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Donors pledge $406 million to fight avian flu

first_imgDec 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – International donors at this week’s New Delhi conference on avian and pandemic influenza pledged about $406 million, including $195 million from the United States, to fight H5N1 avian flu, according to news reports.The latest pledges will bring the total promised by donors and multilateral development banks (MDBs) in the past 2 years to about $2.7 billion. A report released last week by the United Nations and the World Bank said a total of about $2.3 billion was pledged at conferences in Beijing in January 2006 and in Bamako, Mali, in December 2006.When the New Delhi conference opened Dec 4, the World Bank predicted a need for $1.2 billion to help countries battle avian flu over the next 2 to 3 years, according to a Dec 6 report by Agence France-Presse (AFP).Peter Harrold, acting vice president of the World Bank, called the new pledges a “very encouraging response,” AFP reported. “There is still a gap, but this is more than what we had anticipated,” he said.The United States had previously pledged $434 million to the avian flu fight. In New Delhi, US officials promised another $195 million, raising the total to $629 million, according to a Dec 6 Reuters report.More than $1 billion paid out Of the $2.3 billion previously pledged for the avian flu battle, $1.7 billion (72%) has been committed and more than $1 billion (43%) has been paid out, according to the UN–World Bank report, which was released Nov 29 in advance of the conference. About $600 million remained uncommitted as of the end of June.The report says the original $2.3 billion included $1.326 billion in grants from various donors, including the European Commission, and $983 million from MDBs, mostly in loans.Of the grant money, all but $57 million had been committed by the end of June, and 74% of the committed funds have been paid out, the report says. Of the committed funds, $282 million is going to countries, $433 million to international organizations, $206 million to regional organizations, and $333 million to other recipients.More than half of the mostly loan money pledged by MDBs—$592 million out of $983 million—had not yet been committed as of the end of June, according to the report. The reasons, it says, include the time it takes to prepare “integrated country programs” and the preference of developing countries to use grants rather than loans to finance their integrated programs.Fifty-six percent of the country-specific money committed so far is going to East Asia and South Asia, the report states. Another 24% is for Europe and Central Asia, with countries in Africa and the Middle East getting 18%. Latin America and the Caribbean are receiving only 2%.This week’s meeting, called the New Delhi International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, drew more than 600 officials from over 100 countries and a number of international organizations, according to AFP.Long-term efforts neededA major theme of the conference, as well as of the UN-World Bank report, was the need to shift from focusing on emergency responses to avian flu to developing medium- and long-term strategies to deal with H5N1 and the threat of a human flu pandemic, according to news reports.The UN report says many countries have improved their responses to avian flu in the past year, but the disease remains entrenched in several countries and the threat of a pandemic is the same now as it was in mid 2005, when it became a high-profile issue.John E. Lange, who headed the US delegation to the conference, said in a Dec 4 speech there, “While we have made progress in the years since the virus first appeared, we now need to shift some of our efforts from the ’emergency’ phase of identifying and dealing with avian outbreaks to a greater emphasis on long-term capacity-building to improve both animal and human health systems as they relate to the H5N1 avian influenza virus and other emerging and reemerging infectious and zoonotic diseases.”Lange also touched on the dispute with Indonesia over the sharing of H5N1 virus samples, though he didn’t name the country. “We call on all countries to share virus samples freely, without encumbrances, for the benefit of global health,” he said.Maintaining that H5N1 isolates provided by developing countries are used to make vaccines those countries can’t afford, Indonesia has shared very few samples with the World Health Organization over the past year.India praised for compensation programIn other news from the conference, India was praised for its “swift, fair and efficient” compensation of poultry owners whose birds were culled because of outbreaks in 2006 and 2007, according to a Dec 5 report from the Times of India.David Nabbaro, the UN’s senior influenza coordinator, was quoted as saying, “India’s philosophy to compensate quickly and fairly at the district level is commendable. That’s why farmers came out in the open and declared when their birds died.”Indian Health Minister A. Ramadoss said the government paid about $19.5 million in compensation in 2006 and $2.2 million in 2007, according to the Times. Indian officials said the government paid poultry owners the market value of their birds.The UN–World Bank report said that in a survey, 66% of countries reported having prepared plans for compensating poultry owners for culled birds, but legislation and administrative procedures lag behind.Other findings cited in the report:144 countries have prepared an avian flu plan, a pandemic plan, or an integrated plan for both threats27% of countries said they have no capacity to detect and confirm human H5n1 cases41% of countries have tested pandemic plans in simulation exercises50% of countries have done some planning for maintaining their infrastructure during a pandemicAt the end of the conference, the Indian government released a suggested planning template for countries to use in preparing for avian and pandemic flu. The “Vision and Road Map” includes 21 goals that India proposes countries try to accomplish by the end of 2008.See also: 12-page synopsis of UN–World Bank reporthttp://www.undg.org/docs/8097/english%20pn.pdfFull text of 91-page UN–World Bank reporthttp://www.undg.org/docs/8097/UN-WB%20AHI%20Progress%20Report%20final%20PRINT.pdfTranscript of speech by John E. Langehttp://www.state.gov/g/avianflu/96208.htmIndia’s proposed “Vision and Road Map” for preparednesshttp://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=33862last_img read more

Everton fight Napoli for Cengiz Under

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian ActressesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? Loading… read also:Iheanacho: Statistics underline Leicester City star’s form Napoli have long been interested in signing Under, for his suitability to Gennaro Gattuso’s 4-3-3 approach. However, Calciomercato.com now state that Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, plus Bundesliga sides Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund are also ready to make an approach. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Cengiz Under is expected to leave Roma this summer, but favourites Napoli face competition from Everton, Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund. The 23-year-old Turkey international has dropped down the pecking order for Paulo Fonseca after the change of tactical system to 3-4-2-1. He has only 22 competitive appearances for the club this season, scoring three Serie A goals. Under has made only two substitute appearances since the restart, spending the last five in a row entirely on the bench.Advertisementlast_img read more

Okafor’s personality, demeanor stand out both on, off court for Duke

first_img Published on February 13, 2015 at 12:50 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Jahlil Okafor’s younger relatives will text and call him, telling the 6-foot-11 freshman that they saw him on TV, in Sports Illustrated or that their friends are talking about him.For Okafor, it’s not about the NBA mock drafts that project him to go No. 1 overall, the constant praise from national media or even those hailing the 19-year-old as the best player in the country.“For me the best part is having little brothers and little cousins that look up to me and them being able to see that,” Okafor said to The Daily Orange via Duke Athletics. “It makes them happy and it makes me feel good about myself.”This season, Okafor is averaging 18 points and 9.1 rebounds, among the best numbers in the Atlantic Coast Conference, for a No. 4 Duke (21-3, 8-3 ACC) team that will visit the Carrier Dome for a matchup with Syracuse (16-8, 7-4) at 6 p.m. on Saturday. But for the freshman phenom, there’s a lot more than what’s visible on the court.Okafor’s unique experiences, which include the passing of his mother when he was 9 years old, have given him a different perspective on life, Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel said. Okafor is now not just a teenager who possesses a skill set uncanny for his age. He exudes a composure beyond his years, which not only makes him amicable off the hardwood, but an effective presence on it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s probably the happiest young person I’ve been around,” Capel said. “He’s a guy that gets fouled a lot and they’re not called. And he’s able to handle it the right way and without being demonstrative, without complaining, without being overt, he does that.”A typical morning for Okafor is just like one for any other college basketball player. He’ll wake up, go to the team’s film session and then walk to class. He joked that he’ll even text center Marshall Plumlee to make sure Plumlee doesn’t sleep through his class.Then it’s back to his room on Duke’s East Campus to hang out with suitemate and freshman point guard Tyus Jones. There’s nothing about Okafor’s routine that shows he’s the highest-touted freshman in the country.“He’s funny, he’s nice, he’s a class act,” senior walk-on Sean Kelly said. “I guess a lot of people probably just see him on the court, but off the court he’s just as good as he is on.”Kelly said that there’s no sense of secluded friend groups or cliques among the team and that Okafor’s lighthearted personality is one of the main catalysts for that.In the locker room, Okafor will crack jokes all the time, Kelly said. He added that when Okafor puts on a song that he likes, the rest of the team often says, “Oh man, I really like that.”And whenever Okafor is driving on the street and sees what he called a “beautiful“ dog, his soft side comes out and he stops just to look at the animal he said he plans on owning several of in the future.“Jahlil Okafor is a fun-loving guy,” Okafor said.Almost six minutes into Duke’s game on Monday, the Blue Devils had yet to score and trailed Florida State, 2-0. FSU’s Phil Cofer caught a swing pass just inside the 3-point arc, took one dribble and elevated to dunk right over Okafor for an and-one.It happens so rarely that Okafor took to Twitter after the game to poke fun at himself. More times than not, it’s the freshman on the other end of a dunk, often followed by a finger point to acknowledge the teammate who passed him the ball.And whether it’s the opponents he’s dunking on or his little brothers, people constantly look up to Okafor. The person he’s molded himself into has allowed him to be a 19-year-old superstar, but it’s what people don’t see that he prides himself on.“He’s able to feel things and see things from a different lens in a different way than most young people,” Capel said. “Just a really, really special and unique young man.” Commentslast_img read more

Alpena County child dies from flu

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — District Health Department #4 announced that a child in Alpena County has died from the flu.This is the second flu–related fatality in Michigan this season. The first death was reported in Osceola County in December. District Health Department #4 is urging everyone 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated. Last year, only 39 percent of Michiganders got the vaccine. The respiratory disease is contagious and caused by different strains of the influenza virus.“Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent against getting the flu and can also reduce the severity of flu illness,” said DHD4 Medical Director Dr. Joshua Meyerson in a press release.Vaccines are extremely important for children, adults 65 years and older, pregnant women, and any person with medical conditions.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s flu season was estimated to be the deadliest since 2009’s H1N1 pandemic.To receive a flu shot, call the district health department at 1-800-221-0294. You can also contact your health care provider or local pharmacy.No further information was provided on the child.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena county, district health department #4, Flu, Flu Shot, H1N1, Illness, Influenza, vaccineContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Monday, January 28Next Sanctuary employees happy to return to work after government shutdownlast_img read more

Hansel Robles suffers rare blown save in Angels’ loss to A’s

first_imgHeaney did not allow a run until Ramon Laureano’s homer in the fifth. He was pulled after he allowed a walk and a single with one out in the sixth, leaving in a 1-1 tie.Heaney threw 103 pitches, including 31 breaking balls. He got five swings and misses on them, and four of his seven strikeouts were on sliders.Although he had trouble with his changeup in his first game from the third base side of the rubber last week, he decreased its use only slightly this time. He allowed one single in three balls in play on his changeup.Heaney finished his season with a 4.91 ERA in 95-1/3 innings.“It’s all about moving forward and doing your best,” Heaney said. “I had some really good starts. I had some really bad ones. I think if I can shift those bad ones to mediocre ones and the mediocre ones a little bit better, you start giving your chance to win and things ultimately work out better for you.” Although Heaney was still charged with six runs, he said he felt improvement. So on Wednesday night, he came out again from the third base side and pitched even better.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield PreviousOakland’s Matt Chapman is congratulated as he returns to the dugout after hitting a go-ahead, two-run home run during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels left fielder Taylor Ward makes a leaping catch on a line drive hit by Oakland’s Marcus Semien during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward hits a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward watches his solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Taylor Ward #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds third base after hitting a solo homerun during the second inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Taylor Ward #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim crosses homeplate after hitting a solo homerun as Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics looks on during the second inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson watches his single during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Jared Walsh #25 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim strikes out as Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics looks on during the fourth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano connects on a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano celebrates as he run toward first after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano (22) celebrates his solo home run with Matt Olson during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward, back, iis out at first base after a fly out by Kaleb Cowart and a throw to Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson from right fielder Ramon Laureano during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Adalberto Mejia #49 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the sixth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Adalberto Mejia, right, throws out Oakland Athletics’ Sean Murphy, left, at first base on a ground ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons is unable to get a tag on Oakland’s Jurickson Profar before he successfully steals second base during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Brian Goodwin dives to make a catch on a line drive by Oakland Athletics’ Chad Pinder during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels second baseman David Fletcher, top, completes a double play over Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson on a bases-loaded ground ball from Mark Canha during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits an RBI double as Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics looks on during the seventh inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics center fielder Mark Canha, right, leaves the baseball game with an injury after chasing a fly ball during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland’s Matt Chapman connects for a go-ahead, two-run home run during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles stands on the mound after giving up a go-ahead, two-run home run to Oakland’s Matt Chapman, background left, during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland’s Matt Chapman is congratulated as he returns to the dugout after hitting a go-ahead, two-run home run during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels left fielder Taylor Ward makes a leaping catch on a line drive hit by Oakland’s Marcus Semien during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 23Angels left fielder Taylor Ward makes a leaping catch on a line drive hit by Oakland’s Marcus Semien during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandANAHEIM — Hansel Robles’ run of dominance came to an end in the Angels’ 3-2 loss to the Oakland A’s on Wednesday night.Robles, who had a 1.17 ERA since June 1, started the ninth with a one-run lead and gave up a two-run homer to Matt Chapman.Marcus Semien led off the ninth with a single. After a sacrifice, Chapman belted the two-run shot to center, putting the A’s on top. It was Robles’ first blown save since Aug. 21, and just his third of the season. He had not been charged with a run since Aug. 15.“It’s just one of those off nights,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “When you’re a closer and you have an off night, your team generally loses. That’s one of the hazards of the job.”center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels had taken a 2-1 lead on a Kaleb Cowart RBI double in the seventh.The loss spoiled an encouraging performance by Andrew Heaney, who gave up one run in 5-1/3 innings in his final outing of the season.“Overall a good outing,” Ausmus said. “He started a little slow, had a little trouble throwing strikes early. But he was able to get strikeouts. He can get swings and misses when he’s around the zone. He ended up having a very good last outing.”Heaney, whose season has been mostly spoiled by injuries and inconsistency, had an 8.79 ERA in a three-start span prior to last Thursday’s outing in New York. He then decided to move from the first base to the third base side of the pitching rubber.Heaney said he believed it would help make his fastball and breaking ball more effective, by changing the angle of attack to the hitters. 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What is New on the Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium?

first_imgChairman of the Municipal Council of Center Sarajevo Nedzad Ajnadzic yesterday hosted the representatives of the Football Association of BiH (NSBiH) – President Elvedin Begic and General Secretary Jasmin Bakovic, and honorary president of NSBiH, Ivica Osim.On the meeting was presented a major investment project of reconstruction and modernization of the Olympic Stadium Asim Ferhatovic Hase.Chairman Ajnadzic said that the project of modernization and reconstruction of the stadium ”Asim Ferhatovic Hase ” is first on the scale of priority that the Municipality of Centar is planning to implement in the future.“We should all gather around the realization of this major project that is not only important for the Municipality of Centar, but also for the city, the state of BiH, and the Football Association of BiH. I want to form a lobbying team that will select all those interested to talk about the stadium, and joint working team that will actively work in order to realize the idea of reconstruction and modernization of the stadium,” said Ajnadzic.“So far, investors from Hungary, Kuwait, the consortium from Germany, and investors and shareholders gathered around sports giant Bayern Munich expressed the interest. It is necessary to find a solution that will satisfy all parties, and we must do that together,” said Ajnadzic.Assistant of Municipal Mayor for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Alma Sadovic, presented preliminary solution developed by the renowned architectural firm “Art”.“During the preparation of this solutions we took into account the requirements of FIFA and UEFA. Besides modernization of the stadium and meeting the requirements of FIFA and UEFA, we need to provide a project that will solve the parking, the protection of athletes, supporting facilities, hotel and catering services, shops etc, in order to offer investors a vision of what we want,” said Sadovic.Director of the Center for Sports and Recreation, Jasmina Polic, expressed her satisfaction with the fact that the Municipality Centre placed this project as the top priority.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more