Two human H5N1 cases noted; poultry outbreaks expand

first_imgNov 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two more human cases of H5N1 avian influenza have been confirmed in recent days in Vietnam and Indonesia, while poultry outbreaks are spreading in China and Romania.The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed Nov 25 that a 15-year-old boy from Vietnam’s Haiphong province has H5N1 infection, which Vietnamese authorities announced last week. The boy has been discharged from a hospital and is recovering, the WHO said. He is the 66th Vietnamese to contract avian flu.A 16-year-old boy was confirmed today as having Indonesia’s 12th avian flu case, according to a Nov 26 report by Agence France-Presse (AFP). He was hospitalized in good condition in the West Java capital of Bandung, said Hariadi Wibisono of the Indonesian health industry, as quoted by AFP.”Tests [on blood] taken from the 16-year-old boy, both locally and by the World Health Organization, show that he is a bird flu patient,” Wibisono said. The WHO hasn’t updated its case count to reflect confirmation of the case.The WHO said it would send a team to the eastern Chinese province of Anhui to investigate human deaths from H5N1, according to the English version of the China People’s Daily Online. Two deaths have been confirmed in that province.China wrestles with poultry outbreaksChina has reported seven new outbreaks in poultry in less than 10 days, according to the English version of the Chinese People’s Daily Online on Nov 25. Outbreaks have led to the culling of about 17,000 birds in an Inner Mongolian village, according to a Nov 25 report China filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Bloomberg News reported on Nov 26 that China has had 27 poultry outbreaks this year.Romanian poultry case outside Danube deltaRomanian officials found the H5N1 virus in a remote village 70 miles from the Danube River delta, leading to a cull of roughly 17,000 poultry in the village of Scarlatesti, Reuters news service reported on Nov 26. Samples from a turkey in Scarlatesti were positive in initial testing in Romania; follow-up testing will occur in a laboratory near London, the story said.The cull in Scarlatesti led to the firing of two of the country’s chief veterinarians, Reuters reported today, after a television station aired film showing inhumane culling.A private TV station showed footage of a man wringing the neck of a goose and then throwing the bird into a fire. The Reuters report indicates some birds were not dead before being thrown into the flames.Animal rights groups were angered and said that Romania wasn’t complying with standards it must meet to succeed in its bid to join the European Union, Reuters reported. Poisoning with gas is a generally approved method for culling large flocks, Reuters said, citing experts who insist that any culling method must be safe, humane, and efficient.See also: WHO confirmation of 66th Vietnamese case’s Nov 25 and Nov 23 reports to OIE’s Nov 27 reports to OIE read more

Pipetech Targets Wider Market under New Management

first_imgPipetech, the pipe and process cleaning solutions specialist, said it plans to expand its services to industrial markets and introduce subsea and wells to its offshore portfolio following recent contract wins and the appointment of a new leadership team.Eric Doyle, most recently regional director at Aquaterra Energy, has been appointed managing director. Alan Brunnen, former executive vice president at Aker Solutions has joined the company as non-executive director.The Aberdeen-based company said it has developed a new deep water cleaning system which has been deployed in a £1.2 million campaign by an undisclosed ‘major’ operator to successfully clear a blockage in a subsea manifold in a Norwegian North Sea campaign, and plans to further expand its subsea capabilities in the coming months. The team is also developing a new wells downhole cleaning tool.Pipetech has also recently won industrial services contracts including process cleaning at a gas terminal in Scotland as well as the company’s first contract in Sweden for an oil refinery. The organisation said it plans to continue its expansion into new international markets, particularly in Denmark, Sweden and Holland.Eric Doyle, managing director of Pipetech, said: “Pipetech has a new business strategy which will see us focus on solutions designed to tackle the inefficiencies faced both offshore and at industrial power plants and refineries by scale, flow and blockage problems. Alan’s advice and influence is going to be invaluable as we invest in expanding our subsea and wells offerings and continue to invest in new technologies to solve the challenges being faced by industry.”Alan Brunnen retired from Aker Solutions last year after a career in oil and gas spanning more than three decades. He joined Aker Solutions in 2005 and was appointed executive vice president in 2011. He previously held various international managing director positions and was Chief Operating Officer at Stolt Offshore.He said: “I see great potential for developing Pipetech’s solutions for the subsea industry and the first deployment of the Deep Water Cleaning System instils confidence in the performance of this new cleaning technology for subsea pipelines and manifolds. Wax build-up is a particular challenge and there is the potential for operators to move from regular chemical cleaning to a more effective solution that can be planned into maintenance schedules. I look forward to working closely with the team to maximise the opportunities around the subsea market.”last_img read more

Roberson finds ways to adapt despite hesitancy shooting jump shots

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 20, 2015 at 12:10 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse It’s taken most of the season for Tyler Roberson to find a confident shooting rhythm, but too much confidence quickly landed him on the bench on Wednesday night. Roberson flashed into the high post and, with Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell in his face, shot an off-balance jumper that hit the left side of the rim and bounced out. A second later, Roberson jogged off the court while B.J. Johnson jogged on. “He’s trying to hit that jump shot. He can’t make that jump shot yet,” Jim Boeheim said after Syracuse’s 69-59 win over the Cardinals. “He’s got to go to the basket and the other thing he can do because nobody is there is that he can go right into a ball screen and now no one is there to help.”The junior forward re-entered the game three minutes later and, with a retooled offensive approach, never subbed out again. Instead of looking for his jump shot in the middle of Louisville’s matchup zone, Roberson facilitated Syracuse’s shooters, dumped to Rakeem Christmas in the post, set on- and off-ball screens and attacked the basket when given enough space. And even though he was looking for his teammates rather than his jumper, Roberson finished with 13 points and nine rebounds to help compensate for Trevor Cooney’s 1-for-10 shooting night. SU (17-9, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) now hosts Pittsburgh (17-10, 6-7) at noon on Saturday and since the Panthers dropped into a 2-3 zone the first time these teams met, Roberson’s high-post play will once again factor heavily into the Orange’s offensive success. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When I was catching it I would look to attack and then off of that the defense would try and collapse so I would set a screen,” Roberson said after the Louisville game. “It was ball movement, they were in the matchup zone so if you move the ball, you’ll get open shots.”With Cooney off his mark and the matchup zone switching on every pick the Orange set for Michael Gbinije, Roberson was the best bet to free up Christmas inside. And because the forward has struggled with his mid-range jumper, he did that by setting screens and finding the spots that would give him good passing angles to the big man. After missing two jump shots at the start of the game, Roberson took the rest of his shots in right outside of the paint. He went 4-for-5 to finish his night and also shot 5-of-8 from the line, and wasn’t the only player that benefited from his refocused mindset. Christmas scored 29 points, shooting 9-of-10 from the field and 11-of-13 from the line. On Feb. 7, when Pittsburgh beat Syracuse 83-77, the Panthers played zone for a stretch of the second half and closed down passing lanes to the post. In that game, Gbinije hit two 3s that forced the Panthers out of the packed-in zone. This time Roberson can help alleviate the pressure on Christmas. “Tyler’s huge because he’s a threat in there. It forces the defense to play out on him and it stops them from double-teaming Rakeem,” SU point guard Kaleb Joseph said after the Louisville game. “I think it’s a huge reason why Rak had such a great game.” Commentslast_img read more

Parchment, McLeod plot hurdles dominance

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:World Championships and Olympic Games 110 metres hurdles medallist Hansle Parchment strongly believes that Jamaica, with Omar McLeod and himself leading the way, can wrestle supremacy in the sprint hurdles away from the Americans and Russians.The 25-year-old Parchment won bronze in the event at the 2012 Olympics, with American Aries Merritt, the world record holder, taking gold. Parchment came even closer at last year’s World Championships when he copped silver behind Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov, with McLeod, in his first senior competition final, placing sixth.Parchment now believes that Jamaica has the ammunition to conquer the field at the Rio Olympics later this year.”I feel we have the potential. We are two strong athletes and we are working towards our goals,” Parchment said. “It would be great for us to start to dominate hurdling, which we have never done before.”McLeod, 22, is also keen on a Jamaican dominance of the event. He also envisions himself and Parchment making history.”He (Parchment) is my big bro (brother). We always give each other pep talks before races, we warm up together and we run together,” McLeod shared. “So it is always exciting running with him, and I just want both of us to continue to make Jamaica proud and create a lot of history.”The two gave a glimpse into the future when they finished first and second in the opening Diamond League meet of the season.McLeod won in a world leading and season’s best time of 13.05 seconds, while Parchment, who, like his compatriot, was competing in his first Diamond League, clocked a season-best 13.10.Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.12) was third, while 2013 World Champion, American David Oliver (13.16) was fourth, and Merritt was sixth in 13.37.unpredictableParchment has, however, warned against complacency. He stressed that the event is very unpredictable and it is just a matter of who executes better on the day.”The hurdles are very unpredictable, so sometimes we can’t tell who will win,” Parchment said. “It is early and I believe everyone is still in the transition phase. This is my second race, so we are really just getting started. It is a very good start so far; probably the best ever for me, so I am giving thanks for that.”McLeod, on the other hand, already has his sights set on winning the Diamond trophy for the event and achieving Olympics glory.”That is my aim (to win everything); that is my goal; especially with the Olympics,” McLeod said. “So I am really just taking it one step at a time and not jumping the gun too much. One race at a time and I know if I do that and go out there and have fun, the sky is the limit.”[email protected]last_img read more

Dwight Yoakam coming to Dawson Creek and the Encana Events Centre

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – With over 25 million albums sold worldwide, 21 nominations and multiple GRAMMY wins, Dwight Yoakam will next bring his legendary country sound to Dawson Creek and the Encana Events Centre on Thursday October 20, 2016.Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, August 5 at 10 a.m. PST.  Tickets are priced at $69.00, $59.00 and $49.00 plus applicable fees.  Tickets may be purchased online at by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the 2 Tiger Box Office Plus locations at the Encana Events Centre and at Tiger Printing & Stationers.Plus all this week, before tickets go on sale, Moose FM has a chance for you to win tickets.  All you have to do is play our game, the Streets of the Fort St. John at our new website  Each day this week, we’ll post a new picture of a street in Fort St. John.  If you can identify the street, you can enter your name to win one of four pairs of tickets to see Dwight Yoakam before they go on sale.- Advertisement -Joining Yoakam in Dawson Creek will be Canadian country artists Meghan Patrick and The Washboard Union. Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide – he is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart, and another 14 landing in the Top 10 – nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10. In celebration of his critically-acclaimed album 3 Pears, he received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization. In 2015, Yoakam released his latest album Second Hand Heart Warner/Reprise records. In addition to his musical career, Yoakam is a formidable film and television actor, capable of seamlessly melting into his roles, and impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians over the course of his storied and successful acting career, including Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, and Matthew McConaughey.Advertisementlast_img read more