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

16 Sep

SKIN’S SPIN: Lakers hope to right the ship

first_imgThis offseason, possibly more than ever before, all eyes in the NBA world will be focused on the Lakers. In his absence, the Lakers were left with a front office power vacuum which is yet to be officially filled. This raised many concerns as the franchise searched for its next head coach. Shortly after the end of the Lakers’ season, it was rumored that Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams and former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue were the top candidates for the job. Johnson cited his sibling-like relationship with the Lakers’ controlling owner Jeanie Buss as the reason for his sudden departure. Kidd’s hiring, at the very least, was controversial. “[Jeanie] gave me full power to do what I wanted to do,” Johnson said. “But I want to always preserve our relationship [and] tomorrow I would have to affect [Walton’s] livelihood and [his] life, and that’s not fun for me.” After countless weeks of drama, rumors and even a fan-orchestrated protest outside Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers have found their head coach. Frank Vogel will now be in charge of facilitating a winning product on the court–and helping to figure out how in the world to repair the organization’s broken reputation off it. Williams has since agreed to coach the Phoenix Suns. Lue reportedly turned down a three-year offer from the Lakers, feeling that a five-year deal would have been appropriate considering his championship resume. Team presidents must be in the trenches around the clock with their staff in terms of scouting, daily accessibility and general franchise management. Kidd’s prominent role in the organization also creates the perception that Vogel, before even coaching a game for the Lakers, is already on the hot seat. While Vogel — whose tenure with the Indiana Pacers included two Eastern Conference Finals appearances — is now officially the head coach, it remains unclear where the decision-making power in the front office lies, and many questions remain unanswered.center_img Along with Vogel, 10-time NBA All-Star and Lebron James’ former Olympic teammate Jason Kidd will serve in a particularly prominent role as the team’s assistant coach. Both Vogel and Kidd have had previous stints as head coaches with NBA franchises. In 2001, he pleaded guilty to spousal abuse. In 2012, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, and in 2014, he received criticism for pursuing the Milwaukee Bucks head coaching position while he was still serving as coach of the Brooklyn Nets. His history as a coach and his evident eagerness to lobby for a fellow coach’s job will likely add yet another layer of drama to the ongoing Laker saga in the coming seasons. Johnson, a Los Angeles icon and esteemed businessman with dozens of interests outside of the Lakers organization, was not the right fit for such a role. The hires come on the heels of several tumultuous weeks in Lakerland. Things began to unravel on April 9 when Magic Johnson stepped down from an administrative role in an unprofessional, seemingly impromptu press conference before the team’s final game of the season. Johnson’s resignation was shocking — and in all honesty, the way in which he did it was extremely childish. But make no mistake: it was for the best. If the team’s goal is to win multiple NBA championships in its last three season with LeBron James, the Lakers organization must demonstrate a higher level of cohesion and stability from the top of the front office to the end of the bench – values they’ve been lacking recently. The unfilled power vacuum left by Johnson along with Kidd’s controversial hiring will be a hindrance for the team. The turbulence in the head coaching position is nothing new for the Lakers. Vogel is the sixth head coach for the Lakers since the retirement of Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson in 2011. last_img read more