Aug 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Reports today said three rare palm civets that recently died in captivity in Vietnam were infected with an H5N1 avian influenza virus, adding another species to the list of those susceptible to the pathogen.The three Owston’s palm civets died in June, and tests of samples in a Hong Kong laboratory detected the H5N1 virus, according to Reuters and Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports. The animals died in the same cage in Cuc Phuong National Park, about 55 miles south of Hanoi.Staff members at the park said no other animals or people had fallen ill.In addition to birds and humans, H5N1 viruses have been known to infect pigs, housecats, tigers, and leopards. The virus has killed millions of poultry and at least 57 people in outbreaks in Asia since late 2003.Civets figured in another relatively new infectious disease: SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Chinese scientists concluded that masked palm civets—a different species from Owston’s—were the main animal source of the SARS virus, which infected about 8,000 people around the world in 2003. Civets are used for food in southern China.The civets that died of avian flu were a female and two offspring, all of which had been born in captivity, reports said. It was not clear how they became infected.Reuters quoted Do Van Lap, a manager at the park, as saying, “How they were infected remains unknown as they were raised together with 20 other civets, their cages close to each other, but the remaining civets are strong.”Lap said initial suspicion fell on park staff members who lived in a village where some chickens had died, but tests did not find the virus. He said the civets were not fed chicken.The story said Cuc Phuong National Park has a wildlife protection project that involves raising peacocks, pheasants, freshwater turtles, and deer in captivity, as well as civets. “All the remaining animals are safe, so we reckon the three civets are isolated cases,” Lap told Reuters.In an Associated Press (AP) report, Scott Robertson, technical adviser for the civet conservation program at the park, commented, “It’s another good example of how dangerous this thing [the H5N1 virus] is.” He said the WHO and Vietnamese health officials were expected to test park employees.Peter Horby, a WHO epidemiologist in Hanoi, said the finding does not signal an increased risk of avian flu in humans, since people have less contact with civets than with poultry, according to the AP. Poultry have been the source of nearly all human cases so far.Owston’s palm civet is an endangered species that is confined to parts of northern Vietnam, northern Laos, and neighboring areas of China, according to a report from Vietnam’s National Center for Scientific Research.Also in Vietnam, a pilot program to vaccinate poultry against avian flu in two provinces is running behind schedule, according to a report today from the Vietnam News Agency. About 72% of targeted birds in the northern province of Nam Dinh have been vaccinated, but only 38% have been vaccinated in Tien Giang province in the south, where flooding has caused problems, the story said.In other developments, officials in Finland reported a possible avian flu outbreak in seagulls, but it was probably not a highly pathogenic strain, according to a Reuters report today.A flu virus was found in sick and dead seagulls in the northern town of Oulou, the report said, but the strain was not identified. Finland shares a border with Russia, where H5N1 avian flu has surfaced in poultry in recent weeks, but not in areas near Finland.See also:CIDRAP Overview: Avian influenza: agricultural and wildlife considerations
COUNCIL BLUFFS – NIACC freshman Eric Swart set the school’s high jump record with a leap of 6 feet, 6 3/4 inches with his third place finish at the Region XI meet on Sunday in Council Bluffs.Swart, who is from Gilbert, broke the old mark of 6-4 3/4 held by Jacob Gapp (2013) and Luke Arrowood (2014).The NIACC men’s 4×100-meter relay team placed third in a time of 42.19 seconds. The Trojans ran Timothi McMaster, Kyle Younker, Kalen Eastman and Brendan Hoy.NIACC placed fifth in the team standings with 37 points. Iowa Central was the team champion with 374 points and Iowa Western was second with 208 points.Also the high jump, NIACC’s Alec Hayes was fourth (6-4).In the 5,000 meters, NIACC’s Gavin Connell was fourth in a time of 16 minutes, 37.11 seconds.In the javelin, NIACC’s Jacob Henjum was fifth with a toss of 35.46 meters. — high school soccer TuesdayMason City High girls 2, Marshalltown 1Marshalltown 2, Mason City boys 0 DES MOINES — Drake softball coach Rich Calvert says even if the Bulldogs don’t win the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament they will be headed to an NCAA regional. The Bulldogs closed the regular season with a 40-14 record and are currently 23rd in the latest college softball RPI and much of the reason is a tough early season schedule that included games against 12 ranked foes.Calvert says the tough early slate also is one of the reasons Drake posted a 24-2 Valley regular season record.Calvert says the RPI ranking makes the Bulldogs a lock for the tournament.Calvert says the selection committee usually follows the RPI rankings.As the top seed in the field the Bulldogs have a bye into Friday morning’s semifinals in Peoria. Northern Iowa is the third seed in the field. The Panthers open in the quarterfinal round on Thursday night. AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has signed prep basketball star Caleb Grill to a letter of intent. The 6-foot-3 guard out of Maize, Kansas, will be the fourth high school player in this year’s recruiting class for the Cyclones. Maize originally signed with South Dakota State and he considered Kansas State and UNLV. TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos allowed four hits in seven innings, Mitch Garver homered and the Minnesota Twins shut out the Toronto Blue Jays for the second straight night, 3-0. Berríos won a career-best fifth consecutive start as the AL Central-leading Twins won for the eighth time in 11 games and moved a season-high 10 games over .500. Trevor Hildenberger and Trevor May worked the eighth, and Taylor Rogers pitched the ninth to complete the six-hitter and earn his fourth save. COUNCIL BLUFFS – The NIACC women’s track and field team placed fourth with 77 points the Region XI championships on Saturday and Sunday in Council Bluffs.Iowa Western was the women’s team champion with 249.66 points and Iowa Central was second with 180 points.NIACC won the 4×800-meter relay in a time of 10 minutes, 2.75 seconds. The Lady Trojans ran Cecelia Hemsworth, Ally Trager, Emma Davison and Ivy Rollene.The Lady Trojans also crowned a regional champion in freshman Kasey Parish with a toss of 37.16 meters. NIACC’s Caitlin Serle was second in the javelin (31.31 meters) and Lexi Jones was fourth (28.31 meters).Also for the NIACC women, Davison was third in the 1,500 in a time of 5:01.90.In the 400 hurdles, Trager was third in a time of 1:10.57 and Jilian Heitland was fourth in 1:21.13.In the discus, NIACC’s Dasiah Tatum was fourth (34.97 meters). CEDAR RAPIDS — The pairings have been set for the Region XI-B softball tournament this weekend in Cedar Rapids. The third-seed NIACC will face sixth-seed Iowa Lakes on Friday afternoon in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament, with second-seed Kirkwood facing seventh-seed Ellsworth. 20th-ranked NIACC won all four regular season games against Iowa Lakes this season, winning 9-5 and 15-9 on March 31st in Estherville, and 13-3 and 9-1 on April 14th in Mason City. The winner of the NJCAA Region XI-B tournament advances to district play and will face the Region XIII winner in a three-game series at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana on May 15-16.
Tags: Brabazon Trophy qualifers, Hindhead, Lindrick Over 60 players came through regional qualifiers today to clinch their places in the field for the prestigious Brabazon Trophy.Warwickshire’s Liam Phipps (pictured) and George Leversuch of Essex led the way at the southern event, both scoring four-under 66 at Hindhead Golf Club in Surrey.At the northern event at Lindrick in Yorkshire, Charlie Daughtrey – from the host county – and Scotland’s Blair Morton shared the honours on two-under 68.They lead the 33 qualifiers from each course who will join the exempt players for the championship at Alwoodley Golf Club, Yorkshire, from 30 May to 2 June.It’s England Golf’s flagship tournament for men, attracting an international amateur field and two past winners have gone on to win Majors.Phipps, who works at The Belfry, also qualified for last year’s Brabazon and had the top individual score at the 2018 English Champion Club tournament. The 23-year-old from Olton commented: “It’s a goal to try to get a little bit better every year. I’ve played the county stuff and done well in that and now the plan is to try to play well in national events this year.”Leversuch, from Wanstead, matched his score with a round which started with four birdies in the first six holes. He had three more on the back nine, including one on the last.In the north, Daughtrey (Rotherham) came in late in the day with a very tidy card of three birdies and a bogey. “I’ve had a tough couple of years swing-wise, but I’ve worked really hard over the winter and it all seems to be coming together,” said the 18-year-old.“I played really solid today round a tough course. It was stress free, which is nice, fairways and greens.”Daughtrey, who has twice helped Yorkshire win the English Boys’ County Finals, will be playing in the Brabazon for the first time.So, too, will Blair Morton, from Royal Troon. He reaped the benefit today of great preparation, having arrived on Friday, in time to play the Lindrick Open over the weekend. His scores then included a 67 and he came second. “Today is probably the fifth or sixth time I have played the course and it definitely helped,” said the 22-year-old.Behind them were three players on 69: Ben Goodison (Coventry), James Cass (Fulford) and Sam Turner (Royal Lytham & St Annes).Click here for the northern scores from LindrickClick here for the southern scores from HindheadImage copyright Leaderboard Photography 14 May 2019 Qualifiers claim their Brabazon places
MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) will host the family-friendly Zany Zombie Bash, suitable for all ages from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the arts center, 36 Church St.Attendees will enjoy Halloween crafts, face painting and glow-in-the-dark drawing fun with arts center instructor Laurie Ruggeri and friends. The event will also feature a costume parade, a Monster Mash dance freeze and a pre-event concert performance by Miss Sherri, award-winning children’s singer and songwriter.Prior to the Zany Zombie Bash, Miss Sherri will host a Dress Up Fun concert in the theater from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Attendees can join Miss Sherri, Dancing Deena, Go Go Green and International kids music sensation Mr. Ray for a live concert filming where children of all ages are invited to dance and sing in their costumes. Mr. Ray has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Meat Loaf and many other celebrity rockers, but he has always said his toughest critics are the kids. The concert is $5 for kids and adults, children under 1 are free.The cost to attend the Zany Zombie Bash is $5 per person, $20 per family. Attend both the Miss Sherri Concert and Zombie Bash and pay a discounted rate of $8 per child or adult. Post a picture and instructions for your very own creative DIY Halloween Arts and Craft on the Middletown Arts Center’s Facebook page wall by Oct. 15 and receive a special gift from the Zombie Bash’s Cauldron of Goodies.For more information, visit www.middletownarts. or call 732-706-4100.“With so much Zombie action happening across Monmouth County this October, all of us at the Middletown Arts Center (MAC) are thrilled to offer families a less scary option that celebrates the spooky season, but remains kid-friendly,” said Maggie O’Brien, executive director, Middletown Arts Center. “Join us for this fun-filled fundraiser fit for ghouls, ghosts and princesses of all ages.”
SEA BRIGHT – Today’s inclement weather has meant the Driftwood beach and cabana club is modifying its plans for what had been scheduled to be a daylong celebration, culminating with fireworks.The club, 1485 Ocean Ave., is still planning its Monday night fireworks display – billed as the largest in the Garden State for the days surrounding the July 4th holiday.The club has rescheduled today’s daytime events, including a clambake and concert featuring Brian Kirk and the Jirks, for tomorrow, and will honor tickets already purchased for the event, Irvine said.Driftwood and its owners, the Stavola family, are spearheading the benefit to raise money for two local rebuilding funds, Sea Bright Rising and the Permit Relief Fund, created specifically to assist residents who are rebuilding their homes and businesses after the destruction caused by Super Storm Sandy.The event is called Rebuild Sea Bright.The Stavola family, which has operated Driftwood Cabana Club since 1956, is donating the cost of the fireworks. In addition, the Stavolas are hosting a one-night-only special menu dinner at Ama on the night of the fireworks.The daytime events at Driftwood, which will be held tomorrow, will include a Beach Bash Clambake with live music starting at noon.Ticket holders will be provided full use of the club, pool and beach with lifeguards on duty, a clambake, children’s menu and two complimentary beverages from the Tiki Bar. The live music headliner will be local favorites Brian Kirk and The Jirks, who will play from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.The purchase of tickets and additional information are available by visiting www.sea brightrising.org, calling 908-400-3617 or emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
[singlepic id=1012 w= h= float=none]The federal government has approved $5.75 million in funding to repair serious Superstorm Sandy damage to the Bray Avenue Bridge in Middletown and the Romer Shoal Lighthouse off Sandy Hook, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6) announced Monday.The Bray Avenue Bridge, which was originally denied significant funding, will be replaced, and repairs will be made to Romer Shoal Lighthouse, Pallone said.“The closure of Bray Avenue Bridge for over two years now has greatly inconvenienced Middletown residents and commuters,” said Congressman Pallone in a written statement. “I am glad that FEMA has finally recognized the need to make these investments so that our community can continue to rebuild and get back to normal.”An initial $2 million in federal funding will go to Monmouth County Public Works to replace the Bray Avenue Bridge in Middletown, NJ. The Bray Avenue Bridge has been closed since Superstorm Sandy hit and post-Sandy investigations revealed that, due to damage from the storm, the bridge was no longer safe for traffic. Monmouth County applied to FEMA for funding assistance to repair the bridge, but were denied any significant funding.Congressman Pallone wrote to to FEMA Regional Administrator Jerome Hatfield in April of last year urging the agency to revisit the funding request so that the bridge could be re-opened, his office said.The second allocation provides $3.7 million in federal funding to make repairs to the Romer Shoal Lighthouse, which got hit hard during Sandy.The lighthouse sits three nautical miles north of Sandy Hook, New Jersey and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers had dreams of returning to the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Soccer Championships.The squad had been on a roll of late. The Bombers were playing the Kootenay High School AAA Boy’s Final at home at the friendly Lakeside Pitch.And LVR had the luxury of a raft of student body support on the sidelines.However, for the second consecutive year it was the Mount Baker Wild leaving the pitch as Kootenay Zone champs.The Wild scored twice in extra time to stun the LVR Bombers 3-1 on a cold, windy Thursday afternoon at the Lakeside Field.Mount Baker now represents the Kootenays at the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Soccer tournament November 24-26 in Burnaby.Dale Golding ripped the heart out of the Bombers with a goal late in the first overtime period before Ryan Bridgeo added insult to the loss by scoring with time running out in the game.“We practiced in two inches of snow (earlier this week) so the boys were ready for the cold and Nelson, which is a very good team,” said Baker coach Jesse Jarvis after the game.“We don’t get a chance to play very good teams,” Jarvis added, “and Nelson is a very good team. So we’re happy to get this win.”Bolstered by the fans support on the sidelines to start the game — LVR administration allowed student body the option of skipping last block to attend the game — the youthful Bombers got off to a great start when Ryan Lewis beat Wild keeper Manuel Mestre for the game’s first marker.But instead of building on the marker, it was the Wild taking over the play. And the East Kootenay squad was able to tie up the game on a miscue by Bomber keeper Andrew Woodward.Woodward flubbed a clearing attempt allowing Wild midfielder Javier Labrador to score into the empty net before half time.In the second half the Wild defence limited LVR’s scoring chances to a few attempts from well outside the penalty area.Meanwhile, Woodward was tested numerous times by the Wild strikers.“First of all (strikers Ryan Lewis and Luis Loeschinik) were not getting the ball,” said Bomber sideline boss Jamie Spendlove when asked about the inconsistency of the strikers to penetrate the Wild defence.“Luis really wasn’t supposed to be up there (on the forward line),” Spendlove added.“He was supposed to be hanging a bit back but we didn’t have any options because our central midfielder, Simon Sheppard, decided just this morning he was not going to play because his ankle was pretty bad (injured) and he couldn’t go.”In the end, it was the Wild’s senior leadership that proved to be the difference against a Bomber team with only one Grade 12 player — Mitch Melanson.“(Cranbrook) is older and more experienced but I though they (LVR) did well,” Spendlove lamented.“Baker was more physical for sure. We got knocked around quite a bit.”However, the Wild two-year romp to the B.C. tournament may be in jeopardy next year.The Bombers have all but Melanson returning to the squad for the 2012 season.“It’s a very bright future for LVR,” said Spendlove. “The entire team is back, except for one player.”ZONE NOTES: Cranbrook finished tenth last year at the provincial tournament that had to be rescheduled for May of 2011 after snow postponed the original November 2010 date. . . .The Bombers had won the Kootenay AAA Zone for 15 consecutive years before Cranbrook ended the streak in 2010 with a 3-2 win in the East Kootenay City. The best finish for LVR during that run came when Mark Dodsworth, Isaac Rosenberg and Avery Bartels powered the Bombers to a bronze medal finish. Keith Willams coached LVR to nine of the zone titles. Before Williams was the combo of Mike Sedlbauer and Hogue Tyler heading the coaching email@example.com
Dr Donovan Bennett, first vice-president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), would like to see the new Government invest more in sports at the early-childhood, primary- and secondary-school levels.This, he said, is a result of the emergence of sports as a bludgeoning industry and one rich with numerous opportunities.”Whoever forms the new Government, I would like to see them take up the responsibility of investing more in sports, primarily at the school level,” said Dr Bennett, who is a medical doctor by professional.”They need to understand that sport has now become an important industry, even as important as academics right now.”It, therefore, needs to be a part of syllabus in schools and be encouraged as a proper career choice and not just an after-school activity,” he added.Dr Bennett, a former coach, manager and now adviser of high-school cricket powerhouse St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), said neglect at that level was prominent and has been affecting the growth and development of the game.LIMITED FUNDING”Neither the WICB nor the JCA can really afford to fund cricket at the high school level,” he said.”What happens at this level is that cricket is sponsored by a few companies and sometimes individuals.”He expressed that, for example, current national coach, Junior Bennett, and himself used to shoulder the burden for STETHS in the late 1970s and 1980s, and today, the results are there for all to see.For the past two decades, they have been all-island champions and in the process produced West Indies players such as Jerome Taylor, Darren Powell and Nikita Miller.”It is hard to replicate this across the island,” he said of STETHS’ success model.”Most schools can’t afford to employ proper coaches, improve cricket facilities, or attend to good player development.”Meanwhile, Bennett, who is also a director of the West Indies Cricket Board and head of the regional governing body’s medical panel, also pointed to the financial benefits of sports.This, he said, includes occupations such as athletes, coaches and managers, as well as organisers, marketers and sports law executives.”We need to start teaching students about the total value of sports,” noted Bennett.”This includes not only the physical and mental health value, but also its economic value.”He said there is also the role of sports in national and regional development, as evidenced by the success over the years of West Indies cricket.”Cricket has over the years been used to help to shape societal values, norms and practices, and I would like to see that still happen.”For example, while there is a lot of money to be made now from playing cricket, I would like to see players demonstrating more pride, honour and privilege to represent their country and region.These cricket virtues, Bennett expressed, is more than likely to have a greater impact on players if they are taught in schools as part of the curriculum.
Fifteen persons including six officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP), were recently awarded certificates in the area of criminal justice system. The certification follows six weeks of intensive training.The six-week training was offered by the Masons Criminal Justice Academy.The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the Pamela Kay High School in Red Hill Field, Virginia outside of Monrovia.The Academy, according to Mr. Morris Brown, director of program, is in the process of attaining accreditation from the National Commission on Higher Education at the Ministry of Education.He also told the gathering that the school provides basic and fundamental of the criminal justice system.He said, the program’s lecturers were graduates of the Masons Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, based in the United States of America.According to him, the institution established in 2005, is mainly intended to encourage, promote, organize and facilitate research training, peace education, advocacy lecture and debates in all criminal justice related subjects.Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, David Fayiah, joint police commander in the Virginia’s settlement challenged the graduates to utilize the skills and knowledge they acquired during the six-week training.He said the program exposed him to several criminal justice issues he did not learn when he was at the Liberia National Police Academy.“We were taught in court proceeding as a criminal justice actors.”“The training has prepared me to further my study in criminal justice at the AME Zion University,” Fayiah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Raheem Sterling Raheem Sterling reportedly wants to leave Liverpool, so talkSPORT looks at what the Anfield faithful are saying.LOOK WHAT THIS LIVERPOOL FAN DID TO HIS STERLING SHIRTThe 20-year-old has two years left to run on his current deal but may be playing for one of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals next season.He is reported to have rejected an offer of around £100,000-a-week, so any decision to leave appears to be motivated by a desire to win trophies and medals.GIRLS REACT TO STERLING WAGE DEMANDSHave a look at some of the online reaction below.