Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao demands ‘closure’ from WBO on controversial ‘Battle of Brisbane’ Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet He has not advanced as far as the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam event since losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in 2011 — when at 18 he became the youngest man to reach the final eight at Wimbledon since Boris Becker defended his title in 1986.Tomic, who reached a high of No. 17 in the world rankings in January 2016, entered Wimbledon ranked No. 59 after reaching the quarterfinals in Eastbourne, where he beat Zverev 6-3, 6-2 last week in the second round.“Some weeks I play well and beat a bunch of players and do super well in tournaments … but now it’s a roller coaster, and I just can’t seem to find, like, the commitment to work hard, to enjoy (playing) and to lift trophies,” Tomic said.Zverev broke Tomic late in the first set and again early in the second set, after which the Australian said he mentally “wasn’t there.” Tomic also admitted that when he called for a medical timeout, he did so to “try to break a bit of momentum” — although Zverev said later that he believed Tomic was injured.“It kind of made it almost tougher for me, because I didn’t know what to expect, because between points he was walking slowly, and he definitely acted like something was wrong,” Zverev said. “But then he would still, you know — if the ball is within reach, he would still hit the ball hard, especially with the forehand, place it well, and hit a lot of winners.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I felt a little bit bored out there,” Tomic said, “to be completely honest with you.”Tomic was playing at Wimbledon for the eighth time. He lost to Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 on Court 14.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I feel holding a trophy or, you know, doing well, it doesn’t satisfy me anymore,” Tomic said. “It’s not there. I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth-round U.S. Open or I lose (in the) first round. To me, everything is the same. I’m going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again.”Tomic has won three titles in his career, the first in Sydney in 2013. He then won consecutive titles in Bogota, Colombia, in 2014 and 2015. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Zverev finished with 18 aces, compared to Tomic’s four. He also had 11 fewer unforced errors than Tomic, who committed 25.“I feel like Bernie has been playing Wimbledon since he was about 11,” said Thanasi Kokkinakis, an Australian who lost to Juan Martin del Potro in his first-round match. “Maybe he’s bored. I’m not sure. I do know he’s skillful and hopefully he gets it together because he’s a good player.”After acknowledging his lack of interest, Tomic was asked about whether he would give back his prize money because of his performance — a question he quickly shot down. He also disagreed with a suggestion that he didn’t give his best effort against Zverev.“While I do feel a bit of guilt and I’m like, maybe I could have played four or five sets,” Tomic said, “in my opinion, he played well and I was just playing terrible and I just couldn’t find any rhythm, and he deserved to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LSU title parade draws massive crowds Australia’s Bernard Tomic looks on during his Men’s Singles Match against Germany’s Mischa Zverev on day two at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — After all the hard work and dedication it takes to get to Wimbledon, at least one player couldn’t be bothered with actually trying to win.Bernard Tomic, a 24-year-old Australian who reached the quarterfinals at the All England Club in 2011, said Tuesday he “just couldn’t find any motivation” to compete this year.ADVERTISEMENT
A mentally ill man on Friday appeared before Magistrate Annette Sighn in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to four charges.He plead not guilty to all charges, which consisted of damage to property, abusive language, threatening language and larceny.It is alleged that on January 2, at lot 88 Duncan Street, Campbellville, Steven Jagru unlawfully damaged one wooden door and a zinc and concrete fence valued 0,000; property of Farida Khan.Also on April 5, he made use of threatening language to Khan. And on the same day at the same location, he also made use of abusive language to Farida Khan.Jagru who is said to be the Virtual Complainant’s neighbor, upon observation seemed confused when he failed to respond to questions asked by the Magistrate, such as his home address and his profession.This prompted the Magistrate to invite a relative of the man to give the information to the court on his behalf. It was then revealed to the court that he is of unsound mind.According to the relative, Jagru is mentally ill, lives alone but is currently receiving treatment for his condition.Magistrate Sighn then ordered a mental evaluation to be carried out on the defendant, to conclude whether or not he will be fit to stand trial.He was remanded to prison and will appear in court on May 4.
0Shares0000PARIS, November 18- Football’s world governing body FIFA has lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general over “possible misconduct” by individuals in connection with the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.It follows a recommendation by FIFA’s ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert as part of his final summary of the Garcia investigation into the controversial awarding of the World Cups to Qatar and Russia. “This criminal complaint has been lodged today,” FIFA said in a statement.“The subject of the criminal complaint is the possible misconduct of individual persons in connection with the awarding of the hosting rights of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups investigated by Michael Garcia, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee.“In particular there seem to be grounds for suspicion that, in isolated cases, international transfers of assets with connections to Switzerland took place, which merit examination by the criminal prosecution authorities.”Michael Garcia, a former New York federal prosecutor, spent 18 months investigating the bidding process for the two tournaments.FIFA last week published a resume of Garcia’s report and cleared Qatar and Russia of corruption and ruled out a re-vote for the tournaments despite widespread allegations of wrongdoing.Garcia slammed that version of his report as “incomplete and erroneous” has lodged an appeal.The Garcia report will be handed over to the attorney general’s office by Eckert but he and Blatter remain adamant the report cannot be published.Blatter told FIFA’s website: “There is no change to judge Eckert’s statement that the investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups is concluded.“The matter will now also be looked at by an independent, state body, which shows that FIFA is not opposed to transparency.”Asked about the publication of the report, he added: “If FIFA were to publish the report, we would be violating our own association law as well as state law. The people who are demanding in the media and elsewhere that FIFA publish the report are obviously of the opinion that FIFA should or must ignore the law in this regard.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThese products can be dizzyingly complicated, involving not only decisions of what investments to pick and when to start taking an income stream but also often complex tax and estate planning considerations and analysis of benefits vs. costs. Don’t buy one unless you understand it thoroughly and/or get unbiased advice from a qualified professional, preferably one who doesn’t stand to gain or lose anything whether you buy or not. Nobody can, in the space of a newspaper column, explain everything you need to know about these annuities. But I want to at least explain the basic differences between the GMWB-for-life benefit and the GMIB, an area of much confusion and misunderstanding. With a GMWB-for-life benefit, the insurance company issuing the annuity guarantees you can withdraw for life at least a percentage of the amount you invest, often 5 percent. For example, if you invest $100,000, you can withdraw $5,000 a year for life, no matter how your investments perform. (You can always withdraw more than 5 percent but then the lifetime withdrawal guarantee would be reduced or lost.) In this example, as long as you don’t withdraw more than $5,000 a year, you will continue to receive the lifetime payments even if your actual account value goes down to zero. In that event, the insurance company will continue to pay you out of its own money. In their quest for lifetime income that can outpace inflation, baby boomers and seniors are being pitched two alphabet-soup variable-annuity guarantees: GMWBs for life and GMIBs. I mentioned these benefits briefly in a column in July about retirement income options and have received dozens of e-mails from readers wanting to know more. In the industry jargon, these initials stand for “guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefit” and “guaranteed minimum income benefit.” They are part of an ever-evolving breed of “living benefits” tacked onto variable annuities, which are tax-deferred, mutual-fund-like investments within an insurance wrapper. The benefits, for which you pay an additional ongoing fee, guarantee that you, or you and a beneficiary, usually your spouse, will receive a minimum lifetime income regardless of how your annuity investments perform. When this benefit was initially offered, the guarantee for lifetime withdrawals covered only the one person investing in the annuity. Many insurance companies have since added the option, for a slightly higher ongoing fee, of extending the lifetime withdrawal guarantee to the investor’s surviving spouse. “We realize peace of mind for many couples comes from knowing a spouse will be taken care of financially” after the first one dies, said Mark Phelan, a senior vice president of Nationwide Financial, one of the companies offering the spousal guarantee. To many financial advisers, the biggest attraction of the GMWB-for-life benefit is the potential to lock in higher guaranteed lifetime withdrawals if your investments do well. While details vary widely, these annuities typically allow you to periodically “step up” the amount you can withdraw for life if your account value has increased sufficiently. “Many of these annuities are incorporating these features on an annual or five-year basis,” said Tucker Scott, a financial adviser with Oldham Resource Group in Norwalk, Conn. Knowing that the amount you can withdraw could go up but can’t go down helps investors cope better with market volatility, Scott said. With a GMIB benefit, rather than withdraw money from your account, you must “annuitize” it, that is, give up access to your principal in exchange for lifetime payments to you or you and a beneficiary. The insurance company guarantees a minimum lifetime income regardless of investment performance or actual account value. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at AskHumberto@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
There’s one more relegation place to be decided on the final night of the League of Ireland Premier Division season this evening.Finn Harps and Drogheda United have already made the drop, and Sligo Rovers head to Drogheda tonight, knowing that a draw will be enough to guarantee their survival.A win for the Bit O’ Red could see them finish as high as seventh.Craig Roddan and Regan Donelon are suspended tonight, while Micheal Schlingermann again misses out through injury.But the goalkeeper will join Ocean FM’s commentary team for live coverage of the game from kick-off at 7.45pm in United Park in association with McMullen-O’Donnell.If Rovers slip up, Galway United could leapfrog them with a defeat of Dundalk in Galway.St Patrick’s Athletic could also go down if they lose away to Derry City.Rovers boss Gerard Lyttle is warning that there is still loads at stake…Audio Playerhttp://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Rovers-Clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Roddan says that the Bit O’ Red supporters have played a big part in helping Rovers climb out of the relegation zone ahead of the last game.With just one defeat in their last 11 league matches, Rovers are well positioned to survive, and Roddan says the fans can take a lot of credit for that…Audio Playerhttp://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Craig-Roddan-Clip-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Champions Cork City will be presented with the league trophy following their game with Bray at Turner’s Cross.Finn Harps’ last top-flight game for at least a year sees them journey to Bohemians.And Shamrock Rovers take on Limerick in Tallaght.
7 June 2010World Cup frenzy was evident at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on the weekend, with hordes of fans, football stars, international media teams and Grammy Award winning musician R Kelly arriving in South Africa for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Former World Cup stars, Holland’s Ruud Gullit and England’s Steve McManaman, arrived on Saturday shortly before England international Michael Dawson, who was mobbed by a media contingent outside international arrivals as he flew in to replace injured England captain Rio Ferdinand.Over the last few days the teams who will be competing in the tournament have started to arrive, with stars such as Kaka, Messi and Rooney already having passed through the airport terminal.But it is the rush of international fans that is really bringing the World Cup spirit to South Africa, as Africa’s biggest airport begins to welcome the expected influx of World Cup travellers.‘I am happy South Africa was chosen’Mexican brothers Juan and Junior Medrano and Juan’s wife Michelle were among those who arrived in the country over the weekend – sporting huge sombreros, of course!“It’s been a dream of ours to attend the Fifa World Cup, and we’re so happy to be in South Africa and can’t wait for the tournament to start,” said Junior Medrano, a newly qualified occupational therapist. “I’m so excited to be here – celebrating with the world. In this time we all need things to bring people together.“I am happy South Africa was chosen to host the Fifa World Cup,” Medrano said. “Over the next few weeks Africa’s first Fifa World Cup will be the catalyst to unite the world. It’s a symbol of hope and new beginnings for all of us.”‘It’s amazing to be here’Argentina’s Vera brothers, Emilio and Jose, from Resis Dencia near the Paraguayan border, also arrived on Saturday, with plane tickets but no clue as to where they would be staying; they were assisted by airport staff with a list of B&B and hotel establishments as they arrived.“It’s amazing to be here,” said Jose Vera. “I was at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and I wanted to repeat the experience. It’s my favourite holiday, and I am sure Africa will be a great host and showcase all its best attributes to the world.“Every World Cup is better than the last, and I am sure this World Cup will be the best ever!”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
Roger Beachy, the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is leaving his post next month after serving less than 2 years. “What a huge loss,” says Karl Glasener, director of science policy for the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The decision was announced in a USDA memo (see below) this morning. A pioneer in the genetic engineering of plants at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL and the former director of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Beachy was recruited to add momentum to changes at USDA that were designed to increase the profile and success of agricultural research. The 2007 Farm Bill had created NIFA, and Congress subsequently boosted the institute’s budget for competitive grants by 30% in FY 2010, to $260 million. He took over in September 2009; a few months later, however, his boss, Rajiv Shah, left to become head of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Beachy put roughly half of the competitive funds into larger, multidisciplinary grants focused on “grand challenges,” such as dealing with the impact of climate change. Not only did the number of grant applications rise significantly, but the approach tapped into a much larger pool of researchers beyond the department’s traditional constituency of agriculturally focused land-grant universities. “I feel pretty good that we’ve been able to do as much as we have,” he told ScienceInsider. 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This year’s pot for competitive grants is down about 1%, a far cry from the 64% increase that the Obama Administration had requested for FY 2011. And reflecting larger fiscal realities, the department’s request for FY 2012, submitted in February and still pending before Congress, was scaled back substantially, although still a robust 25% increase. Beachy says his decision to leave on 20 May has nothing to do with the budget, but rather represents a desire to be with his family, which has remained in St. Louis. “It’s strictly for personal reasons,” he says. He will return to WUSTL as a professor in the biology department and hopes to continue to advocate for agricultural research. “He gave us a face for agricultural science that I’ve never seen before—modern [and someone] talking about change,” says Glasener. “It was really refreshing.” Sent: Friday, April 29, 2011 11:23 AM Subject: Message from REE Under Secretary Woteki United States Research Office Room 216W Department of Education of the Under Jamie L. Whitten Building Agriculture Economics Secretary Washington, DC 20250-0110 To NIFA staff: Dr. Roger Beachy has been an outstanding advocate for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and its research mission, so it is with regret that Secretary Vilsack and I have accepted his resignation as Director, effective May 20, 2011. We understand that Dr. Beachy’s first priority must be to the needs of his family, and he will be returning to St. Louis, Missouri, to spend more time with his wife, his children and his grandchildren. Dr. Beachy worked with many of you when he took the helm of USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) in October 2009 and led the reorganization which transformed the agency into NIFA in 2010. That monumental effort from staff and Dr. Beachy forged NIFA’s reputation as a leader in promoting research and education into some of the most important issues facing the nation today. His leadership contributed to increasing the visibility of science and innovation at USDA so that American agriculture can continue to be the economic engine our nation needs, and help our country keep providing a safe and healthy food supply to the world. NIFA grants have recently been given to support such urgent national priorities as helping find solutions to the crisis of childhood obesity and developing the advanced biofuels that the United States will need for a clean energy future. Dr. Beachy has held those who receive NIFA-funded research grants to the highest standards, which has led to cutting edge research being done throughout the Land-Grant university system and other partner organizations. The agency’s support of cooperative extension and the 4-H program has changed lives, and helped train the next generation of agricultural scientists and researchers. Dr. Beachy leaves a legacy that will endure for years to come. All of us who have worked with Dr. Beachy will miss his leadership, his enthusiasm and his expertise, and I know he will miss working with all of you. Please join me in wishing him well on this next step in his personal and professional life. Secretary Vilsack and I both appreciate the dedication of the NIFA staff who will keep up the good work Dr. Beachy has set in motion. We are initiating an aggressive search to identify and bring on board a distinguished scientist as NIFA’s next director. We will keep you apprised as that process moves forward. In the interim period I am naming Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young as Acting Director of NIFA. Thank you for all you do every day for NIFA, the Department and our country. Dr. Cathie Woteki Catherine E. Woteki, Ph.D.Under SecretaryChief Scientist, USDA
Although researchers have known since 1999 that traces of the Ebola virus could remain in semen for months, two papers published in The New England Journal of Medicine today offer more detail about the frightening possibility that survivors of an infection could rekindle outbreaks. One study focuses on nearly 100 men in Sierra Leone who survived the dreaded viral illness, whereas the second one documents a clear case of sexual transmission of Ebola virus.In the Sierra Leone study, researchers found Ebola viral RNA in semen samples from almost half the 93 men they tested. The likelihood of finding viral RNA declined as time from disease onset increased: All nine men who were tested 2 to 3 months after they fell ill had evidence of Ebola RNA in their semen, but the researchers found it in only 26 of 40 men whose infections had started 4 to 6 months earlier and in 11 of 43 men whose infections had started 7 to 9 months earlier. The result from one Ebola patient tested 10 months after disease onset was indeterminate.Detecting viral RNA does not mean that these survivors harbor a virus that’s capable of establishing an infection in a sexual partner. “We do not yet have sufficient information to assess the risk of transmission through sexual intercourse, oral sex, or other sex acts from men with viable virus in their semen,” the authors from Sierra Leone and the World Health Organization (WHO) wrote. Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta are attempting to isolate virus from the semen samples, says Nathalie Broutet, an infectious disease epidemiologist at WHO in Geneva and one of the study’s authors.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In the second paper, researchers from Liberia and the United States present the best evidence yet of sexual transmission. A 44-year-old woman from Montserrado County was diagnosed with Ebola on 20 March and died a week later. The country had not had a case of Ebola in the previous 30 days and there was no obvious source of infection, but the patient reported having had unprotected vaginal intercourse with an Ebola survivor on 7 March. The man had contracted Ebola in September 2014 and left the Ebola treatment unit after testing negative for the virus in early October. A semen sample from the man, taken in March 2015, tested positive for Ebola, and genetic analysis of the woman’s virus showed that it was distinct from the most recent clusters in Liberia and neighboring countries. Importantly, her virus was all but identical to the one isolated from the survivor: Only one base pair differed between the two genomes. The “unique gene signatures in the sample obtained from the semen of the survivor and the deceased woman I think really provides conclusive evidence,” says study co-author Vincent Munster, a virologist at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland.CDC’s Broutet says sexual transmission is suspected in about 20 West African cases. The WHO changed its advice to survivors in May this year after evidence showed that the virus could persist much longer in semen than previously thought. The guidelines now advise survivors to abstain from sex or use a condom for 6 months or until their semen tests negative. Given that there are thousands of male survivors who could spread the virus through sex, “the chances of seeing sporadic cases igniting small outbreaks is very real,” says Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham, in the United Kingdom.The papers come amid news that Pauline Cafferkey, a British nurse who fell ill with Ebola in December 2014 and survived, was in critical condition at Royal Free Hospital in London and being treated “for Ebola” after having apparently suffered a relapse. All of this shows that the virus has the potential to surprise scientists, Munster says. “An outbreak of this magnitude has never happened before with Ebola virus, so I think we need to realize that data gathered from the previous outbreaks might not be sufficient.”Survivors have already endured a painful illness and often lost loved ones, Armand Sprecher of Doctors Without Borders in Brussels cautions in an editorial that accompanies the two papers. “If they are then treated as pariahs and threats, we add a terrible unkindness on top of their suffering,” Sprecher writes. “They should be treated with all the compassion we can muster.”WHO today released a situation report that said for the second straight week, no new cases of Ebola virus have been confirmed in any West African country.
1. India wins toss, and it certainly “smells like victory”. 2. Bangladesh’s bowler greet Indian batsmen with some disciplined bowling and fielding in the first 15 overs. 3. Chest bumps by bowler Taskin Ahmed and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza on Ajinkya Rahane’s exit evokes mixed feelings, somewhat like this.4. Suresh Raina survives an LBW review, which proves crucial for the game. Umpire Ian Gould gives him not out eventually. The ‘not out’ sign on the giant screen must have been a beautiful sight for Raina.5. Rohit Sharma was dismissed off a no ball from Rubel Hossain. This eventually turned the game in India’s favour.6. Indian fans were waiting for Rohit Sharma, the only Indian top 5 batsman who had not scored a century in this World Cup, to come to form. He did not disappoint them.7. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe is shown speaking his mind to bowler Taskin Ahmed after Rohit Sharma’s dismissal, which came a tad too late for them.8. Batsman Tamim Iqbal, India’s nemesis in 2007 World Cup loss to Bangladesh, departed early after scoring 25 runs off 25 balls.9. Shikhar Dhawan’s catch on the boundary was spectacular. Indian fans cheered from the stands. 10. Bangladesh’s Shakib al Hasan didn’t score a boundary for 60 balls. This added to the pressure applied by India and cookie finally crumbled. The last possible thorn in India’s flesh departed.