Apr 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today held to its position that more information is needed before a decision can be made about changing its pandemic influenza alert status from the current phase 3 to phase 4. Moving to phase 4 would mean that the new virus is transmissible enough to cause large outbreaks.At a briefing this morning, the WHO’s Dr. Keiji Fukuda reiterated yesterday’s message that the emergency committee wants more information to help it make the phase-change decision. “The committee will be reconvened on Tuesday unless there’s additional information indicating we should meet earlier,” he said.When prodded by reporters’ questions about the appropriateness of waiting, Fukuda said, “If WHO makes a decision that the phase has changed, this is really a very serious signal to the world. I have no doubt that many countries are already taking these actions, but it does send a signal, so we want to make sure we’re standing on pretty good solid ground.”He also acknowledged that many groups are waiting for a WHO decision and promised that the agency would not delay it for long.Fukuda, who is the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and environment, emphasized how little is known yet about the new swine flu virus, and particularly why it seems to have caused severe illness in Mexico but only mild cases in the United States.”We don’t know how often it causes serious disease as opposed to mild disease, but apparently we see both of those things occurring right now,” he said.He noted that only some of the cases reported in Mexico are lab-confirmed swine flu cases, whereas those reported in the United States are confirmed. “So it’s very difficult to know if we are seeing a quite different situation in the United States and Mexico. The typical picture for influenza viruses is that they cause both mild and severe cases.”Mexican authorities are trying to determine the fatality rate for the cases there, he noted.Experts have yet to determine the incubation period for the new virus, though flu viruses in general incubate anywhere from 1 to 4 days before causing symptoms, Fukuda said.In other comments, he said the WHO has seen no evidence that the illnesses are related to a bioterrorist attack.In response to a question about global preparedness, Fukuda said the past 5 years of pandemic preparedness efforts, though inspired primarily by the H5N1 avian flu virus, have left the world “much, much better prepared than we’ve ever been for dealing with this kind of situation.”He said communications have been good, lab investigations have been completed quickly, and genetic sequences for the new virus are in public databases, among other positive developments. “I’m really impressed at how well countries have handled this,” he commented.Replying to a question about the speed of Mexico’s response to its outbreak, Fukuda defended the Mexican government’s actions. He said the first cases surfaced while the country was still dealing with seasonal flu, making it harder to recognize them as something unusual.”When they did notice they were seeing an increase in pneumonia cases and in serious pneumonia cases I think they took actions that were prudent,” he said.When a reporter said that Russia has banned pork imports from Mexico and asked if the action was appropriate, Fukuda responded, “Right now we have no evidence to suggest that people are getting infected from exposure to pork or to pigs.”Fukuda also noted that the WHO has 5 million doses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in regional stockpiles, but he did not mention any immediate plans to deploy them.See also:Current WHO pandemic alert phasehttp://www.who.int/influenza/preparedness/pandemic/h5n1phase/en/Oct 24, 2008, CIDRAP News story about revision of pandemic alert phaseshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/oct2408who.html
“For me he is one of the best players in the history of this country,” Mata said at his unveiling. “He is unbelievable, he can score and he can assist. “I will try to connect with him as much as I can. I will try to find the gaps in rival defences, try to be in the positions I have to be in to assist the strikers.” Asked about the pressure that comes with his price tag, Mata said: “I like the pressure, I think it’s good for a footballer to try to improve. “People are expecting big things from me and I am looking forward to it.” Mata, who will wear the number eight shirt, said he was attracted by the character of United and their reputation for never giving up, even claiming they were not out of the Barclays Premier League title race. “It’s a new challenge for me,” he said. “This one was a massive challenge for me. “What I like the most about this club is the character. I think if another club were in this position in the league, I think it would be very difficult to come back and take first position, but this club can do it. Juan Mata has revealed he is relishing the chance to link up with Wayne Rooney at Manchester United as well as the pressure of his club-record price tag. “This is the real image I have from Man United, always fighting to win titles, always coming back from difficult moments. “The team is really good, the squad is really good. This season they have had some unlucky moments they didn’t deserve. Hopefully from now until the end of the season we will win as many games as we can.” Mata revealed the move was “really important” to his hopes of making Spain’s squad for the World Cup, and said he was “really happy” to be at United. “I just wanted to go to a place where I would feel happy,” he added. Asked about what position he would prefer to play in, Mata diplomatically responded: “I think that’s a question for him (Moyes). I would like to play anywhere.” Moyes emphasised his surprise that the club were able to do such a deal mid-season and said he would bring in more players of Mata’s calibre. “I am thrilled, I got wind a month or two ago it could be possible, but I never thought we would pull it off,” he said. “When we got the sniff there was a chance Juan could be available we went after it right away. Congratulations to the club and (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward for getting the deal done.” The Scot added: “There will be more players like Juan in the future, I’ve no doubt about that.” The Spain international has moved to Old Trafford from Chelsea for £37.1million. The 25-year-old should provide the creativity and invention which has been sadly lacking from David Moyes’ team this season, and he cannot wait to play alongside Rooney. Press Association
Here, Press Association Sport picks out five of the London rivals’ most memorable previous meetings. Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0, March 22, 2014 Press Association Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge turned into a nightmare as Arsenal were ripped apart by a rampant Chelsea. Four goals up at half-time, the victory was Jose Mourinho’s biggest in the Premier League and all-but ended Arsenal’s lingering hopes of winning the title. The match was also notable for a case of mistaken identity as referee Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had handled the ball on the line. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 5, October 29, 2011 The teams’ most thrilling Premier League meeting witnessed Robin van Persie score a hat-trick to inspire Arsenal to victory at Stamford Bridge. John Terry, facing allegations of racial abuse against QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, had put Chelsea 2-1 up before half-time but it was his slip that allowed Van Persie to give the Gunners a 4-3 lead with five minutes to play. It was a humiliating defeat for the Blues and their boss Andre Villas-Boas, who would be sacked later in the season. Arsenal 1 Chelsea 4, May 10, 2009 Both sides were licking their wounds after midweek exits in the Champions League semi-finals but it was Chelsea who bounced back with a convincing win at the Emirates Stadium. There had been hope Arsenal could catch Chelsea and finish third in the table but goals from Alex, Nicolas Anelka, Kolo Toure (own goal) and Florent Malouda secured the Blues direct entry into the Champions League and left Arsenal contemplating another fourth-place finish. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3, October 23, 1999 Arsenal came from two goals down to seal a remarkable win but the match will always be remembered for Kanu’s 15-minute hat-trick, which culminated with a stunning stoppage-time winner. Chelsea goalkeeper Ed de Goey rushed out wide to close down the Nigerian, who sidestepped the Dutchman on the goal-line before curling the ball into the far corner of the net. Arsenal went on to finish second in the Premier League, behind Manchester United. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3, September 21, 1997 A feisty meeting produced an unlikely hero as Nigel Winterburn’s long-range rocket in the 89th minute sealed Arsenal victory. The left-back picked the ball up 40 yards out and unleashed a driving shot into the top right-hand corner to snatch all three points for the Gunners. Chelsea’s Frank Leboeuf had earlier been sent off in the game, which saw Dennis Bergkamp score twice, with Gianfranco Zola and Gustavo Poyet also on the scoresheet. Chelsea host Arsenal on Saturday as both sides look to find some early momentum in the Barclays Premier League title race.
How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Roberts is believed to be seeking a contract similar to the four-year, $12 million extension Astros manager A.J. Hinch received earlier this year.“We remain optimistic about working something out long term,” Friedman said. “The reason we’ve kind of slowed down a little bit is we’ve got a lot of coaching staff decisions to make and interviews. I think it speaks more to the optimism that something is definitely going to get done and allows us to focus on what we need to do in the near term.”In addition to losing GM Farhan Zaidi to the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers have two vacancies on their major-league coaching staff with the departures of hitting coach Turner Ward and third base/infield coach Chris Woodward.Gameplanning/communications coach Danny Lehmann is also leaving the Dodgers for another job. Lehmann was an advance scout for three years before becoming a member of the uniformed coaching staff in 2018. Minor-league hitting coordinator Paco Figueroa left the Dodgers to become a coach on the Phillies staff.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco CARLSBAD — Dave Roberts will definitely return as the Dodgers’ manager in 2019. What kind of contract he will have still remains undetermined.The Dodgers picked up the club option in Roberts’ original contract before the deadline Wednesday. But Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said the two sides remain confident a multi-year agreement can be reached.“Nothing’s changed,” Friedman said Wednesday at the GM Meetings. “We remain extremely optimistic. We’ve just set it off to the side a little bit as we work through all of our coaches and the vacancies we have there.”The option calls for Roberts to be paid $1.1 million for the 2019 season, a salary that would continue to place him in the bottom third among managers. But Friedman said talks about a multi-year contract will “for sure” continue. A new contract could include the option year or supersede it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error