Jun 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnamese health officials announced yesterday that two more patients tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, while animal-health officials suggested that unvaccinated ducks may be to blame for Vietnam’s recent rash of poultry outbreaks.Nguyen Huy Nga, director of Vietnam’s preventive medicine administration, said tests at a Vietnamese laboratory confirmed that a 28-year-old man from Tranh Hoa province and a 29-year-old woman from Ha Nam province, both in the northern part of the country, were infected with the H5N1 virus, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday.Other media reports were unclear on the patients’ exact ages and the gender of the patient from Tranh Hoa. However, most reports, including stories today from two Vietnamese news services, said the patient from Tranh Hoa got sick after eating meat from an infected duck and was released from a hospital after recovering from pneumonia-like symptoms.Vietnamese news services also reported that the woman from Ha Nam province was in critical condition at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi. Officials were trying to learn how she was exposed to the virus.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the two cases and two others reported by Vietnam over the past few weeks, the country’s H5N1 case count will rise to 97. For now, the count stands at 93 cases and 42 deaths.Since early May, Vietnam has battled H5N1 outbreaks in 15 provinces. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Vietnamese agriculture officials recently conducted a joint investigation of outbreaks in Nam Dinh province, one of the affected areas. In a report released 2 days ago, the FAO said this year’s outbreaks are occurring later in the year than expected.Historically, January and February have been the worst months for the spread of H5N1, because of high consumer demand for poultry products during Lunar New Year (Tet) celebrations and because cooler temperature have been thought to favor the virus’s survival in the environment, the FAO report said.Investigators believe an increase in the numbers of ducks, many of which are unvaccinated, released to graze on newly harvested rice paddies are the reason for the later-than-usual spike in bird outbreaks this year, the report said. Farmers typically bring ducks that are hatched in nearby provinces to graze on harvested paddies in Nam Dinh province. Investigators found that unvaccinated young ducks, whose breeding cycles may not have corresponded with local vaccination campaigns, were released onto the rice paddies.”Free range duck production is an excellent system for farming, but there are risks and challenges involved,” said Andrew Speedy, FAO’s Vietnam representative, in the report. The agency recommends that officials ensure that all ducks are vaccinated, require hatcheries to meet basic biosecurity standards, and discourage small hatcheries.The FAO said current poultry vaccines are still effective and that it was assisting the government with the study of the H5N1 virus circulating in poultry. Jeffrey Gilbert, chief technical advisor of the FAO’s avian influenza program in Vietnam, said, “So far, genetic sequencing of recent viral isolates has shown no significant changes in the antigenicity of the virus.”Elsewhere, the health ministry in Malaysia said yesterday that five people in two central states have been quarantined for suspected H5N1 infection, Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported. The patients include three children and two adults. An 11-year-old boy was isolated at a hospital in Selangor state, while the others were hospitalized in Pahang state, the AFP report said.Chua Soi Lek, a health ministry official, told AFP all the patients had had contact with dead chickens. He added that 16 other people who were hospitalized with flulike symptoms have tested negative for the virus.The H5N1 virus resurfaced in Malaysian poultry early this month, marking the country’s first outbreak since February 2006, but it has never had a confirmed human H5N1 case.Meanwhile, the WHO yesterday confirmed the latest H5N1 case reported in Egypt, in a 4-year-old girl from Qena governorate who got sick on Jun 7 and was hospitalized 3 days later. She was reported to be in stable condition. An initial investigation revealed the girl had been exposed to dead birds. The case confirmation brings Egypt’s H5N1 total to 36 cases, of which 15 have been fatal.See also:Jun 7 FAO reporthttp://www.fao.org/avianflu/news/vietnam.htmlJun 12 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_06_12/en/index.html
Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto has said that foreign investment rules – namely the priority investment list – may be issued by the government before the sweeping omnibus bills on job creation and taxation pass into law.Airlangga said the priority list would allow certain business sectors to get fiscal incentives such as tax holidays and super tax deductions. The government would also prohibit 100 percent foreign ownership in small and medium businesses.“We are still harmonizing [the investment list], and we will provide the priorities to investors so that during the list campaign we do not have to say, ‘These are the sectors that you are not allowed to invest in,’” the minister said at a media briefing in Jakarta on Monday evening. Read also: Government to liberalize investment in omnibus bill on job creationThe government has long floated the idea of changing the current negative investment list (DNI) to a so-called positive investment list. Currently, the DNI regulates which business sectors are open, prohibited or open with certain conditions to foreign investment.In the omnibus bill on job creation, the government will open all business sectors to direct investment except those it explicitly declares prohibited from such activity or those that can only be handled by the government.The prohibited areas are narcotics, gambling, chemical weapons, ozone-depleting substances, coral extraction and fishing for endangered species based on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Topics : Further details on the investment policy will be regulated in a presidential regulation, the bill states.The government expects the bill, if passed into law, to cut regulatory red tape and attract more investment into the country to help boost stagnant economic growth. Indonesia’s economy grew by 5.02 percent last year, down from 5.17 percent in 2018, as investment and exports cooled.Read also: Key points of labor reform in omnibus bill on job creation: What we know so farPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has also submitted to the House of Representatives the omnibus bill on taxation, which will lower corporate income tax from the current 25 percent to 20 percent by 2023. The bill will also lower tax penalties, ease income tax regulations for expatriates and work toward taxing multinational digital firms that have no physical presence in Indonesia but that benefit from activities in the local market.Airlangga said that labor-intensive industries would receive a tax holiday. “For instance, if a company wanted to build a garment factory with 2,000 workers, they would receive a tax holiday.”The minister added that large investments would also receive similar tax incentives, adding that an investment of US$750 million may allow a company to have a tax holiday for 15 years.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed to sign a contract extension with Arsenal (Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed a new three-year contract with Arsenal, according to reports.The 31-year-old’s current deal with the Gunners is due to expire next summer where he would then be able to leave on a free transfer.However, The Athletic now report that Aubameyang has agreed to extend his stay with the club and will sign a new three-year deal ‘imminently’.The report claims that Mikel Arteta played an instrumental role in convincing the striker to stay at Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENTIt’s also reported that the terms of Aubameyang’s deal were arranged by Arsenal’s former head of football, Raul Sanllehi, before the Gunners’ technical director, Edu, finalised the terms.AdvertisementAdvertisementAubameyang’s new contract is believed to be worth £250,000 a week, which will make him Arsenal’s highest-paid player when Mesut Ozil leaves the club next year. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new three-year contract with Arsenal Advertisement Comment Mikel Arteta has said he wants to build his Arsenal side around Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Getty Images)Since joining the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund for £56 million in January 2018, Aubameyang has played a key role in Arsenal’s attack, scoring 71 goals in 110 appearances.Speaking after Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final last month, Arteta claimed that he wanted Aubameyang to become a focal part of his side.‘He knows what I think about him, I want to build a squad around him,’ said the Arsenal manager.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I think moments like this will help him to believe we are on the right path and he is a big part of it.‘He is loved by everyone at the club. I think he will [stay].’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 10 Sep 2020 9:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.1kShares
“Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It’s part ballet. It’s part battleground, part playground. We clarify, amplify and glorify the name with our footage, the narration and that music, and in the end create an inspirational piece of football” , says Steve Sabol (an American sports filmmaker). Football is undoubtedly, a beautiful game and I couldn’t agree more with Simon Kuper (a British author) when he said : ” It seems that soccer tournaments create those relationships – people gathered together in pubs and living rooms, a whole country suddenly caring about the same event. A World Cup is the sort of common project that otherwise barely exists in modern societies.” Let’s face it – we all experience that euphoria during tournaments especially but of what use is this feeling to us if we treat each other unequally? Yes, euphoria is transient and I believe racism should be too if not long gone.In April 2006, FIFA launched a “Say not to racism campaign”. The main aim was to tackle racism with special regard to international issues. But are we just following those pre – match formalities when people of different colours converge at one venue with one aim but with different stereotypes, or when footballers of different nationalities exchange flags before a game, or even when children from different backgrounds parade the “Say no to racism banner” while racism still dwells with us. Or do we say no to racism just by shaking hands in front of the cameras and later fight each other and use derogatory remarks? Let’s not pretend.Racism is not a thing of the past and the sooner we deal with this canker, the better for us.Here are a few examples on how dirty racism can get.Samuel Eto’o (an award-winning Cameroonian footballer) had to endure being chanted at like a monkey by Real Zaragoza spectators during a match for FC Barcelona. In addition to that, the fans threw peanuts at him whenever he was in possession of the ball. Eto’o was at the verge of leaving the pitch in the middle of the game but the timely intervention of his team – mates and the refree succeeded in calming the enraged Eto’o down. Eto’o later got back at those fans by dancing like a monkey after Barcelona’s win. The refree (Fernando Carmen Mendez) failed to mention this incident and wrote his report as though everything went on normally. The culprit spectators were later identified by fellow spectators, handed over to the police, fined for unacceptable behaviour and banned from attending sports events for five months. But can we say that justice was served? In Zambia, the owner of Lusaka Dynamos, experienced a lot of racist remarks due to his Indian heritage. This occurred at a time that he was running for president of the Football Association of Zambia.Oguchi Onyewu ( a Nigerian born in America) aside being punched and shouted at by racist fans (while he was playing for Standard Liège) has also endured racist remarks from the likes of Jelle Van Damme who called him a “dirty ape” on several occasions during the 2008 and 2009 Championship playoff despite his complaints to the refrees. As expected, Van Damme vehemently denied ever calling Onyewu a ‘dirty ape’. Instead, he claimed to have used the words ‘dirty Flemish’. But does being black automatically mean that one is dirty? Is it a crime to black?When Felix Dja Ettien first signed for Levante, he was ignored by the coach due to his lack of fluency in the Spanish Language. The most pathetic part of his abuse is that he was accused of having either AIDS or malaria whenever he fell sick. Does African descent automatically predispose an individual to disease? Or does the ‘A’ in ‘Africa’ stand for AIDS? How sure are we when we say AIDS originated from Africa?It is completely wrong to think that Africa is an AIDS or Malaria-striken continent. Oh! Remember how Delta represented Ghana in their tweet during the World Cup soccer game in which USA beat Ghana by a 2-1 score – line. Fine, the statue of Liberty is exclusive to the United States of America. But if there are no giraffes in Ghana, why represent Ghanaians by a giraffe then? Or does this imply that all citizens of African Countries have animal-like characteristics?Despite the fact that Delta airlines removed that tweet (claiming that they had no knowledge of the fact that giraffes are not found in Ghana), it still doesn’t erase the racist picture they painted. Any discrimination or attack on an individual or a group of people based on skin colour is racist and must be frowned upon.In female football, there is less racism which is relatively good as Tasha (a Chelsea fan ) said : ” The tribalism you get in the men’s game, just isn’t really there in the women’s game.” So what are the women doing differently from the men?Well, there isn’t an absolute answer to this particular question but it can be deduced that racism is not an involuntary action after all ; meaning that it is a deliberate attempt on making someone of a different skin colour feel inferior. Racism can be brought to an end but it would have to start with each individual effort. This is not a one – man battle.Several footballers on the pitch respond to racist remarks differently. For example, the likes of Kevin Prince Boateng would choose to walk off the pitch. But I would like to refer to Dani Alves’ response as a very classic reaction to racism. It was a sweet victory ( 3-2) win for Barcelona at Villareal. But this win did not come without a lot of drama ; Dani Alves had a fan throw a banana at him while he was about to take a corner. Contrary to everyone’s expectation, Dani picked up the banana, ate it and eventually scored a goal in that match. Many people expected Dani to be enraged but after the match, the unruly behaviour of the fan rather led to an anti – racism ‘banana movement’ when players like Sergio Aguero and Marta posted photos of themselves on Twitter eating bananas to show their support for Alves. Barcelona also showed Alves a lot of solidarity. Dani Alves is also quoted to have said “I don’t know who it was, but thanks to whoever threw the banana, the potassium gave me the energy for the two crosses which led to a goal.”As interesting as some of these racism situations may be, we must all keep in mind that racism would continue to coexist with us if a conscious effort is not made to halt it. Ian Holloway (Blackpool manager) in his post match interview after Jason Euell had been subjected to racial abuse said : ” We are all human beings and Jason is a footballer. The colour of his skin shouldn’t matter.” People who speak the same language are supposed to live in unity and not hate each other. When we learn to kick racism out of the pitch, it is only then that we can boldly say that :”We all speak football”. Let’s all learn to show racism the Red Card.– Naa is a second year student at the Ghana Medical School. Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports