first_imgSep 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed a new human case of H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia, but said there is no evidence that the virus is easily spreading from person to person there.The agency said the Indonesian government confirmed a case in an 8-year-old boy who is being treated in a hospital. A WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong did the confirmatory testing.But despite a growing number of patients being treated for suspicious respiratory illnesses in a Jakarta hospital, the agency said, “Current investigations in Indonesia have produced no evidence that the H5N1 virus is spreading easily from person to person.” Consequently the WHO has not raised its level of pandemic alert, though it promised to keep watching the situation closely.The newly confirmed case means the WHO now recognizes three cases in Indonesia, including a 38-year-old man who died in July and a 37-year-old woman who died Sep 10. The government counts the 38-year-old man’s two young daughters, who also died in July, as cases, but the WHO has said their test results did not meet the criteria for H5N1.The new case increases the WHO’s avian flu tally since late 2003 to 115 cases with 59 deaths, of which 91 cases and 41 deaths occurred in Vietnam.The WHO statement did not say where the 8-year-old boy lives or how he might have been exposed to avian flu. The previous cases have all been in the Jakarta area.Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that 13 people were being treated for possible symptoms of avian flu today at Jakarta’s Sulianti Saroso Hospital, four more than yesterday. A doctor there said the three newest patients had visited Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo Sep 18, just before officials closed it because 19 birds there had tested positive for the H5N1 virus.Today’s WHO statement suggested that the rash of suspected cases of avian flu in Indonesia mainly reflects increased vigilance. Because of growing public and governmental concern, “several patients with respiratory symptoms and a history of possible exposure to the avian virus are being evaluated as part of ongoing surveillance efforts,” the agency said.The WHO also said today that tests on samples from the 37-year-old Indonesian woman who died of avian flu earlier this month showed that the virus had not mutated, according to news services.Georg Petersen, the WHO representative in Jakarta, said the virus that killed the woman appeared to be the same as viruses circulating in poultry in Indonesia, according to a report yesterday in the New York Times. The finding, which he called reassuring, was based on a genetic analysis of the virus by Malik Peiris at Hong Kong University.According to the story, Peiris said his analysis, not yet complete, suggests that the virus had not exchanged genes with human flu viruses, an event that could enable it to spread more readily from person to person.See also:Sep 22 WHO statement

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first_imgDavid Lanning, who is leading the ‘Next Generation’ fund, said it “brings the pioneering impact work undertaken by private equity investors to public emerging markets, where we believe there is much more scope for impact”.Semi-permanent capitalAsked to expand on how Arisaig makes a difference to investee companies’ impact, Lanning said: “As patient, constructive, long-term minded investors, we believe we can provide positive impact businesses with an important base of semi-permanent capital from which to expand revenues and impact at a sustainable pace for many years to come, freed from the arbitrary timescales and exit requirements which often accompany private investors.“Our selective approach and low portfolio turnover allows us to develop in-depth knowledge of target companies,” he added. ”The longevity of our relationships with them and the experience and networks we have developed from 24 years operating in emerging markets give us the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to improving and growing impact via collaborative engagement.”“Investors who increasingly seek to maximise positive impact alongside financial returns should prioritise emerging and frontier markets”Rebecca Lewis, Arisaig’s managing partnerLanning will be supported by Lillian Wang, a former impact consultant who joined Arisaig this year and will be the fund’s impact assessment and engagement director.Rebecca Lewis, Arisaig’s managing partner, referred to “nudging” the investor’s holdings towards the most sustainable trajectory for maximising long-term financial returns.“Investors who increasingly seek to maximise positive impact alongside financial returns should prioritise emerging and frontier markets, where population sizes and scope for impact are greater,” she said.Earlier this week IPE reported that Somerset Capital had launched an emerging markets fossil fuel-free fund, driven by Swedish buffer fund AP1.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Emerging market investment boutique Arisaig Partners has launched a public markets impact fund, with the strategy understood to include seed money from a Scandinavian pension fund.Arisaig’s fund will feature a concentrated portfolio of around 25 companies, from an investment universe of about 150.They are selected based on an analysis of a company’s investment case – expected financial returns over a 20-year horizon – and impact case, which uses the Impact Management Project’s five dimensions of impact framework, as well as a governance checklist and environmental and sustainability risk assessments.In addition, companies are scored on three impact dimensions – reach, criticality and effectiveness.last_img

first_img 20 Views   no discussions NewsSports Chanderpaul holds West Indies together by: – May 18, 2012 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Photo credit: cricandcric.comLONDON, England — A typically resolute, unbeaten 87 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul propped up West Indies’ batting in the first Test against England on Thursday.The veteran left-hander again gave cogent proof to his status as the World No.1 Test batsman, anchoring the Windies to 243 for nine in their first innings at the close on the opening day at Lord’s. Opener Adrian Barath found some form with 42, Marlon Samuels made 31 and Darren Bravo scored 29 before he was run out in a tragic mix up with Chanderpaul, as lanky England fast bowler Stuart Broad captured six wickets for 72 runs from 24.4 overs, undermining the visitors after they were put in.West Indies twice dug themselves out of holes to reach 181 for four in the final session, but then collapsed to lose five wickets for 62, as Broad knocked over the middle and lower order.In another single-minded performance that has characterised his 141-Test career, Chanderpaul once again held the innings together in a knock that has so far lasted just over four hours and required 175 balls.His one-dozen boundaries were evenly spread around the historic ground and were a combination of well-timed drives, nudges and positive cross-batted shots.When West Indies slipped to 100 for four just after lunch, he paired with Marlon Samuels to add 81 for the fifth wicket and prop up the innings.West Indies were in early trouble, when James Anderson, who ended the day with two for 59 from 25 overs, removed opener Kieran Powell and vice-captain Kirk Edwards, with just over an hour gone in the morning session.The left-handed Powell made a last-minute decision to play at one that nipped back, was a split second late with his defensive shot and was bowled for five.Edwards survived a huge lbw appeal first ball and never settled, struggling for 14 balls before eventually playing across an in-swinger and falling plumb lbw for one.Barath and Bravo then combined in a positive, 54-run, third-wicket stand to ensure there was no familiar batting collapse.Right-hander Barath struck nine fours – mostly an array of rasping off-side drives – in an innings that has lasted 101 balls, while left-hander Bravo was languid and fluent in his 74-ball knock that contained four boundaries.They carried West Indies to lunch at 83 for two, but Barath lasted only 15 minutes after the interval, slashing Broad to gully, where Anderson held the catch on the second attempt.Bravo and Chanderpaul moved West Indies to three figures without major alarm before disaster struck. Dropped on 29 at 100 for three in the previous over by Graeme Swann at second slip off Anderson, Bravo was needlessly run out.Taking off for a sharp single after Chanderpaul tucked a delivery from Swann square, Bravo found himself stranded at the opposite end with his senior partner, after Chanderpaul took a few exploratory steps and then turned his back.Chanderpaul, who won a reprieve on 15 courtesy of the umpires review after being adjudged lbw to Anderson without playing a shot, then assumed responsibility for the innings.Abandoning his customary caginess, the 37-year-old played freely to raise his half-century off 103 balls with seven fours.He twice smashed leg-side boundaries off Swann in the off-spinner’s 12th over that cost 14 runs and also helped himself to a couple of well-timed cover-driven boundaries off Anderson.When Broad tested him with two successive short balls late in the evening, Chanderpaul dispatched both deliveries for four – the first a commanding pull through mid-on and the second another pull through square leg.Samuels, who hit four fours off 84 balls, tried to match Chanderpaul’s enterprise, but was caught at point off Broad.Denesh Ramdin, in his first Test for two years, stroked the third ball he received to the cover boundary, but edged the fifth – one from Broad that bounced and swung – and was caught at first slip.West Indies captain Darren Sammy then struck three lusty blows in 17, adding 32 with Chanderpaul for the seventh wicket, as they tried to keep the Windies afloat.Just when Sammy seemed set, he became Broad’s fourth victim, getting a leading edge to Tim Bresnan at gully, as he attempted to play through the leg-side.Kemar Roach lasted seven balls for six before tapping the easiest of return catches to Broad, and Fidel Edwards was caught behind for two, edging the same bowler to bring the day’s play to a close.SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES 1st Innings A. Barath c Anderson b Broad 42 K. Powell b Anderson 5 K. Edwards lbw b Anderson 1 D.M. Bravo run out (Bell/+Prior/Swann) 29 S Chanderpaul not out 87 M. Samuels c Bairstow b Broad 31 +D. Ramdin c Strauss b Broad 6 *D. Sammy c Bresnan b Broad 17 K. Roach c and b Broad 6 F. Edwards c wkpr Prior b Broad 2 Extras (b6, lb8, nb3) 17 TOTAL (9 wkts) 243S. Gabriel to batFall of wickets: 1-13 (Powell), 2-32 (K. Edwards), 3-86 (Barath), 4-100 (Bravo), 5-181 (Samuels), 6-187 (Ramdin), 7-219 (Sammy), 8-231 (Roach), 9-243 (F. Edwards)Bowling: Anderson 25-8-59-2; Broad 24.4-6-72-6 (nb3); Bresnan 20-7-39-0; Swann 18-6-52-0; Trott 2-0-7-0ENGLAND: *A. Strauss, A. Cook, J. Trott, K. Pietersen, I. Bell, J. Bairstow, +M. Prior, T. Bresnan, S. Broad, G. Swann, J. AndersonOvers: 89.3Toss: EnglandUmpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan), M. Erasmus (South Africa)TV umpire: Asad Rauf (Pakistan)Match referee: R. Mahanama (Sri Lanka)Reserve umpire: T. Robinson (England)Caribbean News Nowlast_img

first_imgILOILO City – Today’s pioneering “Dagyang sa Calle Real” eventaims to bring back the ‘80s and ‘90s merrymaking vibe of the 52-year-oldDinagyang Festival. It is expected to attract a crowd of some 25,000 revelers,according to the Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI). The festivalstarted in 1967. A replica of the Santo Niño de Cebu was brought from Cebu tothe San Jose de Placer Church. The image was enthusiastically received by theIlonggos who danced on the streets of Iloilo City. But he urged merrymakers to follow rules and regulations. Drinkingon glass bottles is prohibited. Revelers on motorized vehicles or bicycles arenot allowed. All of today’s events will be capped by the “ILOMINATION” concertat Plazoleta Gay featuring popular bands from Metro Manila. The Dinagyang Festival highlight is on Sunday, Jan. 26 – thecrowd-drawing ati tribes competition. According to Chua, backpacks, pointed objects, lighters, and theuse of unauthorized drones are also prohibited during the “Dagyang sa CalleReal”, while ordinances outlawing smoking, vaping and littering will also bestrictly enforced. After the mass, Father Edcel Alcayaga and Mayor Jerry Treñas willgo out and lead the crowd while raising the image of Senor Santo Niño to signalthe start of the dagyang(merrymaking). “Dagyang sa Calle Real” will be followed by the Dinagyang FestivalSponsors’ Mardi Gras at 1 p.m. at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand on MuelleLoney Street, and by 6 p.m. the city mayor will lead the ceremonial lighting ofall buildings along the Calle Real from Plazoleta Gay to Sunburst Park. According to Chua, because of the huge crowd expected today, theIFFI prepared for medical emergencies in coordination with the City HealthOffice (CHO) and Philippine Red Cross. Some 25 more tribes or groups from various schools and localgovernment units in Iloilo province will also be participating. Home to several fine examples of ancient luxury American-eraneoclassical, beaux-art and art deco buildings, Calle Real has been famoussince the Spanish era. Its importance dwindled through the years and the streetbecame less maintained; however, there have been efforts to revitalize it inrecent years, including the restoration of what are now known as century-oldheritage buildings. It is also important to stay hydrated and make sure to eatsomething before joining the dagyangto avoid fainting, he added. Revelers can freely join the dancing tribes. center_img Dinagyang isknown for its participants’ impressive choreography and striking costumes thatreflect Ilonggo ingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry. Fortuna advised revelers to drink moderately. Six ambulances will be on standby on Calle Real. An emergency medical unit will be set up at the Custom’s House infront of Sunburst Park. It has been votedthe “best tourism event” three times in a row – 2006, 2007 and 2008 – by theAssociation of Tourism Officers in the Philippines./PN “Everybody is invited to join. The entire Calle Real is dedicatedto merrymaking this Saturday,” said Philipp Chua, chairperson of the IFFI’sCommittee on Dagyang sa Calle Real. “Dagyang sa Calle Real” will start with a 7 a.m. Mass at the SanJose De Placer Church in Plaza Libertad. Nine barangay-based tribes (Angola, Aninipay, Molave, Sagasa,Sagrada, Parianon, Kanyao, Hamili, and Panaad) will start performing from 8a.m. to 1 p.m. on the long stretch of Calle Real. The “Religious Sadsad” follows at 7p.m. in front of San Jose dePlacer Church. Calle Real (Spanish for “RoyalStreet”), officially named as J.M.Basa Street, is an over-a-century old street in the olddowntown/commercial district (now the City Proper).  “Allowed ang drinking sa route so most likely basi iban matam-an sa ilimnon butprepared man ang anom namon ka strategicallylocated ambulances with the ground teams,” said Dr. Ronald Jay Fortuna of theCHO.last_img

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