H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: School closure, pneumococcal vaccine, China cancels camps, Russian official warns against UK travel

first_imgAug 4, 2009Federal officials weigh narrowing school closure adviceFederal officials are considering plans to recommend fewer school closures, according to anonymous sources cited in a Washington Post story today. Early in the novel H1N1 flu outbreak, officials recommended closures when student illnesses were confirmed, but later recommended closing only when large numbers were ill. The new guidance might recommend closure only under “extenuating circumstances,” such as schools that have large numbers of children with chronic medical conditions.http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090804/ARTICLE/908041065?Title=U-S-guidelines-on-swine-flu-under-revisionAug 4 Washington Post story Some call for more use of pneumococcal vaccine in H1N1 battleSome infectious disease experts say the pneumococcal vaccine Pneumovax should be used more widely as a way to prevent serious cases of novel H1N1 flu, the Los Angeles Times reported today. Preliminary CDC data indicate that about 30% of H1N1-related pneumonia cases are caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, which is targeted by Pneumovax. At least 70 million Americans are in groups advised to receive the vaccine, but coverage among non-elderly groups is fairly low.http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-sci-pneumonia4-2009aug04,0,6872284.storyAug 4 LA Times story China cancels camps in flu-stricken areasChina’s health ministry is canceling summer camps in areas where novel H1N1 outbreaks are occurring, China Daily reported, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story today. The action follows reports of more than 120 illnesses in students and adults at summer camps in Beijing and in Guangzhou in southern China. The ministry statement said camps elsewhere in the country should be held “only when necessary.”http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=HomePage&id=afbaf412-f683-432d-ae1f-07a7ccfc8999&Headline=China+cancels+summer+camps+over+swine+flu+State+mediaAug 4 AFP story Russian official warns against travel to UKRussia’s chief health officer, Gennadi Onischenko, urged Russians not to travel to Wales for a World Cup soccer match on Sep 9 because of Britain’s novel H1N1 flu epidemic, according to the British newspaper the Times. Onischenko blamed Britain for most of Russia’s H1N1 cases and called travel there “absolutely inappropriate.” He suggested that Britain is covering up virus spread. The story said Wales is the least affected part of the country, with 89 confirmed cases and no deaths.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/Swine_flu/article6737973.eceAug 4 Times reportlast_img read more

Sherwood seeks clarity over future

first_img Former Tottenham and England boss Glenn Hoddle is second favourite among bookmakers for the post – behind Sherwood – and confirmed his interest in the job before the match, while Frank de Boer and Louis van Gaal continue to be mentioned as potential appointments. “Whoever takes this job is in a good position,” Sherwood said. “Andre has left the club in a good state, to be honest. There’s nothing wrong with the job he’s done. “If you look at the league table, we’re right up there. We’re also in the European competition next stage. “You can’t knock what he has done at the club, but it is just up to someone now to take it on and hopefully take it onto the next step.” If Sherwood ends up only being at the helm for a short period, whoever comes in will be thanking him for rejuvenating Adebayor. Having been cast aside by Villas-Boas, the Togo striker has scored three goals in two starts under the interim manager and was superb throughout at St Mary’s. “Listen, we all know Adebayor, we all know he’s a top player,” Sherwood said. “He doesn’t need any motivating to go and play now because he’s not played for a long time. He’s a top player and is certainly warranting his place in the team at the moment. “I’ve not said anything to him. Nothing. It’s down to him. “I’ve not had to gee him up. All I’ve said is: ‘There you go Ade, you are going to play and I want you to attack. I want the defenders to defend and the midfielders to play in midfield. Go out there, crack on and do what you do.’ It’s a simple game. “That’s how I’ve always viewed it; it’s about getting the ball to your top players in the right areas of the field. That’s what the players did with us.” The victory stops the rot at Spurs, but continues Southampton’s frustrating recent form. Saints, who took the lead through Adam Lallana and made it 2-2 through Rickie Lambert, have now gone six matches with a win – hardly the best preparation for trips to Cardiff and Everton. “It was very frustrating, we are very angry about the result,” said manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has been linked with the vacant Spurs post. “We actually dressed up as Santa Claus today and gifted them so many goals and so many chances. “We started off quite well in the first half, we got the 1-0 and we were very close to getting the 2-0 but then when we conceded the equaliser it was very hard to get back in the game, especially in the second half it was very tough.” The Portuguese was sacked less than 24 hours after last weekend’s 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool, with head of football development Sherwood handed temporary control. Sherwood’s first match at the helm resulted in a Capital One Cup exit to West Ham, but on Sunday he oversaw his first victory with an attack-minded display at Southampton. Tim Sherwood is hoping for talks with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy on Monday to find out whether he will stay on as Andre Villas-Boas’ successor. Emmanuel Adebayor netted either side of a Jos Hooiveld own goal as Spurs ran out 3-2 victors, resulting in bookmakers immediately shortening odds on the former midfielder being handed the reins on a permanent basis. The win will certainly not do those chances any harm and Sherwood hopes to take control of the Boxing Day clash with West Brom with a clearer idea on his future. Asked what happens next for him, Sherwood said: “Ideal for me is to have a chat with the chairman and see what’s best for the football club moving forward. “I need to know what they’re thinking moving forwards. I don’t want this job for five minutes. That’s no interest to me. “It is either are we going to move it forward or not? That’s where we are. “There are some great candidates out there for this job. It’s a massive club with history and tradition. “It is fantastic, a great honour to represent them, but it needs to be right for me and, first and foremost, right for the football club. “I need to talk to the chairman and see what he’s got planned. I’ll see him tomorrow because I’m in at the training ground. I’m sure it won’t be before that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

The Man Who Created Demand for Liberian Music

first_imgLegendary Morris Dorley.-The story of legendary singer Morris DorleyBack in the early 1960s, Liberian Broadcasting Corporation and top hangout spots like the Ducor Hotel ballroom primarily kept their fans entertained with foreign music, creating a situation that made Liberian music unfamiliar and unpopular.This forced bands like ‘Melody 8 Dance Band’ of J. Richard Snetter’s to focus on performing foreign hit songs back then. However, this limited their ability to record their own songs. But things changed when Morris Dorley came to the limelight with the song “Grand Gedeh Oh! Oh!”The song became an instant hit, virtually a  national anthem, and was performed during the 1969 birthday celebration of President Tubman. Producing his own song, Dorley became the first Liberian artist to have performed at a presidential event.FameA native of Bomi County and a Gola by tribe, Dorley fought against all odds and became the first Liberian musician to break away from the influence of American songs and record ‘Afro-Liberian’ music.Veteran music producer Charles Snetter, who was a longtime close friend of Morris Dorley, described him as the “forgotten father of Liberia’s music industry.” Both friends started to know each other in Caldwell, a township in the outskirt of Monrovia.Charles Snetter added that if it were not because of Morris Dorley’s bravery to break away from foreign music, there could have been no huge demand for Liberian music like it is done nowadays.“Although Dorley may have been forgotten, he led the movement that made Liberia music loved by its own people. He laid the foundation for others to follow. Indeed Dorley inspired a lot of musicians who came after him, whether female or male. His music was soulful and touching. Lyrics on point. And he was a musical genius and good performer who always thrilled his audience. He was a regular person who lived a simple life,” Mr. Snetter said.Zack Robert of the defunct 1980 hit group Zack and Geebah, said: “Dorley was the precursor for many of us and even today’s generational Liberian artists.“He laid the foundation of which we came and benefit from. He was more than a talented guy. He was a musical genius. He was a person who knew good music and what is soulful to the ear,” Zack said.Born in 1946, according to oral history, Morris Dorley discovered his musical talent when he started to learn how to play a traditional guitar. After moving to Caldwell, he began pursuing his musical career. The talented singer released a little over six LP compilations, which include the hit singles “Who Are You Baby”, “Osia” and “Voinjama,”—two bangers that rock every corner of the country and cemented his status as a godfather of Liberian music.However, this was not Dorley stopping point. The legendary singer when on to gain international recognition in the West Africa sub-region when he performed the song “Who Are You Baby,” at FESTAC 77 and won an award for it.According to music pundits, the sub-region got to start liking Liberian music after Dorley performed his Who Are You Baby song. Pundits added it opened the ears of citizens of the sub-region to new songs and a style of music that was hard to resist.“Upon introduction, he could immediately form a coherent mental image from which he would spontaneously compose a song to accurately describe that person. This instantaneous song composition was his unique talent,” veteran radio personality George Kiadii Kiadii said of Morris Dorley.“Frankly speaking, Dorley was truly talented and gifted, with that enchanting music voice that was pleasant to the earth. At FESTAC 77, he overshadowed all the big African artists who attended the event with his performance. That clearly showed how talented he was,” Mr. Snetter said. “It was through him that Liberian music became exported to the sub-region and the rest of the world.”Career missesUnfortunately, despite the fame and international recognition, Dorley was not able to capitalize on it to have a successful monetized music career. Although he made some money from his work, Dorley suffered a lot from serious financial circumstances since he was usually exploited.Mr. Snetter explained that Dorley’s financial struggles came about as a result of not willing to have a management team or manager to negotiate fair and favorable contracts on his behalf.“His financial woes led him to become an alcoholic and later on a street singer. He never trusted anybody to manage him but rather drop in the boxes, which has to do with pocket change. Worst of all, he sold his intellectual property rights just for anything, so he found it difficult after retiring from music to make money. Since he was not educated and never wanted a manager, producers exploited him a lot by paying him to make music for them.According to a post from blogger Mulubah quoting acclaimed music producer Toniah Williams, she explained that Dorley never trusted or accepted management.“He was not formally educated, so he did not understand the proper role of a manager, which is to negotiate a better contract for the artist and for promotional purposes. Instead, counter-intuitively, Dorley would demand payment before appearing on a radio station for a live interview, even when the free publicity would have undoubtedly been beneficial to his career.“Understandably, many radio personalities refused to acquiesce to these demands, to the ultimate detriment of Dorley’s career. For purely personal reasons, Dorley chose not to retain a manager,”  blogger Berenice Mulubah quotes Mr. William in a social media.Despite Dorley’s numerous mistake, on some occasions, his musical colleagues and friends would step in to make sure he received his fair share. The legendary Dorley died of alcoholism.“The sad thing is Dorley died poor. Not just poor but as an alcoholic,” Mr. Snetter said.Although Morris Dorley died poor, there is hope:his family can still claim the intellectual property of his music; thus helping them to make money from his work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Round-up: Terry injury, JFH defends display, Polter switch explained, Jokanovic takes blame

first_imgJohn Terry will be assessed on Monday after suffering an ankle injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at SwanseaThe Blues skipper left the Liberty Stadium on crutches and looks certain to at least miss Friday’s home game against Liverpool.Boss Antonio Conte was quick to play down the significance of the injury, insisting he was “not worried” and describing Terry as a “warrior”.Diego Costa’s late equaliser against the Swans preserved Chelsea’s unbeaten record under Conte.However, a disappointed Conte admitted that his side should have taken all three points.Costa scored a late equaliser for ChelseaThere was also disappointment this weekend for Fulham and QPR.The Whites’ unbeaten start to the season was ended by Birmingham City, who won 1-0 at Craven Cottage.Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic took responsibility for the defeat, admitting that a first-half tactical change backfired.Rangers could only manage a 1-1 draw with bottom side Blackburn at Loftus Road.Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink praised his players, though, insisting they deserved to win.Hasselbaink also said he took R’s striker Sebastian Polter off at half-time because of a minor injury.Polter did not appear for the second half against BlackburnQPR fans on Twitter have been full of praise for teenage winger Olamide Shodipo, who impressed again.Brentford, meanwhile, won 2-0 at Brighton courtesy of goals from Scott Hogan.There was a win too for Chelsea Ladies, who beat Reading 3-0 to stay in touch with leaders Manchester City.And at the Paralympics, Jordanne Whiley, Mark McCarroll and Andy Lapthorne were all victorious in the wheelchair tennis, while former St Mary’s University student Toby Gold took silver on the track. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors’ Jonas Jerebko encouraging DeMarcus Cousins to stay patient with Achilles injury

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – As DeMarcus Cousins rehabs his left Achilles tendon, the Warriors’ All-Star center has a trusty teammate who has offered plenty of perspective on how to navigate his recovery.His name is Jonas Jerebko, who has not just bolstered the Warriors with his toughness and outside shooting. He also has offered insight on when he recovered from a torn right Achilles tendon …last_img

What energy issues? Kevin Labanc, Sharks top Avalanche in Game 1

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/27/bang_2ee4e992-34c2-4470-aa47-65e34ab3a3ff”]SAN JOSE — The Sharks faced questions about how much energy and emotion they would have left over after their grueling seven-game series against the Vegas Golden Knights came to an end.No one had to worry about Kevin Labanc’s confidence level, though.Three days after he had four points in an epic third-period comeback against the Golden Knights, Labanc scored another pretty goal Friday night, part of a second …last_img

Crabs fall despite Butler’s dominate day

first_imgDavonte Butler pitched a no-hitter through seven innings but it wasn’t enough for the Humboldt Crabs as its offense never got going in a 2-1 loss to the visiting Seattle Studs, Saturday night at the Arcata Ball Park.Despite an eight-strikeout, four-walk no-hitter through seven innings from Butler the Crabs couldn’t keep the Studs off the board as a pair of errors — two pass balls which escaped Crabs catcher Aidan Morris — advanced the Studs’ Antonio Henrickson to third base with one out.A few …last_img

10 months agoEverton boss Silva insists Davies in his plans

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva insists Davies in his plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva insists Tom Davies is in his plans.Davies made a bright start to the season and was made captain by Silva for Everton’s game with Arsenal in September but he has not played a minute in the Premier League since coming off in the 2-1 win at Leicester on October 6. When asked if he would allow Davies to move in the New Year, Silva replied: “No way. Impossible. No way. Tom is part of our squad. He is an important player for me and an important player for us as a club. He is the present and the future of our club.”I know Tom is not playing the last few games but that is not his fault. It is because the players in that position are playing very well. When I changed to start with Andre (Gomes) for the first time against Crystal Palace, Tom’s performances were improving.”He did very well in the game before at Leicester but I took the decision to change – not because of Tom’s performance but because of how I expected Crystal Palace to play, and they did play that way. Tom is working hard and is ready to play, if that is what I decide.” last_img read more

Michigan Officially Announces Move Back To Nike For August 2016

first_imgMichigan tweets it has reunited its relationship with Nike starting in August 2016.Twitter/@UMichEarlier today, Chris Balas of Rivals’ Michigan site TheWolverine.com broke the news that Michigan would not renew its partnership with adidas, and would instead be signing with Nike as its apparel and shoe partner. Now, Michigan has confirmed the move, via Twitter.Reunited and it feels sooo good. http://t.co/ZCpmchtZMV #URecord pic.twitter.com/MPguZr2oPg— UniversityofMichigan (@UMich) July 6, 2015Michigan’s press release about the move has more:The University of Michigan has reached an agreement in principle with NIKE to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider to 2027, with an option to extend the deal to 2031. The partnership will commence August 1, 2016 and will see NIKE supply all 31 of U-M’s athletics programs with uniforms, footwear, apparel and equipment. U-M and NIKE also will collaborate throughout the agreement on innovation initiatives in sports technology, design and best practices. “After careful consideration, the right partner for the University of Michigan was NIKE,” said interim director of athletics Jim Hackett. “This decision, this partnership is about more than Michigan athletics; at the core, it is about our University community and it is about two great names reuniting for an opportunity that speaks to more than uniforms and apparel. “NIKE is a recognized leader in its field when it comes to product innovation and we look forward to future collaboration.” Michigan aspires to unlock new possibilities for the entire U-M community with the partnership including student internships at NIKE headquarters and community events. The agreement includes use of the Jordan Brand “Jumpman” apparel and footwear for men’s and women’s basketball.At the time it was signed, Michigan’s adidas deal was the most lucrative in college athletics. We’ll be interested to see what this new Nike partnership looks like for the Wolverines.last_img read more