Indonesia wants legal pact on sharing H5N1 samples

first_imgMar 14, 2007 (CIDRAP News) –Indonesia vowed today not to share H5N1 avian influenza virus samples with the World Health Organization (WHO) until it has a “legally binding” guarantee that the samples won’t be used to develop vaccines that the country can’t afford, according to news services.Indonesian Health Minister Siti Failah Supari told reporters in Jakarta today,”We will not share our virus sample, without a change in the rules,” the Associated press (AP) reported. The statement signaled the continuation of a standoff that has lasted several weeks.Indonesia has not supplied any H5N1 samples to the WHO since the end of 2006, the WHO has said. Steps toward resolution of the problem have been reported twice in the past month, but no final agreement has been reached.Researchers need current H5N1 samples to trace changes in the virus, map its spread, and develop vaccines in preparation for the threat of a human flu pandemic.Supari complained that WHO regulations give countries no control over how their viral samples are used, according to a Bloomberg News report. “Vaccine makers will try to produce and sell them [vaccines] to us at high price,” she said. “Poorer countries shouldn’t become a commercial target.”The WHO announced early in February that Indonesia had stopped sharing H5N1 isolates. After a Feb 16 meeting, officials said they had agreed in principle that Indonesia would resume sharing samples while the WHO would work to ensure that developing countries have access to vaccines based on their samples.In a Feb 28 letter, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan promised Indonesia that its viral specimens would be used “for public health risk assessment purposes only,” the AP reported. She also promised that, pending a formal agreement, the WHO would obtain Indonesia’s permission before sending any samples to a vaccine producer.But Supari said the letter was not enough, according to the AP. “That’s just an agreement in principle,” she said. “We need one that is legally binding.”Supari said Asia-Pacific health ministers will meet in Jakarta Mar 27 and 28 to propose changes in the WHO’s virus-sharing system, the story said.According to a Reuters report today, Supari said the proposed changes also would need to be discussed at a WHO advisory board meeting in May. She suggested that would be the earliest that the country would resume providing samples.The WHO’s Southeast Asia director, Samlee Plianbangchang, voiced confidence that the meeting later this month in Jakarta would do much to resolve the problem, the AP reported.See also:Feb 16 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia to resume sharing H5N1 samples with WHO”last_img read more

FCPPL: Inter Allies’ Sheriff Deo hungry for goal king award

first_imgInter Allies striker Mohammed Deo Sheriff is gunning for the top scorer gong in the Ghanaian top flight.In the last few matches, the player has been unable to score, following a red-hot start to the season.Currently on seven goals, the 21-year-old is just behind league leader Gilbert Fiamenyo in the scoring charts in the First Capital Plus Premier League.”I have seven goals but was unable to score today but that is fine. I have high hopes of myself and I keep working hard.”But Sheriff could not net against Hearts of Oak in his team’s mostt recent game after being heavily man-marked until he was subbed.”I will keep working hard to score goals,” he told Peace FM in an interview. –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger find first postseason experience stressful but fun

first_img Whicker: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers’ closer with big shoulders, looms large over Chicago Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Justin Turner’s 3-run walk-off homer gives Dodgers 2-0 NLCS lead Bellinger took a more direct route. The top prospect in the Dodgers’ loaded system he overshot his own expectations for this year – “Honestly, I thought I was going to be a September call-up,” he has said – and arrived much sooner than expected, breaking into the big leagues with an unprecedented power burst that will certainly make him the Dodgers’ 18th NL Rookie of the Year.Both are now playing in October for the first time, two of six Dodgers getting their first taste of the postseason this fall – none counted on more heavily – and finding the postseason stage more demanding.“Yeah, the moment is always big,” Taylor said. “The level of focus is higher, pitch to pitch. The games are longer.“It’s exhausting. But that’s what makes it fun – the games are that much more exciting.”Bellinger similarly describes his first postseason experience so far as equal parts “stressful” and “fun.” Alexander: This Dodgers bullpen getting job done in front of Jansen Dodgers World Series schedule, game times, TV listings PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs to second after a double against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hits a solo home run in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, dives to tag out Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) scores on an RBI ground out by Cody Bellinger against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brian Duensing #32 bobbles the ball alowing Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger #35 to reach 1st base safely in the 8th inning. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brian Duensing #32 tags out Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson #31 after he bunted in the 8th inning to move Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger #35 to 2nd base. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Yasiel Puig, #66, picks off this drive by Cubs Kris Bryant as Chris Taylor, #3, tries to avoid crashing into Puig. Puig made the out during first inning action at the NLCS game 2 at Dodger stadium Sunday, October 15, 2017. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 and Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3 collide at the wall after a hit by Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant #17 in the first inning. The Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs in the game 2 of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/15/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger connects for a solo home run during the fifth inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger connects for a solo home run during the fifth inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger (35) greets Yasiel Puig (66) after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor connects for a solo home run that gave the team a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning of Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3, rounding 1st base, is pumped after hitting a single run homer in the 6th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor high-fives Manager Dave Roberts, center, after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning of Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Taylor is one of six Dodgers playing in the postseason for the first time. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger falls in the dugout after catching a foul ball by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jeff Mathis during the fifth inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor watches his RBI-single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor watches his RB-single during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger scores past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis on a double by teammate Yasiel Puig (not pictured) during the first inning of Friday’s National League Divisional Series opener at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a hit by Justin Turner during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the baseball team’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The crowd is on its feet before the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor delivers an RBI single in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this month. ‘The level of focus is higher, pitch to pitch,’ Taylor said of the postseason. ‘The games are longer. It’s exhausting. But that’s what makes it fun – the games are that much more exciting.’ (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs to second after a double against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 20Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs to second after a double against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger have taken very different roads to central roles on this Dodgers team.The 27-year-old Taylor did an extended apprenticeship, going up and down between the majors and minor leagues for three seasons without establishing himself at the big-league level.Acquired by the Dodgers in a trade more notable at the time for what they gave up (first-round draft disappointment Zach Lee), Taylor put it all on the line last winter, radically changing his swing and offensive approach, then embraced the need to learn a new position (moving to the outfield) as well.That led to a breakout season this year. Whicker: Justin Turner’s homer is a thrill, but not a surprise Related Articles Miller: Justin Turner goes Kirk Gibson and makes everything right again NLCS Game 3: Dodgers at Cubs, game time, TV info and starting pitchers The stressful part might have been his 1-for-12 start to the NL Division Series with six strikeouts. It has gotten more fun since then with a home run off Zack Greinke in Game 3 and five hits in nine at-bats since that rough start.“Cody himself is – really in his make-up, his DNA – just really even keeled,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He knows he belongs here, and knew that early on. He has the talent.“Offensively in the postseason I think that there has been some success, there have been some struggles. Got a big hit against Greinke. But he’s still trying to work through some things.”Those things are some check points that “mechanically put him in better position to see the baseball and differentiate between strike and ball,” Roberts said. With more time to gameplan for a specific lineup during a postseason series, teams can hone in on a young player.In Bellinger’s case, the Diamondbacks and Cubs seem to have had success in luring Bellinger out of the strike zone. He has eight strikeouts and only two walks through five games.“The whole second half they tried to pitch me a little different,” Bellinger said. “It’s just a matter of if they execute their pitch or not. I do see a consistent game plan, but luckily for us we have in-depth scouting reports as well to see where they’re pitching you, and I try to take advantage of that.”The results from Taylor’s postseason baptism have been uneven as well. He is 5 for 20 with a home run and a double. But four walks have kept his on-base percentage high (.375) in the leadoff spot.“I think CT is way more stubborn in the strike zone than Cody. That’s the bottom line,” Roberts said. “When Cody was doing well, he was in the strike zone, taking walks. The last month he hasn’t been. That’s as simple as I can put it and that’s what I see.”Bellinger’s at-bats looked more familiar in Game 2 on Sunday. He sliced a double into the left-center field gap and drew a walk off Cubs left-hander Jon Lester, then beat out an infield single later in the game.“Everybody has their ups and downs. I don’t think it’s about the postseason,” Taylor said. “Right now, I feel good. I know Cody’s working through some things. I know he’s going to come through with some big hits for us. Just a couple days ago, he hit an opposite-field home run off a changeup from Zack Greinke. That’s what makes him special.” Fan who caught Justin Turner’s game-winning home run has been there before last_img read more