Nov 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The United States proposed today that a small group of experts be appointed immediately to plan a fast response in case an influenza pandemic erupts, as an international conference on avian and pandemic flu continued in Geneva.Stewart Simonson, assistant secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), proposed that the World Health Organization (WHO) set up the expert panel, according to the Associated Press (AP). He also suggested that the panel be assigned to make a plan for closing gaps in flu surveillance and to complete both plans in time for the WHO’s executive board meeting in January.”We must go beyond generalized planning and well-intentioned expressions of cooperation,” the AP quoted Simonson as saying. “Now is the time to speak and act with specificity.”Hundreds of experts in human and animal health and other fields gathered at the WHO in Geneva yesterday for the 3-day conference. The stated goal of the meeting is to forge an international consensus on how to combat H5N1 avian flu and prepare for a potential human flu pandemic.Experts at the meeting disagreed today on whether the H5N1 virus can be eradicated in poultry, according to another AP report. Controlling the virus in poultry is considered the best way to keep it from evolving into a pandemic strain.Samuel Jutzi of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told the AP that the world could stamp out the virus in poultry in “a matter of a year,” provided enough money is invested. However, current spending is not enough to do the job, he said.Jutzi, who was interviewed on the sidelines of the conference, observed that the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong all have eliminated highly pathogenic avian flu from their poultry stocks in recent years, the AP reported. He said the FAO would reveal tomorrow its estimate of the cost of eradicating the virus in poultry.Alejandro Thiermann of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) told the AP he does not think the virus can be eradicated in poultry. “The virus is here to stay until, through genetic mutations, it really causes havoc or it’s defeated by nature and disappears,” he said.On the other hand, Thiermann said the virus can be managed by rapidly detecting and stopping new outbreaks, according to the story. “We certainly have the tools to bring it to a point where we can manage it and almost eliminate the chance of it becoming a pandemic strain,” he said.In other news, lawmakers in Washington, DC, today voiced objections to President Bush’s $7.1 billion strategy for battling avian and pandemic flu, the AP reported. Some Republicans called the plan too costly, while Democrats said it shortchanges state and local governments. The plan was unveiled last week.Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said he would not support the proposal because it would increase the budget deficit. At a hearing today, he asked if the administration would help Congress find savings in other programs to pay for pandemic preparedness, according to the story. But HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said Bush views the pandemic threat as an emergency.Democrats at the hearing questioned whether the administration plan provides enough money for state and local preparedness, the AP reported. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., called the plan “long on directions and short on resources for nonfederal partners in pandemic preparedness.”Meanwhile, the drug company Roche announced today it had stopped selling oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in China and was turning over supplies to the government, according to another AP story.Supplies of the antiviral drug are “being transferred to China’s Ministry of Health for centralized allocation and distribution,” Roche’s Chinese division said in a statement quoted by the AP. The statement said that in case of a pandemic, “the government is in the best position to handle rapid response and distribution.”Oseltamivir is one of very few drugs believed to be effective against the H5N1 virus. Concerns about possible hoarding of the drug recently prompted Roche to restrict sales in the United States, Germany, Canada, and Switzerland.Yesterday Roche announced it would increase production of oseltamivir to 300 million treatment courses annually by 2007, according to another AP report. That would be a tenfold increase in production since 2004, the company said.Roche said it had received requests from more than 150 governments and companies to produce generic versions of oseltamivir or to get involved in outsourced production, the story said. The company reported it had begun negotiations with eight companies and several governments, including Taiwan and Vietnam.See also:WHO page on Geneva meeting, with links to presentationshttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/2005/meeting_avian_influenza/en/index.html
“I am happy to award our troops fortheir offensive spirit displayed during encounters for the past weeks,” saidArevalo. Soldiers recovered a rifle grenade,two magazines of AK 47, 117 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition, and electricalwires for anti-personal mines, among others. The awarding was followed by atraditional military “boodlefight” as a simple celebration of the saidaccomplishment./PN The encounter in Kabankalan followedthe pursuit operations of troops from 31st Division Reconnaissance Company whofought with some 15 communist rebels in neighboring Himamaylan City lastSunday. After a 15-minute gun battle, theestimated 10 communist rebels retreated. On Oct. 6, the troops of 31st DivisionReconnaisance Company encountered more or less 15 NPA- terrorist at Sitio Bugo,Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. During the encounter, Patrolman JohnImedio Gallero Javier was slightly injured in a combat operation with Armysoldiers in Sitio Basak, Barangay Tan-awan in Kabankalan City. BACOLOD City – Sixteen soldiers and 17policemen received commendation medals for demonstrating bravery in a series ofencounters against communist rebels in southern Negros Occidental last week. This is the 5th time for troopsof 62IB received medals from Arevalo since he assumed command on Oct. 29 lastyear. Brigadier General Benedict Arevalo,commander of the Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade (303IB), awarded ledthe awarding rites held at the headquarters of the 62nd Infantry Batallion(62IB) in Barangay Libas, Isabela,Negros Occidental on Monday. The awardees were soldiers of the 31stDivision Reconnaissance Company (31DRC) and policemen of the 6th RegionalMobile Force Battalion 6 (RMFB6). Sixteen soldiers and 17 policemen received commendation medals for demonstrating bravery in a series of encounters against communist rebels in southern Negros Occidental last week. 303RD IB
Having just won two of their last eight league fixtures, and still trying to recover from last weekend’s draw by a late penalty at Goodison Park, Manchester United will be desperate for all three points against Tottenham Hotspurs on Sunday, while Tottenham will be aiming to open up a nine-point lead over their rivalsManchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs need positive results in tomorrow’s encounter to keep pace with their rivals and all signs point towards an entertaining encounter. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost just one Premier League fixture this season while the Red Devils have not won on home soil since beating champions Leicester in September.Spurs will go into the game in confident mood, having seemed to rediscover their mojo during a midweek victory over CSKA Moscow. And the north Londoners are also expected to be the fresher of the two sides with Jose Mourinho’s men set to endure an energy-sapping trip to Ukraine.Pochettino has confirmed that Erik Lamela remains unavailable as he continues to nurse a hip injury that’s already kept him out for Tottenham’s last eight matches in all competitions. The attacker is struggling to overcome the niggling problem but he also flew back to Argentina earlier this week due to personal reasons so he’s certain to miss Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford.In a double blow, Pochettino also revealed that Vincent Janssen remains unavailable for selection due to an ankle injury and it may take up to another two weeks before the Dutch international is able to return.There was some positive news to come out of Pochettino’s team news update as the Argentinean coach confirmed that Ben Davies is back in contention after recovering from an ankle injury that’s hampered him in recent weeks.Toby Alderweireld is also back in the frame to return to action in the Premier League after making a successful comeback from a knee injury during Tottenham’s 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Spurs head to Old Trafford sitting fifth in the table, six points above Man Utd but can move level on points with fourth-placed Manchester City with a win this weekend.Interestingly, Pochettino has claimed Jose Mourinho gets rough justice from refrees and the FA because he is the Special One.The Manchester United boss served his second touchline ban of the season last week for kicking over a water bottle – and has also been fined £50,000 for comments about ref Anthony Taylor before the Liverpool game.But the Tottenham boss said: “It is too difficult sometimes to control yourself. You get frustrated on the touchline but I think he doesn’t do anything different from me or other managers. His behaviour is normal. It is too difficult to be on the touchline when you are frustrated with decisions. Sometimes you show your disappointment during the game but he isn’t different from other managers.“I cannot say anything against him because always he has my full respect. I like Mourinho – I have a good relationship with him – but I try to be objective as well. And I think his behaviour is no different from anyone else but because he is the Special One, sometimes people and referees and the media focus on him. But if you compare him to another manager, other managers behave worse than him and they are not in the focus because they are not the Special One like him.”The Argentine added: “For me he is the Special One and will always will be the Special One. For me, he was a reference when I worked at Espanyol at the start of my career.“He was always very kind with myself and opened his door. Always I assess my colleagues try to be objective I really believe he is one of the best. Sometimes you struggle a bit, not easy to arrive at new club, set up ideas and philosophy but for me he was is will be one of best managers in football history.”Meanwhile, today’s teatime sees Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side travel to the King Power Stadium to face the defending champions. When Leicester hosted Manchester City in December last year, a goalless draw showed they were capable of holding their own against their challengers at the top of the table before they went on to finish above them all.This time around, the situation is somewhat different; their defeat at Sunderland means the Foxes go into the game just two points above the bottom three and Claudio Ranieri’s men are now facing up to the prospect of a relegation battle.Manchester City are also reeling after last weekend, when they lost vital ground to Chelsea in the title race and saw Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho sent off after the team collectively lost their heads in the closing stages.In Aguero’s absence, the pressure is on the talented Nigerian, Kelechi Iheanacho to fill the goalscoring void in City’s attack. His equaliser against Celtic in midweek showed he is capable of doing so, and he will hope to be the latest to take advantage of the slip in Morgan’s standards since last season.The most recent clash between these two sides was when outsiders truly started to believe Leicester could win the league; their comfortable 3-1 win at the Etihad in February was one of the most impressive performances in Leicester’s remarkable campaign, and that was Leicester’s first win in this fixture since 2003, with City having won 53 of these meetings to Leicester’s 28.Meanwhile, West Ham United will welcome back defender Aaron Cresswell and midfielder Michail Antonio for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool, but Cheikhou Kouyate will miss the game.All three players picked up groin injuries in West Ham’s League Cup defeat by Manchester United on November 30.“From the three players who got injured in the EFL Cup game, a couple of them should be back,” manager Slaven Bilic told a news conference on Friday.“Antonio and Cresswell are training with us today after the press conference and according to the medical reports they are fit and they are okay.“With Cheikhou Kouyate, it is a little bit different. We were hoping he would be okay for Sunday’s game, but unfortunately he will have to miss it.“It’s not a big injury, but he has a great chance to make it for the Burnley game in midweek.”West Ham are 17th in the table and have not won in the league since October, but the under pressure Bilic said he had spoken to the club’s chairman David Sullivan and felt he still had the support of the club’s hierarchy.“We didn’t have a meeting, we had a conversation like we normally have,” the manager added.“Since I’ve been here, I speak to the chairman a couple of days after every game. After Saturday’s game we spoke on Monday and had a good conversation, but not a meeting.“I feel the support and have said that so many times and I felt that support in our conversation this week. I believe in myself and my staff and look at what we achieved last year and I believe there is time to turn it around.” West Ham’s last league outing ended in a 5-1 home defeat by Arsenal, and Bilic said his players had reacted well in training ahead of their trip to third-placed Liverpool.“We all felt bad last Saturday,” he added. “We were one-down after 70 minutes so to lose 5-1 left us disappointed, frustrated and angry but you have to get over it, which we have done and we have a big game on Sunday.“I have told the players we have got to be positive and I’ve had a great reaction from them this week in training.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Dhawan and Ma earned the third state tournament berth by beating Mannara and Plunkett 6-0, 7-6, perhaps a bit of revenge after WG ended F-M’s 267-match win streak a week earlier.While all this was going on, Hatton was running over the singles field. In his first two matches, against Auburn’s William Clark and Manlius-Pebble Hill standout Dan Braverman, Hatton did not lose a game in four total sets.Only the semifinal proved a bit challenging for Hatton, who still rolled past Baldwinsville’s Antonio Marsallo 6-4, 6-2, setting up a final where he got a third 6-0, 6-0 shutout to beat Mexico’s Joe Ocker.Marsallo had, in the round of 16, ousted J-D’s Mark Bratslavsky 6-2, 6-3, and he would go on to beat Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s Jacob Starke by those same scores for third place to join Hatton and Ocker in the state tournament field. Braverman had won, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, over Cicero-North Syracuse’s James Corl before falling to Hatton.Elsewhere in doubles, MPH’s Anthony Pitts and Harry Xu lost, 6-3, 6-1, to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Johnathan Corl and Brandon Millias, with F-M’s Ben Farber-McEntee and Andy Sun taking a 7-6, 6-0 defeat to Oneida’s Aidan and Ajay Hicks.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Boys tennisCBAF-MJ-D It went three sets, with the Vlassis brothers prevailing 6-3 in the first, but dropping the second 6-4. However, in the third set the CBA pair took over, blanking Dhawann and Ma 6-0.Meanwhile, J-D’s duo of Essex Glowaki and Dhruv Nanavati was sweeping toward the finals and a state tournament berth, dropping just three games in the first two rounds and then running over West Genesee’s Matt Mannara and James Plunkett 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals.However, Glowaki and Nanavati were no match for the Vlassis brothers, who swept them 6-1, 6-0 in the championship round at Nottingham High School. Whether playing in singles or doubles, area high school boys tennis teams claimed a sweep of the top spots during the Section III state qualifying tournament held earlier this week.Jamesville-DeWitt star Peter Hatton did not lose a set on his way to the singles championship, while in doubles Christian Brothers Academy had Ben and Dean Vlassis win a pair of local duels to finish first.Having already won two matches in the early rounds May 22 at Utica Parkway, the Vlassis brothers met Fayetteville-Manlius stars Rohan Dhawan and Riley Ma in an epochal semifinal.