Geneva , Dec 4 (AP/UNB) - The head of the World Health Organization said Monday it can fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo despite the withdrawal of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insisting: "We can cover it."
The comments by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus came in the wake of commentaries in two medical journals appealing to the CDC to return to the epidemic zone in Congo — saying its expertise is needed. The U.S. experts have been sidelined for weeks, ordered away from the region because of State Department security concerns.
Violence by rebel groups has complicated efforts to battle what is now the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak. The CDC — which is twice as large as WHO — has said its staff would return to the epidemic area once it is safe.
Tedros said the U.N. health agency mostly needs the United States to continue the financial and other support it has provided. He noted the U.S. and many other developed countries have security guidelines that prevent deployments in conflict-ridden zones like the Ebola-hit area of eastern Congo.
"We can mobilize from other parts, from those institutions who don't have very strict security provisions like that," Tedros told reporters at WHO headquarters. "We can cover it."
Tedros praised a commitment from U.S. President Donald Trump, expressed at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina over the weekend, about his administration's "support in any way possible" in the fight against the outbreak.
"They promise to continue supporting us in finance and other (ways), and that, I think, would suffice," Tedros said.
He said experts from the CDC are still helping, sharing data and analysis.
The Ebola response director for the International Rescue Committee, Dr. Stacey Mearns, said the absence of CDC experts can be felt acutely, telling The Associated Press on Friday that they have rich experience in tracking cases, testing and treatment.
Tedros said WHO has now counted some 440 cases of Ebola and 255 deaths from the outbreak in Congo's North Kivu regions that first emerged in August. He said the risk of international spread remains.
Unlike the far-deadlier outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people from 2014 to 2016, international health experts have this time deployed a new experimental vaccine to fight Ebola. Tedros said some 39,000 people have been vaccinated during the current outbreak.
Dhaka, Dec 01 (UNB) - Zahira’s Nimontron, on behalf of Shohorbati, arranged their 2nd Winter Pitha Mela (fair) in a joyous atmosphere in the city on Saturday.
The Mela continued from 3 pm to 9 pm at Jomffa Restaurant adjacent to the 300-foot Balu Bridge.
A vibrant décor gave the place a look perfect for the wintry reception along with the mouthwatering collection of pithas, courtesy of Zahira’s Nimontron, which the huge number of visitors relished.
The pitha collection included Chandpakon; famous Dhup pitha of Madaripur, Dudh Chitoi, Dudh Puli along with many traditional dishes. Another feature of the Mea was pitha being baked live at the different stalls.
Besides the food and beverage, there was a collection of clothing mainly Khadi and hand-painted sarees, shawls, ornaments with a set of collectibles from Jothashilpo, Raa, Sharbari and Kaktarua – the event’s co-hosts.
There also featured a drawing zone for the kids where the visitors’ children delighted themselves with colours on canvasses and the enjoyable country music set the beat for the fest.
Zahira Khanam, head of Zahira’s Nimontron and founder of Shohorbati, said this endeavor of hersstems solely from her personal hobby, which she started with a view to giving a traditional taste of Bangla Pitha culture to people.
“When my grandmother died the previous year, I felt that I should do something that could bring memories of her back to me. With that in mind I planned with my cousin for a small pitha festiva. That’s where all of it started,” she said to UNB.
She mentioned that this year they have kept other merchandise apart from the pitha and beverages so that visitors find diversity in the festival.
She thanked all the co-hosts, media partner UNB, and hoped that people will return again next year for more of her treats of traditional Bangladeshi pitha.
One visitor, Ehsanul Karim Kaisar, a textile engineer, lauded the event’s coziness and said it was an amusing experience for him.
Sadia Akter Shwarna, a student visiting the mela, shared her merriment with UNB and said the different features of the event apart from the food enchanted her most.
“We feasted on a diverse collection of pithas, some of the name we came to know for the first time today. Visiting stalls of souvenirs and dresses were a pleasant experience too,” she added.
The festival was presented by Shohorbati with co-hosts being Jothashipo, Sharbari, Raa and Kaktarua while United News of Bangladesh (UNB) was the media partner.
Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB) – The unsung heroes behind Britain’s favourite cuisine were honoured once again at the 14th Annual British Curry Awards on Monday at Battersea Evolution in London.
The pioneering and foremost celebration of the nation’s favourite cuisine paid homage to the industry’s finest establishments, said a press release.
Hosted by comedian and impersonator Jon Clegg, British Curry Awards, or the ‘Curry Oscars’ as fondly coined by David Cameron, welcomed a guest list of personalities from the worlds of politics, sport, television, showbiz and entertainment, as well as leading celebrity chefs, restaurant owners and their staff from across the country.
Among others, comedian, actor, author and activist Russell Brand, MP’s Sir Vince Cable, Chris Grayling, Brandon Lewis and Baroness Verma, footballer David Seaman MBE and Frankie Poultney, comedian Hardeep Kohli were attended the programme.
The full list of winners at the British Curry Awards 2018 is as follows:
Best in North East: Mumtaz, Bradford
Best in North West: Indique, Manchester
Best in Casual Dining: Dabbawal High Bridge, Newcastle
Best in London City and Suburbs: Baluchi, Tooley Street, SE1
Inspiration Award: Asha's, Birmingham
Best in Wales: Rasoi Waterfront, Swansea
Best Newcomer: Dishoom, Edinburgh
Best in South East: Malik's Cookham, Maidenhead
Best in Scotland: Light of Bengal, Aberdeen
Best in South West: Koloshi Indian Restaurant, Cheltenham
Best in Midlands: Pushkar, Birmingham
Best Takeaway: Chilli Tuk Tuk, London N12
Special Recognition Award: Chef Rezual Karim from Stockholm
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – Radius Centre is going to re-launch the Art Gallery with a month-long group art exhibit beginning at the Bay’s Galleria in the city’s Gulshan area on Friday.
The exhibition titled ‘WinningWithArt’ featuring young talented artists will be inaugurated at 5pm, said a press release on Tuesday.
The artworks of promising and emerging artists -- Farhana Yasmin, Azizee Fawmi Khan and Prosun Halder -- will be exhibited at the show.
The art exhibition will run from 10am to 6pm every day for a month.
Seoul, Nov 26 (AP/UNB) — North and South Korea are making a first joint bid for an international recognition of Korean traditional wrestling.
South Korean culture officials on Monday said a UNESCO committee is set to determine whether to add the Korean wrestling to its list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" this week.
The Koreas had earlier pushed separate bids for the sport's UNESCO recognition, but the cooperation follows an easing of tension on the divided peninsula amid a flurry of exchanges this year. Local media reports said South Korea had first proposed the joint bid during a leaders' summit at the Korean border village in April.
The Koreas were originally a single country before their separation in 1945. Split along the world's most heavily fortified border, the countries now have linguistic, cultural and other gaps.
They use different English Romanization rules. The wrestling's English spelling is "ssirum" in North Korea and "ssireum" in South Korea. According to South Korea's Cultural Heritage Administration, the Koreas use both spellings for their combined bid.
North Korea has won UNESCO recognitions of two Korean cultural assets — the Korean folk tune "Airrang" and the making of Kimchi. The two are among the 19 items that South Korea has received UNESCO recognition for, according to South Korean officials.
In the Korean wrestling, participants with a belt around their waists and thighs use their hands, legs and other body parts to bring down their opponents to the sand ground. In South Korea, it gained wide popularity the 1980s, threatening the long-running popularity of baseball and soccer.