first_imgMar 20, 2012Avian flu on Dutch turkey farm was H5N2The low-pathogenicity avian flu virus found on a Dutch turkey farm was an H5N2 strain, Dutch officials said in a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), not H7 as mentioned in a press report yesterday. The virus infected 200 turkeys but caused no deaths, and it prompted the culling of all 44,500 turkeys on the farm, according to the OIE report. Because low-pathogenicity H5 and H7 avian flu viruses can mutate into highly pathogenetic forms, they must be reported under European regulations. The source of the virus was listed as unknown. All commercial poultry in a 3-kilometer zone around the affected farm will be screened, the report said.Mar 19 Dutch report to OIETaiwan confirms latest outbreak of high-path H5N2Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) has confirmed its third outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu in commercial poultry in as many weeks, according to a report yesterday to the OIE. The three outbreaks combined have killed 1,548 birds and led to the culling of 21,564 others to prevent disease spread. All began last month but were reported to the OIE after delays of varying lengths. The most recent report describes an outbreak in a flock of 8,647 poultry that killed 426 birds in Chu-Tang township of Changhua County. A Mar 10 report detailed 318 deaths in a flock of 9,625 in Fang-Yuan township in the same county, and a Mar 3 report confirmed 804 H5N2 deaths in a flock of 4,804 birds in Liou-Jia district of Tainan county. All remaining birds in the three flocks were culled. In January Taiwan reported to the OIE that a November 2011 avian flu outbreak killed 200 birds on a commercial farm in Fang-Yuan, and the remaining 52,800 poultry were culled. That outbreak, however, was attributed to low-pathogenic H5N2, even though all infected birds died. The H5N2 outbreaks have led to charges of a government cover-up, according to a Mar 14 Taipei Times article.Mar 19 OIE reportMar 10 OIE reportMar 3 OIE reportJan 10 OIE reportMar 14 Taipei Times storyAdolescent flu-shot coverage reported higher by parents than by providersParents of adolescents report their children as having had an influenza vaccination at a rate about 10 percentage points higher than providers do, says a study today in Vaccine. The researchers analyzed data from the 2009 National Immunization Survey–Teen (NIS-Teen), a two-phase survey that estimates vaccination status by interviewing by phone parents in randomly selected households of 13- to 17-year-olds and then following up with a mail survey to the adolescents’ providers. Based on parent reports, influenza vaccination coverage was 21.7%, compared with 11.3% based on providers’ reports. The overall sensitivity of parental report of vaccination was 86.7%, specificity 86.2%, positive predictive value (PPV) 43.1%, and negative predictive value 98.0%, using the provider report as the “gold standard.” Among the parents surveyed, 22% retrieved and referred to a “shot card” when giving their answers. When these parents reported a vaccination that a provider did not report (hence thought to have been obtained at other than the physician’s office), those vaccinations were considered “true” by the researchers, and the sensitivity, specificity, and PPV increased to 91%, 93%, and 71%, respectively. The authors say that coverage estimates in the adolescent population are important for planning following the change by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to expand annual flu shot coverage to include youngsters up to 18 years of age.Mar 20 Vaccine abstractlast_img read more

first_img Motorists try to fix their windshield wipers during a winter storm, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Portland, Maine. Snow, sleet and freezing rain is making travel hazardous throughout much of New England. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Jose De Jesus, of Norwood, Mass., shovels snow and slush in front of his home, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Norwood. A major winter storm that blanketed most of the Midwest with snow earlier in the weekend barreled toward New England Sunday, where it was expected to cause transportation havoc ranging from slick and clogged roads to hundreds of cancelled airline flights. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) BOSTON | A powerful and dangerous winter storm brought some of the coldest temperatures of the season and covered a wide swath of the country in a blanket of snow as it wreaked havoc on air travel and caused perilous icy conditions throughout New England Sunday. Julia Beebe, center, Shannon Amore, left, and Jessica Lynch brave a winter storm to keep a lunch date, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Portland, Maine. Scarves, hoods and gloves were necessary for New England residents venturing outdoors as the region endures a storm that can dump up to 18 inches of snow. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings or advisories for portions or all of at least 15 states stretching from southeast Missouri to the northern tip of Maine ahead of the weekend storm.More than 1,500 flights were canceled nationwide Sunday, with Boston’s Logan Airport among the most impacted, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking company.Typically bustling security lines, ticketing counters and baggage claims were mostly deserted Sunday morning at Logan Airport, but some stranded passengers lingered.Xavi Ortega, a 32-year old engineer from Spain, slept overnight at the airport with his wife after their 10:30 p.m. flight to Barcelona Saturday was canceled. He said the couple won’t be able to board another flight until Sunday night.“We’ve been sleeping, playing Candy Crush,” Ortega said.The heavily populated coast from New York to Boston for the most part escaped major snowfall Sunday but saw plummeting temperatures as snow gave way to icy rain and sleet in some areas.Manhattan was hit with mostly rain and cities along Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts’ coast recorded two to five inches of snow.Mountain regions were met with significantly more precipitation, with the Adirondacks in upstate New York registering up to 20 inches while western Massachusetts’ Berkshires saw as much as 10 and parts of northern New England were on track to see up to two feet of snow.Nicholas Nicolet and his 6-year-old son Rocco welcomed the fresh powder as they cross-country skied on the sidewalks of Montpelier, Vermont early Sunday morning during the storm.“We think it’s great,” said Nicholas Nicolet.Meteorologists warned the primary concern heading into Monday is plunging temperatures that will be some of the coldest felt so far this season.Wind chills were expected to hit in the teens in the New York City area, 25 below in Albany and down to 40 below in the Adirondacks.In New England, they’re expected to fall to as low as 20 below zero around Boston, 30 below zero in the Berkshires and as low as 35 below zero in parts of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United have signed PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay for around €33million.  CEST Upd. at 16:51 07/05/2015 Jordi Blanco Depay, 21, is considered the best emerging talent in Holland and was the top goalscorer in the Eredivisie this season. center_img With 21 goals in the Dutch league this season, he helped PSV claim the title.  He played for Louis van Gaal’s Holland side at last summer’s World Cup and it was confirmed on Thursday that he will once again link up with Van Gaal at United.  For the past few months he has been linked with several sides, including Liverpool and Chelsea, but the lure of Old Trafford and Van Gaal proved too good to turn down.  And while Depay is Manchester United’s first signing ahead of Van Gaal’s second season in charge, he certainly won’t be the last.last_img read more

first_img CET If Mourinho accepts, it will double the figure paid to the current coach, Louis van Gaal, who has a salary of 10m pounds (12.6m euros). 26/03/2016 at 18:41 Jose Mourinho will become the best paid manager in the history of Manchester United if he signs for the Premier League club.  Although there’s no official confirmation yet, it’s widely assumed Mourinho will be taking over at the club. El Paid said on March 20 that Mourinho has signed a pre-agreement with the Red Devils. Sport EN According to the English media, the former Chelsea coach will receive 20 million pounds (25.3m euros) per season.last_img read more

first_imgBy JESSE GRAHAM EMERALD’s Mary Farrow has urged her fellow Australians to show compassion, as condemned Bali Nine members wait…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsA pair of Nelson Selects Rep squads made the short trek across the 49th parallel to compete in the Coeur d’Alene Youth Soccer Tournament this past weekend.The Nelson U14 girl’s and U15 boy’s experienced mixed results at the two-day event.U14 Girl’s DivisionThe Nelson Selects found it very difficult to find goals in Coeur d’Alene, going scoreless in three games.“(Two games) Nelson dominated . . . but could not get the ball into the net,” said a team spokesperson.The Selects opened the tourney with a scoreless tie against Helena Arsenal of Idaho.Game two was against an impressive North Idaho Avalanche squad, consisting mostly of 15-year-old players.Nelson was definitely up against it against the Avs, losing 7-0.In game three, the Nelson defence turned up the tempo but the offence failed to produce once again as the Selects played to a scoreless tie against Sandpoint Strikers.U15 Boy’s DivisionThe Nelson Selects, coached by Scott Lewis, tied two and lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to finish out of the playoffs in the U16 Boy’s Division in Coeur d’Alene.The 1-0 loss came thanks to a controversial call by the referee, awarding the opposition a penalty shot.The week before in Trail, the Selects edged Cranbrook 2-1 to claim the top prize in the Kootenay South Tournament.Dylan Whiffen and Daniel Rodman scored for Nelson.The Selects advanced to the final by stopping host Kootenay South 1-0 and a much-improved Creston team [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgThe upcoming season looks very promising for Nelson Baseball on the eve of completion of upgrades to Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview.Thanks to the many hours of volunteer work, those upgrades should be completed in the next few weeks.“New irrigation system and natural turf infield replaces the hard clay infield we’ve been playing on for a few decades,” said outgoing Nelson and District Baseball Association President Larry Martel.“The City of Nelson is helping to upgrade the player dugouts, the backstop fencing and trees this year.“The outfield banks were overgrown and full of weeds and thorny scrubs which have been cleaned up and re-seeded.”Martel said had increased by 30 percent in 2014 last season in Nelson and NDBA also saw Okanagan Falls, Salmo and Kaslo join the West Kootenay Little League association for our house league schedule. The registration increase saw NDBA increase to 20 teams playing in the Minors — 9-10 years — and Majors 11-12 years.These divisions play a 12-15 game schedule and attend a couple of tournaments during the 10-week season that runs from April to June.Martel said T-ball 5-6 years — and Rookies —7-8 years — also have seen registrations increasing.“These younger baseball players have very limited travel and play all their games and practices at the new Lions park diamond,” he explained.NDBA baseball registration closes Friday (April 1) so that division managers can evaluate and get teams in coaches in place for the start of the West Kootenay League.Practices usually start soon after April 1 and the first games around the April 15th, weather permitting.“The season runs to the end of the school year then a few of the players continue with summer baseball in the American Legion, Little League provincials or with travel baseball teams that attend tournaments in July in the Okanagan or in Montana, Idaho and Washington state,” Martel said.Anyone interested in umpiring should attend at clinic hosted in Castlegar this year in early April before the first games.David Gray is  the new association president for NDBA.last_img read more

first_imgSawyer Hunt played most of his minor hockey in Nelson.So it should come to no one’s surprise that the former Nelson Minor Hockey product would have something to say in a game between his new club, the Kimberley Dynamiters, and the Nelson Leafs.Hunt scored twice to lead the Nitros to a 4-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The loss, coupled with a 5-2 setback Friday in Fernie against the Ghostriders, drops the Leafs into fourth spot in Neil Murdoch Division standings. Nelson, tied with Grand Forks at 35 points, has played two more games than the Bruins.Hunt, who opened the game with a power play goal six minutes into the contest, put the visitors up by three goals by jamming home the puck during a goal mouth scramble with time running out in the second frame.The 3-0 lead was more than enough of a cushion for All-World goalie Tyson Brouwer in the Kimberley nets.Brouwer, the third-best backstopper in the KIJHL, stopped all 16 shots to register the shutout.Patrick Ostermann took the loss in goal for Nelson as the hosts were out shot 31-16 in the contest.LEAFS NOTES: Nelson travels to Castlegar Saturday for the first game of a home-and-home series against the Rebels. The rematch is January 29 in Nelson. . . . Nelson will wait until February before testing newly signed netminder Josh Williams returns to the lineup for the Leafs. Williams is currently re-habbing a knee injury that has kep the Alberta based netminder out of the lineup. . . . The Leafs were missing defenceman Kyle Chernenkoff. The Crescent Valley native suffered a concussion Friday in Fernie and was forced to leave the lineup until he’s given the clearance.last_img read more

first_imgThe Heat held a quick 2-0 lead against the third-place Bears before Alberta scored four times in 23 minutes to take control of the game, leading 4-2 at halftime.Stinson, working on a degree in Human Kinetics after transferring to UBCO following three seasons at U of C, assisted on a goal by Maddy Laranjo to give the Heat the two-goal advantage.“(Andrea) adds some experience to an otherwise fairly young squad,” Smith said.“Stinny plays in the heart of our midfield and brings a sense of energy and composure to our game model.”Wheeler, in her fourth year of a Arts Major, played with Stinson on Nelson Youth Soccer Rep teams as well as Kootenay Regional squads.“In addition to defending, Brittany provides consistent and accurate delivery of the ball to our attacking players when we are playing out of the back or attacking the goal,” Smith explained.Stinson and Wheeler are just a few Nelson Youth Soccer girls playing at the varsity level.At the University of Lethridge, three players are currently on the roster — defender Erica Augsten, forward Naomi Perkins and midfielder Tara Yowek.Lethbridge, 3-7-2 in the East Division of Canada West CIS, travels to BC to face Trinity Western and University of Fraser Valley.UBCO concludes the CIS regular season at home this weekend, hosing University of Saskatchewan Saturday and Regina Sunday.Both games are at Nonis Sports Field on the campus of UBCO.”Andrea Stinson and Brittany Wheeler are both key pieces to our 2016 Canada West Squad and are both incredible young women to work with,” the UBCO coaching staff said. Two Nelson Youth Soccer graduates have found their way back to their home province to play out their university careers.Brittany Wheeler and Andrea Stinson, teammates throughout youth soccer campaigns, landed on the roster of the University of Okanagan Heat after spending the early part of their respective CIS Women’s Soccer careers in Alberta.The two players transfered to UBCO after spending the early part of their university careers playing in Alberta — Stinson at the University of Calgary and Wheeler with University of Lethbridge.“It was identified in our first few days with the program that Andrea (Stinson) had a ton to offer and was without hesitation was brought on to help captain our team leading into the 2016 CIS season,” the Heat coaching staff said of the diminutive, but incredibly fast Stinson.As for Wheeler, a solid defender throughout her soccer career, the UBCO staff was happy to find an experienced player to solidify the Heat back line.“Brittany brings incredible spirit, heart and integrity to our program,” interim UBCO coach Craig Smith added when asked about 5’2″ Wheeler.“As a wide defender Britt continually stops the oppositions top attacking players with her dominating 1v1 defending ability.”The Heat, coming off a 5-2 loss Friday in Edmonton against the University of Alberta Bears and a 1-1 tie Sunday at home versus University of Northern BC Timberwolves, sit sixth in the West Division of the CIS with a 4-7-1 record as the season enters its final week of regular season play.last_img read more

first_imgPATRICE EVRA teased his former team-mate Rio Ferdinand, by asking if he was Dele Alli’s father on Instagram and posted pictures of the pair side-by-sideWhile Alli is smiling while playing for Spurs, Ferdinand is grimacing in his Manchester United kit.3 Patrice Evra cheekily asked if Ferdinand was Ali’s fatherCredit: Instagram @Patrice.EvraThe cheeky Frenchman wrote: “Bro, talk to me please!”The world need to know the truth, same lips, same front head”He then tagged the official Manchester United and Tottenham pages into the post and added a ‘daddy’ and ‘son’ hashtag.The picture attracted lots of responses on Instagram and clocked up over 200,000 likes in just a couple of hours.3 Ferdinand and Evra have been pals since their United daysCredit: Bradley Ormesher – The TimesNot taking it lying down,  Rio Ferdinand responded by posting a superimposed picture that insinuated that he was taking young Evra out for a stroll.The BT Sport commentator affectionately refers to Evra as ‘Lil Patty’ and made sure to use the hashtag, which Evra responded to with a crying face and baby bottle.Ferdinand then said: “It’s Sunday and you respond like this”, with a shrugging shoulder emoji.Fans and footballers alike responded to Ferdinand’s post and were appreciative of the pair’s banter.3 Ferdinand posted the picture saying he was taking ‘lil patty’ for a stroll around LondonCredit: Instagram @RioFerdy5The pair regularly trade insults and banter across social media and their relationship was shown at Michael Carrick’s testimonial.Evra made sure he got the camera on him after Ferdinand had called him out, he said: “I don’t know what he’s talking about on Instagram because I didn’t see it yet but people are saying he’s killing me.”I swear, when Rio was playing he was not that fit. Now he’s even got some abs.”He was never that fit when he was playing!”Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra go for ‘romantic dinner’ and say they ‘love’ each otherMost read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old Traffordlast_img read more