Nov 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two more human cases of H5N1 avian influenza have been confirmed in recent days in Vietnam and Indonesia, while poultry outbreaks are spreading in China and Romania.The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed Nov 25 that a 15-year-old boy from Vietnam’s Haiphong province has H5N1 infection, which Vietnamese authorities announced last week. The boy has been discharged from a hospital and is recovering, the WHO said. He is the 66th Vietnamese to contract avian flu.A 16-year-old boy was confirmed today as having Indonesia’s 12th avian flu case, according to a Nov 26 report by Agence France-Presse (AFP). He was hospitalized in good condition in the West Java capital of Bandung, said Hariadi Wibisono of the Indonesian health industry, as quoted by AFP.”Tests [on blood] taken from the 16-year-old boy, both locally and by the World Health Organization, show that he is a bird flu patient,” Wibisono said. The WHO hasn’t updated its case count to reflect confirmation of the case.The WHO said it would send a team to the eastern Chinese province of Anhui to investigate human deaths from H5N1, according to the English version of the China People’s Daily Online. Two deaths have been confirmed in that province.China wrestles with poultry outbreaksChina has reported seven new outbreaks in poultry in less than 10 days, according to the English version of the Chinese People’s Daily Online on Nov 25. Outbreaks have led to the culling of about 17,000 birds in an Inner Mongolian village, according to a Nov 25 report China filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Bloomberg News reported on Nov 26 that China has had 27 poultry outbreaks this year.Romanian poultry case outside Danube deltaRomanian officials found the H5N1 virus in a remote village 70 miles from the Danube River delta, leading to a cull of roughly 17,000 poultry in the village of Scarlatesti, Reuters news service reported on Nov 26. Samples from a turkey in Scarlatesti were positive in initial testing in Romania; follow-up testing will occur in a laboratory near London, the story said.The cull in Scarlatesti led to the firing of two of the country’s chief veterinarians, Reuters reported today, after a television station aired film showing inhumane culling.A private TV station showed footage of a man wringing the neck of a goose and then throwing the bird into a fire. The Reuters report indicates some birds were not dead before being thrown into the flames.Animal rights groups were angered and said that Romania wasn’t complying with standards it must meet to succeed in its bid to join the European Union, Reuters reported. Poisoning with gas is a generally approved method for culling large flocks, Reuters said, citing experts who insist that any culling method must be safe, humane, and efficient.See also: WHO confirmation of 66th Vietnamese casehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_11_25/en/index.htmlChina’s Nov 25 and Nov 23 reports to OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/China%20Follow-up%20report%20No10.pdfftp://ftp.oie.int/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/infos_san_archives/eng/2005/en_051125v18n47.pdfRomania’s Nov 27 reports to OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Romania%20Follow%20up%20No10.pdfhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Romania%20Follow%20up%20No9.pdf
Fly-half Jason Tovey scored 18 points as the Dragons secured a richly-deserved fourth league win of the campaign. Tovey went through the card with a try, two penalties, a drop goal and two conversions, while wing Ashton Hewitt got their other try. Leinster’s Fergus McFadden booted two penalties and converted scrum-half Luke McGrath’s try but the Irish side failed to leapfrog Scarlets at the top of the table. Leinster lead for 20 minutes of the first half but the Dragons could easily have grabbed a try bonus point in that space of time given the pressure they had on the visitors. As it was, in the driving rain, the Welsh region went in 17-10 ahead after Hewitt, who had a storming opening period, put the Dragons ahead after he dashed past McFadden and prop Michael Bent to the line. Tovey converted the try and McFadden soon reduced the arrears with a penalty before McGrath caught the home defence napping as Leinster had their first decent attack inside the home 22. There was a great snaffle on the floor from the visiting back row before the Irishmen’s scrum-half picked up 20 metres out and dived through a gap to go under the posts, making McFadden’s conversion simple. That was, though, as much as Leinster got before the break as the home region hammered them in their own 22. Yet it took 20 minutes and two ruled-out tries from third match official Tim Haynes before the home side went into the lead again. Hewitt went over on the right after a Tovey cross-kick but there were hands in a ruck in the build-up for that one to be denied. Then centre Adam Warren flew through on a loose ball over the Leinster line only for McGrath to get pressure on the ball a split second beforehand. However, after several attacking line-outs and a yellow card for Leinster flanker Dan Leavy, the defence finally cracked as Tovey was put over by quick hands on the right from props Boris Stankovich, Brok Harris and finally a Rynard Landman overhead. Tovey converted and added a 20-metre drop goal for their half-time advantage. Leinster came out fighting after the interval and McFadden secured his second penalty of the night from 25 metres. It was the Irishmen’s turn to pressurise the home side. The visitors mirrored the home side’s pressure in the right-hand corner of the pitch and came within inches of a second try but the Dragons defence kept them out and cleared their lines. And, when Leinster put their hands in a ruck, Tovey booted his first penalty to restore the seven-point advantage. The Irishmen were dealt a blow when McFadden was sin-binned with nine minutes left for a dangerous tackle on Sarel Pretorius when he was on the ground. That sank Leinster and a final Tovey penalty denied the Irishmen a losing bonus point. Leinster missed the opportunity to go top of the Guinness Pro12 after they were beaten 23-13 at strugglers Newport Gwent Dragons. Press Association
(REUTERS) – Australia’s cricket board gambled that greed would motivate top players into accepting a pay offer and while that bet has backfired, the parties are likely to thrash out a deal in time to avert an Ashes boycott, former captain Ian Chappell has said.Players have rejected Cricket Australia’s (CA) offer that would end a 20-year-old revenue-sharing model when the next collective bargaining agreement starts in July.The proposal offers more money than the current five-year CBA but allows only international players to share in surplus revenues, while domestic cricketers would have to settle for fixed amounts.Former Test skipper Chappell was a leading figure in Australian cricket’s most bitter pay dispute in the 1970s, which paved the way for the breakaway World Series Cricket.“I’m delighted the players are sticking together and staying strong on it,” Chappell said in comments published by Sydney newspaper the Daily Telegraph yesterday.“From afar it looks as though the board is trying to splinter the players, which I find a rather strange tactic.“Maybe the board thought, ‘You know what the players are like’. They were working on the theory of greed that you keep the top blokes happy with money and they won’t care about the rest.“It looks like they’ve picked the wrong target.”CA CEO James Sutherland raised tensions earlier this month when he told players to agree to terms by the June 30 deadline or risk being unemployed.It elicited a heated response from the Australian Cricketers’ Association, the players’ union, and opening batsman David Warner warned the board it might not have a team for the five-Test Ashes series starting in November.CA have declined to comment further on the pay dispute.Chappell said Australia’s top players could easily “do a Chris Gayle” and play as free agents in the world’s lucrative domestic Twenty20 competitions like the former West Indies Test captain did. But he doubted it would come to that. “There will be more posturing and eventually they’ll come to their senses,” he said.