Way cleared for China to share H5N1 samples

first_imgSep 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US officials have resolved what they’re calling a lapse in communication that has contributed to China’s delay in sending promised poultry samples of H5N1 avian influenza virus to the United States.Early last week, a Chinese agricultural official told news services that Beijing was still working out a protocol for sharing poultry H5N1 samples with the international community, even though the government had promised in March to provide up to 20 samples for analysis in World Health Organization (WHO)-affiliated laboratories.After the announcement, the newspaper China Daily reported that the agriculture ministry had blamed a US lab for the delay, saying the lab did not complete required import procedures. A WHO representative, however, told Agence France-Presse last week that logistical arrangements were already in place.Kathy Harben, a spokesperson on global issues for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the Associated Press (AP) Sep 8 that the samples were delayed because China and the CDC had problems agreeing whether the samples should be classified as diagnosed or undiagnosed.Packing and handling procedures are the same for both, but Harben said the CDC preferred the samples be shipped as “undiagnosed” because the forms and approval process for such samples take less time. She said the approval process for “diagnosed” samples, the classification preferred by the Chinese agriculture ministry, could take weeks.China and the CDC agreed to have the samples shipped as “diagnosed,” Harben told the AP, and said she expected that the CDC would receive the samples by the end of September.Harben told CIDRAP News today that officials are still working out details about what samples are coming. “We’ll know more later,” she said.The CDC routinely works with China’s health ministry whenever it receives human H5N1 samples; however, Harben said receiving poultry samples is rare and has been somewhat more difficult because CDC officials are making arrangements with a different branch of government, the agriculture ministry.China has not shared avian flu virus samples from poultry since late 2004, according to recent news reports. Poultry H5N1 viruses, especially those from China, are needed to develop vaccines and drugs.last_img read more

Training during quarantine essential for Australian Open: Organizer

first_img“What we are negotiating, or what we’re trying to have an agreement on, is that we set up a quarantine environment where they can train and go between the hotel and the courts in those two weeks.”Tiley has always said that flexible planning via various graded scenarios would be the key to getting the tournament up and running as long as the global health crisis continued.He has revised his expected crowd numbers from the 50 percent he predicted in August down to a likely 25 percent of the normal number of visitors to Melbourne Park — roughly 100,000 people.The $15 million ATP Cup, a joint venture between the men’s tour and Tennis Australia (TA), debuted last year at the heart of a rejigged Australian Open warm-up schedule, which also included women’s events in Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart.Tiley, who doubles as TA chief executive, said holding the ATP Cup over three cities would be impossible if state borders remained closed and is hoping the improving health conditions would lead to a relaxation.”We’re getting to crunch time now. We need commitments from the governments and the health officers,” he said.”We need to kind of know in the next two weeks, maybe a month, that this is what can happen: borders are going to open and then we can have a multi-city event.”If we cannot have a multi-city event, we’ve got to reconsider everything.”Topics : Variations have been allowed in some states to allow sports teams to train while in isolation and Tiley believes something similar will be essential for the Australian Open to go ahead.”If a player has to quarantine and be stuck in a hotel for two weeks just before their season, that won’t happen,” Tiley told Australian Associated Press.”You can’t ask players to quarantine for two weeks and then step out and be ready to play a Grand Slam.”We completely accept that everyone coming from overseas has got to have two weeks in quarantine,” he added. The Australian Open will only go ahead in January if agreement can be reached with local authorities to allow players to practice while they undergo quarantine in Melbourne, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Thursday.Tiley is confident the Grand Slam will go ahead but conceded that the ATP Cup and warm-up tournaments might need to be switched to Melbourne if the borders between Australia’s states remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Melbourne remains locked down after a second spike in cases of the novel coronavirus and everyone arriving in Australia must currently quarantine for 14 days in a hotel at their own expense.last_img read more

Stafford Heights home has garden surprise

first_imgThis house at 40 Karloff Drive, Stafford Heights will go to auction on February 8.LINDA Love wakes up every morning and thinks of something to be thankful for. More often than not, it’s her garden.“What’s that Chinese proverb? If you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant a garden,” she said. The outside courtyard.So in selling 40 Karloff Drive at Stafford Heights, she is leaving a house full of happiness that was built by her late husband 31 years ago.“A true garden is shared,” she said.“A lot of my friends are in the garden. Memories of my mother and mother-in-law. It’s more than just a garden.” Brisbane auction market fires up FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The suburbs about to go boomcenter_img The elevated 1345sq m property on a circular drive backs on to the bushland around Downfall Creek which was an adventure playground for Ms Love’s four boys when they were growing up. The property is set back from the road.Late last year, Brisbane City Council moved to further secure the green corridor around Stafford Heights by buying six hectares of bushland close to Karloff Drive. The area is an important koala habitat.“I thought we may have had koalas out the back of our place too, but the marks on the trees are from possums,” she said.Karla Lynch of Ray White New Farm is selling the Alex Enborisoff- designed house which was extensively renovated six years ago to enhance its art deco and Mediterranean influences.“We opened it all the way up,” Ms Love said. The renovated kitchen on the ground level.“It’s always been a lovely home but when the renovations were done, I (now) feel it’s the way it should have always been.”The house has living areas downstairs with a home office by the entrance and a separate powder room.The renovated kitchen looks over a large dining area and down to the family room. The open-plan dining area.“I’d have to say that’s my favourite room. It leads on to a billiard room as well,’’ she said. “That’s where we’ve done most of our entertaining (we can have anything up to 40 people for Christmas lunch) and because it’s so open you can talk to people in all of those rooms.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoWalking out of the dining area to the courtyard, there are stairs leading up to the swimming pool which has its own outdoor change room with a shower and toilet. The salt water inground pool with cave feature and waterfall.A formal lounge and dining room are on the other side of the house.“Because of the layout, it’s very functional, you can be together but there was always enough room for each of us to pursue what we wanted to do as individuals and not get in each other’s hair.”All five bedrooms are on the upper level with the main bathroom. The master bedroom.The master bedroom and ensuite have been most recently renovated ahead of the property’s listing.What appears to be the smallest bedroom is also the most interesting with a spiral staircase leading to a loft area that almost doubles its floorspace.“There’s sadness in going but the realisation is that I’m one person rattling around in a huge house,” Ms Love said.“It’s always been full of laughter and kids and I’d like to think that someone is going to have as much fun and happiness here as we have had.”The house will go to auction on February 8 at 11am. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIESlast_img read more

Votto homer lifts Reds to 3-2 win over Indians

first_img COMMENT Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Joey Votto hit a two-run, go-ahead homer, Nick Castellanos also connected and the Cincinnati Reds beat Cleveland 3-2 Monday night as the Indians played again without ill manager Terry Francona.Sonny Gray shook off a tough start to the game to complete six strong innings, and Cincinnati ended a six-game home losing streak against their in-state rival.Votto snapped an 0-for-11 skid when he followed Shogo Akiyama’s leadoff single in the sixth with a no-doubt shot off Zach Plesac (0-1). The 2010 NL MVP sat out a doubleheader Sunday after self-reporting coronavirus symptoms, but he was cleared to return to the lineup Monday and hit his third homer following a negative test.Grounds crew seated behind first base cheered and played instruments — some provided by Votto — as he rounded the bases, and Votto pointed to the fan section after touching home plate.Francona missed his second straight game and the first of four straight Reds-Indians games while dealing in Cleveland with a gastrointestinal condition not believed to be connected to COVID-19. First base and catching coach Sandy Alomar managed in Francona’s absence.The series shifts on Wednesday to Cleveland for the final two games.The Indians led 2-0 after two innings, scoring as many runs off Gray as they scored while losing three straight over the weekend in Minnesota.Gray (3-0) gave up two hits in the first inning, including Francisco Lindor’s third home run of the season, a two-out line drive into the right field seats for a 1-0 lead.Gray’s control problems led to Cleveland’s second-inning run. Oscar Mercado singled softly to center field, advanced to second on Gray’s errant pickoff throw and came around to score on two wild pitches.Gray retired 12 straight batters before Lindor singled with one out in the fifth. He allowed four hits and two runs, one earned, with two walks and eight strikeouts.Michael Lorenzen pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, Nate Jones struck out Lindor with two outs and the tying run at third in the eighth, and Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for the Reds’ first 2020 save.Plesac extended his shutout streak to 11 innings over two starts this season before Castellanos lined a shot into the left-center seats for his fifth homer leading off the fourth inning. Plesac allowed four hits and three runs with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings.TRAINING ROOMIndians: C Roberto Pérez (right shoulder strain) will be re-examined Tuesday … OF Delino Deshields (unavailable) and OF Tyler Naquin (hairline fracture of right big toe) had scheduled game activity at Cleveland’s alternate training site rained out Monday. They’ll try again Tuesday.Reds: CF Nick Senzel was scratched from the original starting lineup with a sprained left ring finger. He was hurt sliding into second base on Sunday in Detroit.UP NEXTIndians: RHP Shane Bieber (2-0) has piled up a combined 14 scoreless innings over his first two 2020 starts, striking out 27.Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle starts on Tuesday in place of LHP Wade Miley, who went on the 10-day injured list on Friday with a left groin injury.Image credits: AP First Published: 4th August, 2020 09:19 ISTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 09:19 IST Votto Homer Lifts Reds To 3-2 Win Over Indians Joey Votto hit a two-run, go-ahead homer, Nick Castellanos also connected and the Cincinnati Reds beat Cleveland 3-2 Monday night as the Indians played again without ill manager Terry Francona LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more