Ebola outbreak ebbs, Marburg lingers

first_img In the Republic of the Congo, 12 Ebola cases and 9 deaths were reported in Cuvette Ouest Region between Apr 25 and Jun 16, the WHO said yesterday. Investigators identified 11 possible contacts of the last person to die of Ebola, who died May 26, the WHO said. All of those contacts have been monitored for 21 days, the maximum incubation period for Ebola. The ministry of health reported a total of 422 cases, of which 356 were fatal, in Uige province as of yesterday, the WHO said. The agency didn’t give a total for Angola as a whole. The previous update on Jun 7 said the nation had had 423 cases with 357 deaths. Of those, 412 cases, 346 of them fatal, occurred in Uige province. CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevershttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/biofacts/index.html Jun 17 WHO news release on Marburghttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_17/en/ Meanwhile, Angola’s struggle with the largest recorded Marburg outbreak continues, the WHO reported today. Tracking of potential Marburg cases and contacts continues, and the task is difficult. Twenty-one contacts are being monitored in Uige city, but another 111 contacts are being followed in other parts of the province, the WHO noted. In addition, a team of healthcare workers was preparing to travel by helicopter to investigate reports of possible Marburg cases in especially remote areas. Jun 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Efforts to contain an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever appear to be succeeding in the Republic of the Congo, but the longer-running Marburg fever outbreak in Angola is still claiming victims, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The health ministry and the WHO regional office are working on ongoing infection control and education about Ebola in the affected districts. This has been one of the smallest recorded outbreaks of Ebola since tracking began in the mid-1970s, according to the CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevers. See also: “None of these people has been infected,” the WHO reported. Jun 16 WHO news release on Ebolahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_16/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Babies die after mums given Viagra in Dutch trial

first_img Share 130 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Babies die after mums given Viagra in Dutch trial by: – July 24, 2018 (BBC) A Viagra in pregnancy trial has been urgently stopped after 11 newborn babies died.Women taking part in the Dutch study had been given the anti-impotence tablets to improve growth of their unborn children because they had poorly developed placentas.It appears the drug, which promotes blood flow, may have caused lethal damage to the babies’ lungs.Experts say a full investigation is needed to understand what happened.There is no suggestion that there was any wrong-doing.Earlier trials in the UK and Australia and New Zealand did not find any evidence of potential harm from the intervention. But they also found no benefit.At that time, in 2010, researchers said the treatment should be used only in trials.Foetal growth restriction caused by an underdeveloped placenta is a serious condition that currently has no treatment.It can mean babies are born prematurely, with a very low birth weight and poor chances of survival.A medication that could improve weight or prolong the time to delivery could have significant advantages for these very sick babies.The latest Dutch study, which was due to run until 2020, was being carried out across 11 hospitals in the Netherlands, including the Amsterdam University Medical Centre.In total, 93 women were given sildenafil (the non-brand name for Viagra) while the remaining 90 were given a dummy drug or placebo.Twenty babies developed lung problems after birth – three in the placebo group and the rest in the treatment group.Eleven in the sildenafil group died from lung complications.Prof Zarcko Alfirevic, from the University of Liverpool, who led part of the UK research into sildenafil in pregnancy that found no benefit in terms of improving baby growth, said: “This finding in the Dutch study is unexpected.“We need to be careful at this point to find out more.“It needs a thorough investigation because the complications were not seen in the two other, similar trials that have already been done in the UK and Australia and New Zealand.”last_img read more

Woodshed destroyed in late Saturday fire

first_imgLetts, IN—Information in from the Lett’s Community Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Matthew Morrow is that a fire engulfed a woodshed and wood boiler Saturday evening.   The Letts Community Volunteer Fire Department along with the Westport Community Volunteer Fire Department and Decatur County EMS were dispatched to the Baptist Youth Camp on West County Road 800 South for a structure fire.  The building housed an outside wood boiler and firewood. The building was 100% involved in fire when the first unit arrived. No injuries occurred according to Chief Morrow.last_img read more

17 new COVID-19 cases reported over weekend

first_imgStatewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 1,822 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend. A total of 111,505 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 1,301,940 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.6% positivity rate and 11 new deaths were reported for a total of 3,281 Hoosier deaths since March 2020.Dearborn County has a total of 626 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 10 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 453 positive cases and 39 deaths (up 3 news cases), Franklin County has 297 positive cases and 25 deaths (up 4 new cases), and Ripley County has 278 positive cases and 8 deaths (no change). Locally, this is an increase of 17 new positive cases.last_img read more

Chelsea cap off US tour with Roma win

first_imgSubstitutes Frank Lampard and Romelu Lukaku scored second-half goals as Chelsea overturned an interval deficit to sink Roma 2-1 in the final game of their United States tour on Saturday night. Mourinho’s side started brightly, Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis pulling off a smart stop to deny Michael Essien what would have been a superb breakaway goal with less than two minutes on the clock. But it was the Eternal City club who opened the scoring – courtesy of a blunder by Schwarzer. The former Fulham goalkeeper failed to deal with Ryan Bertrand’s back-pass and left Lamela with a simple tap-in from a yard out after the ball had hit the post. Schwarzer partially made amends soon after with a sharp save low to his right to keep out a low drive from the lively Pablo Osvaldo. De Sanctis was again on hand early in the second period, diving to his left to turn away John Terry’s powerful header. The equaliser did arrive just after the hour mark, though, as the much-changed Chelsea line-up picked up the pace. Eden Hazard’s slick pass found its way through to Demba Ba and he helped it on towards Lampard, who moved forward and lashed a fierce shot past De Sanctis from 20 yards. The game was starting to open up, with De Sanctis blocking a Ramires blast and 19-year-old substitute goalkeeper Jamal Blackman called upon to keep out an Osvaldo effort moments later. Mourinho’s frustration was evident on the touchline when penalty claims were waved away after Hazard had been clattered, and further appeals also fell on deaf ears shortly afterwards when Ba too went down in the box. The Portuguese will have been appeased at the death, however. Hazard created an opening down the left which led to Ba setting up Lukaku, who had not long been on the pitch in place of Terry, and the Belgium striker – via a slight deflection – duly slotted home the winner. Erik Lamela put the Serie A side ahead after 20 minutes at Washington’s RFK Stadium, capitalising on an error by new Blues signing Mark Schwarzer. But manager Jose Mourinho rang the changes at the break and Lampard – one of six half-time substitutes – drove home a fine equaliser on the hour before Lukaku grabbed a deflected winner a minute from time. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Santa Walk/Run has another successful year

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — It’s not officially winter just yet, but from the cold weather to folks dressed in Santa costumes and the smell of hot chocolate in the air, it sure felt like it early Sunday.Nearly 100 contestants from all across Hancock County flocked to Ellsworth early in the morning for the fifth annual Santa Walk and Santa 5K Run at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. Held three weeks before Christmas Day, it was a welcome way to start the holiday season.From left, Dawn Bednar, David Bednar, Stacey Clement, Daniel Clement, Shanna Robshaw and Tina Nichols pose for a photo in their costumes before the annual Santa Run on Dec. 4 in Ellsworth. PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“This event means a lot to Ellsworth and folks from all over the area,” said Molly Collins, a surgeon who was one of the Wright Center’s founders. “It’s a real treat to bring so many people in the community together around the holidays, which is when those living with cancer really need it.”This time of year can certainly be challenging for the individuals and families cancer affects. The holiday season is hectic, emotional and costly, and the stresses it causes can take significant tolls on those who have devoted most of their time and energy fighting cancer.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It’s the time of year to laugh, have fun and be in that jolly mood, and this is an event that emphasizes that,” Wright Center Vice President Thelma Beal said. “It’s very important to take a step back and have fun, and this is one of those holiday events that just takes the stress away and allows people to have a good time regardless of their situation.”As is often the case with road races throughout Hancock County and Downeast Maine, the overall race winner was Ellsworth native Matt Homich. He finished with a time of 16 minutes, 44 seconds. The top female finisher was Sara Shea of Ellsworth, who finished in 21:22.Runners take off at the start of the annual Santa Run on Dec. 4 in Ellsworth. PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“[Matt] was going to be disappointed if he didn’t win,” said Kim Brenton, who timed the race. “It doesn’t matter how hot or cold it is — he can run in anything.”Between registration fees and donations, the Santa Run and Santa 5K Walk raised over $1,000 for the fifth year in a row. All of that money went toward the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.Participation in the run itself was down from recent years, Beal said, but there were still plenty on hand. In addition to the walkers and runners, some also came to see the cancer center’s expansion, which was completed in July.“It’s so amazing to see how many people come together for such a great cause every year,” Collins said. “Ellsworth and this area as a whole are really special, and this event always shows how we come together as a community.”center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.last_img read more

Mocha Champs FC elects new executive; Noel Harry is president

first_imgFOLLOWING years of not having a full executive committee to chart the way forward for the many youths in the village of Mocha on the East Bank of Demerera, members of the Mocha Champs Football Club (MCFC) last Sunday afternoon elected a new executive committee at the Mocha Arcadia Community Centre.Long-standing member and president, Noel Harry, was retained to lead the club which has been one of the oldest members of the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) The club also won the first association senior league.Vice-president is Herman Prince while Ms Olive Harrison will serve as secretary while Ms Bernetta Ann Baker has taken on responsibilities as treasurer. Technical Director is Lindon Harrison with Walter Giles the Equipment and Field Director.The three committee members are Seenauth Ramsahai, MsAbeeva Kurt and Natasha Forris.The elections were conducted by EBFA president Franklin Wilson who challenged to new body to work collectively towards bringing back Mocha Champs to the high standards they had achieved in the past.Wilson also encouraged Harry and his team to focus their energies on development of the youth players, as this is the focus of the association. Wilson took the opportunity to present 10 footballs to the club to assist in ther preparation of their teams.Harry expressed gratitude to the members for their confidence in him and promised to do his best along with the executive members to bring back the club to its former glory days with the help of the parents and community members.The new body is expected to meet today (Tuesday) to work on a programme for the club as well as put systems in place for participation in the association’s Ralph Green-sponsored Under-11 League which is expected to kick off shortly.last_img read more

CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE: Mikel’s Tianjin Teda Escapes Relegation by Whiskers

first_img*Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai not so lucky, relegatedDespite their 5-1 away loss to Guangzhou Evergrande, John Mikel Obi’s Tianjin Teda escaped relegation yesterday as only Odion Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai joined the already relegated Guizhou Hengfeng.Ighalo netted 21 goals for Changchun Yatai this season after he scored 15 in the previous campaign. Changchun Yatai ended the 30-match week series with 32 points just like Mikel’s Tianjin Teda and Chongqing Lifan.Incidentally, all the three clubs lost their last matches. But Mikel’s Tianjin Teda and Chongqing Lifan escaped relegation owing to better head-to-head records with Changchun Lifan.Prior to Sunday’s matches, the four teams above were in the relegation zone with an identical 32 points, and the losers between Changchun and Dalian would face more risks of becoming the second and last team to be relegated after Guizhou Hengfeng were already doomed with two rounds to go.In their do-or-die match, the visiting Changchun missed their best chance in the beginning of the first half, as Dane international Lasse Vibe hit the wood.A header from Duvier Riascos, top scorer of the 2010-2011 China Super League season, broke the deadlock in the 21st minute for Dalian who made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute when Belgian Yannick Ferreira Carrasco also found the net.The 2-0 victory ensured Dalian to remain in the first tier league in China with 35 points.Also yesterday, Tianjin visited China Super League defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande and broke the deadlock first in the first half, before Guangzhou scored five goals later on for a season record of 82 goals.Chongqing lost to Guizhou 1-0 and completed the season with 32 points, the same as both Tianjin and Changchun.Elsewhere, Beijing Renhe tied Guangzhou R&F 0-0, Hebei China Fortune beat Beijing Guoan 2-1, Jiangsu Suning whitewashed Henan Jianye 4-0, Shanghai Greenland drew Shandong Luneng 2-2, and Tianjin Quanjian downed newly-crowned Shanghai SIPG 3-2.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

REVIEW: ‘Birds of Prey’ offers colorful, feminist, diverse superhero tale

first_imgAcross town, fiery detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) takes part in the manhunt for Quinn, though she is held back by her department’s underestimation of her after not getting credit for a breakthrough case years ago. Moreover, Quinn’s illusion of ditziness ends up being the downfall of her enemies, as they underestimate her abilities without her ex-boyfriend. She’ll sometimes shock those around her by revealing her intellect, like when she is captured by Sionis and psychoanalyzes him right as he threatens her life. She connects his need for power to his childhood, a quip that makes the audience laugh while also reminding us that she has a doctorate in psychiatry. Even though they don’t always work together, there are many instances of each woman saving the others, with a notable lack of male saviors. Black Canary prevents Quinn from getting kidnapped while drunk in her post-breakup downfall; the Huntress helps the other women fend off an army of bounty hunters without any personal stake in the matter; and Quinn does everything in her power, including latching herself to a speeding car on her roller skates to save Cain in the end. Still, this group of women is refreshing because their diversity reflects reality. It doesn’t feel forced, as the film doesn’t pretend that these women are all best friends skipping toward a happy ending together — there’s understandable conflict between some of them, and they must temporarily work together until splitting up into two groups at the end. With Puerto Rican, Black and Korean/Filipino women as three of the five main characters, “Birds of Prey” is remarkably diverse. In addition to racial representation, the cast ranges in age: Basco, playing Cain, is 13 years old, and Perez is 55 years old, yet that didn’t stop her from performing all of Montoya’s stunts herself. Montoya is also openly gay in the film, even having a few scenes with her ex. And neither of them die! Despite the few plot hiccups, “Birds of Prey” is a story of empowerment and complexity showing the extraordinary power that women can have when banding together against powers bigger than themselves. “Birds of Prey” is a women-led superhero film that is neither prequel nor period piece — the first of its kind. It’s debatable whether Quinn even counts as a superhero, but Robbie’s character is more intriguing because of this confusion. Although she has selfish and violent tendencies, she also displays moments of morality and goodness, giving her a likable anti-hero status that’s more human than any invincible, unrealistically perfect protagonist. And, blessedly, she has no love interest. Additionally, its diversity isn’t foolproof. The other women in the cast are given unequal amounts of backstory, with The Huntress having about five real lines but receiving overly-extensive exposition of her past.  Harley Quinn and the Joker have called it quits. Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, goes through standard breakup procedure by having a catastrophic meltdown (literally — she triggers a chemical explosion) and cutting her hair. Her process includes battling the entirety of Gotham City, since once she loses the Joker’s protection, everyone with any grievance against her comes for her life.  In the end, all of the women must work together to protect Cain from Sionis’ violence, along with The Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), an abrupt inclusion toward the end. While another powerful female protagonist should be welcomed, her inclusion feels rushed and haphazard. To add to the mix, Sionis’ personal driver, Dinah Lance (Jurnee Smollet-Bell), otherwise known as Black Canary, pretends to be under his thumb to help him locate Cain while secretly relaying information back to Montoya. The pairing of Black Canary and Montoya is especially fun to watch, as both women are efficient and clever in their scheme.  Vibrant colors and explosive fight scenes make Cathy Yan’s “Birds of Prey” a wildly entertaining film, notwithstanding the few weak plot points that fail to bring the movie’s energy down. While “Birds of Prey” contains many empowering messages about female solidarity, the plot lacks in other ways: It’s as chaotic as Quinn’s personality, which can be fun at times but also jarring. Some of the jokes don’t hit quite right, such as a moment where Quinn accidentally inhales cocaine before a fight scene and a misplaced Frida Kahlo gag. Some critics nitpick the fact that Quinn wears gaudy outfits — such as a flashy golden jumpsuit over a pink sports bra — while fighting off bad guys, as female superheroes tend to have more sexualized, impractical wardrobes. However, Quinn’s character is interwoven with a need to express her chaotic personality through colors and sparkles. Harley Quinn is Harley Quinn because of her ridiculousness, which includes an absurd wardrobe for hand-to-hand combat and shoot-outs. To gain protection from sadistic nightclub owner Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor), Quinn is tasked with locating Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) for him, a young pickpocket who has stolen and swallowed a diamond worth fortunes.  Her look is a testament to the complexity of womanhood: Quinn is a strong fighter—at times fending off almost a dozen men at once—yet also feminine and eccentric in her style. She likes to fool around, but at the end of the day, she’s ingenuitive in her ways of escaping danger.  The writers missed a huge opportunity by not including any of Black Canary’s backstory. Her character is clever, dynamic and relatably down-to-earth; and yet, she only gets to use her power once. This lends to the ever-present Black sidekick stereotype, but it’s hard to see her as such when she proves her capabilities repeatedly in other ways. We also never get much character depth from Cain besides a bit of backstory about her parents. last_img read more

16-Year Old Shooter Manu Bhaker Named India’s Flag-Bearer For Youth Olympics 2018

first_img Digital Desk FOLLOW US 1 year ago Instagram Down, Users Turn To Twitter For Comfort First Published: 3rd October, 2018 08:24 IST Written By 1 year ago Behtar India Go Green City Summits move to Enga Chennai on 10th October, 2018 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who is himself a Khel Ratna awardee, said, “Gone are the days when Indians participated in big multi-sport events just for the sake of participation. I know you all will give your best and bring medals for the country. Stay focused, be disciplined as you are ambassadors of the country. No one should do anything which can tarnish the image of the country. I wish you all, all the best.” COMMENT This is the largest number of participants from the Indian contingent ever at the Games, consisting of 18 people in hockey (9 players each of men and women team), 4 in shooting, 4 in recurve archery, 2 in wrestling, 2 in badminton and 2 in swimming, among others.READ: Chess Olympiad: Viswanathan Anand Leads India’s Emphatic Fifth Round Win Over ParaguayAs reported, on her selection as the flag-bearer, Manu said that she is greatly honoured to get this opportunity. She had never expected to be the flag-bearer and represent India at such a large scale.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President, Mr Narinder Batra announced Bhaker’s appointment during the send-off ceremony and said that he is extremely happy to send such diligent athletes to the games and is sure that they will make the country proud by winning laurels at the International event. The ceremony was also attended by Sports Minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and IOA Secretary General, Rajeev Mehta. Manu Bhaker, who is the one of the country’s hot medal prospects at the upcoming games, will be leading the Indian contingent which comprises of 68 members of which 46 are athletes. India will be competing against the teams from around the world in 13 different sports categories. In what will be proud moment for the country, a 16-year-old sports star from Haryana, Manu Bhaker has been declared India’s flag-bearer in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) scheduled to take place in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6 to October 18. SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND WHO IS MANU BHAKER?Manu Bhaker is a shooter hailing from Haryana. The Indian shooter has represented the country at numerous International Sports events. She rose to prominence after winning her first medal at the 2017 Asian Junior Championship. Continuing her exploits, she won 9 gold medals at the 2017 Kerala national Games, with the highlight of her outing being defeating World Cup medallist Heena Sidhu.In what was a historic outing for the young shooter at the ISSF World Cup held in Mexico, she claimed a podium finish in the 10 m air pistol, consequently becoming the youngest Indian ever to win a gold medal at the World Cup.At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which were held at Gold Coast, Australia, Manu Bhaker made India proud by winning the gold in women’s 10 m air pistol at an age of 16. She scored 388/400 points in the qualifying round and secured a gold by setting a new record at the CWG of 240.9 points.READ: Olympic Medal Is The Logical Conclusion, No Longer An Illusion: Hima DasBhaker is also an expert in Huyen Ianglon – a traditional form of Martial arts from Manipur. She has also won many laurels in boxing, tennis and skating at the national level besides being an international level shooter.(With Inputs from PTI) LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 3rd October, 2018 16:17 IST 16-Year Old Shooter Manu Bhaker Named India’s Flag-Bearer For Youth Olympics 2018 Manu Bhaker, a 16-year-old shooter, will be leading the Indian contingent and bearing the flag at the latest Youth Olympic Games, which is scheduled to take from October 6 – October 18 IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said, “Youth Olympics is a good platform for athletes to familiarise with the Olympic values and the Olympic Games environment at an earlier stage. I urge our young team to see the Games as a medium for sporting and cultural exchange whilst giving their best performances.” 1 year ago Virat Kohli explains reason behind Karun Nair’s exclusion from Test squad to face West Indieslast_img read more