first_imgJan 19, 2011 Avian flu outbreak kills 500 poultry in MyanmarHighly pathogenic avian flu has been confirmed in Myanmar poultry for the first time in almost a year, according to a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) report filed yesterday. The farm, in Bumay village in Sittwe township, housed 800 3-month-old layer chickens. Starting Jan 6, 500 of the 800 birds died, and a highly pathogenic H5 avian flu strain was confirmed. The other 300 chickens were culled to prevent disease spread. The village is home to eight farms that house a total of about 5,000 chickens, according to the report. Workers on the affected farm have tested negative for the virus, according to a story today in the Myanmar newspaper Mizzima. The last outbreak in the country was in March 2010, according to the OIE.Jan 18 OIE reportJan 19 Mizzima story Global experts, Haitian officials at odds on cholera vaccination plansInternational health experts and the Haitian government disagree on how to use cholera vaccination to fight Haiti’s cholera epidemic, which has claimed about 3,800 lives and caused 189,000 illnesses, according to a report in the Jan 20 issue of Nature. Earlier in the epidemic, which began in October, vaccination was dismissed as impractical in the face of a very limited vaccine supply and the rapid spread of the disease. But most international experts now favor a limited pilot project that would help determine whether a broader effort is worthwhile and how to use cholera vaccines in future outbreaks elsewhere, the story said. An expert committee convened by the World Health Organization is recommending a pilot campaign that would use the 250,000 to 300,000 available doses of Dukoral, a vaccine made by Crucell. But the Haitian government, fearing that those denied vaccination would be resentful, is demanding a much larger campaign. Jean Ronald Cadet, vaccination program manager in Haiti’s health ministry, said the government wants at least 1 million doses as the prerequisite for launching an immunization drive and ultimately wants to vaccinate 6 million people, according to the story. Such an effort would require major increases in vaccine production.Jan 20 Nature reportDec 20 CIDRAP News story on vaccination issue Glaxo launches phase 3 trial of IV zanamivir GlaxoSmithKline today announced that it has launched a phase 3 clinical trial to compare intravenous (IV) zanamivir (Relenza), a drug licensed through Biota, with oral oseltamivir in patients hospitalized with influenza. The study’s endpoint is time to clinical response, and the company hopes to enroll 462 patients in more than 20 countries. IV zanamivir isn’t approved for sale in any country, but during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic the FDA allowed physicians to request to use it on an emergency basis. The approved zanamivir formulation is an inhaled drug, which can be difficult to administer to severely ill flu patients who have impaired lung function and can’t use a nebulizer. Zanamivir has served as a key treatment for managing oseltamivir-resistant flu infections.Jan 19 Glaxo press releasecenter_img Serology shows Taiwan was hit with novel H1N1 earlier than thoughtAs much as 14% of Taiwan’s population may have been infected with pandemic flu from April to June of 2009, before the first clinical cases were detected by surveillance in June, according to a new serologic study. Starting in the fall of 2009, researchers tracked 306 people from households with schoolchildren in central Taiwan. They took three separate samples from each patient over time for hemagglutination inhibition (HI) assay and defined seroconversion to 2009 H1N1 influenza as an HI titer of 1:40 or higher and a fourfold increase in neutralization titer. They found novel H1N1 antibody incidence to be 14.1% from April to June 2009 and 29.7% from July to October 2009, with the earliest instance of seroconversion occurring from Apr 26 to May 3. They found no age-specific pattern in their data, which they say may highlight “the importance of children as asymptomatic transmitters of influenza in households.”Jan 18 PloS One study DoD biodefense research changes focus from treatment to detectionThe US Department of Defense (DoD) is cutting back on the hunt for new treatments for victims of biological attacks while stepping up efforts to find better ways to detect mutant forms of deadly viruses such as Ebola and Marburg, the Boston Globe reported this week. A 5-year, $1 billion quest by the DoD Transformational Medical Technologies program for new medicines for deadly viruses was not very successful, yielding only two drugs that look promising, the story said. As a result, the next $1 billion for the program will be used mainly to develop better ways to identify mutant versions of lethal viruses, in view of the concern that bioterrorists may try to tinker with such viruses to make them more virulent. Alan S. Rudolph, director of science and technology at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, said that research could pave the way for the development of antidotes that could eventually win Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, according to the story. He said the ultimate goal still is to develop drugs that are effective against multiple viruses. Biodefense specialists said it has become clear that it is easier to modify a pathogen for an offensive threat than it is to develop an effective defense.Jan 17 Boston Globe storylast_img read more

first_imgTWD will continue presenting Krabbendam’s seminars and master classes on topics relevant to the transport, lifting, shipping and offshore industries.During the coming months, Krabbendam will guide some of TWD’s engineers on how to expand and continue his seminars and will gradually hand over his activities to the company.TWD’s Martijn Koppert said: “We have often booked one of Richard’s seminars to educate our engineers. It would be a big loss when Richard’s knowledge is no longer available and not shared anymore, so that’s why we decided to continue together and gradually take over some of Richards tasks.”www.twd.nllast_img read more

first_imgThe UN report has urged the identification of perpetrators of attacks, saying they should be held accountable. The UN report has urged the identification of perpetrators of attacks, saying they should be held accountable.The United Nations has lamented the heavy toll that armed conflict has had in Somalia, saying the war had killed thousands of people, displaced millions, damaged infrastructure and livelihoods as well as impeded access to humanitarian relief for communities in need.A report released UN Human Rights Office and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) shows that a total of 2,078 civilian had been killed in the period from 1 January 2016 to 14 October 2017, while 2,507 others were injured.The report dubbed “Protection of Civilians: Building the Foundation for Peace, Security and Human Rights in Somalia,” indicates that more than half the casualties (60 per cent) were attributed to al-Shabaab militants.It added that 13 per cent of the casualties were attributed to clan militias, 11 per cent to State actors including the army and the police, four per cent to the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), and 12 per cent to unidentified or undetermined attackers.The report said that the unlawful attacks targeted civilians through the use of indiscriminate bomb and suicide attacks by non-state groups.It urged the identification of perpetrators of such attacks, saying they ought to be held accountable.“Such attacks, which are prohibited under international human rights and humanitarian laws, are, in most cases, likely to constitute war crimes, and it is imperative that perpetrators are identified and held accountable,” it said.The worst incident on a single day was the twin bomb blasts in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on 14 October, attributed to Al-Shabaab by Somali government officials, in which at least 512 people are officially recorded to have died as of 1 December, along with 357 injured.last_img read more

first_img Share TUNICA, Miss. – The No. 9 West Florida women’s golf team won its third straight Gulf South Conference championship at Tunica National on Tuesday, and Elin Olsson (Mantorp, Sweden/Bildningscentrum Facetten) led the way with an individual win. The GSC title was the eighth in UWF women’s golf history and the second under head coach Bryan Clarke.The Argos (306-313 – 619) trailed provisional GSC member Lee (305-321 – 626) after Monday’s first round, but UWF stayed strong in windy conditions on Tuesday to bring home the title.Olsson (77-70 – 147) took first place individually after matching the best round of her college career with a 70 on Tuesday. The sophomore finished the tournament 3-over par and one stroke ahead of second place Pauline Schopp (71-77 – 148) from Shorter. The win for Olsson was her second of the season, and it also marked her seventh top-10 finish of the year. Her win also marks the seventh time a UWF women’s golfer has placed first at the GSC Championships.“I’ve been working hard and it’s starting to pay off,” said Olsson. “I feel very honored to be a part of this team. We were second after yesterday, and we were able to come back and pass the other teams. I’m really proud of our girls and their performance.”Aimee Paterson (Sherfield on Loddon, England/Queen Mary’s) also finished in the top five, placing fourth at 8-over par (75-77 – 152). Olsson and Paterson both earned spots on the GSC All-Tournament Team.“For Elin, that’s two wins out of the last three tournaments for her, which is pretty impressive,” said Clarke. “She’s playing well and doing all the right things. It’s a team effort, but without Elin today I don’t know that we would have come out on top. It was also big for Aimee to have two solid rounds. We needed that. With our other girls playing well, we’ll be competitive for regionals.”Daisy-May Kenny (Purley, England/Woodcote HS) and Camila Sevillano (Cali, Colombia/La Arboleda) finished the tournament tied for 11th individually at 16-over par, and they were followed in the Argonaut lineup by freshman Lily Kent (Stowmarket, England/Thurston Community College HS) at 18-over.The UWF men’s golf team also won the conference title on Tuesday, bringing the total of GSC championships for all Argonaut teams up to eight this year and 79 all-time. The total of eight GSC titles this academic year (men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s tennis) breaks the previous conference record of seven set by UWF in 2012-13.The Argonauts will now wait for the official NCAA postseason selections to be announced on Monday, April 28 on www.NCAA.com. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#GSC Release (includes complete results)  1 West Florida, U of       306-313 – 619 +43  2 West Georgia, U. of      310-314 – 624 +48  3 Lee University*          305-321 – 626 +50  4 West Alabama, Univ. of   337-314 – 651 +75  5 Shorter University*      322-332 – 654 +78  6 Union University-TN*     344-356 – 700 +124  7 Christian Brothers U     465-472 – 937 +361  * provisional GSC member  1 Elin Olsson                77-70 – 147 +3  4 Aimee Paterson             75-77 – 152 +8T11 Daisy-May Kenny            78-82 – 160 +16T11 Camila Sevillano           76-84 – 160 +16 16 Lily Kent                  78-84 – 162 +18Print Friendly Version Argos win third straight GSC women’s golf championshiplast_img read more

first_img Turnovers, not much Hayward, make the Jazz, yes, boring Related Fast pace helps Warriors hand Jazz first-game loss Jazz no match for Warriors It’s a mutual admiration society for coaches Snyder and Browncenter_img Live coverage: Golden State Warriors beat Utah Jazz in Game 1 of Western Conference semifinals, 106-94 OAKLAND — In the lead-up to Tuesday night’s Game 1 between the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors, Golden State players talked about how hard it was to guard the Jazz because of how balanced they were with so many weapons.“There are teams in this league when you say, ‘If you stop this guy, you win the game,’” said Draymond Green. “They’re not one of those teams.”“They definitely do it by committee,” added Steph Curry. “Everybody touches it and everybody’s a threat. You can’t sleep on anybody.”The problem Tuesday night was that the Jazz needed at least one player to step up, but it didn’t happen, and the result was a predictable 106-94 loss at Oracle Arena. The Jazz didn’t have a player score more than 13 points, while the Warriors had four players score 15 or more.The shots that were falling Sunday afternoon in L.A. — when the Jazz shot 50.6 percent from the field and 46.3 from 3-point range — were bouncing off the back of the iron this time around. The Jazz ended up shooting a decent 46.3 percent after a slow start, but they were a cool 31.0 percent from 3-point range.Gordon Hayward, who played so well in the series against the Clippers (23.7 ppg), but has struggled throughout his career against the Warriors (12.6 ppg on 38.6 percent shooting), had another tough outing, scoring 12 points on just 4 of 15 shooting and 2 of 9 from 3-point range.In his only appearance this year against the Warriors, Hayward was just 2 of 10 from the field, 0 for 6 from 3-point range, for 6 points in a 104-74 loss in December. That was his lowest scoring game of the year as well as Utah’s largest loss of the season. Hayward missed the December 8 game in Salt Lake when he re-aggravated his finger injury, then sat out the regular-season win in April in Oakland for rest purposes. Last year, Hayward had two of his poorest shooting nights of the season at Oracle Arena, going 2 for 15 and 5 for 15 in two games here.Rudy Gobert led the Jazz scoring with 13 points, while Rodney Hood had 12 off the bench along with Hayward.Over the first three minutes of the game, the Jazz showed their balance, in a negative way, as each of the five starters missed a shot and the Jazz fell behind 7-0. By halftime, just two players, Gobert and Hayward, had made it to double figures with 10 apiece.The Jazz showed some life early in the third quarter when Hill, Johnson and Ingles each hit baskets, the latter two from 3-point range, bringing the Jazz within seven at 61-54 and causing Mike Brown to call a quick timeout. But then the Jazz missed three straight 3-pointers as the Warriors pushed the lead to double digits again.Utah kept the game close to 10 points and trailed just 82-73 going into the fourth quarter before the Warriors went on a 12-0 run to start the quarter and put the game out of reach.Even putting first-round hero Joe Johnson into the starting lineup for first time since March 20, didn’t help the Jazz as Iso Joe only scored 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting.Derrick Favors, who had played brilliantly on Sunday in relief of a foul-plagued Gobert, was questionable right up until tipoff, but he ended up playing 12 minutes and scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds. Twitter reactions: Jazz president shows off nightlife shirtslast_img read more