Drug-resistant flu viruses cause growing concern

first_imgOct 27, 2008 – WASHINGTON, DC (CIDRAP News) – Health officials worldwide are becoming increasingly concerned about influenza viruses’ resistance to antiviral drugs, which can shut down a flu infection or mitigate symptoms. Flu antivirals are vital for reducing severe illness and death in average flu seasons and could be essential bulwarks against an influenza pandemic if one began.There are currently only four antiviral drugs for flu, grouped into two classes, the adamantanes (amantadine and rimantadine) and the neuraminidase inhibitors (oseltamivir, or Tamiflu, and zanamivir, or Relenza). Flu scientists have known since 2005 that seasonal flu viruses have become widely resistant to the adamantanes, with at least 90% of H3N2 strains and at least 15% of H1N1 strains impervious to the drugs. That leaves only oseltamivir and the less widely used zanamivir as treatment options and has made oseltamivir the most commonly used influenza antiviral in the world.But speaking at a major infectious-disease meeting here Sunday, Dr. Nila Dharan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disclosed that 12.6% (142 of 1,124) of H1N1 isolates sent to the CDC from around the United States during the 2007-08 season were resistant to oseltamivir, versus less than 1% before 2007.And in a troubling addition, the CDC found that none of the patients who gave the isolates had taken oseltamivir, casting doubt on the widely held belief that oseltamivir resistance, when it occurs, is not transmissible. 1. (Dharan NJ, Gubareva L, Klimov A, et al. Oseltamivir-resistant influenza A [H1N1] in the United States, 2007-2008 [Abstract V-918])The finding was announced on the second day of the 48th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a 15,000-person gathering known as ICAAC, which this year is being held in conjunction with the 46th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. It comes on the heels of an Oct 14 World Health Organization (WHO) announcement that during the southern hemisphere flu season this past summer, oseltamivir-resistant viruses were found in South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Kenya, New Caledonia, New Zealand, and Uruguay.Last January, toward the end of the 2007-08 northern hemisphere flu season, the WHO reported that surveillance networks had found oseltamivir-resistant viruses in 9 out of 18 European countries surveyed, though the sample sizes were small.Worrisomely, the mutation that confers resistance also appears in areas where seasonal flu co-exists with avian influenza H5N1. “In the last year or so we have seen a massive increase in seasonal flu resistance to oseltamivir,” Dr. Jeremy Farrar of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit at Vietnam’s Hospital for Tropical Diseases said today at the conference. “In Ho Chi Minh City at the moment, 60% of seasonal flu isolates are drug-resistant.”Farrar was part of the treatment team for two Vietnamese H5N1 patients who were found to have the mutated virus in 2005 during treatment with oseltamivir and who died of the infection.”There is a lot of concern about emerging resistance to oseltamivir,” Dr. Trish Perl, director of hospital epidemiology and infection control at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, said at the meeting yesterday during a separate presentation on hospitals’ pandemic preparations.If a flu pandemic begins, she said, “We may not have the luxury of immunoprophylaxis. We may have to rely on basic infection control.”Protecting newborns from fluIn other news from the meeting, a study presented yesterday by Dr. Emmanuel Walter Jr. of Duke Children’s Hospital suggested that newborn infants, who are too young to be safely vaccinated against flu, could be protected from the disease by vaccinating their mothers, fathers and siblings before mother and baby leave the hospital. Vaccinating the family members creates a cocoon of immunity around newborns, who are at much higher risk than older children for potentially life-threatening flu complications.The study was carried out at Durham (North Carolina) Regional Hospital. Researchers distributed educational information, set up a vaccination clinic, and compared the number of flu shots given to new mothers and family members over 5 months with the number given at Duke, where no program was in place. The number of flu shots given rose 16% at Durham, and 40 percent of mothers agreed to be vaccinated. (Walter EB Jr, Swamy G, Allred N, et al. Influenza immunization of household contacts of newborns in the hospital setting [Abstract G1-1209])High-dose flu shots for elderlyAt the other end of the age spectrum, researchers funded by vaccine-maker Sanofi Pasteur reported that poor response to flu shots by the elderly could be improved by giving those over age 65 a much larger dose of the vaccine.Dr. Ann Falsey of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and colleagues from St. Louis University and the St. Louis VA Medical Center gave a vaccine with four times the normal amount of hemagglutinin, a flu-virus protein, to 2,575 volunteers over age 65, and gave the normal vaccine to an additional 1,262 volunteers. Four weeks after the shot, the high-dose volunteers showed twice the level of flu antibodies seen in the standard-dose volunteers. (Falsey AR, Capellan J, Yau E, et al. Improved immunogenicity after high dose compared to standard influenza vaccine in seronegative adults aged [at least] 65 Years [Abstract G-1191])Testing nondrug flu defensesIn another study focused on prevention, University of Michigan researchers led by assistant professor of epidemiology Allison Aiello found that wearing standard surgical masks and regularly using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can cut flu transmission in the community by up to 50%. Participants were randomly assigned to a control group or to using a mask or mask plus hand sanitizer for 6 weeks in the 2006-07 flu season. Only those who used both the mask and the gel reported a drop in their rate of flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, and body aches.The researchers cautioned, though, that the results may not be robust because the 2006-07 season was relatively mild. They are currently computing results from the same intervention conducted in the 2007-08 season, which was more severe.The study is the first prospective investigation to report that nonpharmaceutical interventions—a broad category that includes home quarantine and isolation, social distancing, and school closings—can play a role in reducing flu transmission. That could be an important finding in an influenza pandemic, when pharmaceutical measures such as vaccine and antivirals are expected to be in short supply. (Aiello AE, Murray G, Coulborn R, et al. Mask use reduces seasonal influenza-like illness in the community setting [Abstract V-924])C difficile peak follows flu peakAnd in an example of unintended consequences, Dr. Philip Polgreen of the University of Iowa reported a newly recognized statistical association between influenza outbreaks and the incidence of Clostridium difficile–associated disease, a severe diarrheal illness that can be drug-resistant and that occurs after antibiotics wipe out the normal bacterial inhabitants of the gut.Using 8 years’ worth of hospital discharge data, Polgreen plotted the monthly incidence of C difficile outbreaks in the United States and found that the disease routinely peaks within 2 months after the height of flu season. He theorizes that the outbreaks are the after-effect of antibiotics prescribed during flu season. The antibiotics may have been appropriately prescribed for secondary bacterial illnesses as well as inappropriately for viral symptoms that the drugs would not affect, he said. (Polgreen PM, Bohnett LC, Cavanaugh JE. A time series analysis of C. difficile and its seasonal association with influenza [Abstract K-502])See also: Nicoll A, Ciancio B, Kramarz P. Observed oseltamivir resistance in seasonal influenza viruses in Europe: interpretation and potential implications. Eurourveillance 2008 Jan 31;13(5) [Full text]Deyde VM, Xu X, Bright RA, et al. Surveillance of resistance to adamantanes among influenza A(H3N2) and A(H1N1) viruses isolated worldwide. J Infect Dis 2007 Jul 15;196(2):249 [Abstract]de Jong MD, Tran TT, Truong HK, et al. Oseltamivir resistance during treatment of influenza A (H5N1) infection. N Engl J Med 2005 Dec 22;353(25):2667-72 [Full text]Aug 25 CIDRAP News story “H1N1 viruses growing more resistant to Tamiflu”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/aug2508tamiflu.htmllast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp dismisses talk of Liverpool repeating Arsenal’s Invincibles season

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Klopp is not concerned with going unbeaten (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are not thinking about becoming just the second Premier League side to go an entire season unbeaten.Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side achieved the feat in the 2003/04 season and went down in football history as the modern era’s ‘Invincibles’.Liverpool are yet to lose a league game after 20 matches and Klopp addressed the talk of the Reds matching Arsenal this season.‘Oh my god, who sends you out to ask these questions? We haven’t thought a second about [going unbeaten],’ Klopp said ahead of Liverpool’s game against Tottenham.ADVERTISEMENT Tottenham v Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 22:49FullscreenTottenham v Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/tottenham-v-liverpool-jurgen-klopp-press-conference-2085442/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘But I think what Liverpool is expecting at the moment is just to win the Premier League and that is the first target for such a football city.‘To stay for 30 years without winning the Premier League…nobody would have predicted that.‘That is their main target and I think they are on a good run and on a good course to achieving that this season because their main opponent is quite far away already.’MORE: Jose Mourinho loves upsetting Liverpool because he wishes he was their managerMORE: Liverpool’s new Nike kit deal could be record-breaking and worth triple what New Balance brought in Coral BarryFriday 10 Jan 2020 2:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link345Sharescenter_img Advertisement Jurgen Klopp dismisses talk of Liverpool repeating Arsenal’s Invincibles season Arsenal were nicknamed the Invincibles (Picture: Getty)‘If we would have thought about any type of record, we would not have won the number of games we’ve won so far. That’s it.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think in sports, you may have to ask other teams, never set a record.‘You have to be focused on each step you make and my focus in this moment is Tottenham. The way they play.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWenger put together the famous ‘Invincibles’ side, who accumulated 90 points, 26 wins and 12 draws over 38 matches.The former Arsenal coach was asked if Liverpool, who are currently 13 points clear at the top of the table, might do the same.‘They were close last year and they are still on course to do it,’ he said.last_img read more

The Cooperative Division celebrates Junior Cooperative Week

first_img Share LifestyleLocalMoneyNews The Cooperative Division celebrates Junior Cooperative Week by: – January 30, 2019 198 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet The Cooperative Division will observe Junior Cooperative Week for 2019 this week from January 26th to February 1st .One of the main activities for the week is consultation on the Junior Cooperatives ( the School’s Savings Program) which will be held on  Wednesday 30th January from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the Public Service Union (PSU) building on valley road in Roseau.Over forty primary and six secondary schools are currently a part of the School’s Savings Program and the total  deposits, shares and retained earnings to date exceeds $400,000.00. The program encourages a habit of thrift within the students and provides an opportunity to promote: the cooperative principles; values and; practices among students also it serves as an avenue to ensure sustainability in the cooperative sector in Dominica.In addition, there are two Junior Cooperatives CUPS Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society Ltd and the Grandbay Secondary School Junior Cooperative.The Junior Cooperatives week of activities are being observed under the theme “Building Resilience Through Junior Cooperative”.Three main objectives of the consultation are to: strengthen the school’s savings program; to encourage the formation of other forms of school cooperatives as a means of creating more opportunities for the involvement of students in the cooperative movement and; recognizing the contribution of teacher guides.According to a press release, one of the many aspects of the consultation is the  recognition of long serving Teacher Guides  from the East, South and West Cooperative Districts.The Keynote speaker at the consultation will be Executive Director in the Ministry of Commerce Enterprise and Small Business Development Mr Alexander Stephenson. More over, there will be addresses by the Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs and Gender Affairs Lady Catherine Daniel and an address from an official representative from the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.Other activities planned to promote the Savings Program include radio programs and school based activities which will encompass talks by Cooperative Officers at special assemblies and Cooperative Display Corners.last_img read more

Martins tipped to return to Shenhua, as Ighalo’s Man Utd deal almost done

first_img Promoted ContentWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtShockingly, Some Foods We Eat Every Day Have A Bizarre BeginningYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone According to Chinese outlet Titan Sports Plus, Ighalo is on the verge of securing a permanent move to Man United thanks to his parent club, Shenhua, already lining up a replacement striker. Martins previously played for the Chinese Super League side between 2016 and 2018, scoring 19 goals in 40 league games, though the former Nigeria international has not played since being released from the club in 2018 and has suffered a string of injuries. But the 35-year-old’s imminent return to Shanghai Shenhua could play a vital role in bringing about Ighalo’s move to United. Ighalo was brought to Old Trafford in January to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s options in attack following the departure of Romelu Lukaku last summer and a serious back injury to Marcus Rashford.Advertisement Former Super Eagles striker, Obafemi Martins has been tipped as a good replacement for Manchester United loanee, Odion Ighalo at China’s Shanghai Shenhua. Loading… Since then, the former Watford forward has impressed with four goals and one assist in eight appearances and the Red Devils boss has indicated that he is keen on making the move a permanent one. And now the path might have opened up for Ighalo’s loan move to become a transfer, with a report that Obafemi Martins is primed to return to the Chinese club. Solskjaer admitted that he is open to the permanent deal last month, saying: “It’s a loan, but when you’re in the door and if you impress it gives you a chance. “That doesn’t just go for Odion, but since you asked, yes, of course, his incentive is to play as well as he can. Read Also:Osimhen targets nine goals to equal Obafemi Martins UCL record “And it’s up to us to make sure that he’d want to stay if we wanted him. I think he’s probably pinching himself at times because he’s now at his favourite club at the age of 30. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Liverpool Stretch Lead as Man City, Chelsea Stumble

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker was then sent off 14 minutes from time for handling outside his area and Brighton reduced the deficit from the resulting free-kick through captain Lewis Dunk.But the 10 men held out for another vital three points to edge closer to a first league title in 30 years.“It was unnecessary,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp of the nervy finale. “We had unbelievable chances. “We had the red card for Alisson. Adrian comes in with cold feet and cold hands but made two really good saves.“The boys threw everything on the pitch. It’s unbelievable how much they want to win.”While Liverpool have made a habit of winning games when not at their best, City let points slip away not for the first time this season to further dent their title chances.Twice Pep Guardiola’s men led at St James’ Park through Raheem Sterling and a brilliant Kevin De Bruyne strike eight minutes from time.But Newcastle responded quickly on both occasions as Jetro Willems cancelled out Sterling’s strike before Jonjo Shelvey swept home a well-worked free-kick two minutes from time.“We do the same work we have done over the last few seasons. We tried to score more goals but it did not happen,” said Guardiola, whose side failed to capitalise on nearly 80 percent of possession.City’s slip-up gave Chelsea the chance to go level on points with the champions and Leicester, who host Everton today.However, the Blues failed to replicate their fine form over the past two months as West Ham won for the first time in nine games to ease the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini.Aaron Cresswell scored the only goal three minutes into the second half with a tidy finish as he cut inside onto his weaker right foot.But it was the Hammers who were the more likely to add to the scoring as the second period wore on with Kepa Arrizabalaga keeping them at bay with a string of saves, while Michail Antonio had a goal ruled out after a VAR review for handball.Tottenham are up to fifth and within six points of Chelsea in the battle for a top-four finish as the in-form Alli preserved Jose Mourinho’s perfect start.The scoreline should have been far more convincing for Mourinho’s men, who led 3-0 with 17 minutes left as Alli’s fine form continued with a goal either side of halftime before Moussa Sissoko scored for the first time in over two years.“I think he played three phenomenal matches since I arrived,” said Mourinho on Alli’s return of three goals in as many games. “He plays in a position where he feels happy and comfortable.”Tottenham have conceded twice in all three of Mourinho’s matches in charge and were left hanging on as Harry Wilson scored a late double for the visitors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points with a nervy 2-1 win over Brighton as Manchester City slipped up once more in a draw at Newcastle yesterday.Chelsea missed the chance to go level on points with second-placed City as Frank Lampard’s men suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by West Ham, while Tottenham’s winning run under Jose Mourinho continued as Dele Alli scored twice in a 3-2 win over Bournemouth.Virgil van Dijk is hoping to beat Lionel Messi to the Ballon d’Or tomorrow and showed he can score goals as well as stop them with two towering headers from Trent Alexander-Arnold set-piece deliveries to put Liverpool 2-0 up inside 25 minutes at Anfield.last_img read more

Mourinho: Pepe has a problem

first_imgJose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Pepe in the wake of the defender’s comments on the Real Madrid coach’s treatment of Iker Casillas.The centre-back claimed his coach should show Casillas more respect after los Blancos hard-fought 4-3 win over Valladolid at the weekend, but Mourinho has issued a riposte by suggesting that Pepe is simply trying to distract attention from is own struggle to secure first-team football.“Pepe’s comments? It is very easy to analyse what he says. Pepe has a problem and his name is Raphael Varane,” the Madrid coach stated at a press conference.“A 31-year-old has lost his place to a 19-year-old. It’s the law of life. But who had the courage to field Varane? I did.”Mourinho then went on to explain his decision to drop Casillas in favour of Diego Lopez, stressing that it has nothing to do with any personal animosity between the pair.“I like Diego Lopez more than Iker Casillas as a goalkeeper. This is not a personal decision, there is nothing bad between Iker and me,” he continued. “I like shot-stoppers who play well with their feet and who come off their line to collect crosses. Iker makes great saves between the posts, but I prefer a different type of goalkeeper.”Madrid are currently preparing for Wednesday’s Liga match at home against Malaga.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Lakers ‘will pursue’ star this summer

first_imgThere’s another team interested in Kawhi Leonard.The Lakers “will pursue” the star this summer, according to a report from The Ringer, which cites unidentified league sources. Leonard will enter free agency coming off of one of the best postseason runs ever. He led the Raptors to their first championship in franchise history by averaging 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting 49% from the field in 24 playoff games.The 27-year-old was named the Finals MVP after Toronto topped the Warriors in six games. Related News The Lakers, meanwhile, agreed to a trade with the Pelicans for Anthony Davis this weekend. They’ll look for a star to pair with the center and LeBron James when free agency begins June 30.Los Angeles has already been linked to Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler, amongst others. Lakers free agency rumors: Kyrie Irving ‘wants to play with’ Anthony Davis “I just want to play and just let people remember that I played hard at both ends of the floor, I was a winner, and that’s basically it,” Leonard told reporters earlier this month. “I’m just here enjoying my dream, having fun. I mean, legacy is going to be opinionated by each person, but I’m just playing right about myself really and what I feel, what makes me happy.”The Raptors acquired Leonard — along with Danny Green — from the Spurs for a package centered around DeMar DeRozan in a blockbuster trade last offseason.“When I was there on my opening day meeting (I told them) that I was focused on the now, and I wanted to make history here and that’s all I did,” Leonard told reporters after the Finals. “I just, I’m still playing basketball no matter what jersey I have on.”The Clippers will chase Leonard this offseason and rival executives believe he “likes” the team, according to an earlier report from Bleacher Report. He also will consider re-signing with the Raptors, according to ESPN, while the Knicks reportedly are expected to “push hard” to land him, as well. Anthony Davis trade makes Lakers new 2020 NBA title favorites Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart seem happy Lakers traded them to Pelicanslast_img read more

Hardik Pandya claims his parents didn’t know of his engagement to Nataša Stanković

first_imgImage Courtesy: InstagramAdvertisement ddrNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsyuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elgf5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5mipderWould you ever consider trying this?😱68k3qroCan your students do this? 🌚lxmRoller skating! Powered by Firework After 5 months of announcing their engagement, Team India all rounder Hardik Pandya recently revealed that Nataša Stanković, his fiancee is expecting a baby on 31st May, and social media has been filled with congratulatory messages towards India’s newest superstar couple. The engagement, which took place all the way back in 1st Jan, made all the headlines in the country, but Pandya has claimed that his parents were unaware of it!Advertisement Image Courtesy: InstagramIn a recent interview, Hardik Pandya opened up about his relation with the Serbian model and actress. Speaking to senior cricket commentator harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz, the Men in Blue star revealed how the two met for the firsty time.“I got her by talking. She saw someone in a hat at a place where I met her, wearing a hat, a chain, a watch, at 1 am. So she thought he is ‘alag prakaar ka aadmi aaya’ (different kind of person came). That is when I started talking to her, started knowing each other,” Pandya remembered the early days with his betrothed.Advertisement However, Pandya dropped the bombshell when he said that his parents, even his older brother and fellow Indian cricketer Krunal was unaware of his engagement back on New Year’s eve.“Mom and dad didn’t know, even Krunal only got to know two days before when I told him I’m thinking this (getting engaged) I said I had enough in my life,” the Mumbai Indians icon said in the interview.Advertisement Pandya got engaged to the Big Boss contestant in Dubai. Six months into their journey together, the couple have been constant fan-service on social media, with their hilarious acts together during the lock down.However, all the surprises and funny banters aside, the 26 year old went on saying how the relation with Nataša helped him improve.“Someone who I have found, who I actually love and I think I’m learning and I’m becoming a better man. I’m trying to go beyond myself. I’m keeping myself aside and keeping someone as priority,” he added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Hardik Pandya reveals partner Nataša Stanković is pregnant and the wishes pour in!Watch: Rashid Khan’s hilarious impression of Steve Smith on his birthday!Will Liverpool’s historic title win be overshadowed by the Coronavirus pandemic? Advertisementlast_img read more

Barriga loses to Licona in world title fight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wilder, Fury battle to draw in heavyweight thriller The 23-year-old Licona extended his unbeaten start to 14 wins with two knockouts and dealt Barriga his first professional defeat after going 9-0.Licona, who was born in Mexico and grew up in California, earned a 115-113 score from two judges while the other had it, 115-113, for Barriga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Mark Anthony Barriga fell short in his first world title fight after absorbing a narrow loss to American Carlos Licona in their minimumweight bout Sunday (Manila time) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.Barriga, the London Olympian, failed to win the vacant IBF belt in the 105-pound class as Licona earned a split decision victory.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

‘Ailing and Failing: Ellen Must Step Down’

first_imgA 39-year-old pastor has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to “step aside from the presidency and permit someone else to take over the leadership of Liberia.Pastor and Prophet Caleb W. Askie, general overseer of the Wisdom Tabernacle of  Arthington, Montserrado County, told the Daily Observer Monday, April 28, that he had  received a message from God for President Sirleaf to step down and allow someone else to govern the country.In an exclusive interview,   Prophet Askie claimed that President Sirleaf is “ailing and failing”, and is therefore advised by the good Lord to step down.If she does, Askie prophesied, no one will prosecute her for any reason; so that should not concern her. “Ellen has done a lot of good for the country, especially during her first term,” Pastor Askie asserted.“But I have now received a message from the Lord that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is ailing and failing, thus making her incapable [of continuing to] govern this country. Though I have not met her personally, yet most times God speaks to me in such manner,” he explained. Press Secretary’s ResponseThe Daily Observer immediately contacted Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah for a comment on Pastor Askie’s prophecy.  Mr. Piah replied that it was “not for us to say whether the prophecy is true or not, for this is a spiritual matter, which is not scientific.“But,” he added, “God is a just God and maybe He will Himself one day speak to the President and tell her what He wants her to do.”Mr. Piah suggested that the Daily Observer contact the President’s religious advisor, the Rev. Jarvis Witherspoon.When contacted, Rev. Witherspoon frankly told this newspaper that Pastor Askie was not the only one who had brought such a message.  Others, he said, have done the same.He proposed a meeting with the Prophet along with other pastors of varying denominations, who would then jointly deliver the message to the President.Prophet Askie said President Sirleaf has not been able to succeed in the fight against corruption, and that her continued stay in power is making no impact.According to him, if the President refuses to heed the message, the country may find it very difficult to get a possible successor.“Ellen is failing; yet her government officials want her to remain in leadership, not for the good of the country, but to fulfill their selfish desires. This is detrimental to the progress of the State, as her staying in power until the end of her term may likely make it difficult to find the right successor,” he explained.According to Askie, there are some government officials who do not want to accept the idea of the president relinquishing power because of their selfish ambitions.“There are some government officials and others around her who, because of greed, would like for the President to remain in power. But if only she could listen to this message the country will definitely move forward,” he said.Pastor Askie said that there is a time for every leader to govern; and after that time has expired, the capacity of said leader can no longer be efficient.“I am of the understanding that Ellen should have led this country only for the first term. The President was very vibrant in her first term but in this second term, she is truly declining.Asked what would happen if the President declined the message to step aside, Prophet Askie said he believed that someone who has not been selected by God would attempt taking over the country, and that could spell trouble. But he said the country would not return to war, though there could be problems simply because the person who takes over “would not be the one ordained by God.” The same thing almost happened when King David in the Bible was declining in health and his son Adonijah attempted to seize power.  But he was not the anointed one; as such no one knew about his takeover.  When David anointed Bathsheba’s son Solomon, however, the whole country rejoiced and he became one of Israel’s most successful kings.Prophet Askie insisted that if Ellen stepped aside, God would anoint someone to take her place; and that would spell the beginning of prosperity for the country.“Liberia has a bright future,” Askie prophesied, adding, “Liberia will rise,” but not under Ellen.”The pastor first made his revelation during a church service last Saturday evening at the Agape Prophetic Fellowship on GSA Road. An Observer employee, who heard his prophecy, alerted the paper.On Monday, the paper contacted the Pastor, who agreed to an interview at the newspaper’s McDonald Street office.Prophet Askie was born on April 3, 1975 in Mano River, to the union of Charles and Charlesetta Askie.A graduate in Drafting from the W.V.S. Tubman High School, Monrovia in the mid-1990s, Askie said he had wanted to become a neurosurgeon; but his grandmother, Mrs.  Maryann Askie told him he had better become a pastor.  He then traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent nine months at a Bible college.He also discovered his talents in painting. As such, the pastor and prophet is also an artist.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more