Additional H3N2v in pigs at Michigan county fairsTwo more Michigan county fairs, one in Cass County and one in Ingham County, are reporting variant H3N2 (H3N2v) influenza in pigs, according to a media release from the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department. No ill human contacts have been reported, according to state health officials. Twenty pigs tested positive for H3N2v at the Cass County fair, which took place from Jul 31 to Aug 6. More than 300 pigs were exhibited. The first pig tested positive on Aug 9.On Aug 6 one pig that was exhibited at the Ingham County tested positive for swine flu. Last month a pig at the Muskegon county fair also tested positive for H3N2v.Humans are at risk for swine flu if they come in close contact with infected pigs, but H3N2v usually causes only mild illness when transmitted to people.Aug 12 Van Buren/Cass District Health Department releaseStudy sheds more light on deadly MRSA complications in flu patientsIn an ongoing investigation into why secondary methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are often so fatal to patients with flu, researchers who did lab studies on mice found that flu infection alters the antibacterial response of white blood cells, prompting them to damage patients’ lungs instead of the bacteria.The team from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Albany Medical College described their findings today in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM).In an earlier study, one of the researchers had found mice with flu were susceptible to MRSA because the infection seemed to suppress the ability of macrophages and neutrophils to kill bacteria by releasing hydrogen peroxide and suppress other reactive oxygen species.In the new study, researchers found that in coinfected mice, reactive oxygen species released by macrophages and neutrophils induced the death of inflammatory cells in the lungs, damaging surround tissue, according a press release today from Rockefeller University Press, the publisher of JEM. Also, they found that inhibiting NADPH oxidase 2 (Nox2), the enzyme that produces reactive oxygen species in macrophages and neutrophils, reduced lung damage and when added to antibiotics, improved survival of the mice.Keer Sun, PhD, study coauthor and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said in a press release, “Our results demonstrate that influenza infection disrupts the delicate balance between Nox2-dependent antibacterial immunity and inflammation. This not only leads to increased susceptibility to MRSA infection but also extensive lung damage.” He said treatment that targets both MRSA and reactive oxygen species may yield important benefits for flu patients who have MRSA pneumonia.Aug 15 J Exper Med abstract Aug 15 Rockefeller University press release
‘Bad boys’ Mohamed Barakat and Mohamed Zidan have been called up by Egypt for a high-profile Cairo friendly against Ghana on Wednesday.Hassan Shehata vowed he would never include Barakat in the national squad after the silky Al-Ahly midfielder criticised the hyper-successful ‘Pharaohs’ coach.And Borussia Dortmund striker Zidan has not appeared since a friendly loss to Argentina last March having being accused of feigning injury to avoid call ups for 2010 World Cup qualifiers.But former national team defender Shehata has buried the hatchet as second ranked Egypt confront fourth ranked Ghana in a clash of African giants at the 70,000-seat Cairo Stadium.A blow for the coach who guided Egypt to glory in the 2006 and 2008 African Nations Cup tournaments was the late withdrawal of Wigan striker Ahmed ‘Mido’ Hossam due to a muscle strain.However, Shehata still has a wealth of attacking talent to choose from including another Wigan striker, Amr Zaki, Zidan, Saudi Arabia-based Emad Moteab and regular domestic scorer Ahmed Abdelghani. Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac welcomes back midfielders Sulley Muntari and Laryea Kingston and striker Asamoah Gyan, but injury robs him of defensive stalwart John Mensah and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.Club-less former Juventus midfielder Stephen Appiah is included in a squad containing three Egypt-based Ghanaians, goalkeeper George Owu, defender William Mensah and striker ‘Junior’ Agogo.Egypt and the ‘Black Stars’ of Ghana are among 16 of the 20 African contenders for places at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa involved in friendly fixtures ahead of the opening third round qualifiers next month.The others are Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Togo and Tunisia while the idle foursome comprises Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and Zambia.FIFA Confederations Cup hosts South Africa and African Nations Championship qualifiers Tanzania have also taken advantage of the FIFA-sanctioned friendlies dates to test their strength against Chile and Zimbabwe respectively. Nigeria have included five of the Olympic squad that finished second behind Argentina in Beijing last year in an almost full strength squad for a game against the ‘Reggae Boyz’ of Jamaica in London.Among the ‘Super Eagles’ strikers is uncapped prolific scorer Michael Eneramo, who is also being wooed by Tunisia, where he plays for leading club Esperance.Nigeria and Tunisia are in the same World Cup-African Nations Cup qualifying group and appear set to battle for first place with Mozambique and Kenya considered outsiders.Other top-five nations in action are Cameroon and Ivory Coast with the ‘Indomitable Lions’ facing Guinea near Paris while the ‘Elephants’ included struggling Chelsea striker Didier Drogba for a match with Turkey in Izmir.Source: AFP
Mr. Dorbor M. Suah, Executive Director of Hope Worldwide-Liberia (HWWL), has pledged his organization’s commitment to restore better community relationships for the good of society. He made the commitment at a program marking the closing exercise of a Community Healing Dialogue held over the weekend at the A. B. Tolbert Road. The activities included drama, singing as well as the certification of those who completed the six-week dialogue. “The approach of residents on A. B. Tolbert Road to dialogue on community matters can be decentralized to other communities. This psychosocial dialogue helps in healing communities that are broken apart,” Mr. Suah said. He observed the need to restore better community relationships through which the residents can have the confidence to discuss issues that affect their general welfare as community members. According to him, in many communities, people fall apart owing to gaps that failed to address some of their pertinent concerns, but in spite of that, he remains confident that residents of the A. B. Tolbert Community will use the dialogue to handle issues affecting them and the community. He said his organization has previously identified the need for the residents to help in handling community matters through dialogue, which also circumvented the residents from using the courts to seek redress.The chairlady of A. B. Tolbert Road Community and a participant of the dialogue, Lucy Kobbah, expressed appreciation for the initiative and she believes that the impact will help to “image the community in a more unique form.” “This dialogue will strengthen us to resolve our differences among ourselves instead of taking each other to court or to the police station,” Madam Kobbah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Schmidt or Gittleman had retained attorneys. Schmidt, who lives in Phoenix, was released on $100,000 bond. The plot began after Gittleman, of West Hollywood, obtained photos of the actor’s Italian wedding last year to Katie Holmes from the event’s official photographer, according to a criminal complaint. The photographer, identified as Joshua Bobrove, reportedly had taken a damaged computer hard drive containing the wedding photos to Gittleman to employ his services as a data recovery expert. Gittleman then made copies of photos on the drive and kept them for himself, authorities said. He contacted Schmidt after finding a Web site touting his abilities to broker celebrity photos. In the last two months, Schmidt had repeated contact with Cruise representatives and threatened to shop the photos around if he didn’t receive between $1.25 million and $1.35 million, officials said. At one point, he allegedly e-mailed the actor’s representatives about 7,600 wedding photos as proof he had them. Two men were charged in an alleged plot to extort more than $1 million from Tom Cruise for the actor’s stolen wedding photographs, federal authorities announced Friday. David Hans Schmidt, known for brokering deals involving compromising celebrity photos and videos, was charged with sending communications for purposes of extortion, according to a criminal complaint. Marc Lewis Gittleman, who authorities say helped recover photos from a computer hard drive, was charged with conspiracy to commit extortion. Federal agents arrested Schmidt, 47, Tuesday and Gittleman, 33, Thursday night, officials said. “He said that the client would turn to the black market and find a buyer for the photos,” said Peter Brust, a special agent in charge in the FBI’s Los Angeles office. Schmidt was arrested after an undercover FBI agent attended a meeting in West Hollywood between Schmidt and Cruise’s representatives. Federal agents were led to Gittleman by a license plate number they discovered on a slip of paper in Schmidt’s car. Schmidt also has tried to auction off Paris Hilton’s diaries, along with photos of her in various stages of undress and other personal items that had been locked away in a Los Angeles-area storage locker until a few months ago.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!