Mar 1, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed two cases of H5N1 avian influenza, one in Egypt and one in China, while stating that a disagreement with Indonesia about sharing H5N1 virus samples has not yet been fully resolved.The Egyptian case involved a 4-year-old girl from Dakahlea governorate whose infection was reported 2 days ago by Egypt’s health ministry. The WHO said she became ill on Feb 25 and was admitted to the hospital the next day, where she remains in stable condition. The girl represents Egypt’s 23rd case.She was exposed to sick birds in her home 1 week before she got sick, the WHO said. Her case was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and the US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU 3). Health officials are monitoring the girl’s close contacts, who remain healthy.The Chinese case involves a 44-year-old woman from Fujian province whose H5N1 infection was announced yesterday by Chinese officials. She became ill with fever and pneumonia on Feb 18, was hospitalized Feb 22, and remains in critical condition, the WHO said in its report. The woman’s case was confirmed by the Fujian provincial laboratory on Feb 26 and by the national laboratory the next day. Her illness is China’s 23rd confirmed case.The WHO said it learned the woman is a farmer who kept birds in her backyard. Investigators are trying to determine if she was exposed to sick birds, and her close contacts are under medical observation, the agency reported.Also today, a WHO official denied Indonesia’s claims that the two parties had reached a final agreement paving the way for Indonesia to resume sharing H5N1 samples with the WHO, according to Associated Press (AP) reports.In early February, Indonesia announced it would stop sharing H5N1 samples with the WHO because the government believes it is unfair for foreign countries to use the samples to develop vaccines that poor nations can’t afford. The country also signed a memorandum of understanding with US vaccine producer Baxter International that laid the groundwork for future collaborations or supply agreements.Unrestricted sharing of avian flu virus samples is vital to the research community for developing pandemic vaccines and monitoring the virus’s evolution and global spread.Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari met on Feb 16 with David Heymann, WHO’s acting director-general for communicable diseases, to discuss virus sharing. Afterward, the two parties announced that Indonesia would resume sharing its H5N1 samples while the WHO would work to ensure that developing countries would have access to pandemic vaccines based on viruses they supply.Today the AP reported that Supari said she spoke with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, who promised by telephone that Indonesia’s H5N1 virus strains wouldn’t be used for commercial purposes. Supari told reporters she was expecting a letter or guarantee from the WHO within the next few days, after which Indonesia would resume sending its samples to the WHO, the AP report said.However, WHO spokesman Dick Thompson told the AP that a deal between the two parties has not been finalized. “This letter is still under development,” Thompson said. “Her (Supari’s) characterization of a guarantee is not correct.”See also:Mar 1 WHO statement on Egypt caseMar 1 WHO statement on China case
Will Porterfield’s side will face the Proteas at Sahara Park in Benoni, South Africa on September 25 before going up against the touring Australians at the same venue two days later. It is a welcome boost for the associate nation, who will also play two 50-over matches against both Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Ireland in 2016, as they look to further prove themselves on the world stage. Press Association Ireland will take on South Africa and Australia in one-off one-day internationals in September next year. Ireland were defeated by world champions Australia in a closer-than-anticipated encounter in Belfast earlier this year. Head coach John Bracewell said: “It’s fantastic news for Irish cricket. These are exactly the type of fixtures Irish cricket needs to take the game to the next level. There are fewer tougher challenges than playing South Africa in their home conditions plus the number one ranked side in Australia. “The players will all relish the challenge and allied with the home fixtures already confirmed against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, we are seeing a much needed increase in the volume of top class cricket that we need.”
Nick Young, also known by his nickname, “Swaggy P,” won the 2018 NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors after sweeping LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 3.Photo of Nick Young courtesy of NBA.comComing from Cleveland High School in Los Angeles, Young was deemed a top-50 recruit entering USC in 2004, ranking as high as No. 7 in the nation in some polls. As a freshman, he averaged 11.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Young continued to improve those numbers over his next two years to average 17.5 points per game during the 2006-2007 season and rank second-best in the conference for scoring and 3-point percentage (44.0 percent). He was selected to the All Pac-10 First Team for both his sophomore and junior seasons for his leadership on the court and impressive numbers. In his junior year, the Trojans basketball team was a fifth seed in the NCAA tournament when it lost in the Sweet Sixteen under head coach Tim Floyd. Young led the team throughout the regular season alongside Taj Gibson and into the postseason tournament where they defeated powerhouse players like Kevin Durant with the University of Texas. After the 2006-2007 season, Young chose to forgo his senior season to enter the NBA Draft. He was selected in the first round as the 16th overall pick by the Washington Wizards. As a rookie, he played in 75 games and averaged 7.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. He shot 43.9 percent overall and 40.0 percent from behind the arc. In the following two seasons, Young continued to establish himself as a reliable shooter for the Wizards by ranking 16th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage during the 2009-2010 season. Young eventually earned his spot as a starter for the Wizards until he was traded in 2012 to play for the Los Angeles Clippers. Future teammate Javale McGee also left the Wizards at the same time, and would later reconnect for a championship in Northern California. On average, Young contributed 8.3 points per game in the Clippers’ 11 playoff games that season. In the 2012-2013 season, Young played for the Philadelphia 76ers, where he held a 41.3 field goal percentage and averaged 10.6 points per game. Young quickly returned home when he began playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013. As a bench player, he averaged 18.8 points per game and even tallied two 40-point games. Those games ranked as the two highest scoring games for a bench player in the league that season. He continued to shine with the Lakers (and play with Kobe Bryant during his farewell tour) until Young finally earned his starting spot in the 2016-2017 season, averaging 13.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Last summer, Young signed with the Warriors, where he would reunite with McGee and become teammates with his cousin, Kevon Looney, to win the NBA title. He averaged 7.3 points per game throughout the season and only 2.6 points per game in the playoffs. Young did, however, start in place of Stephen Curry through Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans while Curry recovered from injury. He helped the Warriors through the playoffs and into the finals, where they would win the title. Young is now the fifth USC alumnus to win an NBA Championship, placing himself in the company of greats like Bill Sharman and Paul Westphal.