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first_imgSep 24, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – United Kingdom health officials this week began telling several thousand Britons they may face a slightly increased risk of contracting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) because they received blood products from donors who later were found to have the disease.About 6,000 people who have hemophilia and other bleeding disorders and a few people with primary immunodeficiency or certain other conditions were to be informed of the situation, the UK Department of Health (UKDH) said in a Sep 21 news release.”Although any additional risk to these people is likely to be very small, it is necessary to take some simple steps to minimize any chance of passing on the infection,” the statement said. “These steps include not donating blood, tissue or organs, and ensuring that they tell their doctors and dentists if they undergo treatment in the future.”Variant CJD is the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, which spread through British cattle herds in the 1980s and 1990s. Nearly 150 people in Britain have suffered the fatal brain disease. It has been generally believed that these cases all resulted from eating beef products from diseased cattle.However, two cases of suspected bloodborne transmission of vCJD in Britain have been reported in the past year, one last December and one in July. These cases and related investigations prompted the decision to inform blood-product recipients of a possible increased risk.So far, nine British donors of blood plasma are known to have contracted vCJD, according to a report by the UKDH’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) in the Sep 23 issue of Eurosurveillance Weekly. Those donors made a total of 23 plasma donations, which were used in making a variety of blood products, the report says.People who received transfusions of whole blood from donors who later were found to have vCJD were contacted earlier this year and told about their possible additional risk, according to the UKDH news release. Since then, the department has traced plasma from the donors and conducted a risk assessment, which led to the decision to notify recipients of the blood products, officials said.People considered to be at risk are being contacted directly by their doctors, officials said. Health Secretary John Reid stated, “We have . . . been concerned to do everything practicable to ensure the patients directly affected are informed by the specialist doctors who care for them, so they can be given all appropriate information and support. I know this information may be difficult to absorb, which is why we are working with their doctors and other clinicians, to ensure they have the information and support they need.”The UKDH said it won’t know exactly how many people will be notified until patient records have been examined, a task that was begun Sep 9.The department said about 6,000 people with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders would receive letters about the situation, but “the number who may be affected directly is estimated to be around 4,000 people.”Others to be contacted include an estimated 50 people who have primary immunodeficiency and a few people “who have been treated with large quantities of particular plasma products for a range of conditions,” such as secondary immunodeficiency,” the UKDH said.A statement on the HPA Web site says physicians will trace and assess the recipients of implicated plasma products to determine if the patients have a high enough risk of contracting vCJD to warrant public health precautions. When precautions are warranted, physicians will take steps to ensure that patients don’t donate blood, tissue, or organs and that, if the patients undergo surgery, extra infection control steps are taken.UKDH statements describe the risk to the blood product recipients as unknown but probably very low. The news release said that plasma products are made from “pools of many thousands of donations, greatly reducing any risk of vCJD being passed on.”Reid said the government’s handling of vCJD and possible bloodborne transmission has been guided by the principles of “maximum caution and maximum openness.”See also:Report in Sep 23 Eurosurveillance Weeklyhttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=2552UK Health Protection Agency report “Variant CJD and Blood Products”http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/cjd/blood_products.htmlast_img read more

first_img Press Association Angry Gunners fans chanted for the manager to sign a striker at the end of their 1-1 draw at Leicester on Sunday. Olivier Giroud is out until January with a broken tibia and Wenger was linked with Loic Remy before he joined Chelsea on Sunday. Boss Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal fans to trust him in the transfer market and insisted they must stop dreaming of an instant solution. They never pursued a deal for the QPR man, though, despite reports of an inquiry. Rookie Yaya Sanogo started up front at the King Power Stadium but it was Alexis Sanchez who netted the opener, which was immediately cancelled out by Leonardo Ulloa. And Wenger wants supporters to remain patient despite Monday’s looming transfer deadline. “As long as the transfer market is open it makes everyone dream by thinking the solution is always somewhere but it’s not necessarily obvious,” he said. “The solution every time you don’t win is to buy someone. We are out there and we’ll try our best and you have to trust us. “You can’t think every time you don’t win a game there’s a miracle man who can win you the game. “Why did Manchester City not win against Stoke? They have plenty of strikers, football is a team sport and we cannot sell it too much as an individual sport.” And Wenger, who lost Laurent Koscielny to a head injury, insisted the Gunners will keep looking before the window closes but refused to give assurances on new arrivals. “I have been in England long enough to know I don’t want to promise when I’m not 100 per cent,” said Wenger, who also admitted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a minor calf injury. “It is not unlimited money because that’s not the way we manage the club. We will try to make the right decision but we have the resources if we think it’s the right player.” Ulloa levelled just two minutes after Sanchez’s 20th minute opener to claim a deserved point for Leicester. It was the striker’s second goal of the season, although he missed a fine chance in the second half to win the game. But boss Nigel Pearson believes his side, who have drawn two and lost one in their opening three Barclays Premier League games since promotion, are improving. “I think when you have a group of players, and a lot haven’t experience the Premier League before in this intensity, the three games we have had have been pretty tough,” he said. “They can reflect on the game and know we can get better and improve but they have given as good as they got. “That should give them confidence. “There isn’t really a great deal of pressure on the players because no-one expected us to beat them. The pressure is on when people make assumptions you should win games. We have to make sure how we judge our players is based on the standards we set ourselves. “I am pragmatic on how I look at fixtures and reflect on performances.” last_img read more

first_imgThe LA County Sheriff’s department is reporting that they have recovered a stolen hearse that contained a casket with a body inside.The Lincoln Navigator was reported stolen from outside of the St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church in East Pasadena on Wednesday night.Officials say that around 8:00 pm the mortuary attendant was switching the body’s inside of the church when the vehicle was stolen.On Thursday, a member of the public then spotted the vehicle and contacted the police.Authorities then persued the stolen vehicle and were able to recovered it after the vehicle crashed on 110 Freeway around 7:45 am.While not many details have been released regarding the case, authorities did report that one person was detained and that the casket and the body were left undisturbed.The sheriff’s department hasalso expressed their sympathy to the family of the deceased who were put through more trauma due to the suspect stealing the vehicle containing their loved one.To the suspect(s) driving around in a Black Lincoln Navigator stolen from the 700 blk of Rosemead Bl just after 8PM today in uninc #Pasadena:Out of all the bad decisions you have made, at least make one good one & bring back the deceased person & casket inside the Navigator. pic.twitter.com/Dvo7u94zL1— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) February 27, 2020last_img read more

first_img(CMC) — West Indies head coach Stuart Law said yesterday Carlos Brathwaite’s dropping from the one-day side to face Pakistan will afford the talented all-rounder the chance to further improve on his weaknesses and return a stronger player.The 28-year-old Brathwaite was left out of the 13-man squad to face Pakistan in a three-match series starting here Friday, and will now head to the Indian Premier League to take up his contract with Delhi Daredevils.“We just thought the opportunity was there for Carlos to go away and work on a few aspects of his game, mainly his fitness and bowling – getting back to bowling how he wants to bowl so he has been left out for those reasons,” the Australian said.“It just coincided that the IPL was there and we had no cricket after this ODI series and he hasn’t been part of the last Test series so the selectors gave him the option of going to the IPL, which I think is a good thing.“He can get to talk to guys like Rahul Dravid and learn how to play spin and he’ll get plenty practice with all the net bowlers who are available. He should be able to work on his fitness and work on his bowling.”Brathwaite, who shot to stardom after hitting four consecutive sixes in the final over of the Twenty20 World Cup to win the title for West Indies last April, has struggled in the one-day format in recent times.He averages 13 with the bat from 23 ODIs and averages 47 with his medium pace, having taken 21 wickets. In the three-match series against England last month, he scraped just 42 runs in three innings and failed to take a single wicket in 24 expensive overs.Brathwaite’s namesake, opener Kraigg Brathwaite, was the other player left out of the ODI squad, after also failing to impress in his 10 games to date.Law said West Indies required more explosive batting at the top of the order and selectors had therefore opted for Chadwick Walton. However, he assured Kraigg had not been discarded.“We spoke to Kraigg after the last series and we’ve spoken to him since. We’re just looking for a little bit more impetus at the top of the order,” Law pointed out.“In the first 10 overs, the power-play — we’ve probably got to make better use of those overs when we bat. It’s not like he’ll never play for the West Indies in ODI cricket again.“He’s got an opportunity again to get back into first class cricket and score runs, which he has done since he’s been back, plus it’s also a great opportunity for him to get into good nick and feeling comfortable with his game before the Test series starts.”West Indies face Pakistan in the first ODI on Friday at the Guyana National Stadium and follow up with games on Sunday and on April 11.The three-Test series bowls off April 22 in Kingston.West Indies ODI squad: — Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton.last_img read more

first_imgJAMAICA has registered a five-man team of boxers to participate in the Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors tournament,scheduled for later this month at the National Gymnasium.The team will be accompanied by two coaches and will mark the second time that the Land of Wood and Water is being represented at the tournament.Head of the Jamaica Boxing Association,Stephen `Bomber’ Jones,recently forwarded the list of participants to the Guyana Boxing Association.The Jamaicans would be led by Lightweight Daniel Hylton who would be on his third trip to Guyana.Hylton laced up gloves in the first Caribbean Development tournament held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in November 2015,and the following year participated in the first ever Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors,also held at the Sports Hall.Hylton would be supported by teammates Joseph Coley, Ramone Chung, Rushawn McWhinney and Jerone Ennis. The head coach is Gilbert Vaz,while Godfrey Collins will work as his assistant.Jamaica joins Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St Lucia and Suriname as the teams already registered for the May 12th -14th tournament. Trinidad has booked a strong team of eight boxers, while St Lucia and Barbados have registered four fighters apiece.The GBA has contracted AIBA Three Star Referee/judge, `King’ James Beckles to provide a three-day seminar for local officials. The seminar commences on May 9, the same day that the Trinidadian Beckles will arrive.last_img

first_imgVILLARD DE LANS, France (Reuters) – Lennard Kamna claimed his first Tour de France victory when he outwitted Giro d’Italia champion Richard Carapaz to win the 16th stage, a 164-km ride from La Tour du Pin yesterday.The 24-year-old German took advantage of Ecuadorian Carapaz’s momentary loss of focus at the top of the last climb of the day to go solo and finished one minute 27 seconds ahead after charging down in the descent.Swiss Sebastien Reichenbach took third place, 1:56 off the pace as Slovenian Primoz Roglic retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.Defending champion Egan Bernal, whose hopes of winning the race fell away when he cracked in Sunday’s 15th stage, was dropped from the main bunch in the ascent to Saint-Nizier, apparently suffering from back pains.It was a day to forget for Ineos-Grenadiers as Carapaz had to settle for second after two brutal attacks from the breakaway group in the decisive climb had left his rivals in the red.But Kamna, who narrowly missed out on a stage win last week when he lost a two-man sprint against Colombian Dani Martinez in Puy Mary, went solo just when Carapaz was recovering from his effort at the top.Tomorrow’s 17th stage is a brutal mountain trek in the Alps, over 170km and ending in Meribel at the top of the Col de la Loze, 2,304 metres above sea level.last_img read more

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are still going all out to land N’Golo Kante, despite Chelsea’s attempts to ward of interest by offering the midfielder a new deal.The Premier League club are prepared to make the World Cup winner their highest earner by handing him terms of £290,000 a week.The deal would see Kante earn up to £15million over five seasons, however, the Ligue 1 champions have the financial clout to better that package. And according to UK’s The Mirror, the 27-year-old has been made the top transfer target at the Parc des Princes by new boss Thomas Tuchel, who took over from Unai Emery this summer, with the club unwilling to move targets just yet.The German has seen just one new recruit through the door so far this window, with Gianluigi Buffon joining on a free having left Juventus.The club’s desire to add the France international has not been kept under wraps, however Tuchel refused to comment on the player when asked about him at a recent press conference.“It is not fair and I do not like it if other coaches talk about situations of players who are playing for other clubs,” Tuchel said.“So there is no comment on Kante, of course, not for the transfer window.”Kante has yet to join new boss Maurizio Sarri and the Chelsea squad for pre-season after lifting the World Cup in Russia.Chelsea take on Arsenal in the International Champions Cup series in Dublin on Wednesday evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgOn Saturday saw Spain and Italy face Norway and Finland respectively, while yesterday featured a heavyweight battle in Group C from the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, as the Netherlands host Germany.The ‘Oranje’ famously put ‘Der Mannschaft’ out of the Nations League last year with a 3-0 home win and 2-2 away draw (featuring a last-gasp equaliser from Virgil van Dijk in the latter) and the resumption of this rivalry is the highlight of the European qualifying action over the next week.England returned to action yesterday with a match away to Montenegro, while Portugal and France have tasty clashes at home to Serbia and Iceland respectively on the same night.The final batch of matches for this international window take place tonight and features Switzerland v Denmark, Norway v Sweden, Malta v Spain and Italy v Liechtenstein.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The qualification tournament for UEFA Euro 2020 began last week, with 55 teams (including first-timers Kosovo) battling for 24 berths in the tournament finals.The action got underway on Thursday 21 March, where the pick of the games came from Group I and when Belgium hosted Russia at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels. The Red Devils won 3-1 to better their performance from the shock 5-2 loss to Switzerland back in November at the end of the group stage for the UEFA Nations League.On Friday saw Gareth Southgate’s England opened their Group A campaign with a 5-0 win against the Czech Republic at Wembley, while reigning European champions Portugal recorded goalless against Ukraine in a Group B clash in Lisbon and World Cup winners France spanned host 4-Moldavia in their opener in Group H.last_img read more

first_img At LACMA, Le works under the guidance of Hollis Goodall, a curator of Japanese art who has worked at LACMA for 38 years. Goodall outlined the hectic and exciting opportunities Le has been introduced to since she was welcomed to the curation scene at LACMA. Le has had access to a few of the most prominent figures within LACMA, an opportunity not many undergraduate students have been afforded. Ranging from the heads of conservation, publications, graphics, conservation, press and marketing, Le is frequently exposed to a wide spectrum of possibilities. With this, Le was provided with direct insight into the highest levels of the functions of fine art and how these officials look to spread art to the community. Le’s reach extends well beyond LACMA, as she also has an active presence at USC. Since her freshman year, she has been a contributor to the school’s Archeology Research Center, to which she credits much of her interest in art, history and museum culture. Le joined the lab because of a freshman year work-study opportunity and has climbed the ranks to now serve as a collections supervisor. With her interest in the field growing, she added a minor in the practice, expanding her skill set.  Le has long sensed the disadvantages placed on many who look to study the arts, whether due to culture, familial pressure or class struggles. However, Le accredits much of her ability to pursue her passion for curation to her familial support system, which may not know exactly what she aspires to do but will surely be there each step of the way.  Beyond her practice as an artist, writer and curator, Le continues to transcend the norm. April Robles, a junior majoring in psychology, has been a close friend of Le’s since their freshman year. Now in its sixth year running, the fellowship opportunity places students directly into the world of museum curation and the further study of the fine arts. As a program centered upon encouraging undergraduate students to pursue graduate programs in the fields of fine arts, those selected for the fellowship leave with knowledge of the vast possibilities in the community, ranging from curation to conservation. Students who were previously set back by their backgrounds now bring an entirely new perspective to museums nationwide, helping introduce a new population to a space that desperately needs fresh eyes. Le is the daughter of two Vietnamese immigrants and, as a first-generation American and college student, she was not brought into the world of fine arts until her undergraduate career.  “It is kind of a world where people are very wealthy and elitist,” Le said. The battle to place herself in the museum space has been consistently filled with a sensation of being a step behind.  Through the help of the LACMA-affiliated Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship, Le has found herself completely in the midst of a world of fine arts, museum curation and endless wonder that she said her younger self would have never predicted. At the USC Fisher Museum of Art on campus, Le co-curated an exhibit titled “Suppression, Subversion, and the Surreal: The Art of Czechoslovakian Resistance.” The exhibit delved into the political struggles in Czechoslovakia that took place after the 1960s Soviet occupation of the nation. The exhibition was well-received, as it captured the era at a time when art superseded fear in favor of expression and power. This was one of Le’s first experiences in the practice of curation and a notable moment in her artistic career.center_img “She is probably the most open-minded person I know,” Robles said. “She cares about her friends a lot. Even though she has all of this going on … [She’s able to] take a step back and make time for her friends and family.” “As a first-gen, I knew very little about what college really was,” Le said. “I [just] happened to land in art history.”  (Art from from the Dr. Eugene Rogolsky Collection) After years of hard work and great achievements on campus, Le has continued to seize opportunities.  She is currently flourishing in the Mellon Fellowship at LACMA, which is designed for driven, talented students from underrepresented backgrounds not directly involved in the historically exclusive community of museums and fine art. Emily Le, a junior majoring in creative writing and art history, has found a new world within the fine arts she never intended to find.  However, Le has not allowed for this overwhelming sensation to limit her in the pursuit of coveted positions within art history and the world well beyond it.  The Mellon Fellowship has ignited a movement to make a historically exclusive space more inclusive. By extending the chance for students like Le to see the intricate workings within fine art, individuals of all backgrounds will see a new world of opportunity.last_img read more

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoFollowing the record-breaking 2006-07 season, the UW men’s basketball team arguably drew its biggest name opponent ever for next season: Duke. The first-ever meeting between Duke and Wisconsin will be on Nov. 27 as the Badgers travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., as part of the ninth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, according to a release from the Atlantic Coast Conference’s website. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN and will start at 8 p.m. In the eight-year history of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, UW is 3-5. Its wins came against Florida State this past season and Maryland in 2004 and 2000, while Wisconsin’s losses have come to Wake Forest (1999, 2002 and 2005), Georgia Tech (2001) and Maryland (2003). Duke, on the other hand, is the only unbeaten team in the challenge at 8-0, having defeated Illinois (1999 and 2000), Iowa (2001), Ohio State (2002), Michigan State (2003 and 2004) and Indiana (2005 and 2006). Like the Blue Devils, the ACC is undefeated. It has won the challenge each year since its inaugural season in 1999. Of the 75 games played, ACC teams have won 48. Other notable games in the 2007 ACC/Big Ten Challenge include rematches from last season: North Carolina-Ohio State and Illinois-Maryland. In addition to the Wisconsin-Duke game, next season’s challenge will include several other first-time matchups including Georgia Tech at Indiana, Wake Forest at Iowa, Boston College at Michigan, North Carolina State at Michigan State and Virginia Tech at Penn State. Despite the Big Ten’s losing record in the challenge (Michigan State is the only conference team with a winning record), both conferences have historically been two of the strongest nationally. The ACC (.642) and the Big Ten (.616) are the two winningest conferences in NCAA tournament history. Plus, the two conferences have combined to make 14 Final Four appearances since 2000 and have captured four of the last eight NCAA championships. In 2005, ESPN, the ACC and the Big Ten reached a six-year agreement (through 2010) to continue their annual inter-conference challenge.last_img read more