South Korea raises H5N1 alert as outbreak reports rise

first_imgApr 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) –Agriculture officials in South Korea said today they had received new reports of suspicious bird deaths at seven different sites, as the number of confirmed H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks grew by three, to 15.The suspected outbreaks are in North and South Jeolla provinces in the southwestern part of South Korea, not far from the sites of other recent outbreaks, according to a report from Reuters today.Yesterday South Korea raised its bird flu alert to its second highest level, as 200 military personnel were dispatched to cull birds in Pyeongtaek, in Gyeonggi province, about 37 miles south of Seoul, Reuters reported.A report that South Korean officials submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Apr 15 detailed 11 outbreaks, two of which had been previously reported. The new outbreak reports ranged from Apr 6 to Apr 12. Two of the latest outbreaks occurred at duck farms, five at laying-chicken farms, one at a parent-stock chicken farm, and one at a restaurant with backyard poultry.All chickens and ducks in a 3-km radius around the infected sites were slaughtered, and all ducks in a 3-to 10-km area around the sites were also stamped, according to the OIE report. The summary said 326,000 birds have been destroyed; however, media reports have placed the number of culled birds at closer to 3 million, according to Reuters.South Korea has been battling the quickly spreading outbreaks since early April, when the virus hit chickens at a commercial farm in Gimje, a town in the southwestern part of the country.The H5N1 outbreak was the country’s first in just over a year.No human H5N1 infections have been reported with the latest round of bird outbreaks, and the country has never recorded any H5N1 cases or deaths.See also:OIE reports on South Korea’s 2008 H5N1 outbreakslast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 cases in Vietnam and Egypt, global malaria guidance, meningococcal disease

first_imgApr 24, 2009Vietnamese woman dies of H5N1 infectionVietnam’s health ministry announced today that a 23-year-old woman from the northern part of the country died on Apr 22 from an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Officials said they haven’t determined the source of her infection. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms her illness and death, it will bring the country’s official H5N1 toll to 111 cases and 56 deaths.Egypt reports H5N1 death, new caseEgypt’s news agency, quoting the country’s health ministry, reported an H5N1 avian influenza death in a previously reported patient and a new H5N1 infection in 34-year-old woman from a town north of Cairo, according to reports today from Agence France-Presse (AFP). A 33-year-old woman from Kafr el-Sheikh governorate, previously reported as Egypt’s 64th case, died today, the country’s third H5N1 death this week. She was hospitalized on Apr 15, received oseltamivir (Tamiflu) the same day, and had been listed in critical condition. Meanwhile, the ministry said Egypt’s latest case, the 34-year-old woman, was hospitalized on Apr 21 with a high fever and is in stable condition after receiving oseltamivir. She reportedly had close contact with infected poultry before she got sick. If the WHO confirms the death and new case, Egypt’s total will rise to 69 H5N1 cases, 25 of which have been fatal.Global group releases malaria control guidanceThe Malaria Elimination Group, a global body of researchers, policy experts, and country program managers, today announced the release of new guidance on malaria eradication, according to a press release from the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). The guidance consists of two documents, one intended as a roadmap for frontline workers and the other a policy digest for policymakers. The group will unveil the documents tomorrow in Geneva in conjunction with World Malaria Day. In other developments, the WHO reported that the largest-ever evaluation of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria revealed that they vary widely, with some detecting even low parasitic densities in blood samples, while others only able to detect parasites at high densities. The WHO said the findings will help countries make informed choices among the dozens of commercially available diagnostic tests.[Apr 24 UCSF press release][Apr 24 WHO press release]More than 100 suspected meningococcal deaths in ChadIn an update of a meningococcal disease outbreak in Chad, the country’s health ministry said that, as of Apr 5, there have been 922 suspected cases and 105 deaths from the disease since Dec 29, the WHO reported yesterday. Illnesses have exceeded the epidemic threshold in three districts, including a district in the capital, N’Djamena.[Apr 23 WHO statement]last_img read more

Ignoring outrage, Trump makes good on WHO pullout

first_imgThe withdrawal of the key WHO founding member is effective in one year — July 6, 2021. Joe Biden, Trump’s presumptive Democratic opponent in November elections, vowed he would immediately end the pullout if he won the White House.”Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health. On my first day as President, I will rejoin the WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage,” Biden wrote on Twitter.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus responded to the news with a one-word tweet — “Together!” — as he linked to a discussion by US health experts on how leaving the global body could impede efforts to prevent future pandemics.In line with conditions set when the WHO was set up in 1948, the United States can leave within one year but must meet its remaining assessed financial obligations, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. ‘Total control’ In late May, Trump said that China exerted “total control” over the WHO and accused the UN body led by Tedros, an Ethiopian doctor and diplomat, of failing to implement reforms.Blaming China for the coronavirus, Trump, a frequent critic of the UN, said the United States would redirect funding “to other worldwide and deserving, urgent, global public health needs.”Democratic lawmakers have accused Trump of seeking to deflect criticism from his handling of the pandemic in the United States, which has suffered by far the highest death toll of any nation despite the president’s stated hope that the virus will disappear.”To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic and incoherent doesn’t do it justice,” said Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee.”This won’t protect American lives or interests — it leaves Americans sick and America alone,” he said.Representative Ami Bera, himself a physician, said that the United States and World Health Organization had worked “hand in hand” to eradicate smallpox and nearly defeat polio.”Our cases are increasing,” Bera said of COVID-19. “If the WHO is to blame: why has the US been left behind while many countries from South Korea to New Zealand to Vietnam to Germany return to normal?”Even some of Trump’s Republican allies had voiced hope that he was exerting pressure rather than making a final decision to abandon the World Health Organization.The investigative news outlet ProPublica reported last month that most of Trump’s aides were blindsided by the WHO withdrawal announcement, which he made during an appearance about China. The Trump administration has said that the WHO ignored early signs of human-to-human transmission in China, including warnings from Taiwan — which, due to Beijing’s pressure, is not part of the UN body.While many public health advocates share some criticism of the WHO, they question what other options the world body had other than to work with China, where COVID-19 was first detected late last year in the city of Wuhan.The anti-poverty campaign ONE said the United States should work to reform, not abandon, the WHO.”Withdrawing from the World Health Organization amidst an unprecedented global pandemic is an astounding action that puts the safety of all Americans the world at risk,” it said. President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally started the withdrawal of the United States from the World Health Organization, making good on threats to deprive the UN body of its top funding source over its response to the coronavirus.Public health advocates and Trump’s political opponents voiced outrage at the departure from the Geneva-based body, which leads the global fight on maladies from polio to measles to mental health — as well as COVID-19, at a time when cases have again been rising around the world.After threatening to suspend the $400 million in annual US contributions and then announcing a withdrawal, the Trump administration has formally sent a notice to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a State Department spokesperson said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Wesley Primary School student wins national reading competition

first_img 228 Views   4 comments Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsPrimary Wesley Primary School student wins national reading competition by: – July 4, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Winner of the competition; Aidan Bruney of the Wesley Primary SchoolAidan Bruney of the Wesley Primary School has copped the 2012 Dominica Broadcasting Cooperation (DBS Radio)/Ministry of Education National reading competition sponsored by Courts Dominica.Ten students participated in the final leg of the competition at the Arawak House of Culture on Wednesday.Each finalist read two pieces in two categories; narrative and news segments.Bruney also copped the prizes for “best reader” in both categories.She was followed by 1st runner up Aidicia Burton of the Salybia Primary School, 2nd runner up Rashad Valentine of the Convent Preparatory School and Zende Charles of the Roseau Primary School in 3rd runner up position.1s runner up; Aidicia Burton of the Salybia Primary SchoolThe other students who participated were; Elliot John of the Salisbury Primary School, Gabrielle Robinson of the Pioneer Preparatory School, Kelsey Leblanc of the St. Martin’s Primary School, Michaela Warrington of the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, Naomi Francis of the Christian Union Primary School and Claire-Ann Telemaque of the Lighthouse Christian Academy.Bruney will also receive a computer from Courts Dominica and financial rewards among other prizes.The competition was judged by a two woman, three man panel including former education minister Sonia Williams and head of the University of the West Indies open campus Dominica Francis Severin. Bruney will represent Dominica later this year in the regional leg of the competition.2nd runner up; Rashad Valentine of the Convent Prep.Dominica’s Shaniah Edwards, student of the Massacre Primary School also won the regional competition last year.Meantime, Diane Telemaque Williams of Wesley walked away with a trophy and $150.00 after capturing the prize of “best reader” in the “over forty mini reading competition”.Beverly Leblanc of Penville placed 1st, Robert John of Salisbury, 2nd followed by Mary Toussaint of Vieille Case.The audience did the judging in that segment of the show.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Savage dominant in Quincy Stock Car win

first_imgBy Jack WalbringQUINCY, Ill. (May 11) – Brandon Savage dominated the Powder Coat Plus IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature event Sunday at Quincy Raceway as he was never seriously challenged by the rest of the field.Terry Houston scored the second spot followed by Beau Tayler in third, Abe Huls in fourth and Jim Lynch in fifth.The Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA SportMod main event was marred by the caution flag during the opening laps but the race to the checkered flag was a great one as the field found its rhythm. Brad Holtmeyer picked up his first-ever feature event win as held took to the high side to blast his way through the field to take over the lead from Tanner Klingele. Klingele lost the second spot to Tony Dunker on lap seven with Dunker then applying the pressure to Holtmeyer.Holtmeyer held Dunker at bay to the checkered flag with Dunker settling for the second spot fol­lowed by Jim Gillenwater in third, Bobby Anders Jr. in fourth and Klingele in fifth. Austen Becerra made it 10 feature wins in a row at Quincy in the $200 to win IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compact special event.Becerra worked his way through the field in one lap to take the lead from Kimberly Abbott on the second circuit. Bercerra then cruised away to take the win with Pat Dunker in second, Abbott in third, Brandon Lambert in fourth and Bryce Baker in fifth.last_img read more

Gregory Scott Hamilton, age 61

first_imgGreg Hamilton, age 61 of Butlerville passed away on April 30, 2020. He was born in Jacinto City, Texas the son of the late Clade and Betty Jane (Ward) Hamilton on April 8, 1959. He grew up and attended school in Texas.Greg spent his work career as an over the road truck driver before being diagnosed with cancer in 2007. He would meet Debbie Roark and they were united in marriage on December 21, 1990. The two of them would combine and drive over the road raising their girls and visiting family. The family has many memories spending time in different states.Greg enjoyed playing his music, so that the neighbors could hear. He spent time fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Greg was known to be a jokester and always loved taking a funny selfie.He is survived by wife Debbie, daughters Brittany (James Daniel) Taylor, April Dawn (Matthew Thompson) Hamilton, and Danielle Dawn (Jacob Newsom) Hamilton, grandkids Gavin, Layla, Avery, Remy, Olivia, Geo, Westley, Shayla, and Alexys, in laws John and Linda Roark, Darrel Shouse and Judy Spurlock, sisters Robin Hamilton, Rita Pope, Sharon Raney, and Mary Ann Landrin, brother in laws Terry (Stacy) Roark, Jerry (Tasha) Roark, and Tony (Joann Fugate) Roark, along with several niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister in law Hope Cutrell, brother in laws Joe Pope and Don Raney.Graveside services will be held on Friday May 8, 2020 at 11:00 am. at Osgood Perseverance Cemetery with Brother Russell Raney officiating. Memorials may be given to the family in care of Neal’s Funeral Home. Online condolences can be placed at read more

Davis enjoying squad progress

first_imgCaptain Steven Davis is pleased with the way Northern Ireland’s squad has evolved over the course of the current campaign. They were peripheral figures at the same stage of qualifying for Euro 2012, leaving Davis, 28, to reflect with satisfaction on a rejuvenated group. “Without a doubt, it’s great to see. I am one of the elder ones in the squad now and it is great to see younger players coming through and especially making an impact and being part of big nights for us,” said the Southampton midfielder. “Hopefully we can keep progressing as a team and growing and that will keep us in good stead. “We’ve got a good squad together and a good mix, plenty of jokes floating about. “You’ve got a squad now with a lot of young players in and they have gained valuable experience so far in a number of games and hopefully that can be a good measure for us going forward.” More immediately, Davis is looking to put right arguably the most disappointing result of O’Neill’s tenure. A year ago at Windsor Park, Northern Ireland dominated Luxembourg in their second Group F fixture, taking an early lead through Dean Shiels. But they somehow failed to add to their tally despite numerous chances and saw a lucky equaliser deny them three points late on. Press Association Manager Michael O’Neill has gradually fed new players into the side since taking over from Nigel Worthington, capping some for the first time and bringing in others from the fringes of the squad to the first XI. Against Luxembourg on Tuesday night, the likes of Daniel Lafferty, Lee Hodson, Oliver Norwood, Shane Ferguson, Jamie Ward and Martin Paterson can all expect to start. “Yeah, we came off the pitch disappointed at end of that game,” said Davis. “Dean Shiels scored a good goal and we put ourselves in a good position with numerous opportunities to extend the lead and then they got a deflected goal. “We have got good results away to Portugal and home to Russia and yet we’ve struggled in the games we have been tagged as favourites. “I have spoken so many times already about how I think the performances have been good this campaign but at the end of the day we need results and that’s what we have to put right.” Northern Ireland’s travelling support is likely to outnumber the home faithful at the Stade Josy Barthel, with 1,200 members of the Green and White Army expected. Davis said: “They’ve been fantastic for us in the last two games…I sometimes think they don’t realise how much of an impact they can have on the players. “It’s great to have that support behind us again.” last_img read more

Albrighton keen to see family smile

first_img The winger scored in Saturday’s opening-day 4-2 win over Sunderland as he and his family continue to rebuild their lives. Sue Davey, the mother of Albrighton’s partner Chloe Fulford, was killed in the Tunisia terror attacks in June while on holiday with partner Scott Chalkley, who also died. Albrighton and his family have been supported by the club and the 25-year-old wants to help ease the pain following their heartbreaking loss. He said: “You look at life and everything in a different light and different way. You think about what is important and what is not important. “If I can play football then it is taking my mind off things and if I am doing well my family are happy and that is all I can ask for. “I will see them now and they will all be happy, when you see them smiling it is the best thing in the world. “At the minute we have my girlfriend’s brother Conor Fulford living with us. “He was getting into me saying you need a celebration, you need to do something for my mum. “We were racking our brains and couldn’t think. “Chloe has been saying her mum has been up there putting a few things right and she has definitely helped me out. “I can’t thank everyone enough for the way that myself, and especially my family, have been treated.” Riyad Mahrez’s double and Jamie Vardy’s opener had given Leicester a 3-0 half-time lead in Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge. Albrighton added: “He noticed we did well at the end of last year so he has not changed too much.” Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher pulled goals back for Sunderland in the second half in between Albrighton’s strike. But midfielder Jack Rodwell admitted it was damage limitation at half-time to ensure they avoided a similar defeat after losing 8-0 at Southampton last season. “We came in at half-time with an uphill task and we had to try not to get beaten by six or seven,” he said. “It’s not a fear you would get that, it’s just when you react when you are 3-0 down everyone starts chasing and you are not as organised as you are supposed to be. “It happened against Southampton last season, that’s when gaps create, they get space and score goals.” Press Association Leicester star Marc Albrighton hopes his form can put a smile back on his family’s face after their tragic summer.last_img read more

Scott Shafer escapes stresses of coaching watching son’s 1st start

first_imgLess than 1,500 people filled the single-sideline stands compared to the 30,112 in the Dome on Friday night. Some fans chose a grassy hill for their vantage point rather than the hot bleachers. The balcony of a four-story house overlooking the field served as a makeshift coaching box.Instead of all eyes being on the third-year head coach like they were on Friday, Shafer took the rare opportunity to watch his son, since Syracuse and Ithaca usually both play on Saturdays. Regardless of the result, no one will call sports talk radio shows demanding Ithaca’s coach be fired and national columnists won’t speculate if he’s on the hot seat.“Being a coach’s son, I know how it is,” Wolfgang Shafer said. “This is their profession. A lot of people forget about that sometimes. You go to these big-time D-I games, you see ‘Fire Whoever’ in the crowd. This is their well-being.”Shafer enjoyed being a dad for the day, but said earlier last week that he gets more nervous for his son’s games than his own. He sat quietly but clapped after nearly every one of his son’s completions. Fans around him stood and cheered vocally, but Shafer maintained his stern appearance while his degree of focus won’t influence the game.Wolfgang Shafer orchestrated a dominant nine-minute opening drive that resulted in a touchdown.“It was like woosh, right there,” one fan said of his touchdown pass.“That’s a great decision,” another said after he scrambled on a play-action rollout for five yards.The environment is different, but still, all eyes are on a new quarterback. Friday night, it was Syracuse freshman Eric Dungey, who replaced an injured Terrel Hunt. Saturday, it was Wolfgang Shafer starting his first collegiate football game.Ithaca’s offense stalled on its next two drives and Union then tied it at seven. When Wolfgang Shafer and the Bombers trotted onto the field, a fan yelled, “Come on coach, make your adjustments!”For a change, the words weren’t directed at Shafer.Twenty seconds later, the referee announced a penalty on Ithaca’s center for “simulating a snap.” Half of Missy Shafer’s immediate family is entrenched in college football, but like any mom at her son’s game, she blurted out, “I’ve never heard of that before.”Despite the removal from coaching responsibilities Saturday afternoon, Shafer was still on his phone often while Ithaca was on defense. At halftime, he left Elsa and Missy in the bleachers and found a quiet spot next to the stands to work his phone. But when the third quarter began, he was back at his seat.With less than four minutes to play, Union drew within one score. The Dutchmen lined up in a different formation on the ensuing kickoff and the Ithaca coaches in the press box frantically called into their headsets before calling timeout. Another hectic split-second coaching move as Shafer sat still in the sun.Just minutes earlier, SU Athletics announced that Hunt would be out for the season with a torn Achilles. On what could be the most tumultuous day for the Orange all season, Shafer kept clapping for his son.Football is just a game and being in the stands offered some reality.Said Wolfgang Shafer: “It’s a little more pure here.” Comments Published on September 7, 2015 at 9:18 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Scott Shafer walked unrecognized into the Ithaca fan section at Frank Bailey Field. Flanked by wife Missy and daughter Elsa, Shafer wore faded green khaki shorts, an Ithaca football polo shirt and aviator sunglasses.Shafer came to see his son, Wolfgang, make his first career start at quarterback for the Bombers at Union College on Saturday. Just 15 hours earlier, SU was wrapping up its season-opening win in the Carrier Dome against Rhode Island.“My passion for this game has grown from him,” Wolfgang Shafer said of his father after throwing for 265 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-23 win over Union. “Just coming out here and doing what I love to do and see him do what he loves to do last night, I mean, that’s what it’s all about.”This is the side of Scott Shafer that SU fans don’t get to see. When he talks to recruits, he often stresses the family environment of his program and the importance of keeping things in perspective. On Saturday, he practiced what he preaches.“It’s nice to be a dad for once,” Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mettus: What you can actually take away from Syracuse football’s 1st game under Dino Babers

first_img Related Stories With Dino Babers’ debut, Syracuse gets a new beginningSyracuse football rolls to 33-7 win over Colgate in Dino Babers’ SU debutStock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse’s season-opening win over Colgate Published on September 6, 2016 at 12:18 am Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Nearly nine months of talk and marketing had built up Syracuse as “Orange is the new fast,” the fastest show on turf and any other slogan as long as you could fit “fast” in there.Tempo. Conditioning. Speed. All talked about ad nauseam. Until Friday, when we finally saw Dino Babers’ team take the field for the first time.Yes, Syracuse won, 33-7, with time to send its backups in at the end. Yes, the Orange had a program record completion percentage, Eric Dungey had a career-high in passing yards and Amba Etta-Tawo and Ervin Philips combined for more catches in a game than any two Syracuse receivers ever.And yes, it was the first game under a new system — and probably the worst SU will ever execute it. But it was also Colgate, an FCS team hell-bent on stopping the run, giving Dungey free reign in the air.Taking all that into consideration, here’s what we can reasonably take away from the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEric Dungey will be accurate on short throwsDon’t expect the sophomore quarterback to go 13-for-13 in the first quarter of every game or finish with an 85-percent completion rate on 40 throws. The Colgate safeties and linebackers were biting on the handoff portion of the run-pass option. Etta-Tawo was able to leap for grabs in one-on-one coverage along the sidelines for plays that will likely result in incompletions or interceptions against a better secondary.What you can expect to transfer over from the season opener is Dungey’s success on the short throws. He was 20-for-23 (86.9 percent) on throws fewer than 10 yards down the field. He was 13-for-17 (76.5 percent) on throws more than 10 yards.“I got to make better reads, better decisions and sharper throws,” Dungey said.The offense thrives on short throws to dink and dunk its way down the field. Receiver screens, 5-yard outs, shallow comebacks and slants will be run plenty. Timing is everything on these and Dungey and his receivers seem to have locked it down pretty well for now.Unlike Colgate, most teams will likely adjust to bring their corners up to the SU receivers to try to take away the quick passes and screens. Then, it’ll be up to Dungey to either hand the ball off or go deeper on something like a double move. No guarantees. But when the short ball is there, he’ll be able to take advantage.Dino Babers won’t be afraid of fourth downDungey got up from where he had been hit at the 50-yard line — 1 yard short on third down — and shook his finger at his coaches at the sideline before getting the quick signal to go for it. He hurried under center and snapped the ball before the defensive line had time to react, leaving space to scurry around the left side of the line for the first.The game was tied, 7-7, with fewer than three and a half minutes left in the first quarter. But Babers wasn’t playing the field position game.Former SU coach Scott Shafer faced criticism when he elected to punt down 10 points to No. 1 Clemson last year with fourth-and-8 and fewer than seven minutes to go. He cited field position as his reasoning.Syracuse was 3-for-3 on fourth down on Friday, converting from the 50, its own 26 and Colgate’s 24-yard line. Babers doesn’t just use it as a way to come from behind, he uses it as a way to get ahead and stay ahead.“Going down the road, on fourth down if we have to go for it, we have to go for it,” he said. “And we have to score touchdowns. We can’t kick field goals all the time. And if we go for it for four times and we don’t make it, then you guys get to be Monday morning quarterbacks and talk about how bad we are.“But I’m already telling you after our first game that we’re going to do those things because we’re not playing to be close. We’re playing to win, and if winning means we can’t kick field goals and we have to go for it every single time, we will, regardless of the score.”Syracuse can go under centerThe bulk of SU’s new offense is run out of shotgun with a running back by the quarterback’s side. But several times, Dungey ran under center for a handoff or quick throw to the sideline — or a QB keeper like the one he converted on fourth down with.SU showed a full house-like formation that Babers referred to as a power-I with freshman defensive end/tight end Kenneth Ruff and redshirt senior offensive tackle Michael Lasker lined up as tight ends/fullbacks in the backfield in front of the running back.“There’s a lot of offense in our offense,” Babers said. “… We always have the flexibility to be able to branch off and do different things. … We’re not afraid to take off the roof.”That being said, you’ll probably never see that formation again this season. Babers was tired of throwing the ball and wanted to force the run anyway he could.Still, Dungey was able to switch back and forth between shotgun and under center fairly well even in the no-huddle setting.Jon Mettus is an Asst. Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @jmettus. Commentslast_img read more