China says ill woman is 10th human bird flu case there

first_imgJan 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 36-year-old Chinese woman was in critical condition in Chengdu City, suffering from what the Chinese authorities announced today was the country’s 10th human case of H5N1 avian flu, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.The woman, whose surname is Cao, is from Sichaun province in southwest China, AFP noted. She fell ill on Jan 12; tests confirmed her H5N1 infection on Jan 17.The Chinese ministry did not explain whether there was a poultry outbreak in her area. People who have had close contact with the woman are under observation but have shown no signs so far, according to AFP.Xinhua, the Chinese government news service, announced today that the country had seen 32 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu in 13 provinces during 2005 but that quarantine has now been lifted in 31 affected areas. The Xinhua report did not make it clear if each outbreak was considered an affected area.Chinese Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu today pushed for continued efforts across China to prevent and control avian flu, particularly in light of increased travel and celebrations linked to the Chinese Lunar New Year, which begins Jan 29. He called for better monitoring, better prevention, and improved quarantine measures.  World Health Organization (WHO) spokespeople also have emphasized the importance of effective surveillance of poultry. Roy Wadia, the WHO Beijing spokesman, said in the AFP report that “human cases should not be the sentinels for animal outbreaks.”The recent outbreaks of bird and human H5N1 cases in Turkey illustrates the problem, as Lee Jong-Wook, director-general of the WHO, told the WHO executive board at the start of a week-long meeting in Geneva.”The turkey experience demonstrates the dangers posed by avian influenza in birds and the vital importance of surveillance and effective early warning systems,” he said today, according to a Reuters news service story. “A pandemic could arise with little or no warning from the animal side.”Lee also defended the agency. “Concern has been expressed that we are overplaying this threat. We are not,” he said in his opening speech. “We can only reduce the devastating human and economic impact of a pandemic if we all take the threat seriously now and prepare thoroughly. This is a global problem.”Underscoring Lee’s remarks was a report that the Turkish Agriculture Minister, Mehdi Akar, has claimed that some of Turkey’s neighboring countries also are home to the H5N1 virus but have been concealing it, according to an AFP story.US experts in animal and human epidemiology were slated to visit Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia, which border parts of Turkey hit with H5N1 outbreaks, according to the AFP story. No outbreaks have been reported in those countries.In addition, officials in northern Iraq were taking emergency measures to prevent avian flu after a girl died, according to the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN).A WHO spokesman confirmed that the teen did not have H5N1 infection. “We have totally discounted the possibility of an avian influenza infection,” WHO’s Dick Thompson said in the IRIN story. “But we can’t take away the possibility of an appearance in Iraq, as many cases have been reported in Turkey.”Also today, the WHO confirmed that two members of an Indonesian family did die of H5N1 infection, Indonesian authorities had announced last week. That raised Indonesia’s tally to 14 deaths and 19 cases, according to the case count table, updated today.Two other family members—a 14-year-old girl and the family’s 43-year-old patriarch—remain hospitalized with respiratory symptoms, the WHO said. Samples from those two patients are being tested, and the family cluster remains under investigation.The Jakarta Post reported on Jan 21 that an 11-year-old girl who is suspected of having H5N1 was a distant neighbor of the two children whose infections have just been confirmed by WHO.”Similar to the two deceased children, the new patient had also been in contact with dead fowl near her house,” said Hadi Yusuf, a health official, in the newspaper report. Samples from the girl are being tested.See also:WHO announcement on Indonesian cases http://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_23/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Lakers power past Heat in NBA Finals opener

first_imgThe Heat, the Eastern Conference fifth seeds who swept the Indiana Pacers before toppling the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics on the way to the Finals, showed no sign of nerves in an energetic start against the Western Conference top seeds, racing to a 13-point lead midway through the first quarter.But the Lakers inexorably seized control and the Heat’s dream start devolved into a nightmare with key contributors Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo exiting with injuries and star forward Jimmy Butler hobbled by a twisted ankle.Butler still scored 23 points to lead the Heat, who will try to bounce back in game two on Friday. ‘We came out slow’ Davis and James both said the Lakers need to start stronger in game two, after Miami came out firing.”They came out very hot, we came out slow.”Added James: “I think they smacked us in the mouth, and we got a sense of that.”And so we knew how hard we had to play if we wanted to try to make it a game. From that moment when it was 23-10, we started to play to our capabilities. We started flying around. We started getting defensive stops. We started sharing the ball a lot better offensively and just got into a really good groove.”Caldwell-Pope drained back-to-back three-pointers to trim the deficit to 25-18 and Davis knotted the score 28-28 on a layup off an assist from James before finding reserve Alex Caruso for a three-pointer to end the first with the Lakers up 31-28.Los Angeles continued to pour it on in the second quarter, out-scoring the Heat 34-20 to take a 48-65 lead into the break.Three-pointers from Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo pushed the Lakers’ lead to 37-32 less than two minutes into the second period.Two three-pointers from rookie Tyler Herro briefly saw the Heat lead  43-41 — but the Lakers responded and pulled away courtesy of a 64.7% success rate from three-point range in the first half, when they made 11 of 17 from beyond the arc.Overall the Lakers shot 45.2% from the field and made 15 three-pointers. They out-rebounded the Heat 54-36.After Caldwell-Pope came up with a steal a driving Kuzma found Davis for a dunk that made it 61-48 with 1:15 left in the first half.James made two free throws and Davis threw down a dunk to stretch the Lakers’ lead to 17 after a first half that saw James shaking out a shoulder after colliding on the floor with Jae Crowder in pursuit of a loose ball.But Miami endured worse injury news, with Dragic — the Heat’s leading scorer in the playoffs — exiting at halftime with a left foot injury.Adebayo departed in the third quarter with a left shoulder problem as Butler played on despite twisting his left ankle in the first half.Immediately after the game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he did not yet know the prognosis for Dragic and Adebayo.”Regardless,” he said, “The Lakers set the tenor, the tone, the force, the physicality for the majority of the game.”They just took control and we weren’t able to get it back.”Lakers coach Frank Vogel said his team would attempt to keep applying the same kind of pressure in game two.”This is just one win,” Vogel said. “We’re happy that we got the win, but we’ve got to keep our foot on the gas.” “I felt good,” Davis said. “A little nervous, but when the ball was tipped up, I just went out there and played basketball. This is a moment I’ve waited for my entire career and I want to make sure I take the opportunity, because it doesn’t come around too often.”LeBron James, the fourth player to make a 10th appearance in the NBA Finals, was just shy of a triple double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.”We’ve got a lot more work to do,” James said afterwards. “The job is not done. We’re not satisfied winning one game. It’s that simple.”Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 13 points and Danny Green contributed 11 for the Lakers, who led by as many as 32 points. The Los Angeles Lakers manhandled the Miami Heat 116-98 in game one of the NBA Finals on Wednesday in a dominant start to their quest for a 17th championship.After a 10-year absence from the championship series, the Lakers returned with a vengeance in the NBA’s quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida.Anthony Davis, in the best-of-seven title series for the first time after years of frustration in New Orleans, scored 34 points to lead the Lakers. Topics :last_img read more

Franklin County SWCD To Host Tree Giveaway and Food Drive

first_imgThe Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its third annual Arbor Day tree give away and food drive on Thurs., April 24, beginning at 9:00 a.m.Over 600 seedlings will be available on a first come basis at the office with a limit of five trees per person.A variety of trees are available, including: white oak, shagbark hickory, pecan, white pine and Norway spruce. Additionally, there will be several species of small tree and shrub seedlings: flowering dogwood, redbud and hazelnut.Bring a canned food items in exchange for the free trees. Items will be donated to the SEIOC food pantry in Brookville.last_img read more

Home improvement fraud suspect sought in Franklin County

first_imgBrookville, Ind. — Detectives from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department are looking for information to close a home improvement fraud case.In September of 2016 police say a man identified as James Mosley, of Waterloo, agreed to do construction work for several residents. Mosley reportedly took half of the quoted price and never returned.Any information regarding Mosley can be left with sheriff’s department confidentially by calling 765-647-4138.last_img

$5,000 is top IMCA Modified check at Canyon’s Desert Classic special

first_imgPEORIA, Ariz. ­– Canyon Speedway Park’s Desert Clas­sic moves to an early-point season date in 2016, with a top prize of $5,000 for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modi­fieds on the line at the Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 special.The Desert Classic feature pays a minimum of $300 to start and is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot quali­fying event. The entry fee of $100 will be payable at the gate.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps follow the 5 p.m. drivers’ meeting at racing starts at 7 p.m.Spectator admission is $18 for adults, $6 for kids ages 7-13 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $30 for members or $35 for non-members.An open practice runs from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.More information about the Desert Classic is availa­ble by calling 602 258-7223, on Facebook and at the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com website.last_img read more

Simmons extends Ireland deal

first_img The former West Indies international, 50, took over Adi Birrell following the 2007 World Cup and has led Ireland to a period of unparalleled success during his 197 games in charge. That includes qualifying for six consecutive global competitions, while Ireland could win a 10th trophy under Simmons next week when they meet Afghanistan in the final of the InterContinental Cup in Dubai. Press Association “It wasn’t a difficult decision to agree a further two years,” said Simmons, who has helped Ireland win the 2009 ICC Trophy, the 2013 World Cricket League Championship and three ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers among their other successes. “I love Ireland and the people, who have a similar outlook to life as West Indians. The team has been very successful, but importantly for me, they are still hungry for success and willing to learn and improve all the time.” “We still have a long way to go and it’s an exciting period to be involved with Irish cricket, both on and off the field. We’re putting in place foundations which will serve the sport well in the generations to come. “We’ve dominated at Associate level and now have ambitions to take the game in Ireland to the next level with our desire to become a Test nation by 2020. We’re on course to meet the challenges and targets that have been set, and I’m delighted to be part of that set-up.” center_img Ireland coach Phil Simmons has agreed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain in charge until the end of the 2015 domestic season, Cricket Ireland has announcedlast_img read more

Army looks to extend streak vs BU

first_imgBIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Army’s Tommy Funk has averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.7 assists while Matt Wilson has put up 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. For the Terriers, Max Mahoney has averaged 15.5 points and 7.7 rebounds while Walter Whyte has put up 12.6 points and 7.1 rebounds.STEPPING IT UP: The Terriers have scored 76.2 points per game and allowed 65.5 points per game in conference play thus far. Those are both significant improvements over the 67.6 points scored and 70.8 points allowed per game to non-conference opponents.CREATING OFFENSE: Funk has directly created 52 percent of all Army field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 26 field goals and 18 assists in those games.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Boston University is 0-7 when its offense scores 67 points or fewer. Army is a perfect 6-0 when it holds opponents to 66 or fewer points.UNBEATEN WHEN: Army is a perfect 7-0 when the team makes nine or more 3-pointers. The Black Knights are 4-10 when the team hits fewer than nine threes. DID YOU KNOW: Boston University has committed a turnover on just 17 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-lowest percentage among all Patriot League teams. The Terriers have turned the ball over only 11.6 times per game this season.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBoston University (13-10, 7-3) vs. Army (11-10, 6-4)Christl Arena, West Point, New York; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Army looks for its seventh straight conference win against Boston University. Army’s last Patriot League loss came against the Boston University Terriers 81-59 on Jan. 11. Boston University won easily 77-57 at Bucknell in its last outing. Army looks to extend streak vs BUcenter_img February 4, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

Sales down, vendors point to economy

first_imgAs the number of farmers’ markets on and around campus continues to rise, many of those markets — including the Trojan Fresh Market, which will be on campus on Thursday — have seen profits fall, though most blame the slip on the economy and not on the increased competition.Besides the on-campus Trojan Fresh Market, there are at least six other markets near USC. Many of these markets report that their profits are down, but individual vendors often benefit by selling at multiple venues.Farmville · A man shops for vegetables at the farmers’ market located at Adams Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. The market, which is near St. Agnes Catholic Church, runs on Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m. – Amaresh Sundaram Kuppuswamy | Daily TrojanHelen Lee, who manages the farmers’ market at the Shrine that runs every Tuesday, said she does not think her market is competing with the Trojan Fresh Market or any of the others.“We don’t consider us in competition with USC,” Lee said. “And the Trojan Fresh Market doesn’t affect our business. In fact, [USC] Hospitality came through here and took some vendors to the Trojan Fresh Market … We encourage that.”Lee said she never had any intention of making money from the farmers’ markets. Instead, she wanted to help the vendors make money, so when they’re approached and asked to join other farmers’ markets, she views it as a good thing.“[The Shrine farmers’ market] helps a lot of local neighbors who came here as vendors,” Lee said. “We’re definitely here just for the people.”Vendors at the Shrine, however, have also found business to be slow so far this year.Olove Boyd, an employee for Heavenly Delights, which sells cobbler at the Shrine and other farmers markets, said business is down right now.“Usually it’s slow in the beginning, but hopefully it picks up,” Boyd said. “I think it’s the economy. Farmers’ markets are not a necessity … When there are cutbacks, people take hits.”Boyd noted that it is USC that drives her business, even with the presence of the Trojan Fresh Market.“The majority [of customers] are students and USC employees,” Boyd said. “USC helps our business or we wouldn’t be here.”Dexter Scott, who sells beans at the Shrine farmers’ market, said he has also experienced a decrease in sales this semester.“It is one half of last year’s gross income,” Scott said.A farmers’ market on Vermont Avenue and Adams Boulevard seems to be experiencing the same problems as the Shrine farmers’ market. Most of the vendors are seeing less and less business, but still, they say the economy is at fault rather than competing markets.“Each year it seems to get slower and slower because of the economy,” said Luis Buenrostro, who sells produce.The market’s manager, Kimberly Edwards, said she also believes the decline in profits is because people do not have the money to shop at farmers’ markets. She said she does not think she is losing clients to other farmers’ markets in the area.“A lot of these customers who come here … they follow us where we go,” Edwards said. “Our business is slow because of the recession, and farmers’ markets are more expensive than the store.”Edwards added that USC drives the market, even though the Trojan Fresh Market is a more convenient option.“We got a lot of people from USC coming here,” Edwards said. “We see doctors, students, teachers … We get a big variety of people from USC.”But Meera Dahyabhai, marketing chair for the student group Environment First, which is involved in the Trojan Fresh Market, said she thinks the competition has affected Hospitality’s farmers’ market.“The revenue patterns have overall decreased due to competition with other markets,” she said.Still, she said she does not think the increasing number of markets is a bad thing.“It’s all about reaching the same goal,” Dahyabhai said. “The main goal is to fund that idea of organic and fresh products to support local vendors.”last_img read more

Syracuse announces basketball exhibition games against Carleton, Adrian

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 21, 2014 at 11:42 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Syracuse will open its 2014-15 season with exhibition games against Carleton (Canada) University and Adrian (Mich.) College, SU Athletics announced in a release Monday.Unlike the Orange’s Canadian tour that segued into the 2013-14 season, the Orange will host Carleton and Adrian at the Carrier Dome on Nov. 2 and 10, respectively. The times for the games have not yet been announced.Carleton is arguably the most accomplished Canadian college basketball team, having won four straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport titles and 10 of the last 12. Syracuse played Carleton in Ontario at the start of last season, and won 69-65 in overtime. Adrian is a Division-III program that finished 5-20 last season.After the two-game exhibition schedule Syracuse will host two games, on Nov. 14 and Nov. 17, to  kick off the 2k Sports Classic. Opponents and game times for those games have also not yet been announced. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Keshi’s Burial Committee to Be Inaugurated Today

first_imgThe National Committee for the State Funeral of late Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (CON) who died on June 8, 2016 is to be inaugurated today by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung.The minister approved the constitution of the national committee which comprises family members, coaches, ex- internationals, a club owner, media practitioner, football administrators and representatives of the ministry, the armed forces and para-military.According to the Special Assistant to the Minister, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the committee will be headed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Mr Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa while he is to be assisted by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Amaju Pinnick. Other committee members include; Ambassador Joe Keshi, Emmanuel Ado, Jennifer Keshi, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, Augustine Eguavoen, Joseph Yobo, Coach Fanny Amun, Austin Mgbolu, Mitchell Obi, Dr Mohammed Sanusi and Luka Jonathan Mangset.Chief Tonobok Okowa will represent Delta State while Mr Prestley Ediagbonya is from Edo State. Prince Vincent Okumagba will stand in for the Nigeria Football Supporters Club while Brig. Gen U.O. Olatoye represents the Nigerian Army.There is also Ayodele Titus from the Nigeria Civil Defence and Security Corps and a representative of the Nigeria Police.Mrs Hauwa Kulu Akinyemi is to serve as secretary to the committee.The Committee will be inaugurated at the conference room of the Hon Minister of Youth and Sports, Federal Secretariat, Abuja at 10.00am.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more