Low-pathogenic avian flu hits Idaho game farm

first_imgSep 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Idaho announced yesterday that they were investigating an outbreak of low-pathogenic avian influenza at a game farm in the southwestern part of the state after a federal lab confirmed the virus in pheasants.The virus has been identified as subtype H5N8, according to a Sep 3 report that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The farm contains about 30,000 game birds that are raised for hunting activities, the report said. Besides pheasants, the farm has chukars, partridges, and mallard ducks.State officials quarantined the farm on Aug 29 but have not culled any birds at the site, located in Payette County. However, Larry Hawkins, a USDA spokesman, said 300 birds that the farm shipped to California for a bird dog event before the virus was detected were quarantined and culled, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.The farm’s owner did not report an unusual number of bird deaths, but in late August sent three dead pheasants to a lab at Pennsylvania State University for a diagnostic work-up, according to the OIE report. The lab found Pasturella and Mycoplasma in the samples. Routine tests also revealed avian influenza. Sequence testing at the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory led to the H5N8 finding on Sep 3.The virus seems to trace back only to the pheasant pen, which contains about 1,000 birds, the report said.Officials have not determined the source of the virus but suspect that it came from contact with wild birds. Bill Barton, a veterinarian with Idaho’s Department of Agriculture, told the AP that the pheasants were kept in an outside pen that was covered with plastic mesh. He said they could have been exposed to the virus from wild birds that flew or roosted overhead.David Halvorson, DVM, a veterinary pathologist and avian flu expert at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, told CIDRAP News that a wild-bird source of the virus sounds plausible. “They [the game birds] are like live decoys. They’ll attract wild birds to their pens because of the feed and water,” he said.Though low-pathogenic H5N8 hasn’t been seen in the United States over the past several years, there’s nothing alarming about finding the virus at the Idaho farm, he said. “It’s not unusual to find an oddball low-path virus.”Barton said the findings of the investigation will determine how long the birds should be quarantined and if culling is necessary, the AP reported. He said authorities are testing birds at farms within a 2-mile radius of the site and disinfecting the affected game farm.See also:Sep 4 Idaho Department of Agriculture press releaselast_img read more

City Oilers, Power maintain unbeaten run at Africa Zone 5 basketball

first_imgPower 111 Gondar 31ABC 77  KPA 81****APR 84 Don Bosco 74Equity 56 KCCA 51UCU 69 KPA 68********Results Day 1 SundayAfrica Zone5 Champs 2017APR 45  KCCA 57Hawassa  43 Patriots 110KPA 108  Gondar 35UCU 108 Horseed 42Equity 70 Don Bosco 48City Oil 93 Savio 46Power 87 ABC 55MenGROUP A – City Oil – Uganda; Patriots – Rwanda; Savio – Tanzania; Hawassa City – EthiopiaGROUP B – Betway Power – Uganda; Gondar City – Ethiopia; A.B.C – Tanzania; K.P.A – KenyaWomen (round robin)UCU,  KCCA,  Equity, KPA,  Horseed , APR, Don Bosco City Oilers in action on Tuesday. The brushed off a still challenge from Rwanda’s Patriots. PHOTO @cityoilersAfrica Zone 5 Championships 2017Tuesday ResultsDon Bosco 36-93 UCUHorseed 43-93 EquitySavio 76-42 HawassaGondar 44-131 ABCAPR 51-75 KPAPatriots 73-77 City OilersKPA 60-73 PowerTODAY3pm Don Bosco  v KPA ??5pm KCCA  v Horseed 7pm Equity  v APR Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Ugandan basketball sides Power, City Oilers and UCU made it three wins out of three as the FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Championships entered day three Tuesday at Lugogo in Kampala.The game of the day was in men’s Group A where Rwanda’s Patriots gave Uganda’s City Oilers as much as they got, and kept fans off their seats for long spells.City Oilers went into halftime 45-42 before Patriots took a 61-60 lead in the 3rd quarter to set up a tense final quarter.New signing Jordan Mayez did most of the damage in the final quarter as a total 19 points from Adarius Pegues ensured the defending champions Oilers sealed it 77-73.The other Ugandan men’s side Power was also made to sweat  in their Group B match against Kenya’s KPA.KPA led for most of the first half, taking a 33-29 lead at the break before Power got back into contention and eventually snatched  what looked like a comfortable 73-60 victory.UCU Mukono had set the tone for the day earlier, with yet another commanding 93-36 victory over Don Bosco to keep their 100% record in the women’s round robin contest. They had a day earlier come from behind to stun Kenya’s KPA 69-68.The week-long tournament that started on Sunday, enters the quarterfinals Thursday at Lugogo.The Zone 5 winners will qualify for the FIBA Africa Champions Cup set to be held in Tunisia in December.Results DAY 2 MondayPatriots 79 Savio 50City Oil 111 Hawasa 41 Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Rashford hits double as Man Utd hold off Liverpool

first_img– Eventful afternoon –An eventful afternoon for Rashford continued moments later when he escaped with just a yellow card for a late lunge on James Milner.And he should also have had an assist to his name before half-time when a dinked cross picked out Mata perfectly only for the unmarked Spaniard to sent an acrobatic effort well wide.Liverpool enjoyed almost complete control of the ball in the second-half but failed to find a way through the mass ranks of United defence.The visitors did have two strong appeals for penalties waived away as Ashley Young pulled at Mohamed Salah’s shirt before an Andy Robertson cross rebounded off Antonio Valencia’s arm.When Liverpool were handed a lifeline, it came via a United boot as Bailly — who had excelled on his first start since November — flicked Mane’s cross into his own net.Mourinho then drew the ire of his own fans as he replaced Rashford with Marouane Felliani 20 minutes from time to see the game out.But once again Mourinho was justified as the hosts held out for six minutes of stoppage time.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Marcus Rashford scored twice in the first 25 minutes as Manchester United held off a Liverpool fightback to move five points clear of their visitors in second place in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.United also close to within 13 points of Manchester City, but barring a late season collapse by the runaway league leaders that gap looks unbridgeable. More significantly Jose Mourinho’s men moved another huge step closer to guaranteeing a top-four finish by opening up a 12-point lead on fifth-placed Chelsea.Liverpool were left to rue a slow start as Rashford twice finished impressively after Romelu Lukaku had outmuscled Dejan Lovren.The visitors dominated after the break, but could only find a response via a United player when Eric Bailly turned into his own net 24 minutes from time.Just a second defeat in 21 Premier League games leaves Liverpool still in third, but they could drop to fourth if Tottenham win at Bournemouth on Sunday.Rashford may not have even have started but for an injury to Paul Pogba suffered in training on Friday.Without the £89 million ($123 million) French international, Mourinho moved Alexis Sanchez inside behind Lukaku and handed Rashford his first league start of the year on the left.The Portuguese coach’s plans worked to perfection when Rashford brought the game to life with a superb finish after 14 minutes.Lukaku beat Lovren to a long ball and the England international skipped inside Trent Alexander-Arnold before smashing a shot past the helpless Loris Karius.Liverpool had chances for an immediate response as Sadio Mane just failed to get on the end of Roberto Firmino’s dangerous cross before Virgil Van Dijk skewed a header wide from close range when unmarked from a corner.But soon Liverpool’s task became doubly difficult as United’s power and pace again proved too much.Lukaku shrugged off Lovren once more and when his ball through to Juan Mata was cut out by Van Dijk, Rashford swept home the rebound.last_img read more

Chamber staff make women’s golf their business

first_img Staff at the Worcestershire and Herefordshire Chamber of Commerce have been getting into the swing to help more women and girls into golf. The Chamber has launched a new women’s participation programme as part of their Women’s Business Forums. And they have teamed up with Gaudet Luce Golf Club to offer special taster sessions. The club, which can be found in Middle Lane, Droitwich, is one of 100 clubs nationally taking part in an England Golf campaign to increase women’s participation. The golf and leisure complex is working with Mark Laing, Worcestershire county development officer, to forge new links in the community as well as creating an easy pathway into the sport and potential club membership for new players. Chamber staff have enjoyed a taste of what the programme offers – and now want to take the game further themselves. Organiser Natalie Tanner, Business Development Executive, said: “Nine women came on the event and really enjoyed it. Now, everybody plans to sign up for further Get into golf events.” Mark Laing says: “Working with partners to put on taster events like this really does help to break down the barriers to playing golf.” The event was advertised internally at the Chamber and nine women signed up for the two-hour evening at the club’s driving range. Most were completely new to the game. Natalie adds: “A few of the women were sceptical about whether they would be able to hit the ball, but they soon discovered they all could. “There can be a perception that it’s mainly men who mix golf and business, but the success of this taster event shows women are just as keen and love to play if they are given the opportunity.” The event with PGA professional Russell Adams covered golfing basics, such as how to stand, grip the club and hit the ball. It finished with a light-hearted competition to see who could hit the ball best using the skills they had just learnt. Other innovative ideas also included a special golf day for insolvency firm Poppleton and Appleby, who wanted to a novel way to engage with women to discuss their field of expertise. The greet and meet day included a warm-up session on the range with the club’s PGA professionals, a 9 hole Texas scramble on the par 3 course, a chat about golf, afternoon tea and networking. The idea was extended into a six-week coaching programme while the greet and meet day has been repeated for a local accountant and lawyer, with 60 people overall enjoying the taster sessions. Mark Laing says: “I have been using Gaudet Luce to pilot some of our projects before passing on what we have learnt to the other five clubs in the county involved.  These are Ombersley, The Vale, Kings Norton, Cleobury Mortimer and Kidderminster.” To find out more about the Get into golf campaign and how you can get started visit www.getintogolf.org or call 0800 118 2766 Get into golf is the national campaign to inspire adults to take up golf, run by England Golf and supported by Sport England National Lottery funding. Caption: Some of the Chamber staff at their after-work taster session (image © John Felix). Click here to view a short film showing how they had fun and learnt a new skill while unwinding at the event. 26 Oct 2015 Chamber staff make women’s golf their business last_img read more

OVERTIME

first_imgBILL NEAL :08—93.7 The Fan, sports talk radio 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and only two Black voices. Actually, just one and a half because one guy just reports.C’mon man!!:07—Ok, look it’s a new coach…and it’s a new system…and he’s got to get his own players…and this quarterback doesn’t fit this system…and, and, and, and… hey Neal, shut up maaaaannnn! Pitt Just Ain’t It!!! Not now anyway.:06—Speaking of Pitt football, and for you South Vo-Tech grads (all 42 of you) that’s what I just made reference to. Coach was trying to sell us on a high octane offense and it looks like they filled up on low grade regular unleaded.:05—Going back to that top ten best summer time records of all time, an e-mail follower reminded me I forgot “Bennie and the Jets” by Sir Elton John. Oh shut up, you did so…don’t lie!:04—You call it like you see it, but Floyd Mayweather hit Ortiz with a cheap sucker punch. Yeah, I know, I know, protect yourself at all times and Ortiz didn’t. It was legal, but low class. You would have never seen Ali, Sugar Ray or Foreman throw that punch. I’m just saying!:03—NFL in a flash…the Bills beat New England, yes that was an upset…the Detroit Lions are for real. They beat Minnesota for the first time in a hundred years…the Raiders blew up the Jets, Jets, Jets. The silver and black is back …Michael Vick, I love ya man, but if you don’t want to get hit or hurt, stop running the ball and throw it!…the Philadelphia Eagles may want to read the last chapter of the Miami Heat bio before they proclaim themselves “The Dream Team.”:02 A new hook-up for ya called “In The Locker Room” in memory ofthe late great Kenny Durrett and his sports store back in the day down in East Liberty on Highland Avenue…yeah, you remember, and you probably got free shoes, too …Yes you did…shut up! Anyway, In The Locker Room this week the crew at Karl Mulberry’s Major’s Mobile Detail Service. They read the column every week between detail jobs.:01—You knew it was coming…it was just a matter of time. The top ten list now get’s serious. Here we go…the top 10 finest ladies on the planet:#1 Halle Berry#2 Angelina Jolie#3 Jennifer Lopez#4 Eva Longoria#5 Beyonce Knowles#6 Angela Bassett#7 Zoe Saldana#8 Pamela Anderson#9 Sanaa Lathan#10 Anji CorleyThink you got a better list? Go old school. Mail it to me. I’ll put yours in the paper…if it’s better, better!! (Champion Enterprises, 416 Springdale Drive, Pgh, PA 15235)~ DOUBLE OVERTIME ~:00—First Friday Old School Par-Tay is back, Friday, October 7th, at The Club, in Monroeville, 8:00-2:00a.m., 30 and over—food, drinks, line dancing…be there or be square. Call 412-628-4856 for info.GAME OVER :10—You know some of you amaze me. The Steelers lose, you complain. The Steelers win, you complain. What do you people want? Yes little Johnny, a win is a win is a win!:09—Just a thought. When’s the last time you’ve seen kids playing kickball or dodgeball or volleyball or for that matter pick-up baseball with no adults. Call me “old school” and I am …but that’s an important missing ingredient for building good kids and guess what, it’s our fault!last_img read more

CYCLIST CIARAN IN STUNNING 100-MILE LONDON RACE

first_imgA CO Donegal cyclist was being hailed by his sport today after a stunning performance in one of Britain’s top races.Ciaran McDermott, from Doochary, competed alongside 25,000 other cyclists in the epic London to Surrey 100-mile race.And Ciaran finished SECOND. All that training in the hills of Donegal really works!Ciaran is pictured outside Buckingham Palace.CYCLIST CIARAN IN STUNNING 100-MILE LONDON RACE was last modified: August 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ciaran mcdermottDoocharylondon to surrey racelast_img read more