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  • NEWS SCAN: Anthrax probe, tainted sprout seeds, Egypt’s H5N1 fatality rate

    first_imgMay 8, 2009 Contaminated sprout seeds sow multistate outbreakA probe by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak traced to alfalfa sprouts found that seeds from one company were used by several sprout growers around the country that had links to illnesses. Despite tests on several sprout samples, the outbreak strain was found only at a Wisconsin grower whose products were not linked to any illness reports. The outbreak started in February and sickened 228 people in 13 states.[May 7 MMWR report] IOM launches anthrax case reviewThe Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) review of the FBI investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks is beginning and should take about 15 months, Science magazine reported. After scientific questions arose about the FBI’s case against Army researcher Bruce Ivins, FBI Director Robert Mueller announced that he would ask the IOM to review the scientific methods that led to the FBI’s conclusions.[May 6 Science article]center_img Prompt medical treatment might impact Egypt’s H5N1 patternsA Eurosurveillance report published yesterday said that 50% of patients with H5N1 avian flu in Egypt were hospitalized within 24 hours of symptom onset and 70% were hospitalized within 72 hours. This may help explain why the H5N1 case-fatality rate in Egypt is only 34%, versus an average of 66% in other countries, though more research is needed, the report said.[May 7 Eurosurveillance report]last_img read more

  • ‘I refuse to have her degrading my parents’: Mayor Risma acknowledges reporting ‘insulting’ post

    first_imgSurabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini has revealed that she was the one who reported Zikria Dzatil, a homemaker who was arrested for calling Risma a “female frog” in a Facebook post.“I’m the one who reported her, personally. I signed the report myself,” she said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.Risma said she had received a lot of pressure from members of the public who wanted her to report the account’s owner to the police.  She said she reported the post because she could not accept her parents being “degraded”.“If I am a frog, that means my mother is a frog,” she said.Read also: Woman arrested, receives ‘death threats’ for Facebook post about Surabaya mayorThe Surabaya Police arrested Zikria at her home on Jan. 31 and charged her with defamation for allegedly posting derogatory remarks about Risma on her Facebook account, which has since been deactivated. She had posted a photo of Risma sitting at a riverside with the caption “kodok betina [female frog]”. Zikria has expressed her remorse and has apologized for offending Risma. However, she and her children have had to endure cyberbullying as a result of the Facebook post. Risma said that she had accepted Zikria’s apology.“I have already forgiven her. She’s a human, and so am I. If she apologizes to me, then I should forgive her,” Risma said, adding, however, that she would leave the legal process up to the Surabaya police. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

  • Angry US protests for second night over police killing of black man

    first_imgPolice continued to hold the crowds back from scaling a fence into the precinct’s parking lot, where their cruisers contain guns. Protesters remained peaceful at two other locations in the city. At the place where Floyd was first taken into custody by the officers people chanted and barbecued, carried placards and spoke out. Bouquets were set out as tributes to Floyd, and there was no vandalism.Calls for justice came from around the country.”I would like those officers to be charged with murder, because that’s exactly what they did,” Bridgett Floyd, the victim’s sister, said on NBC television.”They murdered my brother…. They should be in jail for murder.” Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey said he could not understand why the officer who held his knee to Floyd’s neck on a Minneapolis street until the 46-year-old restaurant worker went limp has not been arrested.”Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail? If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now,” Frey said.”Based on what I saw, the officer who had his knee on the neck of George Floyd should be charged,” he said. Outrage has grown across the country at Floyd’s death Monday, fuelled in part by bystander cellphone video which shows him, handcuffed and in the custody of four white police officers, on the ground while one presses his knee into the victim’s neck. President Donald Trump in a tweet called Floyd’s death “sad and tragic”, and all four officers have been fired, as prosecutors said they had called in the FBI to help investigate the case, which could involve a federal felony civil rights violation.Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo cautioned protestors Wednesday to remain peaceful.But by 10:00 pm (0300 GMT Thursday) an auto parts store across from the precinct had been set alight and a nearby Target was being looted, according to US media. ‘I can’t breathe’ The case was seen as the latest example of police brutality against African Americans, which gave rise six years ago to the Black Lives Matter movement.Floyd had been detained on a minor charge of allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase at a convenience store. In the video, policemen hold him to the ground while one presses his knee to Floyd’s neck.”Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe…. Mama. Mama,” Floyd pleaded.He grew silent and motionless, unable to move even as the officers told him to “get up and get in the car.”He was taken to hospital where he was later declared dead.Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said the FBI needs to thoroughly investigate the case.”It’s a tragic reminder that this was not an isolated incident, but part of an engrained systemic cycle of injustice that still exists in this country,” Biden said.”We have to ensure that the Floyd family receive the justice they are entitled to.”Democratic Senator Kamala Harris called the policeman’s using his knee on Floyd’s neck “torture.””This is not new, it has been going on a long time… what our communities have known for generations, which is discriminatory implementation and enforcement of the laws,” she said.”He was begging to be able to breathe,” she said. “It was a public execution.”The protests evoked memories of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 after a policeman shot dead a young African American man suspected of robbery, as well as the case of New Yorker Eric Garner, who was detained by police for illegally selling cigarettes and filmed being held in an illegal chokehold by police that led to his death.”How many more of these senseless excessive-force killings from the people who are supposed to protect us can we take in America?” said civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who was retained by Floyd’s family Crump pointed out that the arrest involved a minor, non-violent crime, and there was no sign, as police initially claimed, that Floyd resisted arrest.”There is no reason to apply this excessive fatal force,” Crump said.”That has to be the tipping point. Everybody deserves justice … We can’t have two justice systems, one for blacks and one for whites.” Topics : Demonstrators clashed with police and set a store alight during a second night of protests in the US city of Minneapolis Wednesday over the killing of a black man by an officer who held him to the ground with a knee on his neck.Police fired tear gas and formed a human barricade to keep protesters from climbing a fence surrounding the Third Precinct, where the officers accused of killing George Floyd worked before they were fired on Tuesday.They pushed protesters back as the crowd grew, a day after firing rubber bullets and more tear gas on thousands of demonstrators angered by the latest death of an African-American at the hands of US law enforcement.last_img read more

  • Arsenal prepare substantial bid for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar

    first_imgAdvertisement Comment Houssem Aouar has caught the attention of Arsenal (Picture: Pool via Getty Images)Arsenal are expected to make a bid of around £36.5m for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar ‘imminently,’ according to reports in France.The 22-year-old has been linked with a switch to the Gunners for much of the summer, although no firm offer has been made, as confirmed by Lyon’s sporting director Juninho.However, that looks set to change, with French television channel Téléfoot Chaine reporting that an offer of around €40m (£36.5m) is expected from the north London club in the very near future.Lyon are believed to have valued the young talent at closer to £55m, so there is far from a guarantee that they will accept the bid from the Gunners.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Ligue 1 side will be willing to let Aouar leave for the right price, but are prepared to stand firm if they believe a fair valuation has not been reached.Juninho told Téléfoot Chaine of the situation: ‘We have not received anything for Houssem, we have not received anything for Memphis [Depay].’However, the Brazilian has already admitted discussions with Arsenal over Aouar, as they tried to make Matteo Guendouzi part of the deal but Lyon are not interested.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I get on very well with [Arsenal technical director] Edu, we spoke on the phone. Aouar is really appreciated by Mikel Arteta.,’ he said.‘Guendouzi was discussed during the call, he is a great player, but he is the wrong profile. We are not interested in that at all, we cut the conversation.’Arsenal may have to sell more players to fund any deal for Aouar, with Guendouzi joining the likes of Lucas Torreira, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos as available for transfer.Emiliano Martinez has left for Aston Villa in a £20m deal, although a number of the fringe players are proving difficult to offload.MORE: Arsenal defender Rob Holding not keen on West Ham loan switchMORE: Santi Cazorla congratulates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over new Arsenal contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal prepare substantial bid for Lyon’s Houssem Aouarcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 16 Sep 2020 10:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link650Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Philanthropist Neil Balnaves’ Gold Coast mansion hits the market

    first_imgThere is a tennis court if you fancy a hit. The house fronts a canal in Hope Island. Dine overlooking the pool. His property features handpainted frescoes by artist Michael Place referencing Roman mythology. The museum, based at both the Getty Centre in Los Angeles and Getty Villa in Malibu, is dedicated to the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.Balnaves’ 2834sq m Killymoon Drive estate comes with a raft of features including an outdoor courtyard centred around an 18m pool, fountains, tennis court and 30ft walls adorned with handpainted frescoes by artist Michael Place referencing Roman mythology. The Balnaves Foundation founder Neil Balnaves, pictured in August, 2018. 1063-1064 Killymoon Drive, Hope Island. Neil Balnaves in Sydney in 2017. Photo: Julian Andrews. 1063-1064 Killymoon Drive, Hope Island.STEPPING inside philanthropist Neil Balnaves’ Gold Coast mansion will take you back to what time was like in the ancient Roman world.The former chair of Dreamworld operator Ardent Leisure has put his sprawling Hope Island estate, which is inspired by the world-renowned J. Paul Getty Museum, on the market. MORE NEWS: First look inside new Burleigh tower Balnaves’s son Hamish said the house, which was built by the family in the mid-90s, had only been used as a holiday home for the Balnaves family.“The idea behind the property was in the centre of Roman villas there was a well and water would run off all the roofs and into the well,” he said.“Water pours down and obviously we have drains there but when it rains that pool area is really beautiful. It creates a focus around the pool.”He said the property had been the perfect entertaining haven over the years.“When you walk through the front door and look down at the pool it’s very impressive,” he said.“Every year for 20 years my father has hosted a massive party in that area for up to 80 people.” MORE NEWS: Indoor pool a standout More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoFeel a million miles away at Hope Island. Sydney-based Neil Balnaves worked in the media industry for more than 45 years – he was behind drama shows including Water Rats, Police Rescue and then Big Brother.He founded the Southern Star Group, was chancellor of Charles Darwin University, a trustee member of Bond University and is a director of the Sydney orthopaedic Research Institute.He established The Balnaves Foundation in 2006.The property doesn’t have a price tag but is listed via an expressions of interest campaign through Charlon Delos Angeles of Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents.last_img read more

  • SPT Offshore wins platform decommissioning and relocation job in Malaysia

    first_imgDutch offshore contractor SPT Offshore has been awarded a contract by Redtech Offshore for the decommissioning and relocation of the Ophir wellhead platform to the Jitang field offshore Malaysia.The execution of this “Malaysian first” relocation scope is scheduled for the summer of 2019, SPT Offshore said on Monday.The relocation scope, which is based on a one-piece lift (topside plus jacket) is part of the Decommissioning, Relocation, Modification & Commissioning (DRMC) contract for end-client Vestigo Petroleum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petronas.Mark Riemers, Managing Director of SPT Offshore, said: “By spreading the fabrication costs over two or more marginal fields, 30% cost and time savings can be achieved compared to new build. As a considerable number of marginal fields now become a viable option with even low oil prices, we see much potential in suction pile based jackets in Malaysia.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

  • Mother of slain Reeva Steenkamp to launch anti-abuse centre

    first_imgJune Steenkamp, whose daughter Reeva was killed by her Paralympian boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, said on Tuesday that she was launching an anti-abuse organisation in her daughter’s memory.Pistorius shot Steenkamp at his home outside Pretoria on Valentine’s Day 2013, believing she was an intruder. The 28-year-old athlete is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for manslaughter, after he was found not guilty of murder last year.His lawyers will later this week challenge a judge’s decision to allow prosecutors to appeal the runner’s negligent killing conviction. Steenkamp, who last year published her memoir, said the foundation was her way of keeping her daughter’s legacy alivelast_img read more

  • EPL: Man Utd fined £20,000 for players conduct

    first_imgMan Utd have been fined £20,000 for failing to control their players after they swarmed the referee in the heated defeat at Liverpool earlier this month. But now the club have now been hit with a £20,000 fine. Read Also:Treble-your-money contract: .Man Utd in last-ditch move for Angel Gomes The row was kick-started after Van Dijk clashed with De Gea in the build-up to a Roberto Firmino goal – later ruled out following a VAR review. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… United players surrounded ref Craig Pawson midway through the opening period after Virgil van Dijk challenged David De Gea. The FA charged the club with failing to “conduct themselves in an orderly fashion” earlier this week.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Best Tarantino Movie YetCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline Rushlast_img read more

  • Martins’ death: Sports Ministry, NFF ban Matches without Medical Equipment and Personnel

    first_img Nigeria Football Federation had also instructed that no NPFL match will go ahead until certain statutory measures are adhered to by the LMC and the 20 clubs operating in the league.Martins slumped on teh pitch during the NPFL match between Nasarawa United and Katsina United in Lafia on Sunday. He was attended to by medics, however reports suggest that for the lack thereof of essential equipment and a broken down Stadium ambulance, Martins could have been save. The footballer was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, when he was eventually conveyed by another Ambulance. Neither the LMC nor the Club side have released an official report explaining the incident that transpired in the circumstances leading to the player’s demise. But the NFF on Monday declare a host of measures that must be adhered to henceforth in the league. Among them, the NFF demanded the availability of: – Medical equipment and personnel as provided in the NFF Club Licensing Regulations at match venues. Read Also:Tokyo 2020: Sports Ministry’s Adoption Initiative Boost For Athletes – All Match Commissioners and the host FA are to ensure they inspect all the facilities including carrying out test runs before giving go-ahead for any match to be played. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Following the death of the player of Nassarawa United Chineme Martins during a league match over the weekend, Minister for Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare has ordered that henceforth, no game should be played without the full compliments of paramedics personnel and equipments at the venue. This decision was taken after due consultations ,meetings and calls to relevant stakeholders by the Minister. A statement from the Office of the Sports Development Minister said “Henceforth from March 14th ,2020 no league match would take place without paramedics personnel , full equipments as provided for in the NFF Club licensing Regulations. This decision was reached to ensure prompt response in the event of any incident during matches. We don’t want any avoidable deaths in our match venues or any other sports for that matter. We are also going to move against hooliganism at match venues. We shall enforce zero tolerance for violence at stadium as is the case in all match venues” Under the arrangement, all match commissioners , host State FAs must inspect all medical facilities at match venues , test run to confirm that they are working before the commencement of any league game. Meanwhile ,Dare has offered his condolences to the family of the departed player , even as he assured that adequate measures would be put in place to forestall future occurrences .”The death of the Nassarawa United player is most unfortunate. We shall not tolerate avoidable death as a result of not observing laid down rules.” Promoted Content18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love Withlast_img read more

  • WRBI wraps up Christmas in Dixie

    first_imgL to R Terrance Beach, Karen Pollitt, Eugene LakerBATESVILLE, Ind. — Last night was the finale of WRBI’s Christmas in Dixie.All of the weekly winners came out to the Batesville Middle School commons to receive their weekly prizes, as well as a chance at the top 3 prizes.Terrance Beach was the winner of $500 cash from the Friendship State bank.Eugene Laker, who was in attendance for his wife, Helen Laker, won the getaway to Cincinnati.Karen Pollitt won the Grand Prize, a trip to Nashville, Tennessee.last_img read more