Load remaining images Last night, The Brooklyn Bowl went off, with L.A.’s Organ Freeman and Baltimore’s Pigeons Playing Ping Pong lighting up the infamous Brooklyn venue with each group’s patented brand of funk-jam fusion. You can get a taste of what went down below, with videos of Organ Freeman’s and Pigeons’ set-opening numbers below, courtesy of nugs.tv. You can also check out photos from the night, courtesy of John R Wisdom Photography.[Cover photo courtesy of Phierce Photo]Organ FreemanPigeons Playing Ping Pong
Feb 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that a 29-year-old Indonesian woman recently died of H5N1 avian influenza and that another Indonesian, a 38-year-old woman, is hospitalized with the disease.The 29-year-old woman was from Tangerang, the same western suburb of Jakarta where several of Indonesia’s most recent H5N1 case-patients lived. She fell ill on Jan 22, was hospitalized 6 days later, and died on Feb 2, according to a WHO statement. She is listed as the country’s 125th case-patient and its 103rd fatality.The WHO said an investigation into the source of her illness was under way. Lili Sulistyowati, a spokeswoman from Indonesia’s health ministry, said the woman’s neighbors raised chickens, but it’s not known if the birds were infected with the H5N1 virus, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua, China’s state news agency.The WHO also announced that the 38-year-old woman, who is from West Jakarta, is in critical condition. She became ill Jan 24 and was hospitalized 2 days later. She is now confirmed as Indonesia’s 126th H5N1 case-patient, according to the WHO.The source of the woman’s illness is also still under investigation, the WHO said. Sulistyowati told Xinhua that a week ago the woman visited her parents, who live next to a family that raises ducks.Indonesia has been hit hardest of any country by the H5N1 virus. The WHO’s global H5N1 count stands at 359 cases and 226 deaths.See also:Feb 5 WHO statement
AMERICAN sprint legend Michael Johnson claims Usain Bolt ranks easily above compatriot Carl Lewis when it comes to consideration for the greatest track athlete of all time.The two fierce rivals from different generations have on occasion engaged in a war of words in the last few years and a quick glance at their achievements shows the former athletes have posted similar stats throughout their careers.The versatile Lewis, who also took part in the long jump, earned a total of 9 Olympic and 8 World Championship gold medals. Bolt, who still hold the remarkable 100m and 200 sprint world records, earned a total of 8 Olympic and 11 World Championship gold medals.Despite similar statistics, Johnson believes it is Bolt who holds the edge having achieved a higher level of consistency throughout his career.“Usain Bolt, that was easy,” Johnson told Indian Today, refuting the suggestion that the choice was a difficult one.“Three Olympics in a row and 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay and world records and every event and World Championships for years; his consistency and longevity hasn’t been matched by anyone,” he added.The two have often been mentioned along with another American star Jessie Owens in the debate surrounding the greatest of all time. Bolt pulled the curtains on a legendary career at the London World Championships this summer. (Sportsmax.com)
.. after suffering 2-1 Gold Cup defeat to HaitiSAN JOSE, Costa Rica ( CMC) – Bermuda captain Danté Leverock said his side had only themselves to blame after letting Haiti off the hook in the first half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Gombey Warriors on Sunday.Debutants Bermuda, the lowest-ranked team in Group B, missed a hatful of chances in the first half before the six-foot, four-inch captain gave his side the lead on the stroke of halftime with a well-placed header.Leverock, 27, a defender who plays for Irish club Sligo Riovers, said afterwards that Bermuda should have gone into the break with more than a one-goal lead.Zeiko Lewis was the main culprit, missing two gilt-edged chances, while Nahki Wells and Lejuan Simmons both wasted good opportunities, before Bermuda faded in the second half,“In the first half, we were on top,” Leverock told Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper.“We had our chances and at this level you have to take them. The attackers know they have to be scoring those types of chances, but we can’t fault them. They work hard and will win us games.“Some of the guys’ heads are down and it’s up to the leaders in the group to pick them up.”Leverock was pleased with his goal but defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.“To score for my country, in front of my family, is always a good feeling, but I’d rather not score and we win and keep a clean sheet,” he said.“Maybe I’ll look back in a couple of weeks and be proud of myself. Right now, I’m disappointed.”Haiti scored two second-half goals through Frantzdy Pierrot as Bermuda struggled to cope with the searing pace of substitute Derrick Etienne, who swung the momentum in his side’s favour.“They came out very strong and Etienne is a good player and his pace created problems for us,” Leverock added.“Maybe we sat back a bit too much and invited the pressure. Both goals were lapses in concentration.”Lewis, a former team-mate of Etienne’s at Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, echoed Leverock’s sentiments regarding Bermuda’s missed opportunities.“If we had taken our chances, we could have easily won this game,” Lewis said.“It’s always frustrating to miss chances, but we were all encouraging each other to stay positive for the second half.”Bermuda next take on group favourites Costa Rica, who beat Nicaragua 4-0 in their second game, in Frisco, Texas, romorrow.
Hurricane reliefAs Caribbean countries undergo the rebuilding process following September’s devastating climatic events, over US$2 billion in donations, loans and debt relief was pledged during a recent high-level conference in New York, United States, to support long-term recovery in the Region’s hurricane-affected nations.Participants at the high-level Pledging Conference held on Tuesday at the UN HeadquartersThe Caribbean Community (Caricom)-United Nations (UN) high-level pledging conference, “Building a more Climate-Resilient Community”, recognised that the Region could only “build back better” with international support and urgent climate action.Having recognised the urgent needs of Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, a broad partnership was mobilised to support reconstruction efforts, including more than US$1.3 billion in pledges and over $1 billion in loans and debt relief.This support derived from nearly 400 high-level representatives from Governments, multilateral and civil society organisations and the Private Sector gathered at UN Headquarters on Tuesday with the Secretaries General of the UN and Caricom to help ravaged countries to “build back better” as the first climate-resilient countries in the world.Estimated amounts pledged were: US$702 million from The Netherlands; US$352 million from the European Union; US$140 million from the World Bank; US$78 million from Canada; US$30 million from China; US$27 million from Mexico; US$12 million from Italy; US$4.3 million from the United States; US$4 million from Japan; US$1 million from Kuwait; US$2 million from India; US$1 million from Venezuela; US$1.2 million from Belgium; US$1 million from Chile; US$500,000 from Denmark; US$300,000 from Colombia; US$250,000 from Haiti; US$250,000 from New Zealand; US$200,000 from Brazil; US$150,000 from Kazakhstan; US$100,000 from Romania; US$100,000 from Portugal and US$20,000 from Serbia.Moreover, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) pledged US$1 billion in loans, while Italy did the same with US$30 million in soft loans and Venezuela also forgave US$1 million in debt – all geared at building a more resilient Caribbean.According to the latest needs estimate, overall recovery costs surpass US$5 billion.Meanwhile, UN Secretary General António Guterres posited, “Countries in the Caribbean need support now to rebuild, and to take effective climate action. We need a new generation of infrastructure that is risk-informed, to underpin resilient economies, communities, and livelihoods.”Climate-vulnerable islands were decimated, like Barbuda, the smaller of the two-island state of Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica, with deep social, economic and environmental impacts. Other severely affected islands were Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Haiti and St Kitts and Nevis also suffered damage. Sint Maarten/St Martin as well as Cuba and the Dominican Republic were impacted, in addition to Puerto Rico.“Climate change is not a theoretical question for the people of the Caribbean. You live this reality daily. Our sentiments and well wishes will not be enough. Our messages of solidarity alone will not do. Right now, it is time for us to act,” said UN General Assembly President Miroslav Laj?ák.Responding to the urgent needs, over US$1.35 billion were pledged by established partners and new ones, highlighting the importance of South-South Cooperation—from the Region and beyond.