H5N1 sickens 3 more in EgyptEgypt recently reported three new H5N1 avian flu cases, all in people who had been exposed to poultry or their environments, according to a monthly update from the World Health Organization (WHO) on animal-to-human flu transmission events for the middle of June through the middle of July.One of the patients is a 2-year-old boy from Cairo who got sick on May 30 and whose H5N1 illness was detected as part of flulike illness surveillance. He was hospitalized, treated with antivirals for pneumonia, and recovered. Before he became ill the boy had visited a family member who raised birds.The other two are a 30-year-old woman from Menia governorate whose symptoms began on Jun 11 and an 8-year-old girl from Cairo governorate who got sick on Jun 18. Both had been exposed to poultry or their environments, were hospitalized with pneumonia, and recovered after antiviral treatment.The WHO said no other cases were detected in any of the patients’ contact and that H5N1 is endemic in Egyptian poultry.So far, eight H5N1 cases have been reported globally this year, all of them in Egypt. The WHO said since 2003, 854 cases have been reported, 450 of them fatal, from 16 countries.Jul 19 WHO monthly flu at the human-animal interface reportIn related developments, the WHO recently noted seven more H7N9 avian flu cases reported from China on Jul 12, four of them fatal. In a Jul 22 statement, the WHO said onset dates range from May 26 to Jun 23, with ages spanning 52 to 68 years.The patients were from six provinces and cities. Four of the patients are men, and five reported exposure to poultry or their environments before they became ill. One worked a market where live poultry is sold. None of the cases reflect human-to-human transmission, the agency said.Most of the cases had been noted earlier in other official reports from Chinese government agencies, according to FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board. It put the global total at 800 cases since the first human cases were detected in 2012.Jul 22 WHO statement on H7N9 in China FluTrackers H7N9 case listIraq reports 11 H5 outbreaks affecting almost 3 million poultryIraqi officials today reported 11 outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu outbreaks last month and this month that affected farm poultry numbering almost 3 million birds, while the government announced steps to combat the problem.In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the country’s Ministry of Agriculture reported that 11 farms in and around Baghdad were affected beginning on Jun 15, with the most recent one beginning on Jul 13. Seven were in Baghdad governorate, with the other 4 in Wasit governorate to the southeast of Baghdad.The farms range in size from 17,000 to 914,000 birds. In total the farms housed 2,823,035 poultry, 512,948 of which died from the virus. The remaining 2.3 million birds were culled to prevent disease spread.Officials are implementing control measures like disinfection of the premises and control poultry movement, the OIE report said.In related news, Iraq’s General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers ordered steps to combat the recent outbreaks, including limits on shipping animals, increased funding for containment, and reporting of sick birds. The statement was translated and posted by Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease blog.Jul 25 OIE report Jul 25 Avian Flu Diary post
Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, takes questions from the media as he introduces the NBA teams draft picks in El Segundo, Calif., Tuesday, June 26, 2018.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Johnson declared Monday that he will step down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations if he can’t persuade an elite free agent to sign with the 16-time NBA champions within the next two summers.“Next summer, if nobody comes and I’m still sitting here like this, then it’s a failure,” Johnson said after a news conference to introduce draft picks Moe Wagner and Svi Mykhailiuk. Johnson was put in charge of the Lakers’ front office by owner Jeanie Buss in February 2017, and the former superstar point guard immediately announced his plans to revive the struggling franchise by enticing the game’s best players to join as free agents. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Magic Johnson is betting his job on his free-agent recruiting skills for the Los Angeles Lakers. With Paul George and potentially LeBron James headlining the market this summer, Johnson is leading the Lakers’ efforts to land both players this weekend. If they sign elsewhere, Johnson and the Lakers will pursue the large crop of 2019 free agents.And if he strikes out with every big name, Johnson said he will quit.“Like I told you when I took the job, it’s going to be a two-summer thing for the Lakers,” Johnson said. “This summer, and next summer, and that’s it. And if I can’t deliver, I’m going to step down myself. She won’t have to fire me. I’ll step away from it. Because then, I can’t do this job. But so far, so good.”Although the Lakers are mired in the worst five-year stretch in franchise history and haven’t made the playoffs since 2013, Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have been successful in achieving their initial goals since they took over 16 months ago.They have solidified a decent core of talented young players — Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart — to provide their potential free-agent signees with support. They have made several slick trades and personnel moves to clear enough salary cap room to offer two mammoth free-agent contracts this summer.Now comes the tough part: Persuading George or James or other big names to move to Hollywood. Johnson said he has no idea whether the Lakers’ pitch will be well-received, but he also feels confident in his task.“I’m Magic Johnson,” he said with his ubiquitous smile. “You know how many finals I’ve been in? So you think I’m worried about this? I played against Larry Bird in the Finals. I played in nine Finals.”Johnson is the second straight basketball decision-maker for the Lakers to create a self-imposed deadline for success.In 2014, co-owner Jim Buss told the Los Angeles Times that the Lakers had to be a contender within three to four years, or “I will step down, because that means I have failed.”The Lakers badly missed that deadline, and Buss’ sister fired him and general manager Mitch Kupchak in February 2017.Johnson and Pelinka are spending this week honing and fine-tuning their free-agent pitches. They’ll show their plans to Jeanie Buss later in the week, along with numerous contingency plans for the short-term and long-term future.“If we can sign somebody this summer, we’ll do that,” Johnson said. “If it doesn’t happen, we’ve got to turn to next summer.”___More AP NBA: www.apnews.com/tags/NBAbasketball
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“This (clinic) is geared towards new and inexperienced coaches such as teachers and parents, as well as seasoned coaches instructing younger age groups,” a Nelson Hoops Association spokesperson said.“We’re encouraging parents, present coaches, teachers, senior players, and anyone who may be keen to learn some new skills and drills to attend.”Organizers said training at the younger levels is key to growing grassroots basketball in Nelson that will bring teams one step closer to increasing participation and competition in the region. The clinic is set for Saturday, November 3rd at the L.V. Rogers gymnasium from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The clinic is divided into two categories — Grades 1-4 from 9:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m, and Grades 5-8 from1-4:30 p.m.For more information contact Jeremy Phelan at [email protected] or Cheryl Closkey at [email protected] Nelson Hoops Association is hosting a basketball camp in November geared to promote coaching at the younger levels.Organizers of Nelson Hoops Association said Anthony Luyken of Canada Basketball is coming to Nelson to facilitate a coaching clinic geared towards skills and drills for Grades 1-8.