Israel among countries reporting new H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgJan 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Israel today notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of an H5 avian influenza outbreak at a site near Haifa, and media outlets are reporting that final tests have confirmed the virus is the lethal H5N1subtype.Eighteen of 20 chickens at a petting zoo adjacent to a kindergarten in the city of Binyamina in northern Israel were found dead this morning, reported Xinhua, China’s state news agency.Shmuel Rishpon, a Haifa district physician, said the kindergarten staff has been given preventive medicine and authorities believe none of the children or parents had contact with the birds.According to the OIE report, only chickens at the zoo were struck by the virus. Eight ducks and four pigeons were also housed with the chickens in a small enclosure.Polymerase chain reaction testing at Israel’s national laboratory at Kimron Veterinary Institute on samples from the infected birds were positive for the H5 serotype, but neuraminidase inhibition assay tests were pending, the OIE report said.However, the agriculture ministry said today the birds had the lethal H5N1 strain, according to the Jerusalem Post. Israel’s agriculture ministry received final test results from its department of veterinary services, indicating the birds had the H5N1 subtype, Globes Online, an Israeli business media outlet, reported today.The remaining birds were destroyed, and health officials placed a 3-kilometer protection zone and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone around the outbreak area, said the OIE report.Israel’s last H5N1 outbreak, which hit domestic poultry, occurred in March 2006, according to reports from the UN Food and Animal Organization (FAO). No human H5N1 cases or deaths have been reported in Israel.Elsewhere, animal health officials in Vietnam said the H5N1 virus killed 350 white-winged ducks in northern Vietnam’s Thai Nguyen province, according to a Reuters report today. The outbreak occurred at a farm in 2-month-old ducks. Animal health workers culled the remaining birds, the report said.The H5N1 virus also struck ducks and chickens in Tra Vinh province in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, Reuters reported.Officials in Bangladesh yesterday said the H5N1 virus was detected on a poultry farm in Dinajpur in the northern part of the country, prompting the culling of 300 chickens, according to another Reuters report.In other developments, the state media in Myanmar on Dec 29 reported an outbreak of the H5N1 virus in chickens in a village near the Myanmar border with Thailand, the Associated Press (AP) reported.The New Light of Myanmar, the state-run newspaper, said the outbreak occurred in a village in Shan state among domestic chickens and was reported to livestock officials on Dec 23, according to the AP report.See also:OIE reports on Israeli avian flu outbreakFAO update on H5N1 in birdslast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, October 21, 2014:•9:00 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to vehicles in the 100 block W. Lincoln, Wellington.•9:15 a.m. Jesse W. Poole, 31, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large and no Wellington tags.•9:15 a.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 1200 block N. C, Wellington.•10:05 a.m. Officers investigated making false information and theft by deception in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.•10:30 a.m.  Amanda L. Lassley, 35, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for three dogs at large.•2:05 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 100 block S. US81, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Leah C. Logan, 27, Caldwell, and Ronnie L. Foreman, 42, South Haven, Ks.•2:45 p.m. Officers investigated possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1200 block N. C, Wellington by a known suspect.•3:32 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended and speeding 33 mph in a 20 mph school zone.•On October 20, 2014 at 3:56 p.m. Officers investigated possession of stolen property in the 300 block S. Jefferson, Wellington by a known suspect.•4:20 p.m. Officers investigated harassment by telecom device by a known suspect in the 1200 block N. C, Wellington.•4:30 p.m. Titus L. Stewart, 38, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driving while license is suspended and speeding 33 mph in a 20 mph school zone.•4:55 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1100 block S. Washington, Wellington.•5:04 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to windows and siding in the 1200 block S. Washington.•5:29 p.m. Officers investigated a forgery in the 600 block S. Fair, Wellington.last_img read more

Spring Breaker Apologizes for “If I Get Corona, I Get Corona” Comment

first_imgA South Florida spring breaker who was seen in a viral video last week saying, “If I get corona, I get corona” has apologized for his reaction to coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.Brady Sluder posted on Instagram:The 22-year-old college student from Cincinnati told a news crew in Miami last week that he was not going to allow concerns over the virus to change his party plans.The video was then shared across social media.Watch it here:last_img

Jones could be the first Black player ever taken No. 1 in the NHL draft

first_imgPortland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones (3) celebrates his goal with teammate Nicolas Petan (19) during the second period of Memorial Cup final hockey game against the Halifax Mooseheads in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Jones, the son of former NBA basketball player Ronald “Popeye” Jones, is likely to be No. 1 pick in the NHL draft, which will be held in Newark, N.J., on June 30. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Derek Mortensen, File)by Dan GelstonAP Sports WriterBy chance, Ronald “Popeye” Jones bumped into Joe Sakic in the weight room of the arena in Denver way back when.It shouldn’t have been a big deal. After all, Jones’ Denver Nuggets and Sakic’s Colorado Avalanche shared the Pepsi Center.Jones, a 6-foot-8 power forward, had more than casual conversation in mind for their first meeting almost 13 years ago, though. He told Sakic, a two-time Stanley Cup winner, that he had two young boys who wanted to play hockey and no clue how to help them.“He looked at me all the way up and into my eyes,” Jones said. “He saw how big I was. He said, ‘He’s going to be huge. Make sure he knows how to skate.’”So Jones signed up his boys, including youngest, Seth, for skating lessons. Sakic’s small piece of advice turned around one boy’s direction.Now, it’s Seth’s turn to return the favor for an organization.The 18-year-old Jones has grown into one of the top prospects in hockey and is the consensus No. 1 pick in the NHL draft later this month.That pick belongs to the Avalanche — now led by Sakic, the team’s former captain who was recently promoted to executive vice president of hockey operations.“All the goals he’s set as a hockey player,” Popeye said, “he’s been able to accomplish.”How’s that for a proud pop?Popeye, Seth’s mother and other friends and relatives will attend the June 30 draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Popeye worked last season as an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets and lives about 20 minutes from the draft site.Dad was a second-round pick, 41st overall. Seth could be the first Black player ever taken No. 1 in the NHL draft.“I’m trying to embrace it,” Seth said. “It’s going to be fun in New Jersey, for sure. I can’t wait to share those experiences with my family.”It may be a pretty big family reunion in Denver. Jones’ older brother, Justin, also played hockey and they all got along with Patrick Roy’s family as they grew up. The Roys and Joneses were close and spent time at each other’s houses, in fact. And it just so happens that Roy — a former goaltender who also won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche — was just hired to coach Colorado after the rebuilding franchise missed the playoffs.“Jones is a heck of a player,” Roy said. “No matter what the decision for our organization — are we going to keep first overall, are we going to move first overall, whatever we’re going to do, we know that the team that picks first, second or third are going to get three outstanding players.”Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin are expected to go 1-2-3 in the draft. The Florida Panthers hold the second draft pick and the Tampa Bay Lightning are No. 3.Based on talent and need, Jones shouldn’t drop past the Avalanche. The 6-foot-4, 206-pound defenseman met with members of the Avalanche scouting team last month before moving on to the NHL draft combine in Toronto.He would become the first American picked No. 1 since Chicago’s Patrick Kane in 2007 and seventh overall. In a sport where the majority percentage of players are White, it’s that slice of history he would make as the first Black selected No. 1 — topping Evander Kane, picked fourth 2009 — that means so much to both of them.“I don’t think about it too much,” Seth said. “Hopefully, I can encourage young African-Americans to play hockey and try it when they’re at a young age. It’s definitely a White-dominated sport. But there are a lot more that are starting to play.”Kane, Pittsburgh’s Jarome Iginla, Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds and Washington’s Joel Ward are among the more prominent Black players in the NHL. Ward was the victim of a series of racist tweets during last year’s playoffs after scoring the winning goal in Game 7 against Boston. During a preseason game last year, a fan threw a banana on the ice at Simmonds. Those are gloomy signs that, unlike the other big three sports, tolerance is a still a problem.last_img read more

Baseball legends honored at Atlanta City Hall

first_imgSeated from left to right: James Moore, Norman  F. Lumpkin and Lawrence Williams. Standing from left to right: Brian Jordan, Rubye Mims Lucas and Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian BondAtlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond on Monday honored baseball greats Norman  F. “Geronimo” Lumpkin; James “Red” Moore and Lawrence “Larry” Williams on Monday at Atlanta City Hall. All honorees were members of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Due to segregation in American sports, teams within the Negro Leagues began to form in 1867. They fell apart gradually from 1947 to 1959. In addition, Bond honored Rubye Mims Lucas, the wife of the late Bill Lucas, who was the first African-American general manager in Major League Baseball as a front-office boss; and two-sport great Brian Jordan for their contributions to the Atlanta community.Norman Fred “Geronimo” Lumpkin was born on January 15, 1919 in Atlanta in a part of the OldFourth Ward section of the city known as Buttermilk Bottom. Lumpkin got his love of baseball playing in empty lots at school and played baseball in the Negro League from 1938 to 1949 on commercial and industrial teams and played semi-pro during World War II and was picked up by the Atlanta Black Crackers.James “Red” Moore was born in Atlanta on November 18, 1916 and is recognized as one of the Negro Major League’s premier first basemen. He played for the Atlanta Black Crackers in 1935, 1938, and 1946-48. During Moore’s storied career, which was abbreviated by his military service, he played on three All-Star teams, three Second Half Championship teams and was selected to the 1938 Southern News Services All-American Negro League Baseball Team.Lawrence “Larry” Williams was born February 9, 1933 in LaGrange. Williams was hired by Buck O’Neil as a lead of hitter for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1954. He once had a perfect night going four for four, with four doubles in one game. Williams has teamed up with Melvin Duncan and James Moore to educate the public about the Negro Leagues through panel discussions throughout the U.S.last_img read more

See why Hardik Pandya’s fiancee just referred to him as ‘Kung Fu’ Pandya!

first_imgAdvertisement 16NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8lza5jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eo8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4Would you ever consider trying this?😱kp1mCan your students do this? 🌚8rjgpRoller skating! Powered by Firework India all-rounder Hardik Pandya smashed 105 runs from just 39 balls in his second outing after recovering from a lower back surgery on Wednesday and Natasa Stankovic, his fiancée was delighted with this performance referring him as “Kung Fu Pandya” on Instagram. Pandya who hasn’t played since September 2019, produced a fascinating innings for the Reliance 1 team in the DY Patil T20 Cup at the Reliance Corporate Park in Ghansoli.Advertisement The Baroda all-rounder hit 10 maximums en route to a superb century in his second game after injury; taking his side to a massive 252/5 in 20 overs. With a strike-rate of 269.2 he showed glimpses of his former self against CAG in this Group C fixture; but the story didn’t end there. Pandya then went on to pick a five-for, as it seems that the extra hours in gym and rehab has finally paid off for the 26-year-old.Advertisement Meanwhile, his fiancée the well-known model and dancer Natasa Stankovic lauded his antics through social media by sharing a photo of Hardik on her Instagram story captioning, “37-ball hundred for Hardik ‘Kung Fu’ Pandya. The deadly hitter is back at work.”  She even added a roaring lion and ‘my heart is full’ sticker on her post.Picture Credit: IG/natasastankovic_The celebrity-couple got engaged on New Year’s Day this year after reportedly dating for a while. Stankovic was spotted with him during his recovery days and will surely cheer for him during the upcoming IPL season.Advertisement Pandya on the other hand, was supposed to be included in the Indian squad for the recently concluded New Zealand series. However, the selectors chose not to pick him at the last minute, allowing him to prepare for the IPL through the T20 Cup tournament in Navi Mumbai.Pandya is expected to return to the national team against South Africa in a three-match ODI series, beginning March 12 onwards and will play a vital role in Mumbai Indians’ IPL campaign thereafter.Mumbai Indians will host MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the opening fixture of IPL 2020 on March 29 at the Wankhede Stadium. You may also like:Angry fans slam Hardik Pandya after he trolls Zaheer KhanHardik Pandya posts social media message after undergoing successful surgery Advertisementlast_img read more