Indonesia culls pigs, tests two men for avian flu

first_imgJul 25, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – In a response to Indonesia’s first three fatal human cases of avian influenza, officials killed some infected pigs and poultry yesterday, but not as many as they had planned to, according to news services.Plans had called for culling about 200 pigs in a village near the Jakarta suburb of Tangerang, the home of a man and two daughters who died of avian flu this month. But officials instead killed only 18 pigs, along with “dozens” of chickens and ducks, according to a Reuters report yesterday.The agriculture minister, Anton Apriyantono, told a radio station that the original plan would have hurt the local economy, the story said. But his spokesman, Hari Priyono, said the plan was to kill only the pigs that tested positive for avian flu.He said only 18 pigs tested “truly positive” for the virus, and those 18 were slaughtered, according to the story. “In days to come, whenever we find a positive one here, we will slaughter it straight away,” he was quoted as saying.Indonesian officials reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in May that the H5N1 avian flu virus had been detected in some pigs at two sites in Tangerang.Indonesia’s first human victims of avian flu were a 38-year-old man and his two daughters, aged 1 and 8, who died between Jul 9 and 14. Authorities have said they have no clear evidence that the three had had any contact with sick poultry or infected pigs.Reports from Jakarta today said two men hospitalized in the city are being tested for avian flu even though indications are that they have some other illness.A Reuters story said initial signs are that the two men, one of whom is a photographer who recently photographed chicken farms, have typhoid fever. The men were suffering from “high fever and flu symptoms,” the story said.But Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said the men were “suffering from an ordinary flu,” according to a report in the Jakarta Post.A World Health Organization (WHO) spokeswoman in Indonesia, Sari Setiogi, said samples from the two men would be sent to Hong Kong for testing, with results expected in 7 to 10 days, according to the Reuters report.Reuters quoted Evi Zelvino of Jakarta’s public health agency as saying the patients’ “temporary diagnosis” was typhoid.Zelvino also said authorities planned to investigate the case of a Malaysian who died earlier this month. Doctors have said the person died of typhoid, the story said.Meanwhile, Chinese authorities say they have ruled out avian flu in the investigation of a mysterious disease that has killed 17 farm workers and afflicted 41 more in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, according to reports. The workers all fell ill after handling sick or dead pigs or sheep, reports said.China Daily quoted Zeng Huajin, a senior provincial health official, as saying that the illness was probably caused by Streptococcus suis, a bacteria usually found in pigs.”I can assure you that the disease is absolutely not SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome], anthrax or bird flu,” Zeng said.The Chinese news agency Xinhua said yesterday that the patients all had high fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and bruises under the skin. Other reports mentioned hemorrhaging.Of the surviving patients, two had recovered, 27 were in stable condition, and 12 were in critical condition, Xinhua reported.Bob Dietz, a WHO spokesman in Manila, told Reuters the disease didn’t sound like avian flu because it didn’t seem to involve “a large pneumonia content or a large respiratory problem.”last_img read more

Global stocks rise as signs of Trump’s improving health calm markets

first_imgStock markets rose on Monday on hopes that President Donald Trump could be discharged from hospital later in the day, easing some of the political uncertainty that shook global bourses in the previous session.Trump, 74, was flown to hospital for treatment for the coronavirus on Friday, but his doctors say he has responded well and could return to the White House on Monday.That helped US S&P 500 e-mini futures rise 0.82 percent in Asian trading, while Nasdaq futures gained 1.11 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.63 percent.Australian stocks jumped 2.37 percent for the biggest daily gain in almost two weeks. Japan’s Nikkei rose 1.39 percent. China’s financial markets are closed for a public holiday.“Equities and other risk-on traders should be well supported by easing concerns about Trump’s health,” said Junichi Ishikawa, senior currency strategist at IG Securities in Tokyo.“For the dollar, the impact is not quite as clear cut. It should fall against most currencies due to an increase in risk appetite, but the yen is also weak, and that’s the one currency the dollar can rise against.” The dollar edged higher against the yen but fell slightly against the Swiss franc as traders jockeyed for position ahead of what could be a volatile day in global markets.Treasury yields rose slightly on reduced demand for the safety of holding government debt.Doctors treating Trump say they are pleased with his progress. Relief about his health could fuel a rally in equities and other risky assets as investors prepare for the run-up to next month’s US presidential election.Investors around the world were stunned late Thursday after Trump announced that he and the first lady had tested positive for coronavirus.With less than a month until the presidential election on Nov. 3, Trump’s contraction of the coronavirus is another source of market volatility that makes the outcome of the vote even more difficult to predict.Democrat Joe Biden opened his widest lead in a month in the US presidential race, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday.The White House initially sent mixed messages about Trump’s health, helping fuel political uncertainty and putting the investor focus tightly on any news about his condition.Some traders were particularly concerned by doctors’ admission that Trump had been given supplementary oxygen and steroids, which are normally used to treat severe cases of COVID-19.The US dollar rose 0.22 percent to 105.60 yen but fell 0.3 percent to 0.9185 Swiss franc as some investors adjusted positions in safe-harbour currencies.The Australian dollar rose 0.23 percent to US$0.7181 after the Australian government, which hands down a federal budget on Tuesday, announced additional wage subsidies to help the labour market.Yields on benchmark 10-year Treasuries rose to 0.7104 percent and the yield curve steepened slightly in a sign that the majority of investors felt comfortable taking on more risk.Gold, another asset often bought during times of uncertainty, was little changed at $1,898.90Brent crude futures rose 1.22 percent to $39.75 a barrel while US crude futures gained 1.46 percent to $37.59 per barrel.Topics :last_img read more

Jury to determine Portsmouth man fate in murder trial

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Jury to determine Portsmouth man fate in murder trial by: – May 21, 2012 17 Views   no discussions David St. JeanA nine member jury who has been hearing evidence for three days in the murder trial of Clement “Johnson” James will determine his fate when the High Court sitting resumes today.On Friday 18th May, 2012, the prosecution closed its case against David St. Jean who has been charged for the murder of Clement James.The trial commenced on Wednesday 16th May, 2012 with Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks presiding.Counsels for the state and the defence are expected to present closing arguments to the jury, after which Justice Stephenson-Brooks will give them directions.Meanwhile two matters which were traversed to the May 2012 Criminal Assizes at the January 2012 Criminal Assizes might be rescheduled to accommodate the completion of David St. Jean’s trial.They are; Dean Davis of Marigot who has been charged for killing Guyanese national Ashton Gibbons on July 9th, 2010 and Julien Davis who was charged for wounding Joel Bellot on February 16th, 2010 with intent to cause him harm.Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks announced in Court last week Wednesday that she has recused herself from the Dean Davis trial. Although she did not indicate a reason for that decision, it could be out of the abundance of caution as both she and the victim Ashton “Gold Teeth” Gibbons are Guyanese nationals.Court resumes at 9am.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Harris hustles to Hagerstown IMCA RaceSaver win

first_imgDavid Grube II and Drew Ritchey were second and third, respectively, in the co-sanctioned Laurel Highlands Sprint Series, Pennsylvania Sprint Series and Virginia Sprint Series event.  Ken Duke, Zack Newlin and Ritchey worked their way up as Grube got by Statler, but Harris stayed straight smooth and fast as traffic came into play. Feature results – 1. Jerald Harris; 2. Dave Grube II; 3. Drew Ritchey; 4. Ken Duke; 5. Zach Newlin; 6. Erin Statler; 7. Jake Frye; 8. Scott Lutz; 9. Jaremi Hanson; 10. Kyle Ganoe; 11. Ryan Lynn; 12. Ron Aurand; 13. Cale Reigle; 14. Kyle Keen; 15. Justin Clark; 16. Brad Mellott; 17. Mke Leraas; 18. Samanatha Lieberman; 19. Reed Thompson; 20. Michael Alleman; 21. Bill Rice; 22. Chris Ware; 23. Stevie Kenawell; 24. Scott Ellerman; 25. Tony Harris; 26. Donny Hendershot; 27. Dylan Proctor; 28. Daren Bolac; 29. Kurt Knepper Jerald Harris beat a big field of IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars to the checkers in the June 15 main event at Hagerstown Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines) Eighteenth in the main event at last month’s East Coast Nationals, Harris showed he had a good handle on the setup he needed on a super-fast sticky track as he went up high on the start and streaked to the Saturday IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win.  Erin Statler and Harris paced the field to the initial green with Harris staying high and taking the lead with Statler right on his tail and Grube in tow. center_img By Jim Haines After a red for a car getting in to the guardrail it was back at it for a run to the checkers. Harris took off and Grube kept him in sight as Duke, Newlin and Ritchey battled for third in heavy traffic.  Harris made his way through traffic, chased by Grube and Ritchey. Duke and Newlin completed the top five.  HAGERSTOWN, Md. (June 15) – His return visit to Hagerstown Speedway ended with Jerald Harris in victory lane.last_img read more

Lancaster looking to NZ

first_img Lancaster is almost certain to name an unchanged starting XV for a third successive match when Ireland visit Twickenham on February 22 in a fixture pivotal to the RBS 6 Nations title race. A 20-0 rout of Scotland and narrow defeat to France means Lancaster is unwilling to tinker with his line-up, stating “it’s looking relatively settled”. Press Association Wing Marland Yarde, centre Manu Tuilagi and full-back Ben Foden are due back from injury before the Six Nations ends, but should England continue to impress they are unlikely be involved. Until recently Lancaster regarded the opening Test of the series against All Blacks, scheduled for Auckland June 7, with trepidation due to the absence of those players involved in the Aviva Premiership final a week earlier. Now, however, he is grateful for the all-too-rare chance to test the true limitations of his squad building. “The more I’ve thought about it, the more I’m quite enthused by the opportunity to give others a chance,” England’s head coach said. “We had a training session the other day where it was 15 on 15 and I looked at the team that were starting against Scotland and I looked at the second that were training against them and it was pretty good team. “So for that first Test in New Zealand, it’s not a bad thing that someone else is going to have to start for England in order to evolve our depth.” When asked if his ‘ultimate’ XV had changed in response to England’s performances in the first two rounds of the Six Nations, he replied: “Yes and it will continue to do so. “I expect the core of 35-40 players to remain the same, but as for who is in the 40 and who is in the starting XV…… “A World Cup is not won by 15 – only three players in New Zealand’s team played all seven games. “I have an evolving spreadsheet that changes. It’s in my mind as well.” England have 18 games until their 2015 World Cup campaign on home soil begins, leaving Lancaster with few chances to experiment as he balances the twin needs of developing his squad with winning. “I need to create opportunities for other players, but not to compromise the team’s chance of success the Six Nations,” Lancaster said. “Not too long ago I did the hypothetical exercise of looking at composition of previous World Cup squads. “How you balance up that squad is important and you soon realise that decisions will get very tight. It will be competitive, no doubt about it.” The visit of unbeaten Ireland, who have swept aside Scotland and Wales, will offer an invaluable guide of just how good the current England XV are. “Ireland are becoming the most complete side, definitely, because they’ve clearly improved in their forward play,” England’s head coach said. “John Plumtree is their new forwards and defence coach and you can see the improvements they’ve made in that area. “Their mauling game, as we saw against Wales, was excellent, so technically they’re very good. “They’re very good at the breakdown, which is another element of John Plumtree’s role. “And Joe Schmidt is a very good head coach who understands the different strategies needed to win games. “Ireland have kicked the ball probably double the amount of times they did during the autumn internationals. They manage the tactical game very well. “The third part of the equation is the quality of players they have. “There were over 700 caps in their team and you only have to look at how many British Lions they have. It’s a pretty good side all round at the moment.” Stuart Lancaster now views the first Test of England’s tour to New Zealand as an important source of guidance as he ponders the composition of his World Cup squad. last_img read more

Arsenal complete Chambers deal

first_img Press Association Chambers, 19, continues the exodus of players from St Mary’s after agreeing a “long-term” contract with the Gunners. “Calum has a lot of the attributes that we look for in a young player. I’m sure he will do well with us,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website. Chambers, who can also play at centre-back, accumulated 22 appearances for Saints last season after making his Premier League debut on the opening day of the campaign. “We are very pleased that Calum has agreed to join us,” Wenger said. “The way he adapted to the Premier League last season with Southampton at a young age shows that he has tremendous quality.” The Southampton academy product is the current captain of the England Under-19s and has been moved into defence after starting his career as a midfielder. “I’m so happy to be signing for Arsenal,” Chambers said. “They are a team I have much admired for their playing style and a team who have been one of the top sides in Europe for many years. “I’m looking forward to joining up with my new team-mates and beginning preparation for the season ahead. “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone at Southampton for everything they have done for me and for making this move possible.” Arsenal have signed full-back Calum Chambers from Southampton for an undisclosed fee, the London club have announced. Chambers’ transfer fee is thought to be in the region of £16million and Wenger hopes he will provide competition in midfield and defence. He will primarily act as right-back cover for France international Mathieu Debuchy, a recent arrival from Newcastle, while Carl Jenkinson is also an alternative in the position. However, Arsenal are reportedly hoping to send Jenkinson out on a season-long loan with Southampton among his possible destinations. The arrival of Chambers continues a reasonably busy summer in the transfer window at the Emirates Stadium with Debuchy, David Ospina and Alexis Sanchez having already signed. It is a different story at St Mary’s, however, where a startling player drain means Chambers is the fifth player to depart this summer and he could be followed out the door by Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez. last_img read more

Falcao arrival excites Rooney

first_img United shocked the football world on deadline day by completing the signing of the much-vaunted Colombian on a season-long loan deal. Louis van Gaal’s side have the option to make Falcao’s move from Monaco permanent, with the addition giving the United boss a mouth-watering array of attacking talent to choose from. It raises questions as to how United will utilise the striker – a subject Rooney was not keen to talk about, preferring to focus on the impact the signing will have at Old Trafford. “I obviously don’t know how it could affect my role, that is something you’d have to ask Louis van Gaal,” the England stiker said “But I think is a fantastic signing, he is one of the best players in the world. “It is a real sign of intent from Manchester United and an exciting signing for us.” United had to have an extension past the 2300 deadline to ensure the necessary documents were correctly filed with the Premier League, with the Falcao deal eventually announced at 0130. The deal took their summer spending past the £150million mark, although that has been offset in part by some summer departures. Danny Welbeck was among those leaving, breaking away from England duty on deadline day to complete a £16million switch to Arsenal. “Obviously time will tell (if he prospers at Arsenal),” Rooney told BBC Radio Five Live of his England team-mate. “It is obviously a good move for Danny. “It was difficult because he wasn’t playing all of the time at Manchester United, so he had to make a decision and he has obviously chosen to leave. “We will miss him in our dressing room. He is a great friend of mine, he was great around the dressing room, so we will miss him, but I wish him all the best.” Wayne Rooney is excited by the signing of Radamel Falcao, with the Manchester United captain calling it a major signal of intent.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Speaker Pelosi Explains Why She Ripped up Trump’s SOTU Speech

first_imgToday Pelosi said that she feels very liberated and said there is no such thing as an “eternal animosity” and vowed that we will have a new president next year.Pelose ended with, “He shredded the truth in his speech, he has shredded the constitution in his conduct so I shredded his speech.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump treated the State of the Union address like a reality TV show.Talking to reporters at the Capitol, Pelosi said Trump’s speech was riddled with falsehoods and had no connection to reality.She argued that Trump’s claim of inheriting a mess was wrong and pointed out that unemployment under the Obama administration was cut in half from 10 to 5% and the Dow Jones industrial average has gained about 45 percent since Trump was sworn in nearly three years ago. The Dow was up about 53 percent at this point in Obama’s presidency and a whopping 57 percent in Clinton’s early years in office.Pelosi insisted that Trump inherited a strong and growing economy from President Obama.She also said it was inappropriate for law makers to chant “Four more years” on the floor of the hallowed chamber of the House of Representatives.Pelosi ripped up Trump’s speech when he was finished on Tuesday night. Florida congressman Matt Gaetz says he’s filing ethics charges against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for ripping up the President’s State of the Union speech.Gaetz says he’s joining two other Republicans in filing charges with the House Ethics Committee. Gaetz said Pelosi disgraced the House of Representatives, “embarrassed our country” and destroyed official records. I will be filing charges against @SpeakerPelosi in the House Ethics Committee.She disgraced the House of Representatives. She embarrassed our country.The rules of the House do not permit a little temper tantrum just because you don’t like what President @realDonaldTrump says.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 6, 2020last_img read more

Youth wrestling behind strong EHS program

first_img Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) ELLSWORTH — Beneath any successful high school program lies a foundation on which it was built. For the Ellsworth wrestling team, that groundwork begins at the pee wee level.On Sunday, nearly 250 tiny wrestlers in grades 3 and 4 took turns dancing around the mats in the high school gymnasium for the Ellsworth program’s only home tournament of the season. With many clad in loose-fitting singlets and oversized headgear, matches sometimes involved giggling but more often concluded with tears.There to restore confidence in Ellsworth’s youngest wrestlers after a tough loss were coaches Travis Hardison and Adam Atherton.The pair has been coaching Ellsworth’s pee wee program for more than a decade, but the EHS team has only recently developed into one of the state’s best.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWhat has made the difference, EHS coach J.F. Burns said, is the addition of Logan Walsh’s club — Wrestlers Way.“The key has been the youth work and the year-round instruction Logan supplies,” Burns said. “He focuses on wrestling 24-7, 365 days of the year.”Two years ago, Walsh transformed a 40-by-50-square-foot garage on Whitmore Way near Graham Lake into his gymnasium. The Madison native offers year-round clinics to all wrestlers from peewee to high school level.Prior to that, Walsh graduated from the University of Maine in 2008 with a master’s degree in exercise physiology. He then created the club in Belfast, where fewer than 10 wrestlers trained with him on a regular basis over those few years. Since relocating to Ellsworth, that number has increased to almost 50.“Wrestling is a family,” Walsh said. “It’s a big community that requires more than just a couple coaches.”Some of the wrestlers who have been with Walsh since the beginning of his coaching career happen to be four of Ellsworth’s state champions: freshman Peyton Cole (132), junior Dagan Berenyi (145), junior Connor Petros (152) and sophomore Trent Goodman (160).Logan Walsh, owner of the Ellsworth wrestling club called Wrestlers Way, instructs an Ellsworth pee wee wrestler, Kobe Swett, during a match at Sunday’s home tournament at Ellsworth High School.To Atherton, who also is an assistant coach for EHS, those athletes’ success and their shared background with Walsh’s club is no coincidental link.“Wrestling in this area has come leaps and bounds,” Atherton said. “When you have a good staple in the community like Logan, who is really pushing the sport, it is constantly escalating the quality of wrestlers.”This season, the EHS team notched both Class B Eastern Maine and state championships. The program had never before edged fellow Penobscot Valley Conference rival Foxcroft Academy for the regional title, and the Eagles hadn’t won States since 1982.Atherton said he has noticed the skill level in his wrestlers improve over the last several years, with more of an emphasis on technique rather than muscle.“These kids are becoming so technically sound, they take strength right out of the equation,” he said. “They learn how to use every part of their body.”Atherton described what it’s like watching Goodman wrestle when he and an opponent are locked up on the mat.“He’s got a hand here, a foot there…” Atherton began. “The other kid is just swimming across the mat because he can’t grab onto anything.”More Ellsworth wrestlers — from elementary to high school age — have joined Walsh’s club over the past two years. While coaches affiliated with the school like Hardison, Atherton and Burns are not allowed by the Maine Principals Association to train their athletes in the offseason, Walsh has full access to those wrestlers.“They stay well versed rather than just shelving it and then relearning it in the fall,” Atherton said. “They’re staying current, and they’re improving.”Walsh also trains wrestlers on the Bucksport and Mount Desert Island high school teams, which he said is strengthening the quality of wrestling in Hancock County.“It makes every kid push that much harder,” Walsh said. “They should feel lucky to have kids close enough who can challenge them.”And as is often the case, a good team attracts better talent.Burns said three of his top wrestlers who did not live in Ellsworth — Cole, Berenyi and Goodman — chose to attend EHS partly because of its improving wrestling team.“Once you attract one, it’s like a magnet,” Burns said. “That’s how you form a great program.”The annual Ellsworth pee wee tournament has more than doubled in sized since it was first organized three years ago, when 103 kids competed in the event.On Sunday, Hardison and Atherton were not easy to spot in the crowded gymnasium, with the pair falling somewhere on the relaxed end of the coaching style spectrum.Walsh, on the other hand, is a self-described “intensity.” From the corner of the mat on his hands and knees, he shouted out specific instructions to an Ellsworth wrestler until his own face turned pink.But once the match ended, Walsh scooped up the crying child, who was crushed by his defeat, and carried him off the mat while offering words of encouragement.“We’re all different — that’s why we work well together,” Walsh said. “When you have all these coaches coming together, it creates one big core group.“That’s just what these kids need.” Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Posts Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.last_img read more

The Latest: German soccer to go ahead this weekend

first_imgThe Latest: German soccer to go ahead this weekend The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.” Associated Press March 13, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___10:40 a.m. Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more