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

LeoVegas shows love for Malta Pride 2018

first_img Share Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon LeoVegas AB has confirmed that its flagship LeoVegas brand will be a ‘Proud Supporter of the 2018 Malta Pride Week’ (Malta Pride).Malta Pride takes place from 9-16 of September, with its headline ‘Pride Parade & Street Concert’ being held on 15 September in Valletta.The theme of Malta Pride Week 2018 will be ‘Pride in the heart of the Mediterranean’.As a European betting operator with a significant workforce presence based in Malta, LeoVegas details its full support of its second Malta Pride event.Further to the week of celebrations, LeoVegas AB outlines that it endorses Pride members underlining goals and values towards improving workplace diversity, employee inclusion and all-around equality.Backing LeoVegas support of Pride Malta 2018, Clayton Mericeca Community Manager of Allied Rainbow Communities said“We are excited to have LeoVegas supporting and participating at Malta Pride for the 2nd year running. Their visible support sends a strong message to the LGBTIQ+ community in Malta and abroad that there are companies who go beyond ‘accepting everyone’ but actually care in joining their voices of support to that of a diverse minority. We believe that a workplace that is visibly LGBTIQ+ friendly not only attracts competitive talent but a happy one too!”last_img read more

Runaway win for Mullen in Welsh championship

first_img25 May 2015 Runaway win for Mullen in Welsh championship England international Jimmy Mullen was the runaway winner of the Welsh open stroke play championship at Ashburnham – finishing 15-under par and nine shots clear of his closest rivals. He led the event from start to finish and remarked afterwards: “It’s my biggest win to date, which means a lot, and being in Walker Cup year it’s even better.” Now, he says, his challenge is to put the win behind him and concentrate on amassing more results to help him make the GB&I team for September’s home match against the USA.  Mullen, from Royal North Devon, set the early tournament pace with a pair of five-under 67s, which saw him share the lead after the first round and hold a one-stroke advantage at the halfway stage. Then, he charged away from the field: he was four ahead after returning a third-round 70; seven ahead with six holes to play and finally secured his nine-shot victory with a closing 69. Second place on six-under par was shared by England’s double European champion, Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park), who had a final round 68, and by Ben Westgate of Wales. One shot behind in fourth place were two more English players, Joe Dean (Lindrick) and Nick Marsh (Huddersfield), together with Ireland’s Alex Gleeson. Mullen (image © Leaderboard Photography) had predicted at the start of the week that the winning score would be double figures under par, but he was surprised by his margin of success. “I knew I had a four shot lead going into the final round, but the course record had already been broken twice in the week and I expected people to come at me. But it didn’t happen.” The 21-year-old from the England Golf men’s squad, added: “I just stuck to what I had been doing in the first three rounds, kept trying to make birdies and hoped it would be good enough in the end.” “It’s the first time I have led from start to finish and it’s very nice to know I can do that. It’s also good to get back that winning feeling.” Mullen’s strengths were his determination to stick to his game plan and his accurate driving. “Off the tee I was the best I’ve been all year. I hit a lot of fairways and gave myself the opportunity to hit at the right part of the greens and leave myself birdie chances.” He was also pleased with his putter over the closing stages, notably holing an eight-footer for bogey on 15 and grabbing the shot straight back by holing a 15-footer for birdie on the 16th. “I didn’t know what the lead was and I thought that could be really crucial,” he said. “It’s really nice to know I can hole putts late on.” This is Mullen’s second 72-hole win, following his success in the 2014 Duncan Putter, also held in Wales. This season he’s been third in the Duncan Putter and won all four of his games in the recent England v Spain international. Click here for the full scores.last_img read more

Kolby’s fundraiser exhibition game a success

first_imgA fundraiser exhibition hockey game between the Trail Smoke Eaters and the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack raised $11,285 for Kolby’s Trust Fund last Saturday. A special account has been set up at the TD Canada Trust branch in Trail for Kolby Zanier, daughter of Smoke Eaters assistant coach Barry Zanier, as she continues her road to recovery. Kolby is currently in Edmonton recovering from groundbreaking heart surgery — she has suffered from Alstrom Syndrome since birth. Alstrom’s is a rare genetic disease that affects many organs in the body, including sight, hearing, kidney failure and liver impairment. Most common affect is a decreased heart function that leads to the heart having difficulty pumping blood efficiently to all parts of the body. During tests in mid-July at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital it was determined Kolby Zanier would need a transplant and on August 28th she successfully received an LVAD or left ventricular assistive device — also known as HeartWare. Kolby’s parents have since taken a leave of absence from their respective jobs — Barry a teacher in Rossland and Aileen with Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. The Zanier family also has two other daughters who have been traveling to Edmonton from the West Kootenay, costing the family a considerable amount of money. The Smokies, like so many others in the community, wanted to help with those costs. The Smoke Eaters would like to thank Patty and Terry Martin for spearheading Saturday’s event, and the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack for traveling to Trail to face the Smokies in Saturday’s game. The 2011-2012 regular season home opener is Friday, Sept. 23 vs. the Westside Warriors at Cominco Arena. The Smoke Eaters will continue raising money for “Kolby’s Trust Fund,” and are planning more special silent auction items for opening night.last_img read more

Elite pros and freeriders descend on Balface for Red Bull Supernatural

first_imgNBC to Televise competitonFans in the U.S and Canada can tune-in March 31st to catch the two-hour Red Bull Supernatural special airing nationally on NBC from 1-3pm PST. By Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily When Mayor John Dooley takes flight on another one of those promotional missions to points unknown he can dip into bag most other cities in Canada can only dream of having at their disposal. There’s CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada. The event may be a little old, but still is great fodder for promoting the city. Add in the FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) convention last year. This was another event that showcased Nelson to politicians from across the country. World Junior A Hockey Challenge? Once again Nelson shines, along with Trail, as co-hosts to one of Hockey Canada’s prestigious international tournaments. Toss in a recent article published in the Los Angeles Times, the upcoming Dimestore Fishermen segment on television and Mr. Dooley. . . . well, you just can’t write a package showcasing Nelson like this. But wait. Dooley & Company has another feather to toss into the cap thanks to Travis Rice and the gang at Baldface Lodge. The Red Bull Supernatural is coming to Nelson and with it national television exposure on a major television network in the United States. “This is going to be a really good opportunity to show Nelson off,” Balface president Jeff Pensierio told The Nelson Daily on the eve of the world-class event. “The prestige of the event and working with Travis is exciting. We’re really lucky to get the opportunity to do this.” The Red Bull Supernatural invites elite boarders from throughout the world to Balface for six days on the mountain. The brainchild of snowboarding icon Travis Rice, Red Bull Supernatural is the inaugural backcountry competition designed to challenge, then, crown the best all-around snowboarder on the planet. “A lot of this came about after snowboarding with Travis,” Pensierio explained, adding Rice used runs at Baldface for his current movie, the Art of Flight. “We built up a relationship and when Travis told me his idea I said the North Face might be ideal for his competition.” The run on the North Face, a 45-degree slope known as “Scary Cherry”, is the site of the race. The slope, combined with 80 man-made features, which took a crew of workers most of last summer to construct, gives boarders three distinct sections of the course designed to both show off each athlete’s strength and various disciplines of the sport. Toss in the caliber of the competitors and the Red Bull Supernatural no doubt will serve-up runs beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Competitors begin to arrive this week and from Feb. 3-8 will be sequestered to Balface waiting for judges and organizers to select the perfect day to stage the event. “An event like Red Bull Supernatural calls upon all necessary skills; the ability to ride natural terrain, to navigate down big mountain lines, to ride powder, pillows and adverse, crazy obstacle,” Rice said in a Red Bull release. “Most importantly the course will call on one’s freestyle knowledge and experience forcing riders to integrate that into one’s all-mountain riding.” Red Bull is hosting a media session Thursday at the Hume Hotel Bentwell Lounge. Red Bull is also working feverously on staging an autograph session with some of the athletes at Tribute Board Shop on Baker Street. Details are expected once the athletes begin arriving so keep checking The Nelson Daily for more information.About Baldface:Baldface Lodge is Nelson’s snowcat skiing and boarding powder destination. With over 32,000 acres of skiable terrain, open bowls, peaks, perfectly spaced trees and 500+ inches of snow – adventure hounds never have to worry about competing for fresh tracks. Located north of iconic Nelson, British Columbia, Baldface is situated in the heart of Canada’s Selkirk Mountains. A quick 10-minute-helicopter ride from the Nelson airport up the Grohman Creek drainage transports guests to the Lodge for 3 and 4-day all-inclusive, guided snowcat skiing and boarding trips.The winter season typically runs from mid-December through mid-April each year.last_img read more

Leafs start slow out of gates; drop second game of season 4-3 to Fernie Ghostriders

first_imgBreak up the team.Fire the coaching staff.Sell the . . . wait, wait just one minute.Has anyone looked at the schedule?That’s game two of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, not game 52 of the regular season for the Green and White from Nelson.Check back at Christmas, or even at the end of September to get a better read on the 2015-16 edition of the Nelson Leafs.“We’re young and this being the first two games of the season we’re still shaking off the nerves and rust,” Jo Davies, one of the veterans brought in by the Leaf coaching staff to provide leadership, said after Nelson lost another nail biter — 4-3 to the Fernie Ghostriders Saturday at the NDCC Arena.The loss is the second in as many nights at home by the Leafs.Kelowna Chiefs rained on the home-opening parade by scoring three unanswered goals en route to a 3-0 victory Friday in Nelson.Saturday, a couple of gift-wrapped goals by the Leafs may have turned this KIJHL game from a win and into a loss.Fernie captain Cole Kebler and Ty Carron scored less than two minutes apart in the first period to lead the Riders to the win.The two goals snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Ghostriders some much-needed momentum going into the second period. “We just made some very simple, young mistakes that will be changed within the first month of the season,” Davie explained.“We need more practice, obviously, but this is something we can fix by the end of September.”Ty Carron opened the scoring for the Ghostriders five minutes into the contest before Andy Fitzpatrick tied the game two minutes later. But goals by Keebler and Caron stunned the Leafs.Nelson struggled to get any pressure on Fernie netminder Jeff Orser in the second frame and paid dearly for the lack of shots as Keebler scored his second of the game in the middle frame.In the third Tanner Costa and Davie scored to bring the Leafs to within a goal.However, Orser stood tall in the nets to secure the road victory for the Ghostriders.“There’s a lot of things we liked about the weekend,” said Leaf head coach Dave McLellan.“We held two good teams to low shot totals,” McLellan added.“ Our penalty kill was very good . . . last night (Kelowna) was 0-for-6 and tonight we were able to battle back against a very good team.“The defence is still pretty young, a little green still. We had five goals scored this weekend on bad pinches so there’s little things we still need to work on.”Nelson outshot the Riders 28-19 in the contest, including a 13-4 count in the third period.Orser rebounded from a 3-2 loss Friday to Castlegar to even his season record to 1-1.Everett Yasinski registered a loss for the second night in a row in goal for Nelson.The Leafs host Spokane Friday at the NDCC Arena before heading out on the road for five game road trip beginning Sunday, September 20 in Grand Forks.LEAF NOTES: Leaf coach Dave McLellan was coy when asked if he expects any changes to the lineup this week. The second year skipper said it all depends on what happens at the BC Hockey and Alberta Junior Hockey Leagues. . . . Leafs were missing three key players from the roster due to injury. Forward Rayce Miller and defencemen Brendan Smith and Davis Andrews were all missing from the lineup due to injury. . . . Nelson has only four 20-year-olds and three 19-year-olds on the roster. The bulk of the team — 13 players — are 17-18 years of age. . . . Beaver Valley won its second straight game, edging Kelowna 3-2 while Grand Forks Border Bruins are 1-1 after falling 7-2 to Summerland Steam.last_img read more

Police likely to have more to say in teens alleged breach of

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax police say they will likely have “more to say” about a case involving a 19-year-old man who has denied he had malicious intent when he downloaded files from a government website.Last Wednesday, Supt. Jim Perrin said the young man was arrested during a search and given a notice to appear in court on June 12, with police intending to lay criminal charges of unauthorized use of a computer.Police alleged the teenager was involved in a “data breach” of the government’s freedom of information portal.In a news conference Wednesday, Perrin said police have yet to provide a sworn information to provincial court and also said, “when the investigation is concluded we’ll probably have more to say about it.”“We’re not finished collecting the evidence in this particular case,” he said on Wednesday.Last week, Perrin had said that his investigators would “forensically examine” computers and software that were seized in the April 11 search of the Halifax residence where the 19-year-old and his family live.Since the search, the young man and his family have told the CBC he thought he was accessing public files from the freedom-of-information portal, and had no intent to take personal information. The teenager told the broadcaster he was looking for information from public documents about a teachers’ labour dispute last year.He said he wrote a few simple lines of code to download files, rather than transferring them one by one.Experts on cyber law have said if the teenager’s account is correct, the arrests and the family’s allegations that 15 officers descended on their home and left it in disarray may be a case of police “overreach,” when the real issue is a lack of basic security on the site for private files.Perrin said police don’t intend to enter an argument over the quality or merits of their investigation.“The police aren’t going to get into a public dispute over what a suspect in an incident has to say. Obviously there has been a lot of opinion on social media and other news sources,” he said.Perrin was asked whether it was correct, as the family has said, that 15 officers were involved in the search, and whether police had first done research to determine they were raiding a family residence.“We wouldn’t confirm our deployment numbers,” he said.“What I can tell you is that every search we do, there is risk analysis done around that. That could be for scene security, transporting of suspects, physical searches, subject matter experts with respect to digital evidence.”“There are a number of officers that have to go to any search.”The superintendent has already stated that it’s rare for police to make an arrest under section 341.1 of the criminal code, which prohibits unauthorized uses of computers “with intent to commit an offence.”“It may be the first time that we’ve investigated an offence that met this particular section. Cyber crime is not new but … we haven’t had a lot of similar type investigations.”Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor who specializes in internet law, had said Tuesday that if the young man’s account is accurate, it appears the province set up a website with private information that could be accessed by people with basic computer skills.He said if the 19-year-old’s account is correct, police may have overreacted in setting a court date before first conducting further analysis of what occurred.David Fraser, a Halifax privacy lawyer, had said if the youth wrote a few lines of computer code to collect materials on a publicly accessible government website that’s unlikely to suggest criminal intent, as this is done commonly by people ranging from journalists to archivists.About 700 people were affected by the breach of the 7,000 documents accessed between March 3 and March 5, according to the province. Many of the documents are files they’ve applied for under freedom-of-information requests.The province’s minister of Internal Services, Patricia Arab, told reporters Tuesday that about 250 contained sensitive personal information such as birth dates, social insurance numbers, addresses and government services’ client information.last_img read more