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first_imgSep 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia reported its 69th H5N1 avian influenza case today, in the 21-year-old sister of an 11-year-old boy who died of the same disease on Sep 18.The woman from the Tulungagung district of East Java tested positive for H5N1 today, 4 days after she was hospitalized, according to a Bloomberg News report. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed her 11-year-old brother’s case on Sep 25.The WHO had reported that poultry in the boy’s household began dying in the month prior to symptom onset, and poultry deaths continued in his neighborhood.An Indonesian official said it was unlikely that the woman caught the virus from her brother. “They’re genetically susceptible to the virus, which they were both exposed to from infected poultry,” health ministry official I Nyoman Kandun told Bloomberg. He said there was no evidence that the virus was passed from one sibling to the other.Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man cited by the WHO as Indonesia’s 68th case died yesterday, the WHO said. He is the 52nd Indonesian to die of the illness.The man was one of three siblings in Bandung, West Java, who had flu symptoms at the same time, which sparked concern about possible person-to-person transmission. His 23-year-old brother died Sep 24, and the WHO said H5N1 infection was suspected in his case, but it couldn’t be confirmed because no samples were taken. Both men had fed dead chickens to their dogs, and there was evidence of H5 infection in household birds.The 15-year-old sister of the two men was hospitalized Sep 25 with a fever and cough and was hospitalized in stable condition, the WHO said on Sep 27. Initial tests pointed to normal seasonal flu rather than avian flu, the agency said. Indonesian health officials yesterday ruled out person-to-person transmission of H5N1 among the three siblings, according to an Agence France-Presse report.On Java island, avian flu disease may have infected a quarter of backyard poultry in some of the country’s most densely populated areas, according an Indonesian veterinary official quoted in a Bloomberg News report today.Musny Suatmodjo, Indonesia’s director of animal health, said random tests on Java, where the virus is most prevalent, detected the H5N1 strain in as much as 27% of fowl and caged birds. He gave no details about how many birds were tested or when the survey was done.”The backyard sector is the weakest link,” he told Bloomberg News. “The survey of hotspots in the backyard sector showed almost every flock has been previously infected,” though not all birds showed symptoms.”In other avian flu news, China has shared some long-awaited samples of the H5N1 virus from birds, and many scientists are hailing the move as a breakthrough in cooperation, a WHO official said yesterday.The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture sent the samples, taken from some of the thousands of wild birds that died at Qinghai Lake in April 2005, to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, according to a Reuters report yesterday.WHO scientist Michael Perdue told a news briefing that the samples are the first bird specimens from China in two and a half years and will help researchers understand the origin of an H5N1 strain that later circulated in Turkey and Africa. The strain is genetically different from the one that moved through other parts of Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.The lake where the samples were collected is an important layover point for migratory birds in the remote northern Qinghai province, the Reuters report said.In March, China had promised to send up to 20 poultry samples to a WHO-affiliated laboratory outside the country. Samples were delayed because of reported communication lapses and disagreements between China and the CDC about the protocol and logistics for mailing the samples. However, the CDC said the problems were resolved in early September.Perdue said CDC officials expected to receive the samples yesterday, and he hoped the shipment would include additional animal samples requested from China, Reuters reported.”We have to wait to see exactly what they shipped,” he said.China had not shared avian flu virus samples from poultry since late 2004, according to recent news reports. Poultry H5N1 viruses, especially those from China, are needed to develop vaccines and drugs.See also:Sep 28 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_28/en/index.htmlSep 27 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27a/en/index.htmlSep 25 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_25/en/index.htmlSep 11 CIDRAP News article “Way cleared for China to share H5N1 samples”last_img read more

first_img2018 theme Black Art Matters explores current challenges, and renewed assaults on Black Lives that artists of African descent have brought attention to.Neil Hall promotes the Black DiasporaEight years may seem like a long time, but for architect and cultural arts influencer  Neil Hall, 72 months is not nearly enough time to promote the generous contributions of the Black diaspora, which date to the beginning of time. His inaugural Art Africa Miami Arts Fair (AAMAF) opening was purposefully established in Historic Overtown in 2011 and set a precedent as the largest showcase of contemporary artists from the African Diaspora during Art Basel. Black Art MattersThis year’s theme confronts all stereotypes and ignorance with a bold statement: Black Art Matters: It’s Not A Choice. The Art Africa  Miami Arts Fair will be held at 919 and 920 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL from December 5-9, 2018. The fair is put on with the support of the Southeast Overtown Parkwest Community Development Agency. Art Africa Miami continues to bring a vital and essential cultural service to the South Florida community, lending the Magic City a truly international flair.A vibrant cultural legacy was established in what was once known as the cultural hub of Miami. Hall has been committed to expanding upon on that legacy by promoting contemporary art from the global Black community. “Art stirs the soul and your imagination,” says Hall, visionary and licensed architect. “The visual arts are a critical aspect to all of us as human beings. It started with the caveman just sketching things. It is important to our psyche and thoughts.”Black Art Matters: It’s not a choice explores how Black art has always been and still is about an intellectual, political and artistic rereading, trying to think of the contemporary condition of peoples that have been involved in struggles to stay human. Black Art Matters unveils how the contemporary accommodates itself with oppression thus the necessity for Black proclamations of emancipation, independence, liberation, and revolution. The central idea of AAMAF is to present an array of visual works that pay homage to the centrality of Africa and its descendants’ contribution to the modern art world. Hall notes, “Many people are defined by the art they create.”The Southeast Overtown Park West (SEOPW) Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has demonstrated a commitment to using as the arts as a means of economic development. From commissioning legendary artist Pervis Young to paint its major overpass to sponsoring the annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival, and being an original partner in AAMAF, the CRA uses these investments as opportunities to attract cultural tourists to the area and revitalize the CRA boundary.Black Art performs an educational function through graphic representations of human conditions from a variety of points of view and with different media. The 2018 edition of Art Africa Miami explores how Black art has always been and still is about the production of knowledge – the intellectual, political and artistic rereading, and thinking about the contemporary condition of people that have been involved in struggles to maintain their humanity. Black Art Matters because Black peoples’ lives matter and artists have always been central to this affirmation.Visit www.artafricamiamifair.com for more information.last_img read more

first_imgDruskin led the structural expense review, which was aimed at reducing costs at the New York-headquartered bank and improving profit. Citigroup executives have been under pressure from analysts and a number of investors, including Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Citigroup’s biggest individual shareholder, to improve performance. The bank’s stock has not done as well as its peers, including Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase & Co., which have been more profitable. The elimination of the jobs won’t reduce the bank’s work force, but merely slow its growth, Citi executives said. Druskin told a conference call with Wall Street analysts they should expect Citi’s headcount to grow this year because of acquisitions and plans to open new branches, especially overseas. “But that rate of growth will be at a significantly diminished rate,” Druskin said. NEW YORK – Under pressure from investors to contain burgeoning costs, Citigroup Inc., the nation’s largest financial institution, announced that it will eliminate about 17,000 jobs, shift 9,500 positions to “lower cost locations” and consolidate some corporate operations. The steps – which are expected to shave more than $2 billion from the bank’s operating costs this year alone – also should result in faster service for consumers and businesses, Citi’s chief operating officer, Robert Druskin, said Wednesday. “A lot of the initiatives undertaken in the name of expense reduction also are designed to unclog our corporate system,” he told The Associated Press. “We want to make Citigroup a more nimble, entrepreneurial place. We want decision-making to be quicker. We want things to move through the pipelines faster.” The 17,000 job cuts amount to about 5 percent of the bank’s 327,000-strong work force. Goldman Sachs analysts William F. Tanona and Daniel Harris predicted “a tepid reaction” by investors they said had expected deeper cuts. In afternoon trading, the bank’s shares dropped 89 cents, or 1.7 percent, to $51.51 on the New York Stock Exchange. Carter Burgess, managing director of the Directorship Search Group, a recruiting firm based in Greenwich, Conn., said that “the question is, if all these areas for cutting expenses exist, why wasn’t it done sooner?” He noted that Citigroup, like many of the giant money center banks, was built through a series of mergers and acquisitions and that “it’s not totally clear you can make all of this work efficiently together.” Charles Prince, the bank’s chairman and chief executive officer, said that implementation of Druskin’s recommendations “will improve business integration as well as our ability to move quickly and seize new growth opportunities.” Prince also emphasized that more expense cutbacks were possible, saying that Citi was adopting “a continuous approach to improving our efficiency – this is not a one-time effort.” The changes announced Wednesday include eliminating unnecessary layers of management, reducing staff at corporate headquarters and other locations, expanding centralized procurement and consolidating some back-office and middle-office functions to eliminate duplication. The bank said that including previously announced information technology savings, the overhaul will save the New York-based bank about $2.1 billion in 2007, $3.7 billion in 2008 and $4.6 billion in 2009. Citigroup said it will record a pretax charge of $1.38 billion in the first quarter of 2007, and additional charges totaling approximately $200 million pretax over the subsequent quarters of 2007. The bank reports its first-quarter earnings next week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more