Jan 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry said today that an 8-year-old boy died of H5N1 avian influenza, the same day the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a 16-year-old Indonesian girl—previously confirmed one of the country’s H5N1 case-patients—died of the disease.The boy, who was from Tangerang, a suburb just west of Jakarta, died today after one day of treatment in the hospital, the ministry said in an e-mail statement, according to a Reuters report. If the boy’s illness and death are confirmed by the WHO he will be listed as Indonesia’s 119th case-patient and its 97th H5N1 fatality.He had a fever and was first diagnosed as having dengue by doctors at a local hospital, the boy’s father told an Indonesian news Web site, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. After the doctors determined the boy had the H5N1 virus, he was transferred to a hospital in Jakarta where he died a few hours later, the AFP report said.Sudhara Ningrum, of Indonesia’s bird flu center, told AFP that chickens had died suddenly near the boy’s house, but officials have not received a report on whether samples from the birds tested positive for the H5N1 virus. The health ministry said that the boy’s neighbor ran a chicken slaughterhouse and that it was investigating the source of the boy’s illness, according to Reuters.Also today, the WHO released a statement confirming the H5N1 death of a 16-year-old girl from Bekasi, another suburb of Jakarta. The girl died on Jan 15, the WHO reported. She was previously listed as Indonesia’s 117th case-patient, and her death has now been recorded as the country’s 96th fatality.The girl got sick on Dec 30 and was hospitalized 5 days later, according to previous reports. Chickens in her neighborhood had reportedly died 2 weeks before she became ill.Several of Indonesia’s recent H5N1 case-patients and deaths are from suburbs of Jakarta. The 8-year-old boy is the seventh person from the Jakarta suburb of Tangerang to die of the disease since October, according to the AFP report. Though health officials banned backyard poultry in Jakarta in early 2007, the rules and a plan for culling have been difficult to enforce.The girl and the boy are the second and third Indonesians to die of H5N1 infections in 2008. On Jan 14, the health ministry reported that a 32-year-old woman from Tangerang died of the disease on Jan 10.See also:Jan 18 WHO statementJan 11 CIDRAP News story “Woman’s illness raises Indonesia’s H5N1 total to 117”
Wisconsin’s weekend sweep over the Golden Gophers could not have been any more improbable.Heading into the series, the Badgers (3-3) were not only facing an undefeated Gopher team but they were going against a squad that had not trailed in a game the entire season.On the stat sheet, Sunday’s game looked like Minnesota dominated, as the Gophers outshot Wisconsin 40-15, had fewer penalties and dominated the time of possession. What the Badgers lacked in chances they made up for in execution, as they scored three goals on their first five shots en route to the 5-2 win.Slow starts had given the Badgers deficits in five of their seven previous games, and Sunday was no exception. Despite a Mallory Deluce goal eight minutes into the game, Wisconsin soon found itself in a hole when Minnesota scored two goals in less than two minutes.UM’s Sarah Erickson had the first power-play goal against Wisconsin all season when her slap shot from the right faceoff circle found its way past Badger goaltender Becca Ruegsegger. With six minutes left in the first period and still on the attack, Minnesota put in a shot from just feet away after the Badger defense was unable to clear the puck.Brooke Ammerman, who emerged as a major scoring threat for Wisconsin last season, quickly responded for the Badgers with a put-back goal of her own. The Gophers could not clear from deep in their own zone and Ammerman’s backhander from left of the goal beat Minnesota goaltender Alyssa Grogan.“I thought Brooke had an excellent game,” UW head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “Not just in contributing offensively but she played great defense.”The offensive onslaught continued when Kelly Nash scored with just 31 seconds remaining in the first period. Skating along the boards, Nash’s centering pass found its way through the defense and off of a skate for the goal.“The fact that we’re finally scoring more than one or two goals is huge,” DeKeyser said. “From a mental standpoint, we got to feel good about what we’re able to do.”Ammerman and Malee Windmeier gave Wisconsin some insurance goals in the second and third periods. Drifting from behind the net toward the center of the Minnesota zone, Ammerman nailed a backhand to give Wisconsin its fourth goal on eight shots. Windmeirer’s shot midway through the third period was the last shot the Badgers took in the game, but Windmeier made it count, as her clearing pass from center ice took a funny bounce and landed just inside of the right post.With no shots in the last 10 minutes of the game, Wisconsin needed strong goaltending by freshman Becca Ruegsegger and she delivered, stopping nearly 30 consecutive shots to end the game.“The goaltending by Becca was just phenomenal,” DeKeyser said. “She’s proved herself — that she has the ability to be the number one goalie.”Friday’s game was equally successful, as Wisconsin skated to a 4-2 win. Needing yet another comeback, Wisconsin received some timely goals from their key players.Down 2-0, senior Jasmine Giles pulled the Badgers even when she scored at 7:12 in the first period.“Jasmine Giles was our leader today and it really showed,” DeKeyser said. “She really initiated the play almost every time she was out there.”With the game tied at two goals apiece with eight seconds left in the second period, DeKeyser’s decision to put Ammerman back out on the ice with a different line paid huge dividends. Ammerman took the puck from a faceoff and skated toward the right post. After pulling the puck into an easier angle, Ammerman slid the goal in the net with 2.6 seconds remaining.“That was a huge goal,” DeKeyser said. “We had a quick line change there and it worked out. It was nice that we capitalized on that.”According to Ammerman, Friday’s game was the best the team had played the entire season.“We played a full 60 minutes,” Ammerman said. “Everything was just clicking, and hopefully we can just continue that throughout the season.”Deluce put the game away with her third-period wrist shot. Although play continued for nearly two minutes as neither team was sure if the puck crossed the red line, a review eventually confirmed the goal. More importantly, it put the game against the undefeated Gophers out of reach. According to Giles, the weekend series was a matter of respect for the squad.“We kind of came into this series with something to prove,” Giles said. “We haven’t had the best start, but people throughout the nation are going to know, ‘Hey, we’re still No. 1.’”
Two days after the Education Ministry (MoE) had launched a new project to reintegrate teenage mothers into the school system, a representative from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has called for Government to also accept into schools teenage boys who may have once faced the penalties of the law.Michelle Rodrigues, who represented UNICEF at the launch of a new database system — on Wednesday at the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD) on Battery Road, Kingston Georgetown – has so voiced her opinion: “We have to think of ways of how we will reintegrate those boys too, who may be out of school for one reason or the other; how we will reintegrate both boys and girls who may have come in contact with the law.”She has welcomed the new project, which will aid in recording the welfare issues of the education sector.The advancement in the sector, deemed as the Schools’ Welfare Information Management System Database, was developed by Intellect Storm, with the idea of advancing the recording method of the Education System so as to make it easierUNICEF representative Michelle Rodriguesfor the retrieving and storing of information.The new database, developed over a six-month period, results from a joint effort between the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).It will allow for the easy access of information, such as suicide cases, teenage pregnancies, and irregular attendance of pupils and students from the nursery to secondary levels, among several other areas.The MoE will have key persons who would be able to access the statistics from the system, which would be entered by specified persons within each region.Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson has noted how critical it is for the proper use of a database system. “This launch speaks of the use of technology in terms of making good and wise decisions. Transformation could never take place if wise decisions are not made, and therefore we must have that mindset (wherein) we are willing to change the old ways of doing things; and as they would say, ring out the old and ring in the new,” he stated.He went on to elaborate on the importance of the implementation of the new database system, since it is the 21st century.It was on that note that the CEO pointed out the grave importance of data; since, according to him, it was the data collected that inspired the MoE to launch a new programme to reintegrate teenage mothers into the school system. He said the new programme may very well influence the introduction of new policies to tackle these flaws in the sector. Rodrigues lauded the MoE on the new initiative, and encouraged consistent use of the database system. She also shared Hutson’s view that new systems should be implemented to tackle the issues that are highlighted in the database system.