18 Nov

Indonesia says 2 more avian flu cases confirmed

first_imgDec 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s human death toll from H5N1 avian influenza rose to 11 today with the report that tests have confirmed that a man and a boy who died last week had the virus.Samples from a 39-year-old man and an 8-year-old boy tested positive at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Hariyadi Wibisono of the Indonesian health ministry, as quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) today. The CDC tests confirmed earlier test results in Indonesia.Their cases are the 15th and 16th reported as confirmed in Indonesia. The World Health Organization (WHO) had not yet included the cases in its online tally at this writing. The WHO’s overall count currently stands at 139 cases with 71 deaths in the past 2 years.The two victims lived in different sections of Jakarta, according to a Bloomberg News report today. The man died Dec 13, and the boy died Dec 15, according to AFP.The Bloomberg report said the man had had no known contact with sick birds before he died, while the boy lived not far from a market where pet birds are sold.The story said community groups, soldiers, and student volunteers began a door-to-door campaign in Jakarta today to find and destroy sick birds in houses and backyards.last_img read more

19 Sep

Cricket News One Of The Best Spinners Of My Time: Sachin Tendulkar Remembers Ace Pakistan Spinner Abdul Qadir

first_imgNew Delhi: Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar led the Indian cricket fraternity’s tribute for Pakistan spin legend Abdul Qadir. Pakistan’s master leg-spinner Abdul Qadir died in Lahore on Friday after suffering from a massive cardiac arrest. “Remember playing against Abdul Qadir, one of the best spinners of his times. My heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP,” Tendulkar wrote on his twitter handle.Ravichandran Ashwin also took to twitter to express his grief at Qadir’s demise.“Extremely saddened by the demise of Abdul Qadir the spin bowling stalwart from Pakistan. My heart goes out to his family and friends. #RIP,” Ashwin tweeted.Harbhajan too expressed his shock at the death of the legendary spinner.“Shocked to hear Abdul Qadir passed away. Met him two years back he was full of energy as always … A champion bowler, great human being, you will be missed forever … condolences to the family #RIPabdulqadir,” he tweeted.In his condolence message, former India batsman VVS Laxman said was always mesmerised by Qadir’s unique bowling style.“Sad to hear about the demise of Abdul Qadir. Was always mesmerised by his unique style of bowling and he was one of the best leg-spinners to play the game. Heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.”Qadir was 63 years old and is survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter who is married to current Pakistan star batsman Umar Akmal.Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman, Kamran Akmal, Umar’s elder brother, confirmed the tragic news about Qadir suffering a cardiac arrest and after being rushed to a hospital, was declared dead on arrival.Qadir, who played in 67 Tests and 104 ODIs had a total 368 wickets in his international career, would have celebrated his 64th birthday on 15th September.“It is a great loss to Pakistan cricket because it was Qadir bhai’s leg-spin magic and artistry that inspired a generation of young leg-spin bowlers in Pakistan and around the cricket world,” former Pakistan leg-break bowler Danish Kaneria said.In fact another spin great Mushtaq Ahmed only came into prominence immitating Qadir’s action.Qadir, who remained a critic of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s policies till the end, worked as chief selector in 2009 and it was the squad that was selected by him that went on to win the ICC World T20 in England.Qadir had resigned midway through the tournament as chief selector after having differences with the erstwhile PCB chairman Ejaz Butt over the non-selection of fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.Always a colourful character, Qadir was a favourite of Pakistan’s World Cup winning captain turned prime minister, Imran Khan and he produced some of his best performances under Imran’s captaincy taking 9 for 56 in one test against West Indies at Faisalabad.All four of his sons, Rehman, Imran, Sulaman and Usman have played first class cricket in Pakistan while his youngest Usman (also a leg-spinner like his father) also appeared in the Big Bash T20 league last season and has shown his intention to qualify to play for Australia after being overlooked time and again by Pakistani selectors. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

11 Jan

Blogs memorial sites for Anna Nicole

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Fans of Anna Nicole Smith aren’t making a pilgrimage to the place she spent her final days. They’re not leaving flowers. They’re not gathering in masses expressing their grief. Emotions are being expressed in a way as uniquely modern as Smith’s fame – on blogs, Web pages and online message boards where true fans battle naysayers to get their voices heard. “I loved her.” “I miss her.” “She was beautiful.” Such messages are written by her fans. On Facebook.com, hundreds of Anna Nicole pages are buzzing with gossip and outpourings of emotion. YouTube.com has logged hundreds of thousands of hits on Anna Nicole videos, including some fan-produced tributes. On Craigslist.org, a fan sought others touched by the starlet’s death to join in a candlelight vigil in New York’s Union Square. Sian Richter, a 20-year-old office worker who has been posting messages and photos online from her London home, has been glued to E! coverage of her idol’s death. “I do almost feel like I’ve lost something. She was an inspiration to me,” Richter said. “I truly believe she had a lot of love to give and just wanted to be loved back. Also, I looked up to her because of the background she came from. Humble roots and making it big-time gave me inspiration.” Richter said she has some handbags with pictures of Smith on them, a bobblehead doll in the former Playboy model’s likeness and recordings of episodes of “The Anna Nicole Show.” She remembers first finding a copy of her cousin’s June 1993 issue of Playboy and thinking Smith was beautiful. In New York, Brian Hewson, 26, who works in a theater box office, had followed news of Smith for years and was shocked when a friend instant-messaged him Thursday that she had died in Hollywood, Fla. “It doesn’t even seem real,” Hewson said. “If someone wrote this story, if it was on television, no one would think it had any realism to it. But these insane new developments just keep popping up.” There seemed no limit to the reach of the news. In Kuala Lumpur, a huge photo of Smith in a bright red dress was splashed across the front page of the Star newspaper on Saturday. In Helsinki, Finland, her image fronted the Iltalehti newspaper. Talk of her death was still filling cable airwaves Saturday, though it was slowing as new details seemed absent and authorities remained tight-lipped. “I sympathize with her,” said Catherine Toth, a 31-year-old resident of Hawaii Kai on the island of Oahu who pens The Daily Dish blog for The Honolulu Advertiser. “I saw so much tragedy in her life. I just kept hoping it would get better.” Billy Lowe, a hairstylist who frequently works with celebrities, said many people couldn’t help but gasp when they heard news of Smith’s death. “We’ll certainly miss her charm, her on-cam blunders and bloopers, and we’ll pray she’s making the sandy shores in the hereafter very happy,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more