Indonesia suspects more avian flu as outbreaks spread in China

first_imgNov 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A new suspected case of H5N1 avian influenza was reported in Indonesia today, while still another poultry outbreak was reported in China, its ninth in the past month.In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the avian flu case reported in an 18-month-old boy in Thailand last week, while Thai officials said the boy’s grandmother has tested negative for the virus.A 20-year-old Indonesian woman died in a Jakarta hospital Nov 12 after suffering from a high fever and respiratory problems, prompting tests for avian flu, according to an Associated Press report today.A neighbor of the woman had 10 chickens that died recently, and other members of her family kept birds as pets, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Ilham Patu of Jakarta’s Sulianti Saroso Hospital said an Indonesian lab would test samples from the woman today, and samples also were being sent to a Hong Kong lab for testing.The WHO today confirmed H5N1 avian flu in the 18-month-old boy from a suburb of Bangkok, saying he remained in good condition. His case, reported in the media Nov 11, is the fourth in Thailand this year and the 21st since early 2004.The boy’s 65-year-old grandmother had been suspected of having avian flu, but Thailand’s health ministry said she has twice tested negative for H5N1, according to an AFP report today. A third test result was still awaited. The ministry said her condition was improving.China reported an H5N1 outbreak that killed 800 poultry in the eastern part of Anhui province, the ninth outbreak in about a month, according to an AFP story today. The outbreak was discovered Nov 6 and the cause was confirmed as H5N1 today.Local officials ordered the culling of all poultry within 3 kilometers of the affected farm, and more than 126,000 birds have been killed so far, the story said. The agriculture ministry said another 279,000 birds in the area have been vaccinated.Also, a group of WHO experts arrived in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, to investigate three pneumonia cases, including one death, suspected of being caused by avian flu, AFP reported.In Romania, the veterinary authority said four dead hens in a village in the Danube delta had tested positive for an H5 flu virus, according to a Reuters report. Samples from the hens, found in the village of Caraorman, were to be sent to Britain to test for H5N1, officials said. H5N1 was found in poultry in two villages in the Danube delta last month.In Vietnam, researchers reported that the H5N1 virus had mutated in ways that enable it reproduce more effectively in mammals, but two health officials described the findings as neither new nor particularly alarming.An online report by the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City said, “The H5N1 type noticed among people and poultry in early 2005 has undergone some changes, facilitating its reproduction in cells of mammals and making it more dangerous,” according to an AFP report today.Reuters reported that the findings were based on an analysis of 24 H5N1 isolates from poultry and humans. The information came from the online newspaper Vnexpress, which quoted Cao Bao Van of the Pasteur Institute. In one human isolate from southern Vietnam, he said, researchers had found a mutation in the PB2 gene that “allows more effective breeding of the virus in mammals.”The researchers offered no conclusions about the virus’s ability to spread from person to person, Reuters reported.An AFP story today quoted the director of the Pasteur Institute, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, as saying that the new findings were “not of any surprise” and that the “changes in the virus are not that significant.”In addition, a WHO spokeswoman in Hanoi, Dida Connor, said mutations in the virus were not unusual. “It is sometimes difficult to directly link specific changes in the genetic sequence to changes in virus behavior, including its ability to infect humans,” Connor said.The Pasteur Institute report said the virus had developed resistance to the antiviral drugs amantadine and rimantadine, but that finding has been reported before.Avian flu has broken out in poultry in 10 of Vietnam’s 64 provinces since early October, the AFP report said.In Taiwan, meanwhile, an H7N3 avian flu virus was found in droppings form a migratory bird, according to another AFP report today. The virus was found in one of 20 samples of bird droppings gathered from a swamp near the southern city of Tainan.No dead birds were found in the area, and authorities were unsure of the virus’s virulence, the story said. An official said a mild strain of H7N3 was found last April in bird droppings near Taipei.Taiwan has had no H5N1 outbreaks, but eight pet birds smuggled from China tested positive for the virus last month, the story noted.See also:Nov 14 WHO news release read more

Harvey Gulf names new board

first_imgHarvey Gulf International Marine’s parent, HGIM Corp., appointed a new board of directors to serve following the company’s emergence from Chapter 11 proceedings.The seven-member board includes two current members remaining on the board and five new members, the company said in a statement.Shane Guidry remains the chairman of the board and chief executive officer for HGIM Corp. Guidry has been with Harvey Gulf for over 30 years and has been the CEO for the company since 1997. He led the company to become the first owner and operator of LNG-powered OSV’s in the United States, as well as the first operator of an LNG bunkering facility in the U.S.Mark Burns brings over 35 years of management and operational experience in the marine and energy industries to Harvey Gulf. Most recently he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Ensco from 2012 to his retirement in December 2015. Prior to joining Ensco, Burns served twenty-five years with Noble Corporation.Alan Crain has 40 years of experience across various sectors of the international oil and gas industry. He retired as senior vice president, chief legal and governance officer of Baker Hughes.Sherman Edmiston has more than 20 years of experience working with companies undergoing major transitions as a principal investor, investment banker and advisor. Peter Frank contributes extensive investment banking and financial experience to the company. He is a senior managing director on the Black Diamond Private Equity team.Steve Orlando, the founder of Allison Marine Group, James Swent, a proven leader in accounting and finance, as well as international business, with over 35 years of experience working in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and Latin America, also join the board.last_img read more

James R. Rusterholz D.M.D., 86, Brookville

first_imgJames R. Rusterholz D.M.D., age 86, of Brookville, Indiana died Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.Born May 11, 1932 in Connersville, Indiana he was the son of the late William & Josephine Frances (Copeland) Rusterholz. He was a graduate of the former Brookville High School with the class of 1950; B.A. Miami University in 1954; Indiana University Post graduate 1954-55; and the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1959. He established his dental practice in Brookville, Indiana where he remained for 38 years before retiring.He was united in marriage to the former Norma Jean Staggs on April 16, 1988, and she survives.Jim was an active member of the Brookville United Methodist Church, past president of Brookville Kiwanis, Eastern Indiana Dental Society; Indiana Dental Society; American Dental Society; Brookville Harmony Masonic Lodge #11 F. & A.M., Order of Eastern Star Chapter #449; Franklin County Historical Society, former director Peoples Trust Company Bank, member of the Southern Indiana Health Agency; and former director of Franklin County Selective Service Administration; he also was a member of the Board of Directors and a volunteer with the Franklin County Community Foundation.Besides Norma, his wife of nearly 31 years, survivors include a daughter & son-in-law, Amanda & Brent Euen of Brookville, Indiana; two grandsons, Brandon James Euen & Copeland Andrew Rusterholz.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Dr. Rex Andrew Rusterholz who died August 13, 1995.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Brookville United Methodist Church, 150 East 8TH Street, Brookville.Rev. Steve Rundel, pastor of the Brookville United Methodist Church, will officiate the Memorial Services on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 12:00 Noon, at the Brookville United Methodist Church.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Franklin County Community Foundation Operations Endowment or the Brookville United Methodist Church.The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Dr. Jim Rusterholz, to sign the online guest book or send a personal condolence please visit .last_img read more

10 things to know about Sumner County football this week for Oct. 24

first_img5. So how could Oxford get in?…First of all, Oxford needs to beat West Elk and then beat Udall. That is a tall order considering Udall is undefeated and beat Oxford 54-6 earlier this season in a non-district game.Then it would come down to convoluted tie breaking. Cedar Vale-Dexter, who is hosting Udall, tonight for the South-Central Border League title would need to win thus giving Oxford the chance to win the tiebreaker. 10. And same goes with Argonia-Attica…The A&A Titans are No. 4 in the eight-man Division II ranks behind Chetopa, Wallace County and Stafford. In the poll the Titans are listed in “others.” Only Chetopa and Victoria are in the top five in both polls.Follow us on Twitter. 1. What’s on tap… Norwich at Argonia-Attica 2. So who will most certainly, absolutely, 100 percent sure of making the playoffs from Sumner County? …Conway Springs, the No. 2 team in Class 3A, is in. The Cardinals won’t lose to Belle Plaine tonight and it is highly doubtful it will lose to Chaparral either. Mark them on your state playoff bracket. West Elk at Oxford 4. Oxford has an outside chance…Oxford is currently 1-2 in the Class 2A District 2 race and will have West Elk which is also 1-2. The problem is the Wildcats will need a lot of help if they want to make the post season. Make that a LOT (emphasize capitalization) of help. Oxford, which lost to Sedan 59-32, is beat up.But with some innovative new math, the Wildcats are not out of it. 3. Who will most certainly, absolutely, 100 percent sure not be making the playoffs from Sumner County?… Belle Plaine. The Dragons have Conway Springs and Cheney left on the schedule which makes it likely they will have their second consecutive 0-9 season. At the end of 2014, Belle Plaine will probably be saddled with a 19 game varsity losing streak. 8. No big games this week in District 4…Caldwell should beat South Haven. But who knows after the Cardinals beat up Norwich last week. South Barber should cruise against Pretty Prairie and A&A will have its night with Norwich. All playoff decisions will be made next week when the Titans travel to South Barber.center_img By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things to know about Sumner County football this week… Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Birdfan · 302 weeks ago Score on BP-CS was as expected but the BP kids played well and never quit. A tip of the helmet to them for sticking it out. Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments South Haven at Caldwell Conway Springs at Belle Plaine 6. Meanwhile in Argonia via Attica… Who out there doesn’t think the Argonia and Attica’s merger was a good idea now? The merged Titans are undefeated and could very well end up 9-0. But South Barber might have something to say about that. 9. Depends on the person doing the rankings…Conway Springs is perched at No. 2 in the Varsity Kansas poll which is courtesy of the Wichita Eagle. However, there isn’t as much love in the poll, which is in northeast Kansas. That poll has the Cards fourth behind Silver Lake, Rossville and Scott City. 7. The 8-man Division II District 4 is a mess…Three teams are vying for the top two spots in this district to get into the playoffs. A&A as mentioned above, South Barber and Caldwell. A&A is 3-0, South Barber is 2-1 and Caldwell is 2-1.But in head-to-head tie breaking scenarios, A&A is 1-0, Caldwell is 1-1 and South Barber is 0-1. If the Chieftains upset A&A that could be result in a three-way tie which plays a host of possibilities. A&A beat Caldwell, Caldwell beat South Barber and possibly South Barber beat A&A. Who gets left out?last_img read more

Trump touts USMCA as economic boost to Iowa farmers

first_imgDES MOINES — President Donald Trump says re-negotiating international trade agreements was one of his top 2016 campaign promises — and Thursday night at a rally in Des Moines Trump touted the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement he signed this week.“I work so hard for this state. I work so hard,” Trump said. “You just got two of the greatest trade deals.”Trump cited China’s agreement to buy more U.S. ag commodities as well as the deal he struck to replace the North American Trade Agreement.“You’re going to have to get bigger tractors and a helluva lot more land,” Trump said, to cheers. “You’ve got to have to produce a lot of product.”Trump thanked Iowa farmers who’ve stuck with him, politically, as his negotiating tactics with China pushed down livestock and crop prices. He told the crowd a final, wide-ranging deal with China is imminent.“We have never had a better relationship with China than we do right now. It’s a beautiful story. They respect us,” Trump said, to cheers. “The whole world respects us now…America is respected again.”Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the crowd before Trump, suggesting Senate Republicans were poised to acquit Trump in the impeachment trial. Trump brought up impeachment in his speech, but gave it a verbal shrug and the crowd cheered.“It’s a happy period,” Trump said. The crowd started chanting, “U-S-A?” and Trump continued:. “It’s a happy period because we call this ‘impeachment lite.’”After he’d been speaking for about half an hour, Trump called Governor Kim Reynolds to the microphone. It was Reynolds, rather than Trump, who reminded the crowd Iowa Republicans are holding Caucuses Monday. Trump then mentioned the lobbying effort on ethanol.“Oh, she was driving me a little bit batty…Kim, you’d call (and say): ‘What about ethanol?’ I said: ‘Kim, I mean I’m doing a lot for that place.’ (Reynolds said): ‘No, no. We want ethanol, then we want biofuel,’” Trump told the crowd. “Then she’s asking for things I’ve never even heard of, but we got ’em all. Whatever the hell she wanted.”Trump mentioned his announcement last June that federal rules were changed so a higher blend of ethanol — E15 — could be sold year round in every state. He did not mention the on-going controversy over the EPA’s oil refinery waivers.The rally was held at Drake University’s Knapp Center and not all of the ticket-holders were able to enter as the fire marshal closed the arena when it reached capacity about two hours prior to Trump’s arrival on stage.last_img read more

Northern success for Bronte Law

first_img27 Jul 2012 Northern success for Bronte Law Curtis Cup player Bronte Law won the Northern women’s championship at Hexham, Northumberland, when she beat girl international Brogan Townend 6/5 in the final. Bronte, (pictured)  from Bramhall in Cheshire, arrived at the event straight from a pre-Open Championship gala dinner which applauded GB&I’s success in winning the Curtis Cup in June for the first time in 16 years. Brogan, from Pleasington, who was also runner-up last year, was the top qualifier for the matchplay after 36 holes, winning the best gross in both the morning and afternoon rounds. She was also part of the Lancashire team which won both the gross and handicap team trophies. The top 16 qualifiers contested the matchplay stages of the championship. The next eight played for the Millennium Bowl which was won by Hollie Vizard (Pleasington) who beat Hannah Holden (Lightcliffe) 2/1 in the final. Despite atrocious weather condition prior to the championship the Hexham greenstaff presented the course in beautiful condition. The 50 competitors had to contend with testing wind and rain during qualifying but conditions during the matchplay rounds were kinder. A tri-am was played on the last day and was won by the team of Sue Shaw-Tooney and Sue Crawford, both of Hexham, with Sally Aitchison of Gosforth Park Ladies Championship matchplay results First round Brogan Townend (Pleasington) beat Laura Alexander (Eaglescliffe) 4 & 3 Emma Goddard (Royal Liverpool) beat Rebecca Horner (Woodham) 3 & 2 Sophie Powell (Manchester) beat Nicola Haynes (Gosforth Park Ladies) 3 & 1 Ami Storey (Ponteland) beat Poppy Finlay (Vicars Cross) 4 & 2 Charlotte Austwick (Fulford) beat Imogen Covell (Huddersfield) 5 & 4 Olivia Winning (Rotherham) beat Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) 6 & 5 Emma Clegg (Clitheroe) beat Alison Knowles (Hickleton) 1 up Bronte Law (Bramhall) beat Rochelle Morris (Huddersfield) 3 & 2 Quarter Final Townend beat Goddard 3/2 Powell beat Storey 4/2 Austwick beat Winning 1 up Bronte Law beat Emma Clegg 2/1 Semi Final Townend beat Powell 19th hole Law beat Austwick 3/2 Final Law beat Townend 6/5last_img read more