Egypt, Indonesia report human H5N1 cases

first_imgMar 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The accumulation of human cases of H5N1 avian influenza continued with the reporting of one case each in Egypt and Indonesia in the past 2 days.Officials in Egypt said a 4-year-old boy from the Nile delta town of Daqahliya tested positive yesterday, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published yesterday. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the case in a notice today.The boy, who fell ill Mar 7 and was hospitalized the next day, was in stable condition, the WHO said. A health ministry official said the boy caught the virus from birds raised by his family, according to AFP.Egypt has had 24 confirmed H5N1 cases, 13 of them fatal, according to the WHO. Those include six cases with three deaths so far this year; the rest were in 2006.In Indonesia, officials reported today that a 20-year-old woman from East Java was in critical condition in a hospital, according to a Reuters report. Joko Suyono, a data analyst at the national avian flu center in Jakarta, said the woman had cleaned an area where a neighbor had dumped dead chickens, the story said.By the WHO’s count, Indonesia has had 81 human cases of H5N1 illness, with 63 deaths. The WHO has not yet recognized the young woman’s case or four previous cases reported by Indonesian officials since Jan 29, when the agency confirmed a fatal H5N1 infection in a 6-year-old girl from Central Java province. Those four cases involved a 15-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man, reported Feb 6, plus a 22-year-old woman and a 9-year-old boy, reported Feb 12. Both of the latter patients died of the illness.With the new case in Egypt, the WHO’s global tally of human cases reported since H5N1 began spreading widely in late 2003 reached 278 cases with 168 deaths.In other developments, South Korea reported killing more than 35,000 ducks on farms to control an H5N1 outbreak reported last week, according to an AFP report published yesterday.The disease erupted on a breeding farm in Cheonan, 56 miles south of Seoul, the story said. A city official said culling was done on that farm and four neighboring farms.See also:Jan 29 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_01_29/en/index.htmllast_img read more

‘We love you, 45’ – Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs mourned and remembered

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Skaggs, a product of Santa Monica High who had spent most of his 10-year professional career in the Angels organization, was 27 years old. ARLINGTON, Texas — Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room on Monday afternoon, just hours before the club was scheduled to play a game against the Texas Rangers.The game was canceled just as the Angels released the shocking news at around 4 p.m. central time.MORE COVERAGE:Death of Tyler Skaggs is latest in long list of Angels tragediesAngels fans make an all-too-familiar tribute to Tyler SkaggsTyler Skaggs biography – Life and baseball career of Angels pitcherMike Trout, Jered Weaver react to Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ deathPhotos: Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs through the years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Skaggs was discovered in his room at the team’s hotel in Southlake, which is about 20 minutes north of the ballpark in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Southlake police department announced that ­“at this time, no foul play is suspected.” The police also said suicide is not suspected.The police responded at 2:18 p.m. to a call of an “unconscious male” in a room at the hotel. Officers arrived and Skaggs was pronounced dead at the scene, the police said.The first of two Angels buses was prepared to leave the team hotel for the ballpark at about 3 p.m. when traveling secretary Tom Taylor boarded the bus and delivered the news. Players remained at the hotel and the few players and staff members who had come to the ballpark early returned to the hotel.“I’m in utter shock and disbelief,” General Manager Billy Eppler said in a phone interview from Southern California, as he prepared to join the team in Texas. “It’s just a very tragic day for the Angels. It’s a very tragic day for his wife Carli, and his mother Debbie. His father, Dan. … It’s just a tragic day for everybody. This young man touched a lot of peoples’ lives. I think you’re going to start to see the impact he’s had on people in the coming days.”PreviousThe Angels’ Tyler Skaggs poses during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium IN 2016. (PHOTO BYKEVIN SULLIVAN, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels’ pitcher Tyler Skaggs poses during the annual Spring Training Photo Day at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angeles’ Tyler Skaggs #45 during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs looks to the dugout against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was on hand go give autographs to fans that came out for the Angels Moving Day event IN 2015. (Photo by PAUL RODRIGUEZ, Orange County REGISTER/SCNG)Joseph Silver, 8, of Victorville gets his opportunity for an autograph from Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs at the Angels Moving Day event in 2015. In addition to autographs, all fans received a coupon for a free ticket.(Photo by PAUL RODRIGUEZ, Orange County REGISTER/SCNG)Tyler Skaggs poses during photo day at the Angels’ Spring Training facility in Tempe, AZ on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Tyler Skaggs poses during photo day at the Angels’ Spring Training facility in Tempe, AZ on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Tyler Skaggs throws to the plate during workouts at the Angels’ Spring Training facility in Tempe, AZ on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Pitcher Tyler Skaggs poses during the Angels’ Photo Day at Spring Training in Tempe, AZ on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Pitcher Tyler Skaggs watches from the dugout during the Angels’ Spring Training home-opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ on Saturday, February 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Tyler Skaggs poses during photo day at the Angels’ Spring Training facility in Tempe, AZ on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Pitcher Tyler Skaggs watches from the dugout during the Angels’ Spring Training home-opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ on Saturday, February 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, shown in a file photo, allowed three runs in a 19-pitch first inning on Wednesday night, be he retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced in the following four innings against the Indians. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs reacts after giving up a walk to Minnesota Twins’ C.J. Cron in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 26: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after striking out Ryan O’Hearn #66 of the Kansas City Royals for the third out with the bases loaded during the 4th inning of the game at Kauffman Stadium on April 26, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs watches from the bench in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 28: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 28, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)TORONTO, CANADA – MAY 10: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch in the third inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 10, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (45) is taken out of the baseball game by manager Brad Ausmus during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws a pitch during first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, June 23, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)Los Angeles Angels’ Tyler Skaggs pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs flips the ball to first in time to get Tampa Bay Rays’ Travis d’Arnaud out during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the second inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, June 13, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, right, talks to catcher Dustin Garneau during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels stretches during spring training at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday, February 22, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Angeles’ Tyler Skaggs #45 during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Angeles’ Tyler Skaggs #45 during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Angeles’ Tyler Skaggs #45 during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Angels’ Tyler Skaggs poses during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium IN 2016. (PHOTO BYKEVIN SULLIVAN, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 35The Angels’ Tyler Skaggs poses during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium IN 2016. (PHOTO BYKEVIN SULLIVAN, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandSkaggs and his wife, Carli, were just married in the past offseason. They did not have children. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Skaggs attended Santa Monica High, graduating in 2009. The Angels selected him that summer with the 40th overall pick in the draft. Mike Trout was selected in the same draft, and the two were briefly roommates during their first season as professionals.“Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel right now,” Trout said in an Instagram post. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Carli and their families. Remembering him as a great teammate, friend, and person who will forever remain in our hearts … We love you, 45.”The Angels traded Skaggs to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 and re-acquired him in 2013. He was the most senior member of the pitching staff. Skaggs had a breakthrough in the first half of last season, pitching to a near All-Star level before injuries derailed the second half of his season.Having spent the bulk of his career with the Angels, Skaggs was a favorite of many throughout the organization.“Very well-liked among his teammates, the coaches the performance staff, the front office, ownership, everybody,” Eppler said. “The people who handle our food service and catering. Everybody enjoyed being around Tyler. He just had a very good way about him that was instilled from his upbringing.”Broadcaster Mark Gubicza, who was on the bus when Taylor delivered the news, said he and the other players he’d seen in the ensuing hours were still reeling.“It’s like it wasn’t real,” Gubicza said. “It hasn’t begun to sink in. The outpouring from people. They love him. He’s a funny dude. He’s a baby. He’s a kid.”News of his passing sent shock waves around the major leagues, starting with Monday’s scheduled opponent, the Rangers.“The Texas Rangers organization wants to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss. The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Texas Rangers and all of their fans are with the Angels organization at this difficult time,” read a statement from the Rangers.Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said after they heard the news from Major League Baseball the decision to cancel the game was made quickly. Monday’s game will be made up when the Angels return to Arlington in August, the Rangers announced.As of now, the remaining three games of this series are still on schedule, but Daniels said they haven’t discussed any further postponements.“Whatever the Angels need at this point takes priority,” Daniels said.Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he called a meeting to break the news to his players.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “There were a lot of pretty emotional guys in there,” Woodward said. “Some guys knew him. (Jesse Chavez) had played with him in L.A. Some guys were pretty visibly shaken. … It’s heartbreaking.”Woodward also said that he always admired Skaggs as a competitor, and from his reputation as a person.“I asked around personally about who he was and everybody spoke very highly about him,” Woodward said. “It’s just awful that he’s not going to be around anymore.”MLB commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement.“I am deeply saddened by today’s tragedy in Texas. All of us at Major League Baseball extend our deepest condolences to Tyler’s wife Carli, their family, their friends and all of his Angels’ teammates and colleagues. We will support the Angels’ organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler’s teammates and other members of the baseball family.”Skaggs is the third active Angels player to die in his 20s since 1978, when Lyman Bostock died. Bostock was also 27. Nick Adenhart died in 2009, at age 22. 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IMF report ‘ringing bells’ about state of the economy – Jagdeo

first_imgA recent report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has highlighted the dire state of the Guyanese economy, which Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says careful attention should be paid to.Having looked at the report in its entirety, Jagdeo said it has highlighted some important facts and is also “ringing some bells about our future and state of our economy.”In referring to some content of that report, Jagdeo noted that the report has highlighted the fact that credit to business sector grew by 0.9 per cent in 2017, which is less than one per cent.“That’s less than inflation. That there is a high level of nonperforming loans. That we have a large exposure as a percentage of capital,” he read from the report.Jagdeo bemoaned the fact that the report noted that the IMF looked at several countries where the average is 20 per cent, but in Guyana’s case it is 160 per cent of capital (level of exposure).He also pointed to another fact in the report is the low level of provisioning coverage as a percentage of non-performing loans. “So if you have to provide for them, it will affect seriously the profitability of most of our banks. These are very important points in that report,” he added.In addition to that, the report also pointed to corresponding banking relationships still being an issue.The IMF noted that fiscal deficit remained stable in 2017. The Government deficit was 4.5 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), lower than the budgeted 5.6 per cent. This better than expected outturn was largely supported by higher revenue arising from improvements in tax administration.In 2018, the deficit is projected to widen to 5.4 per cent of GDP due to the cost of restructuring the sugar industry, including severance payments to displaced workers, as well as an increase in infrastructure related capital expenditure.Guyana’s last best growth rate was 5.2 per cent in 2013. World Bank records show Guyana’s growth rates in 2014 was 3.8 per cent, 2015 3.2 per cent, and 2016 3.3 per cent. Finance Minister Winston Jordan had claimed that the poor performance was linked the dismal figures to sectors including sugar.However, as the IMF focused on the fiscal outlook for Guyana’s in its recent report, it noted that the country’s medium-term prospects are favourable. The commencement of oil production in 2020 will be a turning point. The main direct effect on the domestic economy will be through higher fiscal revenue, and spillovers to supporting activities. The balance of payments will swing sharply to positive after 2020.“Oil revenue significantly improves the fiscal outlook, and is expected to place the public debt on a downward trajectory. The mission welcomed the progress made on establishing a comprehensive fiscal framework for managing oil wealth,” it explained.An important point made by the IMF was the fact that debt sustainability concerns are weakened by future oil revenues, but it warned that the financing of short-term deficits should be carefully managed.“The mission supports the authorities’ prudence towards private external borrowing. The authorities were encouraged to rely to the extent possible on development banks, including non-concessional financing, and to follow-up on their plans to develop the domestic bond market,” it added. Meanwhile, notwithstanding significant upside benefits, the prospect of revenue from the oil sector could lead to real exchange rate appreciation, eroding competitiveness in some sectors.Nevertheless, Jagdeo and his party has long argued that the coalition Government does not have what it takes to manage the affairs of the local economy.He has spoken repeatedly about the increasing debt portfolio by constantly borrowing millions ahead of the impending oil and gas sector.The former Head of State maintains that the People’s Progressive Party is best suited to handle both the economic and social affairs of the country on any given day.last_img read more