The maker of Botox, Allergan Inc. of Irvine, Calif., said Nov 29 that authorities had not been able to confirm that Botox had been administered to the four patients. The company said it was cooperating with federal and state health officials to investigate the cases. Dec 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Four people in Florida and New Jersey who might have been injected with the anti-wrinkle medication Botox are seriously ill with possible botulism, according to news services. Allergan also said only two vials of Botox were shipped to Advanced Integrated Medical Center this year and only one was shipped in the past 6 months. The company reported it had reviewed all manufacturing and quality-assurance processes related to the vials and found no problems. Also, the firm said it had received no reports of adverse events related to the manufacturing lots from which the vials came. The two patients in New Jersey were still connected to ventilators but were conscious and communicating through gestures, the newspaper, citing relatives of the patients, reported today. The stories identified the patients as Bach McComb and Alma “AJ” Hall, both employees at Advanced Integrated Medical Systems. They were hospitalized at Bayonne (N.J.) Medical Center. The newspaper described McComb as a physician whose license was suspended by Florida health officials in 2003 after he was charged with trafficking in addictive pain medications. See also: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale said all four patients were on mechanical ventilators. Today the newspaper reported that the two patients in Florida, whom it identified as Eric S. Kaplan and his wife, Bonnie, were in serious but stable condition. Authorities have not confirmed that any of the patients had botulism. A Nov 30 report in the Sun-Sentinel said doctors at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center were treating the two cases there as botulism. The Florida Department of Health (FDH) said it was expecting laboratory tests to clarify the diagnoses later this week, according to the story. Calls to the FDH for more information were not returned in time for this story. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services issued a short statement Nov 29 saying that botulinum toxin poisoning had not been confirmed in the two patients. The statement said Florida health officials were taking the lead in investigating the cases and that New Jersey was cooperating with Florida and the CDC. The Associated Press (AP) reported that a man and woman in their 50s were in critical condition at Palm Beach Gardens (Florida) Medical Center on Nov 28. Dr. Charles Schallop, a neurologist who treated the couple, said they had gone to a Fort Lauderdale clinic called Advanced Integrated Medical Center Nov 24 for Botox injections, according to the AP report. Nov 30 Allergan news releasehttp://agn.client.shareholder.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=149490 Two other people were being treated at a hospital in New Jersey for possible botulism, the AP report said. Schallop said the Florida couple reported that the New Jersey patients were at the Florida clinic the same day they were there. Schallop said he suspected all four patients might have fallen ill because of contaminated doses of Botox or some other drug. Botox contains minute amounts of botulinum toxin, which causes muscle paralysis and is the most lethal known substance. The toxin, derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, is one of the six biological agents considered most likely to be used by terrorists. Botulism is usually associated with contaminated food, particularly improperly home-canned food. Botox is used to smooth facial wrinkles and to treat certain muscle disorders. The Sun-Sentinel reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was investigating exactly what the four patients were injected with and who administered the injections. The newspaper quoted investigators as saying they were considering the possibility that patients were injected with foreign-made imitations of Botox and Myoblock, another anti-wrinkle drug that contains botulinum toxin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was helping with the FDH investigation by conducting lab tests, CDC spokeswoman Christine Pearson told CIDRAP News yesterday. CIDRAP overview of botulism
The BMS 7th Grade Volleyball team travelled to Jennings County and lost 25-17, 25-10. The team played strong in game one, but lost momentum in game two. Kaylin Hinners led all servers with 5 points. Kaylie Raver added 3 points. While Laura Schwegman added 2 points, and Margaret Wilson earned one point for the Bulldogs.The BMS 8th Grade lost game one to Jennings County 25-13. Then in game two the Bulldogs were down 12-0 and brought it back to 15-10, but lost 25-17. Tiiffany Hawker earned 8 service points from the line. Laney Walsman chipped in 3 points. While Kennedy Westrick and Samantha Kessens each added 2 service points. In the front row Cayman Werner earned 2 kills. Kaitlyn Sarringhaus and Laney Walsman each earned a kill.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.
WASHINGTON, D.C — Global remittances are projected to decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 due to the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown.The projected fall, which would be the sharpest decline in recent history, is largely due to a fall in the wages and employment of migrant workers, who tend to be more vulnerable to loss of employment and wages during an economic crisis in a host country.Remittances to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are projected to fall by 19.7 percent to $445 billion, representing a loss of a crucial financing lifeline for many vulnerable households.Studies show that remittances alleviate poverty in lower- and middle-income countries, improve nutritional outcomes, are associated with higher spending on education, and reduce child labor in disadvantaged households.A fall in remittances affects families’ ability to spend on these areas as more of their finances will be directed to solve food shortages and immediate livelihoods needs.“Remittances are a vital source of income for developing countries. The ongoing economic recession caused by COVID-19 is taking a severe toll on the ability to send money home and makes it all the more vital that we shorten the time to recovery for advanced economies,” said World Bank Group President David Malpass.Within the Caribbean countries, money transfer agencies like Western Union have seen a spike in the number of people that have turned up at their locations to collect funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.Many Caribbean residents, including the newly unemployed, poor and vulnerable, have been forced to depend on income from their family and friends overseas to survive. The challenge is that many Caribbean immigrants and even seasonal workers now have no income and thus, little to no money to send back home.Remittance flows are expected to fall across all World Bank Group regions, most notably in Europe and Central Asia (27.5 percent) and Latin America and the Caribbean (19.3 percent).World Bank
Interestingly, oak trees can live up to 200 years or more, and mature trees have the capacity of absorbing more than 50 gallons of water in one day.In the year 2004, the oak was officially declared as the National Tree of the United States of America, symbolizing the country’s sheer strength.The oak tree is associated with several mythologies. Norse, Greek and Slavic myths present it as the sacred trees of the chief gods Thor, Zeus, and Perun respectively. The Bible also mentions an oak tree located in the city of Shechem, the place where Jacob had buried the foreign gods of the people.For the reasons aforementioned and more, any establishment with the oak tree as its emblem is bound to stand the test of time. Not many clubs formed over 100 years ago are still in existence and many have sunk into total oblivion not because they were shorn of the materials to propel the team, but because they lacked the courage and the durability that Accra Hearts of Oak easily possess.In 2000, Hearts claimed the treble after winning the Ghana FA Cup, the Ghana Premier League and the Caf Champions League. The season kicked off with the return of striker Ishmael Addo from trials in Europe and the signing of the brilliant Charles Asampong Taylor. It was in that very year that they inflicted a memorable 4-0 defeat on their archrivals Asante Kotoko on their way to winning the league with several matches to spare.With a motto as instructive as “Never say die until the bones are rotten”, it is evidently clear that the Phobians do not easily give up. Time and again, they have won games at the depth of full time when all hopes seem to have been lost. And that is the spirit that has kept this great team kicking for 102 years. Today marks another great milestone in the life of Ghana’s oldest team, arguably the best ever to grace Ghanaian club football. In 2001, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), a reputable organisation recognized by FIFA, ranked Hearts 83rd out of 100 clubs in the world. This was no fluke as the club won almost every trophy they competed for. In that same year, Hearts were rated 8th best club in the world by CNN/World Soccer Magazine.Throughout its history, the club has had the privilege of having very talented players don the famous rainbow jersey. Several others who are fortunate enough to have been associated with the club in one way or the other are recognised worldwide as genuine stars who can compete at any level of professional football.Hearts’ Emmanuel Chris Briandt was the first ever captain of the Black Stars, and when the senior national team won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 1963, then Ghana skipper Edward Aggrey Fynn doubled as captain of Hearts. Stephen Appiah, leader of the Black Stars squads that qualified Ghana for its only two World Cup appearances in 2006 and 2010, was nurtured and brought to stardom by Hearts.There is the need for a united front so Hearts can relive the good old times. The memories from the past have been great, yet the future certainly looks brighter Other notable players produced are Charles Kumi Gyamfi, Offei Ansah, Yaw Amankwaa Mireku, Sammy Adjei, Adolf Armah, Mohammed Polo, Shamo Quaye, Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Bernard Dong-Bortey, Ablade Kumah (captain of the Black Meteors batch that won Africa’s 1st ever Olympic soccer bronze medal at Barcelona 1992 – and Ishmael Addo, Golden Boot winner at the Fifa U17 World Cup in New Zealand in 1999 and three-time Ghana Premier League goal king, achieving the latter feat in consecutive seasons.Hearts of Oak boast arguably the largest fan base in Ghana, one which probably stretches beyond the borders of the country. Football fanatics around the world who know anything about club soccer in Africa are likely conscious of the institution Hearts is and what it stands for. Undeniably, the successes of the club hinges on its massive following, especially the “Musical Chapter 0” arm which offers a unique brand of both the ‘kpanlogo and kolomashie” kinds of indigenous music which spurs the players on to give off their best.Over the years, the club has had the honour and privilege of being led by astute leaders, too, visionaries in soccer philosophies who have shown dedicated service to the cause and progress of the club.Among the most distinguished of these include the likes of Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe, late President JEA Mills, Harry Zakkour (‘Millennium Chairman’), Fawaz Zowk, Ernest Thompson, Tommy Okine/Nii Ayi Bonte II (Gbese Mantse), E.M Commodore Mensah, Frank Nelson Nwokolo, Ato Ahwoi, Togbe Afede (Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State), and current Managing Director Neil Armstrong-Mortagbe.On the 102nd anniversary of hard work and great achievements, it is indeed important to rally every tom, dick and harry round the oak tree draped in rainbow colours for a common good.There is the need for a united front so Hearts can relive the good old times. The memories from the past have been great, yet the future certainly looks brighter. Long Live the Oak Tree!Long live the Phobian Family!!Long Live Hearts of Oak!!!