indonesia’s stance appears to raise questions about its compliance with International Health Regulations, WHO officials have said its relationship with the country remains good and that the delay in reporting has not hampered the ability to conduct joint investigations into Indonesian H5N1 cases.Healthcare workers and family members alerted the media about Indonesia’s last H5N1 case, that of a 38-year-old man who reportedly died on Jul 10. However, a health ministry spokeswoman declined to confirm the case and said officials would release the information in an H5N1 case update at the end of July. No updates appear to have been posted on the government’s health ministry or avian influenza Web sites.Also, it’s not clear if Indonesia has notified the WHO about the two cases. The WHO has not yet confirmed the illness and death of either man, so for now the group still lists Indonesia’s case count as 135 cases and 110 deaths. Indonesia leads the world with the most H5N1 cases and fatalities.The WHO’s world H5N1 count stands at 385 human cases and 245 deaths.See also:Jun 5 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia quits offering prompt notice of H5N1 cases”last_img read more

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The Rogers City fall fest is back!

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – As the red and orange leaves of autumn draws near, the 2018 Rogers City Fall Fest returns for another year.The festival begins Saturday at Westminster Park in the downtown area.The Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis Key Club Youth Group sponsors this free and kid friendly event to the public.All the fun kicks–off at 10 a.m. and concludes by 4 p.m. on September 15. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Mozart in the High School Years’Next What’s Trending for September 11last_img

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Angels’ top prospects Jo Adell, Griffin Canning among non-roster invitees to spring training

Jo Adell, earlier this week ranked the No. 2 prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus, is among the non-roster players the Angels have invited to major league spring training.Adell, 19, was also ranked the No. 6 prospect in baseball by Baseball America.The Angels’ top pick in the 2017 draft, Adell just hit .290 with 20 homers in his first full pro season, rising to Double-A.Right-hander Griffin Canning, the Angels’ second-round pick out of UCLA in 2017, was also invited to big league camp. Jose Suarez, the Angels No. 2 pitching prospect, will also be in camp, as a member of the 40-man roster. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Top prospects Jahmai Jones and Matt Thaiss have also been invited back for their second big league camp.Jared Walsh was invited to camp and listed as a two-way player. An outfielder and first baseman, Walsh began getting formal instruction as a pitcher in the fall.In all, the Angels invited 21 players. Pitchers Miguel Almonte, Alex Meyer, Matt Ramsey, Jeremy Rhoades, Forrest Snow and Canning; catchers Dustin Garneau, Jack Kruger, Julian Leon, Keinner Pina and Roberto Peña; infielders Wilfredo Tomar, Jones and Thaiss; outfielders Peter Bourjos, Brennan Lund, Jarrett Parker, Cesar Puello, Adell and Marsh; and Walsh.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more

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Independence Day blog: Our 10 greatest Presidents according to Cueball

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Independence Day weekend everyone. Since I’m in a Patriotic mood and we are about to choose between Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb for President in six months, I thought I would take a look back at Presidents of years past.So I’ve decided to release the official, “Cueball’s top 10 U.S. Presidents of All Time.I’ll count it down Casey Kasem style from 10 to No. 1. This is so exciting – kind of like shooting off fireworks.10. Andrew Jackson.Andrew JacksonI would have loved to have knocked Mr. Jackson off this list because he was a racist and a jerk. He removed the Indians from the south and put them in Oklahoma (should anyone have to live in Oklahoma?). He also kept the slave trade prospering.But he dismantled the Bank of the United States that was riddled with corrupt rich fat cat bankers. He also held off South Carolina from seceding from the Union after the state was establishing higher tariffs than the U.S. on imported goods. South Carolina would eventually secede 25 years later, but not because of Jackson.Jackson could be defined as the Rambo amongst Presidents. He didn’t take much guff from anyone.9. Lyndon Johnson.Lyndon JohnsonI had a epiphany in just the last year or so. I have always thought of Johnson as a buffoon. After all, he would go on the toilet while talking to reporters during interviews. The Vietnam War was a total disaster.But he signed the Civil Rights Act, and you can’t deny that was a defining moment in U.S. history. It brought the state closer to our ultimate promise – equal rights for everyone. That may never be accomplished, but at least, America wasn’t looking the other way on blatant racism.Johnson is a bit too liberal for my taste. His war on poverty became a bureaucratic mess. But he institutionalized some of the U.S. Government’s greatest legislation: from voting rights, animal welfare, freedom of information, expanded social security, conservation and others.I feel his fight for the poor was genuine, and people who fight for the unfortunate – can’t be bad people.8. Dwight Eisenhower. Dwight EisenhowerAnd yes, I was pleased that the new airport in Wichita is called the Eisenhower National Airport instead of that boring Mid-Continent Airport name.What I loved about Eisenhower is his middle of the road approach to things. He governed by doing what he thought was right not by the partisan politics that is so prevalent today.He ended the Korean War. He kept the Soviets at bay but didn’t tick them off. He gave us the Interstate highway system and promoted technology. And despite being a General who helped us win World War II, he wasn’t a war-monger. When he was leaving office he basically blasted the military industry and warned us about a future in which our economy will depend on making bombs and other weapons. He proved to be right.7. Thomas Jefferson. Thomas JeffersonI probably should put Jefferson in my top five, but I knocked him down because he was a plantation slave owner and had a slave child – not to mention he didn’t do the Indians any favors.But as far as accomplishments go, he was one of the best. He authored the Declaration of Independence for goodness sake. When he became President he initiated the Louisiana Purchase that nearly doubled the size of the U.S. from the French for a dirt cheap price. France was broke at the time from fighting too many wars.He established the university system that we know today, and he sent Lewis and Clark on an expedition to the Pacific Ocean.6. Harry Truman. Harry S. TrumanIf I had to hang out with any President, it would have been Truman. He was a good guy and hard worker. I loved, loved, loved how he took the election away from Thomas Dewey, who everyone thought was going to win in 1948.Truman was the guy who authorized the dropping of the atomic bomb twice on Japan and ending World War II. He founded the Truman Doctrine to contain communism worldwide, he established the United Nations, and he denounced isolationism – giving the U.S. an aggressive worldwide presence and dominating foreign policy.Plus, he started the process of racial integration by desegregating the U.S. Armed Forces.5. Teddy Roosevelt. Theodore RooseveltT. Roosevelt was a stud. He had boxing matches in the White House, hunted bears, went on an African safari that nearly killed him, and he made a campaign speech right after getting shot.But his legacy was breaking up monopolies and fighting for the average citizen.When he took office, tycoons were ruling the empire and were setting their own rules causing rampant unemployment and inflation. Roosevelt would break them with various trust-breaking regulations. He established regulations on food and drugs and he constructed the Panama Canal.And the next time you are on vacation and visiting a national park. Thank Roosevelt.4. George Washington. George WashingtonWell, yes. He was our first. He was overwhelmingly elected to be President by the Electoral College after refusing to be king.He was a unifier. People of all ilk loved him. I always wondered if it was because he was such a great leader and nice guy or because Americans were just enamored by the fact that they had their own country and someone leading it.Washington established the cabinet. He started the inaugural address and was called “Mr. President” a term we use today. He established a taxing system and created a national bank. He hated political parties, and really never wanted to engage the U.S. in wars on foreign soil.I imagine what it would have been liked had the U.S. put someone else in power – someone much more unlikable like Alexander Hamilton. I’m not sure the U.S. would have so firmly established itself as a nation so quickly. Washington was indeed the right man at the right time.3. Franklin Roosevelt.Franklin RooseveltOk, Ok, Ok. He was the closest thing to a socialist as we ever had in the White House. But let’s remember what a screwed up nation he inherited. Everyone was broke, and we were on the verge of collapsing as a nation.He started the “New Deal” in which he implemented new government projects for the unemployed. He implemented bank regulations, he started unemployment compensation, repealed prohibition and established such programs as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Social Security.And by the end of his Presidency he was guiding the U.S. through World War II.The key to Roosevelt’s leadership was his unwavering optimism. People felt like he was on their side.2. Ronald Reagan. Ronald ReaganYou know why we are arguing about immigration and gun control? Because we are not fighting about nuclear holocaust.Reagan is the only President during my adult lifetime to make this list. Why? It wasn’t just because he was a dynamic leader and changed the complexion of our nation. It wasn’t because he reduced inflation from 12.5 to 4.4 percent, and the country had an annual growth rate during his Presidency of 3.4 percent. Or the fact he changed America’s view on how she sees herself, or that he left office with a 69 percent approval rating. Or that he could get along with his political adversaries, something no one wants to do these days.Reagan finishes No. 2 on my list because he ended the Cold War. He built up the military, escalated the arms race, while shouting “Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall!” while being in Berlin. The Communist party collapsed and the Berlin Wall fell thereafter.Oh, Ronnie had his issues. Iran-Contra affair was a little troubling, although to this day I’m not thinking it is was the scandal it was built up to be. Few can deny Alzheimer’s Disease was starting to progress during his second term.But Reagan seems to have been our last great President, who rose to the dignity of the office, and commanded the stage.1. Abraham Lincoln. Abraham LincolnWell, duh.There’s this little thing called the U.S. Civil War we fought. He preserved our nation from splitting into two. All the awhile he eliminated slavery which is without a doubt the single worst blight in our history. Lincoln also delivered the Gettysburg Address – one helluva speech. And perhaps his greatest accomplishment was getting everyone on the same page – except the south that is.Lincoln was an adept politician. I highly suggest you read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book: A Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln which details how Abe was able to rise to power using keen intelligence and bold political skills. His genius was that he evolved with the times and the people he was with. He never sought to end slavery when he was first elected President, but he evolved into doing so.That is what leadership is. It’s about adapting to your enemies while keeping your friends. It’s about bringing about compromise with personal sacrifice and determination. It’s about doing what is right for this country.I’m not sure we have that in a leader today. I know the two running for President seem to lack any of those qualities.But America ever so often will get a good one like these 10 Presidents who in my opinion were the best of their times.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Iowa hits ‘next level’ in COVID-19 cases, governor calls on schools to close (VIDEO)

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds is recommending that Iowa schools close for four weeks. State public health officials were notified Sunday of four additional positive cases of COVID-19 and public health investigators were unable to determine how two of those Iowans got the virus. It’s more confirmation that what’s called “community spread” is happening here.“Unfortunately, we know now that we have substantial community spread across our state,” she said Sunday night, “which takes us to the next level of response.”Reynolds recorded and released a video message Sunday evening. She’ll hold a news conference later today. Her decision on school closures is a reversal from Saturday night, when Reynolds told reporters schools should make those decisions on a case-by-case basis. Now, Reynolds is recommending that all Iowa schools close for a month.“We know that these are unprecedented times and we understand that school closures have an impact on children, families and the workforce, but this next step goes a long way to protect our vulnerable Iowans and mitigate further spread of the virus,” Reynolds said in the video. “It also protects students, teachers and staff with underlying health conditions and it aligns with social distancing recommendations to protect all Iowans.”During this emergency, Reynolds indicated state officials aim to help Iowa parents with child care, although she has not shared the details of what’s being planned. Arrangements are being made to provide meals to low-income students.“This is a very fluid situation,” Reynolds said in the video. “As testing ramps up we expect the number of positive COVID-19 cases to increase in the days and weeks to come…My ask of you is that you know the facts, remain calm and to do your part in helping us mitigate the spread of this virus.”Twenty-two positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa. Two of the cases identified Sunday are related to international travel. Both are residents of Allamakee County. One is middle aged and the other is under the age of 18. The third case identified Sunday is a Johnson County resident, but the person was not on the Egyptian cruise that led to other cases in Johnson County and investigators do not know how the person contracted COVID-19. The fourth individual is a middle-aged Polk County resident and, again, public health officials do not know how they got the virus.In other action Sunday, the governor has extended a disaster proclamation that lets Iowa grocers and other retailers refuse to accept empty bottles and cans from customers seeking their nickle deposit fees. Grocers have long complained many empties are filthy and should not be introduced in an environment where food is sold.https://youtu.be/5pIo2Veg06Elast_img read more

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2019 Fiba World Cup: Philippines joins Serbia, Italy, Angola in Group D

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Group C consists of Spain, Iran, Puerto Rico and Tunisia.Host China is in Group A along with Ivory Coast, Poland and Venezuela while Russia, Argentina, South Korea and Nigeria compose Group B.Defending champion USA was joined by streaking Japan, Turkey and Czech Republic in Group E.Giannis Antetokounmpo, one of the favorites to win the MVP award in the NBA, and the rest of the formidable Greeks lead Group F with New Zealand, Brazil and Montenegro.Lastly, Group F is made up of Dominican Republic, France, Germany and Jordan.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gilas Pilipinas, which needed to win its last two assignments and a Korea victory over Lebanon to push through, is making its second straight appearance in the World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Group D games will be staged at Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Foshan, China. Serbia, which was the losing finalist in the 2014 Fiba World Cup and is ranked fourth-best in the world, is the favorite to rule Group D.The Philippines is currently ranked 31st, 18 spots lower than Italy and eight slots higher than 39th Angola.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe top two teams in each group move on to the second round where the two best squads advance to the quarterfinals.The two best finishers in Group D will join their counterparts in Group C for the second round. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines was drawn into Group D along with European powerhouse Serbia, Italy and Angola.The 2019 Fiba World Cup draw was held Saturday night at Shenzhen Cultural Center in Shenzhen, China.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Rafael Nadal hopes to be ready for ‘special’ Roger Federer clash Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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