May 19, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s recent announcement that it would immediately begin sharing H5N1 avian influenza genetic sequences with a new public database is being hailed by experts as a promising development, though there is a concern that having actual virus isolates would be better.Indonesia’s decision, announced by Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari, was detailed in a May 15 report from the Associated Press (AP).In early 2007 Indonesia stopped sharing H5N1 virus samples with the World Health Organization (WHO) to protest what it perceived as a lack of access to costly pandemic vaccines that companies in developed countries produce from the shared samples. The government has shared only a few samples with WHO labs since then.Though Indonesia’s embargo has drawn support from some other developing countries and nongovernmental organizations, the country was widely criticized by global health officials and researchers, who have said sample sharing is crucial for tracking the evolution of the virus and developing treatments and vaccines.”We have always promoted the sharing of influenza data, all we ask for is that it be done in a fair, transparent, and equitable manner,” Supari said of Indonesia’s decision to contribute sequence data to the new database, known as the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID), according to the AP report.A WHO working group has met several times to resolve the virus-sharing dispute, but has made little progress. The issue is expected to surface at the annual World Health Assembly, which started today in Geneva. However, the working group’s next formal meeting is scheduled for November.Benefits, limitations of sequence dataTwo researchers who work with H5N1 viruses say they are pleased that Indonesia, which leads the world in human H5N1 cases and deaths, will share the genetic sequences from their virus samples. However, their opinions varied on how useful the genetic sequences will be without the actual H5N1 virus isolates, which are used to make seed strains for vaccines.Richard Webby, PhD, a virologist at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., told CIDRAP News that the sequences would allow researchers to track virus evolution.”It is absolutely a step in the right direction, and it allows everyone to see how the Indonesian viruses are evolving genetically,” Webby said. “Unfortunately, however, our ability to accurately predict antigenic and biologic properties from sequence data alone is embarrassingly poor. So, no, it [providing genetic sequence data] is not as good as sharing viruses.”Webby added that the most important aspect scientists can determine from a viral isolate that they can’t learn from a sequence is antigenicity—how well a virus will cross-react with antibodies generated against other strains. “Antigenic relatedness, not genetic relatedness, is key to vaccine strain selection,” he said.Also, sequence data alone can’t predict the transmission and pathogenicity changes that researchers depend on to make risk assessments, Webby said.Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD, a virologist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, also welcomed the news about Indonesia sharing its viral sequences and voiced a more optimistic view on their usefulness.”Sequences are very important to understand antigenicity, and even if no viruses are shared, provide the basis to make reagents to experimentally test antigenicity and pathogenicity,” he told CIDRAP News. Garcia-Sastre is also principal investigator for the Center for Research on Influenza Pathogenesis, one of six National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance.GISAID launches data-sharing platformThe idea for the GISAID database was generated by a group of 70 scientists and health officials who signed a letter in the August 31, 2006, issue of Nature proposing the formation of a new consortium to promote greater sharing of H5N1 genetic sequences.Aside from concerns about potential social inequities, virus-sharing has been a flashpoint for other controversies, including intellectual property rights and published credits for virus sources in scientific papers.Supari had earlier signaled Indonesia’s support for the GISAID database when she announced its initial launch in March 2007, according to a Mar 28, 2007, GISAID press release. Her support for the GISAID database followed a technical meeting on the virus-sharing issue that was attended by health ministers of countries that have been hit by the H5N1 virus, GISAID’s statement said.An official with GISAID, who asked not to be named, told CIDRAP News that the database’s platform for sharing H5N1 genetic sequences went live on May 15. The official confirmed that Indonesia has committed to sharing its virus data and is currently uploading its sequences into the GISAID EpiFlu database. China, Russia, and other nations are also in the process of submitting sequences, the GISAID source said.”This global health research community will find that the GISAID platform provides a high standard of data and analysis tools that uniquely promotes responsible sharing of information,” Supari said in the 2007 press release.GISAID said the public can freely access the database, which includes both human and animal H5N1 sequences, after they register and agree to share and credit the use of others’ data, analyze findings jointly, publish results collaboratively, and refrain from pressing intellectual property rights issues that relate to diagnostic, drug, and vaccine developments.When the plan to form GISAID was announced in 2006, one of the global health officials who signed the Nature letter was Dr. Nancy Cox, head of the Influenza Division at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cox had told CIDRAP News that the GISAID database would be very useful because it would be linked with clinical and epidemiological data.The efforts of Peter Bogner, GISAID director, were instrumental in garnering the support of Supari and other officials, the AP reported. Bogner is a former broadcast executive who became involved in virus-sharing issues after attending a World Economic Forum in Switzerland 2 years ago, the report said.See also:Aug 25, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Scientists launch effort to share avian flu data”GISAID Web sitehttp://www.gisaid.org/WHO World Health Assembly agenda and proceedings
The National Association of Caterers on the eve of the upcoming weekend, on the occasion of the latest decision of the Civil Protection Headquarters on limiting the working hours of bars, calls on all caterers to, as always, adhere to all measures and recommendations prescribed by the epidemiological services and the Headquarters. “It is unfair that today caterers who operated in accordance with all prescribed measures, as well as the entire region without increasing the number of infected, such as Istria and Kvarner, are punished for omissions in several clubs. We oppose the limitation of working hours, as the bars include too many restaurants, ranging from quiet cafe bars on the beach in Istria to the largest clubs on the Adriatic. Our suggestion is that each club or other facility specified as a hotspot be immediately temporarily closed for 14 days with testing of all employees”, Says Marin Medak, president of the National Association of Caterers. A big problem of Croatian bars is the high value added tax, which is calculated on the service of drinks and beverages at a rate of 25 percent, to which the local government most often adds a consumption tax. At the same time, in the Mediterranean countries, drinks and beverages are taxed at significantly lower VAT rates, and some countries are now cutting up to 5% VAT in catering due to the coronavirus epidemic and subsidizing the consumption of citizens in catering facilities. However, accepting the epidemiological reality, the Association must emphasize that the decision was made without respecting the hospitality profession and the specifics of the work of a wide category of diverse facilities that fall under the bars. The National Association of Caterers makes its professional capacities available to the Civil Protection Headquarters and calls for dialogue As always, the National Association of Caterers makes its professional capacities available to the Civil Protection Headquarters and calls for dialogue with the aim of preserving the health of Croatian citizens and the business of economic entities. For the caterers, these ten days of working time restrictions will not mean too much, most of us have already failed financially, Medak points out and adds: “We are facing a catastrophe for caterers and a tragedy for their employees, mostly young people who will look for their happiness outside Croatia after losing their jobs. The only chance to survive and look forward to the next season, which may be better, is to speed up the lending to caterers for liquidity through HBOR and HAMAG BICRO and to enable us to make that money through a lower VAT rate on beverages we will return in the future”, Concludes Medak. The National Association of Caterers also called for more frequent inspections and penalties for caterers who do not adhere to epidemiological measures, as such caterers harm the public health and business of all those who consistently implement the measures.
The National Police have named 30 individuals across the country by Thursday as suspects for allegedly spreading false information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.“We named 22 suspects for allegedly spreading fake news on Tuesday. We named eight more on Thursday,” National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra told journalists on Thursday.He added that the police in West Kalimantan and West Java had named more suspects than police had in other provinces with four suspects each. Officers in South Sulawesi, Lampung and East Kalimantan had named three suspects each, while the Jakarta Police named two individuals as suspects. Despite naming 30 individuals as alleged false news suspects, the police had only placed two of them into custody, as most of them were deemed cooperative during interrogation.Read also: How to play your part in the battle against COVID-19 hoaxes, misinformationA suspect in West Kalimantan was detained after investigators found he was not being cooperative during the questioning.“Apart from him, we have also confined another suspect in the East Jakarta Police headquarters,” Asep said, without elaborating.The Communications and Information Ministry identified on Tuesday 242 hoaxes pertaining to COVID-19 being distributed on the internet, including in social media, websites and short message applications. The number had increased from 196 on the same period a week earlier.The Indonesian Ulema Council has also urged Muslims not to spread hoaxes and false information regarding the disease, as the council had issued a fatwa on Tuesday declaring such wrongdoing haram. (glh)Topics :
According to Il Giornale newspaper, Lazio are taking various extra steps to ensure their squad is fighting fit, including ‘recovery boots’ – air compression sheaths for the legs to help circulation.Advertisement Read Also: Barcelona stars snub idea of hotel isolation for football returnThe FIGC (Italian Football Federation) has drawn up a protocol with medics and specialists on how clubs can resume training and playing in safety, as the coronavirus pandemic is still very much a present threat.This includes keeping players to their own rooms, changing with no more than three in a room to maintain social distancing, drinking from only their own bottles of water and regularly sanitising the shared team areas.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… There are also slightly more old-school techniques to boost health and the immune system too, including a gram of vitamin C and D per day, a micro-dose of aspirin, a daily diet of garlic and chocolate. The newspaper writes this is because garlic keeps the blood pressure low and acts as a natural antibacterial agent and bronchodilator. More pleasant for the players will be the inclusion of chocolate, as it is a mild stimulant and “has mental health benefits during a moment where it is easy to fall into pessimism.” Lazio are said to be preparing a concoction of home remedies to help strengthen their players after the shutdown, including garlic, vitamins and chocolate. Plans are in motion to get Serie A to resume training from May 4, with an idea to play again by May 27-31, starting with the Coppa Italia semi-finals. Promoted Content18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole Movie8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres According to the U.N., 129 countries hadpaid $1.99 billion in dues for the U.N.’s 2019 operating budget by Tuesday. Itsaid $1.386 billion is owed for this year. (AP) NEW YORK – Secretary-General AntonioGuterres warned Tuesday that the United Nations is facing its “worst cashcrisis” in nearly a decade because 64 of its 193 members have not paid theirannual dues — including the United States, its largest contributor. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric saidthe secretary-general has written to all members saying “the organization runsthe risk of depleting its liquidity reserves by the end of the month anddefaulting on payments to staff and vendors.” By the end of September, Dujarric said,member states had paid only 70% of the total assessment for the regular budget,compared with 78% at the same time last year.
Oxford, Oh.— Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit to reverse a school administration decision at Miami University to shut down a pro-life display.Since 2015, Students for Life of Miami University of Ohio, Hamilton, has regularly conducted its Cemetery of the Innocents display on the campus’s Central Quad. The display features small crosses placed in the ground to commemorate the lives lost to abortion, along with an explanatory sign.In October, Students for Life President Ellen Wittman e-mailed a university official to request approval to hold the display once again. The official responded by saying that the group could conduct the display only if it placed signs around campus warning people about its content. She justified this warning sign requirement by saying she feared that the pro-life display might cause “emotional trauma” for those who might view it and because she wanted to help them “better protect and manage their emotional reactions to the display.” Additionally, she offered to meet with the group to discuss “less harmful” ways of expressing its pro-life views.“No university official has the authority to censor student speech simply because of how someone might respond to it,” said ADF Legal Counsel Travis Barham. “Like all government officials, public university administrators have an obligation to respect students’ free speech rights. The First Amendment secures the freedom of all students to participate in the marketplace of ideas, and it prohibits university officials from imposing trigger warnings that restrict what some students can say to spare the feelings of others.”The university’s speech code gives administrators broad powers to grant or deny exhibits on campus. Students must request a permit seven days in advance, explain the message and/or purpose and to let officials edit the exhibit as they see fit.The lawsuit-Students for Life at Miami University of Ohio, Hamilton v. Trustees of Miami University of Ohio, seeks to point out the importance of teaching the full meaning of First Amendment to the next generation of leaders, legislators and judges.“The unnecessary obstacles students experienced at Miami University of Ohio in Hamilton sadly is all too common on campuses across the country,” said Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins. “Students peacefully trying to hold an exhibit that inspires conversation with fellow students about their love and concern for preborn infants and their mothers should be protected.”
ONE of Guyana’s top performers at the Inter Guiana Games (IGG) was yesterday honored for her accomplishments in the games. Joanna Archer, a student of West Demerara Secondary was given a pair of running shoes from her Head Master Harri Narine. The fifth from Arts student, was part of the Guyana Athletics team which dominated Suriname at the National Track at Leonora over the weekend. She competed in the 800m, 1500m and 4x400m relay, and claimed three gold medals from her efforts. According to Narine, this was partly the reason he decided to honor the student athlete.“Over the years Joanna has excelled at track and field events from the time she started school and running years ago, she also excelled at the IGG games,” said Narine.Archer, a member of the Guyana Police Force Running Club, also won the Junior category of the recent 10km Road Race. She also competed this year at the Boyce and Jeffords Classic winning gold in the 800m, 3000m and silver in the International 1500m.The young athlete will be writing 8 subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) next year and according to her “I plan to become an Immigration Officer and continue running under the Police club.”
February 12, 2020 TEAM LEADERS: Tyler Hooker is putting up 13.3 points and four rebounds to lead the way for the Owls. Bryson Lockley has paired with Hooker and is accounting for 7.9 points and five rebounds per game. The Eagles have been led by Caleb Catto, who is averaging 12.2 points and four rebounds.CLAMPING DOWN: The Eagles have given up just 64 points per game to Atlantic Sun opponents thus far, an improvement from the 71 per game they gave up in non-conference play.CLUTCH CALEB: Catto has connected on 34.5 percent of the 142 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 13 of 35 over the last five games. He’s also converted 80.4 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Florida Gulf Coast is 0-14 when scoring fewer than 62 points and 7-5 when scoring at least 62.COLD SPELL: Kennesaw State has lost its last six home games, scoring an average of 61.5 points while giving up 74.8.DID YOU KNOW: Florida Gulf Coast is ranked second among Atlantic Sun teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 29.1 percent. The Eagles have averaged 10.2 offensive boards per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFlorida Gulf Coast (7-19, 4-7) vs. Kennesaw State (1-22, 0-10)KSU Convocation Center, Kennesaw, Georgia; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Florida Gulf Coast looks for its seventh straight win over Kennesaw State at KSU Convocation Center. Kennesaw State’s last win at home against the Eagles came on Jan. 30, 2010. Associated Press FGCU looks for road win vs Kennesaw St. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
…The current model gives greater power to the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECBTHE Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will oppose the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) “Big Three” model ahead of the chief executives committee meeting in April.The “Big Three” model introduced in 2014 saw the ICC give greater financial power to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).While the ICC are trying to make changes, the BCCI recently passed a unanimous resolution to ask them to retain the model until its annual general meeting in June.“A resolution has been passed at the SGM that we will ask ICC to carry on with the existing model where Australia, England and India get the lion’s share of revenue,” ESPN quoted a top official as saying. “We will definitely work out a new model during the London meeting. This was today unanimously passed by the forum.”However, the PCB is against the move with chief Shahryar Khan saying that Pakistan have already suffered due to the revenue model. They will also press a case against the BCCI in May’s meeting for their refusal to play a full bilateral tie against them since 2007.“We were always against the Big Three revenue model,” Khan said, as quoted on CricBuzz. “Pakistan has suffered a lot because of it as India didn’t fulfill the bilateral commitments with us. We will oppose it again if BCCI brings it up for discussion.”“As far as my understanding goes, the final constitution could be formally adopted in June only. The upcoming meetings will decide that.”The chief executives committee meeting of the ICC member boards will take place on 24 April.
The German sports edition Bild published words of praise for the captain of the B&H Football Team.Sportbild.bild.de writes that Spahić is one of the heroes of his nation after qualifications to the World Cup in Brazil.Sport-Bild writes that the Bosnian player arrived during the summer from Seville to Bayer Leverkusen, and at 33 years old falls into the groups of football players with a lot of matches and an advanced career. However, immediately upon arrival to Leverkusen, Spahić emerged as the head of defense, which resulted in his team receiving only nine goals in the Bundesliga so far in the season.The man who, with his team, qualified for the World Cup has strong nerves, radiating calm and has trust from his younger teammates.Spahić is a player who does not care that his teammates, such as Sidney Sam, are more in the spotlight than he is. The first man of defense of Leverkusen enjoys the recognition from is teammates, trainer and fans. There are not many like him in German football, said Sport-Bild.(Source: klix.ba)