Aug 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”
ESPN “College GameDay” analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s comments on ESPN radio Thursday night paint a picture nobody wants to see. “I’ll be shocked if we have NFL football this fall,” Herbstreit said, via TMZ Sports. “If we have college football, I’ll be so surprised if that happens.” MORE: Six things we learned from Steph Curry’s chat with Dr. FauciHerbstreit’s comments might be jarring, but they should be taken seriously. As of Friday morning, there were more than 85,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. Spring football was mostly wiped out across the FBS, and most media days take place in early July. The NFL Draft is still scheduled for April 23-25, but public events associated with the draft have been canceled. Before the NCAA basketball tournament was canceled, the conference tournaments attempted to have games that were not open to the public. That is one of the potential hurdles that will need to be addressed with football. “You’re 12 to 18 months from a vaccine,” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know how you let these guys go into locker rooms and let stadiums be filled up and how you can play ball. I just don’t know how you can do it with the optics of it.” The NFL regular season is set to begin Sept. 10. The college football season is scheduled to start Aug. 29 — with a season-opening game between Notre Dame and Navy in Dublin, Ireland. That is yet another layer that needs discussed given the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe. These dates are not as far off as they seem. “As much as I hate to say it, I think we’re scratching the surface of where this thing is going to go,” Herbstreit said. The spread of COVID-19 in the United States has put the sports world on hold. The NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS seasons are on hold, and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament was canceled.Will football be next?
Samsung has been announcing a bunch of new smartphones under the Galaxy A-series over the past few weeks. Last week, the company launched the Galaxy A20 for the Indian market. The week before that, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A70 in China. The company is yet to reveal the price of the Galaxy A70 in China, but tipster Ishan Agarwal may have just provided the official pricing details. You can also expect the Galaxy A70 to come to India soon enough, although Samsung is yet to confirm this.According to the tipster, the Galaxy A70 will start at CNY 2,999 (approx Rs 30,000) in China for the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The 8GB + 128GB variant will cost CNY 3,299 (approx Rs 34,000). The India pricing is likely to be similar, so you can expect the Galaxy A70 to start at around Rs 30,000 when it launches in the country.I have exclusively got to know that Samsung Galaxy A70 will launch in China for ¥2,999 for 6GB+128GB variant and ¥3,299 for 8GB+128GB variant. I expect a similar pricing in India and other Asian countries… What do you guys think? Worth the money? #Samsung #GalaxyA70 pic.twitter.com/vlxQUQERFwIshan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) April 8, 2019Samsung Galaxy A70 specificationsThe Galaxy A70 highlights a large and immersive Super AMOLED display. It sports a 6.7-inch FHD+ (2400×1080) Infinity-U display with a 20:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The phone offers minimal bezels around the display and a droplet notch that houses a 32MP f/2.0 selfie camera. The Galaxy A70 comes with a 3D glasstic rear panel in Blue, Black, White and Coral colour options that offer a prism-like gradient effect.advertisementA 2.0Ghz octa-core chipset powers the Galaxy A70. This SoC is paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 512GB. The Galaxy A70 runs Android Pie with One UI out of the box.The Galaxy A70 offers triple rear cameras that includes a 32MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth camera. The handset supports 25W fast charging over Type-C, which should quickly charge the 4,500mAh battery housed inside.Samsung may talk about the Galaxy A70’s pricing and availability on April 10 at its “A Galaxy event” in Bangkok. The event is expected to see the launch of the Galaxy A90, which is tipped to be Samsung’s first phone with a pop-up camera.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A20 goes on sale today: Price, specs and how to buy in IndiaALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A90 concept video and specs show up: Rotating 48MP camera, 6.7-inch display and more
Image Credit: Facebook Newsroom Advertisement Facebook always finds a way of keeping their users in the loop. Beginning Tuesday, the San-Francisco based social media platform added a new update to it’s messaging app; Facebook Messenger – an option of Playing Games with your contacts. The games available for play include; PAC-MAN, Galaga, SPACE INVADERS, EverWing, TRACK & FIELD 100M and Words with Friends: Frenzy…and many more titles still rolling out.However, the app will recommend games based on whether your friends do play. Currently there is no way to play with people who are not your Messenger contacts.How to Play If you’ve the latest version of the Messenger app, open a conversation with a friend (or friends!), tap on the game controller icon just below where you type your message, and choose a game to start playing right away. After you finish a round, people in the conversation will see your score and will have the opportunity to challenge you back. Simple!!Image Credit: Facebook Newsroom – Advertisement – You can also discover games within the Messenger search field, or on your Facebook News Feed where you can play solo or challenge friends back in Messenger.Games on Messenger are the first to be rolled out on Facebook’s new Instant Games cross-platform gaming experience. This gaming experience will first roll out to 30 countries, and only available for newer versions of iOS and Android operating systems.source: Facebook Newsroom and Associated Press