• ‘There is no plan B’ for Tokyo Olympics, IOC chief says

    first_img Written by January 22, 2021 /Sports News – National ‘There is no plan B’ for Tokyo Olympics, IOC chief says FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty ImagesBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Despite rising COVID-19 infections in Japan, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Thursday that there is “no reason whatsoever” to believe the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on July 23 as planned.“This is why there is no plan B and this is why we are fully committed to make these games safe and successful,” Bach told Japanese news agency Kyodo in an interview Thursday.However, Bach admitted he could not guarantee that the stands would be full or rule out the possibility that the Games would be held without spectators, according to Kyodo.Bach’s statement comes amid reports that the Japanese government has privately concluded that the upcoming Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled.On Friday, Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat of the Headquarters for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games called those reports “categorically untrue.”“The renewed schedules and venues for the Tokyo 2020 Games, starting with the Opening Ceremony on July 23 this year, were determined at the IOC Session in July last year. All parties involved are working together to prepare for the successful Games this summer,” the cabinet secretariat said in a statement Friday. “We will implement all possible countermeasures against COVID-19 and continue to work closely with the IOC, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in our preparations for holding a safe and secure Games this summer.”The statement follows a report published Thursday evening by British newspaper The Times, which cited “a senior member of the ruling coalition” who said there is agreement that the Games are doomed and the focus now is on securing the event for the Japanese capital in the next available year, 2032.The 2020 Summer Olympics were supposed to kick off in Tokyo last year on July 24. But in late March, amid mounting calls to delay or cancel the upcoming Games, the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s prime minister announced that the event would be held a year later due to the coronavirus pandemic.Now, Japan is facing a resurgence of COVID-19. The country of 126 million people reported the highest number of new cases in the Western Pacific region last week. The infection rate — currently at 32.8 cases per 100,000 people — increased by 4% over the previous week, according to the World Health Organization’s latest COVID-19 weekly epidemiological update.The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare confirmed 5,662 new cases of COVID-19 as well as an additional 87 fatalities from the disease on Thursday, bringing the cumulative totals to 348,646 cases and 4,829 deaths.Japanase Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and 10 other prefectures due to climbing case counts and growing death tolls.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

  • Total tenant fees ban will cost industry 4,000 jobs, claims ARLA research

    first_imgA total tenant fee ban will cost the industry £200 million a year in turnover and 4,000 jobs according to research published today by The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).The research also suggests that landlords will lose £300 million in income while tenants will pay an extra £103 a year in rent on average.ARLA commissioned Capital Economics to look at the lettings industry, which it says turns over £4 billion a year and employs 58,000 people charging on average £206 per tenant or £412 for a pair of tenants.£700 million a yearThe research also reveals that tenant fees generate around £700 million a year for the industry or 20% of its turnover.In what ARLA describes as the “damning, unintended consequences” of a ban, it will benefit those who move house often, but push up rents for those who must or choose to stay put for long periods.“The letting fees ban favours those tenants who move more regularly, says ARLA Managing Director David Cox.“This is because both short term tenants and long term tenants – who move less frequently – will see a rise in rent equivalent to £103 per year under our plausible outcome.“However those that move more often will now save more compared to previously.”Cox says this will hit lower-income families, who tend to move less often than more affluent tenants.David also says that during the government consultation on the fees on the ban, which he says is due to start “imminently”, ARLA members and their colleagues must submit individual responses alongside “the collective ones submitted by ARLA Propertymark”, he says.ARLA tenant fees David Cox lettings fees March 28, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Total tenant fees ban will cost industry 4,000 jobs, claims ARLA research previous nextRegulation & LawTotal tenant fees ban will cost industry 4,000 jobs, claims ARLA researchAs government prepares to consult, ARLA sets out the likely cost to the industry.Nigel Lewis28th March 20170850 Viewslast_img read more

  • Woman jumps from moving car to get away from man

    first_imgIndianaNews Facebook Facebook Google+ Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By Network Indiana – June 6, 2020 0 594 Previous articleIndiana to allow limited nursing home visits amid COVID-19 outbreakNext articleElkhart man hospitalized with head injuries, broken leg after motorcycle/vehicle crash Network Indiana WhatsApp Google+ Woman jumps from moving car to get away from man Pinterest (“Police car lights” by Scott Davidson, Attribution 2.0 Generic) PORTER COUNTY, Ind. — A South Haven man is facing drunk driving charges after a woman jumped out of his moving car Thursday night during an argument and was taken to the hospital unconscious.The Porter County Sheriff’s Department says Samuel Clarida, 26, had a blood alcohol content level more than twice the legal limit.He told police he and the woman had just left a bar, where he consumed a bucket of six beers.Clarida said the 25-year-old woman that was with him had also been drinking. They were traveling north on McCool Road when they got into an argument. The woman asked Clarida to pull over so she could get out, but he refused.The woman then opened the passenger door while the vehicle was moving 40 miles an hour and jumped out. The woman was taken to the hospital.Clarida faces three misdemeanor counts of drunk driving and is now in the Porter County Jail.last_img read more

  • Watch Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Play “Typical Situation” On The Beach In Mexico [Pro-Shot]

    first_imgEarly next year, from January 12-14th, 2018, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds will host their second annual tropical destination event in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The all-inclusive concert vacation features three nights of Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds performing on the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico, just steps away from the ocean. Additional artists include critically acclaimed hit-maker Brandi Carlile, 2016 Best Folk Album GRAMMY-winning husband-and-wife banjo duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn and sister trio Joseph, each set one of the three evening concerts.Ben & Jerry’s Introduce “One Sweet World,” A DMB-Inspired Limited Batch, To Benefit Racial EqualityAs we count down to Matthews and Reynolds’s weekend of fun in the sun south of the border, you can get a taste of the magic with some newly released pro-shot video of “Typical Situation” from last year’s Dave and Tim Riviera Maya event. The tune, a classic Dave Matthews Band staple, dates back to the group’s 1995 major label debut, Under The Table and Dreaming, on record, and as far back as 1991 in the live setting. But hearing Dave and Tim deliver the song as an acoustic duo gives it a refreshingly different feel.Watch Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds performing “Typical Situation” at the 2017 iteration of Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Riviera Maya below:Dave and Tim have been playing a consistent string of acoustic shows since Dave Matthews Band announced their hiatus from touring in 2017. But with a trickle of full band shows beginning to pop up for charity, and one official 2018 DMB date now on the books, it seems the full-time live DMB machine is starting back up. That means Riviera Maya shows may be some of your last chances to catch the acoustic beauty of Dave & Tim’s duo shows during DMB’s rare sabbatical.Dave Matthews Band Announces First 2018 ShowYou can also get excited for Dave & Tim’s upcoming return to Mexico with this official recap video from their last Riviera Maya adventure via the event’s Facebook page:Don’t miss out on Dave & Tim on the beach! Get more information and book your tickets today via the event website.[Cover photo: Dave and Tim Riviera Maya Facebook page]last_img read more

  • Jack Johnson Celebrates 4/20 With New Song About Getting Stoned With Willie Nelson

    first_img4/20 is one day away and it seems like everyone is trying to get a piece of the action: restaurants are adding weed puns to their menus, politicians are endorsing marijuana legalization legislation, and Jack Johnson is releasing a song about getting stoned with Willie Nelson.For the sake of staying on brand, let’s dive into that last one. Appropriately titled “Willie Got Me Stoned”, Johnson’s new song tells the story of a particularly hazy poker game at the Nelson residence. As Johnson notes at the beginning of the recording, “This is a song about one night after we played this festival one time. We were hanging out with Willie Nelson and it was a real honor, and we got to go back to his house and hang out. And this is a true story about that night.”According to Rolling Stone, “Willie Got Me Stoned” was recorded live during the first night of a two-night stand at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Englewood, CO in the summer of 2017. You can stream the tune now, though the official release won’t come until the high holiday (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) on Friday, April 20th.Jack Johnson – “Willie Got Me Stoned”[Video: jackjohnsonmusic]last_img read more

  • The Motet Releases Disco Love Track “Highly Compatible” From Upcoming Album [Listen]

    first_imgColorado’s groove-centric funk act The Motet is gearing up to release their newest studio effort Death Or Devotion, due out on January 25th, 2019. The Denver, CO seven-piece consisting of Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keys), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Drew Sayers (sax) and Parris Fleming (trumpet) has shared a new single, “Highly Compatible”, ahead of their upcoming album’s release.“Highly Compatible” is a disco-inspired love song and will be featured as the new album’s opening track. “It’s like that beautiful moment of falling in love where you recognize something as supremely real-life magic,” vocalist Lyle Divinsky said in a press release. “Harry Potter couldn’t conjure a better spell. It’s the magnetic nature of the chemistry. We captured that chemical recognition.”The Motet – “Highly Compatible”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“Highly Compatible” is the fourth single released by The Motet from the upcoming album, following “Watcha Gonna Bring“, “Supernova” and “Get It Right”.Since The Motet’s inception in 1998, they’ve released eight full-length albums and toured the country relentlessly, playing hundreds and hundreds of shows from coast-to-coast. Death Or Devotion will mark the first Motet studio effort in which Lyle Divinsky, Drew Sayers, and Parris Fleming were all involved with all aspects of the upcoming record, from writing to recording, and finally mastering and preparing for release.The Motet kicks off their winter tour dates this weekend with shows in Aspen and Telluride. Then, following their performance on Jam Cruise 17 next week, the band will make their way across the country through mid-March hitting such markets as Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, Berkeley, Charlotte, Richmond, Washington, DC, Atlanta and Nashville, among others. Additionally, The Motet will stop in Boston, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn alongside fellow funk band Galactic, with whom they’ll also co-headline Red Rocks Amphitheatre with on Friday, July 12. This summer’s date will mark the band’s fifth annual appearance at the legendary venue in their home state of Colorado. Full routing can be found below.THE MOTET UPCOMING TOUR DATES1/11/2019 – Aspen, CO | Belly Up1/12/2019 – Telluride, CO | Club Red1/15 – 1/21/2019 – Miami, FL | Jam Cruise 171/31/2019 – Bozeman, MT | Rialto Theater2/1/2019 – Jackson, WY | Pink Garter2/2/2019 – Salt Lake City, UT | The Commonwealth Room2/7/2019 – Boston, MA | House of Blues (w/ Galactic)2/8/2019 – Philadelphia, PA | The Fillmore (w/ Galactic)2/9/2019 – Brooklyn, NY | Brooklyn Steel (w/ Galatic)2/15/2019 – Seattle, WA | Showbox (w/ John Medeski’s Mad Skillet)2/16/2019 – Portland, OR | Roseland Ballroom (w/ John Medeski’s Mad Skillet)2/17/2019 – Bend, OR | Midtown Ballroom (w/ John Medeski’s Mad Skillet)2/22/2019 – Berkeley, CA | UC Theater (w/ John Medeski’s Mad Skillet)3/1/2019 – Crystal Bay, NV | Crystal Bay Club3/2/2019 – Crystal Bay, NV | Crystal Bay Club3/7/2019 – Charlotte, NC | Neighborhood Theater3/8/2019 – Richmond, VA | The National3/9/2019 – Washington, DC | 9:30 Club3/15/2019 – Atlanta, GA | Variety Playhouse3/16/2019 – Nashville, TN | Exit/In5/31 – 6/2, 2019 – Ozark, AR | Backwoods Camping & Music Festival7/12/2019 – Morrison, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/ Galactic and Moon Hooch)7/24 – 28, 2019 – Floyd, VA | FloydFestView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

  • Gardening In Georgia

    first_imgLearn the ups and downs of trees and the ins and outs of bulbs on “Gardening in Georgia” Oct. 3.”Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across the state Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. When show host Walter Reeves needed some big pines taken down in his front yard, he turned to the experts. Watch while they go into the crowns of the trees and carefully lower each limb, before taking down the trunks.Then Reeves will show how to plant new trees. Most trees are planted while growing in a container or in a wire or burlap cage. He will show how to wash away some of the soil from the root system to find and correct root defects before planting.Caladiums are popular for the intense tropical look they bring to the landscape. See how to dig these vibrantly leaved plants and store the bulbs indoors for planting next spring.“Gardening In Georgia” is produced by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and is supported by a gift from McCorkle Nurseries. Learn more about the show and download useful publications at www.gardeningingeorgia.com. University of Georgialast_img read more

  • Grocery store graduation: Price Chopper celebrates its high school senior employees

    first_imgThe senior employees were asked to show up to Price Chopper with their caps and gowns. Especially the graduating seniors now more than ever. While it wasn’t the graduation these kids expected, it’s one they won’t forget. “A colleague of mine had found something on YouTube done in another state about a grocery store graduation and I was like, ‘Well this has to happen!'” said Battista. Customer service manager Amy Battista says since COVID-19 broke out, business has been through the roof. “I thought maybe we were just going to get pictures all together. I didn’t think she was going to have a ceremony all planned out but it was really cute,” said employee Brianna Corbin. “It’s just a totally different animal. Everybody in this building has stepped up and has pulled long shifts and extra hours. But the people who stood out were the young ones, the high school kids,” said Battista. “When this all happened, seeing everything being taken away from them, it just broke my heart because I’m like mama bear to all of them,” she said. “It just really shows how much she actually cares about us,” said employee Cailee Salisbury. TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — Price Chopper on Upper Front Street has been seeing more people come through its doors the past few months. Battista even told their parents to attend to watch them walk across the front end of the store. That’s how the idea came about for a grocery store graduation. “I just set up one of the registers with balloons, and we had a little table with diplomas to hand out and goody bags. It was just a good time,” she said. Battista felt that those high school students should be celebrated. “Just to see a little piece of their senior year come together, the culmination of their high school, and to be a small part of that, it was great,” said Battista.last_img read more

  • Benfica 3 – 3 Rangers

    first_imgSubs: Gilberto (6), Grimaldo (6), Nunez (8), Waldschmidt (6), Jardel (6)Rangers: McGregor (6), Tavernier (8), Goldson (6), Helander (5), Barisic (7), Jack (7), Davis (8), Kamara (8), Aribo (7), Kent (7), Morelos (9)Subs: Arfield (7)- Advertisement – Nunez’s late effort means both teams remain unbeaten and at the top of Group D ahead of the return meeting at Ibrox.Download the Sky Sports Scottish Football Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox | SpreakerHow Rangers failed to beat 10-man BenficaRangers arrived at the Estadio da Luz knowing that no team had beaten Benfica at home in the Europa League and that task became even harder when they fell behind to the fastest own goal in the competition in more than a decade.The normally reliable Filip Helander failed to clear his lines, allowing Silva to get in behind, with his pull back ending up in the net off Goldson’s thigh. Alfredo Morelos celebrates scoring for Rangers vs BenficaImage:Alfredo Morelos celebrates scoring for Rangers vs Benfica Man of the Match – Alfredo MorelosThe forward made history in Lisbon with a simple far-post finish, the Colombian’s 22nd European goal, more than any other player has managed in Rangers’ history, while he has also now netted 84 times in total in just 154 games for the club.However, it was not just that record-breaking strike that caught the eye at the Estadio da Luz, but the frontman’s all-round game, including a brilliant crossfield pass to assist Kamara’s 25-minute goal.And really he could have had more in the second half but for some alert goalkeeping by Odysseas Vlachodimos, although in the end all people were talking about was his second-half goal that leaves him top of pile in Europe as far as Rangers are concerned. Alfredo Morelos became Rangers’ top European goalscorer but Darwin Nunez’s injury-time strike saw 10-man Benfica snatch a 3-3 draw in the Europa League.Morelos’s tap in six minutes after half-time – the Colombian’s 22nd goal in Europe seeing him overtake Ally McCoist as Rangers’ leading scorer on the continent – had given his side a 3-1 lead, only for the Portuguese to hit back twice in the final 13 minutes through Rafa Silva and substitute Nunez.- Advertisement – Team newsBenfica made four changes from their last league outing, while Rangers boss Steven Gerrard made two changes from the side that won 1-0 at Kilmarnock on Sunday, with Glen Kamara and Steven Davis replacing Scott Arfield and Cedric Itten. What’s next?Benfica entertain Braga on Sunday at 8pm, while Rangers take on Hamilton at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership on the same day, with the game kicking off at 3pm. First Silva converted after fine approach play from Nunez, before the substitute himself was played clean through on goal in stoppage time, keeping his cool to break Rangers hearts.Still no place like home for Benfica – Match statsBenfica remain unbeaten in all 24 of their UEFA Europa League home games since the competition was rebranded in 2009, winning 19 and drawing five.Rangers conceded three goals in a match for the first time in 20 games in all competitions (1-3 vs Bayer Leverkusen in March). Indeed, they shipped more goals tonight than they had in their previous nine games in all competitions combined (2).This was the fourth different UEFA Europa League game to see both sides net an own goal, with half of these now involving Rangers (vs Benfica tonight, and vs Spartak Moscow in November 2018).Alfredo Morelos scored his 10th UEFA Europa League goal for Rangers, the first player to reach double figures in the competition for the Scottish side (including UEFA Cup). Rangers had made the worst possible start when falling behind after only 60 seconds thanks to Connor Goldson’s unfortunate own goal, only for Nicolas Otamendi’s straight red card (19) to then turn the game on its head as the visitors scored twice in just 88 seconds.Steven Gerrard’s side levelled matters through Diogo Goncalves’s own goal (24), before Glen Kamara immediately made it 2-1 with his first strike since September 2019.center_img The visitors soon increased their advantage when the unmarked Morelos side-footed home another Tavernier cross for his record-breaking 22nd European goal in just 37 games, and all this from a player who cost the club just £1m.However, if Rangers thought they had become the first-ever team to win a Europa League game at Benfica, they were mistaken, with the home side showing great character to snatch a point late on. Player ratingsBenfica: Vlachodimos (6), Goncalves (7), Otamendi (5), Vertonghen (6), Tavares (6), Weigl (6), Rafa Silva (8), Pizzi (7), Taarabt (6), Everton (6), Seferovic (5)- Advertisement – What the manager said…Steven Gerrard: “That will certainly sting for a while. It obviously feels more like a defeat than a positive point right now.“But once the dust settles I’m sure it will be a valuable point.“We’ve got ourselves to blame. We started the game really poor for the opening minute and deserved to be one behind.“We also finished the game poorly as well, so we certainly have a lot to learn from the goals we conceded.“Having said that, once the red card happened some of the football and some of the creativity we produced and the goals we scored were absolutely fantastic.“I thought there were periods in the game where we actually played the best we have this season.“It’s certainly very mixed at the moment. It feels like a defeat because at 3-1 our game management and our order on the pitch should have been better to get us over the line.” But Benfica soon handed Rangers a way back. Steven Davis’s wonderful ball over the top released Ryan Kent, only for Otamendi to trip the midfielder’s heels as he bore down on goal, leaving the referee with no choice but to send off the former Manchester City defender.Rangers took full advantage by first levelling matters when Goncalves diverted James Tavernier’s driven centre into his own net, before Kamara then rounded off a lovely passing move to hand his team a deserved half-time lead. Man of the match: Alfredo Morelos Benfica&#39;s Nicolas Otamendi is shown a red card against RangersImage:Former Man City defender Nicolas Otamendi is shown a red card against Rangers, but Benfica fought back with 10 men to claim a point – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Report depicts China as launching pad for avian flu

    first_imgFeb 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An analysis of influenza viruses collected from thousands of wild and domestic birds in China and Hong Kong suggests that H5N1 viruses have been circulating in southern China for nearly a decade and have spread repeatedly from there to spark outbreaks across Asia.The study by 27 researchers from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the United States provides strong evidence that migratory birds can spread the virus for long distances, a contention that has been controversial in recent months. The report was published online today by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Perhaps more surprising is the group’s discovery of H5N1 viruses in some apparently healthy chickens in live-bird markets in southern China. Ducks are known to be capable of carrying the virus without appearing sick, but the virus has been regarded as almost invariably pathogenic or lethal for chickens.”We have shown that H5N1 virus has persisted in its birthplace, southern China, for almost 10 years and has been repeatedly introduced into neighboring (e.g., Vietnam) and distant (e.g., Indonesia) regions, establishing ‘colonies’ of H5N1 virus throughout Asia that directly exacerbate the pandemic threat,” says the report, written by a team that included leading flu expert Robert G. Webster, PhD, of St. Jude Children’s Research Institute in Memphis.The scientists took more than 13,000 samples from migratory birds in Hong Kong’s Mai Po Marshes and at Poyang Lake in southeastern China over three winters from 2002 to 2005. Among these they found six H5N1 viruses, all collected from apparently healthy migratory ducks at Poyang Lake just before their migration north.The team also tested samples gathered from more than 51,000 apparently healthy birds in live-poultry markets in southern China from January 2004 through June 2005. Testing detected 512 H5N1 viruses, including isolates from 58 of the 22,390 chickens tested, with most of the rest found in ducks.The analysis also included viruses recovered from the outbreak in migratory birds at Qinghai Lake in north-central China in 2005, along with isolates collected from poultry in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia in the past 2 years.To trace the relationships among H5N1 samples, the researchers sequenced the genomes of 69 viruses recovered in China since January 2004 and 59 isolates gathered in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia from August 2003 through May 2005. This enabled them to construct a phylogenetic chart, or family tree, of the viruses.Among other things, the analysis revealed that the hemagglutinin protein of all the viruses stemmed from the patriarch of highly pathogenic H5N1 viruses, a strain found in geese in China’s Guangdong province in 1996. It also showed that viruses from particular regions formed “distinct sublineages,” which, the authors say, demonstrates the long-term persistence of the viruses in those regions.Parts of southern China represented an exception to this picture of regional “sublineages,” in that the strains there were more diverse, falling into four different genotypes, the report says. “Because the precursor of these H5N1 viruses . . . was originally detected in southern China in 1996 and because H5N1 viruses in this region have the greatest genetic diversity, southern China is the most likely source of the emergent and reemergent HPAI [highly pathogenic] H5N1 influenza viruses,” it states.The phylogenetic analysis also showed that one May 2005 virus from Vietnam was much more closely related to a January 2005 Chinese strain than to other strains from Vietnam, indicating that the virus probably had been recently introduced to Vietnam from China via poultry. In fact, the authors say their findings suggest that H5N1 strains spread from southern China to Vietnam three times—in 2001, 2003, and 2005.”Therefore, control of this regional epizootic and its attendant pandemic threat requires that the source of virus in southern China be contained,” they assert.The researchers found that viruses from the Qinghai Lake outbreak matched up with those from migratory ducks at Poyang Lake, more than 1,000 miles away, which “strongly argues that migrating birds can transfer the virus over long distances.” The team found further support for this notion when they exposed a number of ducks and geese to H5N1 viruses and found that most of the ducks survived; the surviving ducks shed the virus for as long as 7 days after infection.The report says only six of the isolates that were sequenced had a mutation in the M2 protein that confers resistance to the older antiviral drug amantadine; the rest all had structures indicating sensitivity to the drug. US officials recently recommended against using amantadine and rimantadine to treat flu patients this winter because most of the circulating viruses had become resistant to them. Also, previous evidence of H5N1 resistance to the two drugs has led to a general assumption that they would be of little use if that virus evolves into a pandemic strain.The authors say the diversity they found among H5N1 samples “challenges the wisdom” of relying on just one strain to make a candidate vaccine for pandemic preparedness. The strains used to develop human vaccines “must reflect the antigenic diversity observed across this wider region,” they write.Chen H, Smith GJD, Li KS, et al. Establishment of multiple sublineages of H5N1 influenza virus in Asia: implications for pandemic control. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2006 Feb 10 (early online publication) [Abstract]last_img read more