Japan finds H5 virus in swans; India, Vietnam cite outbreaks

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first_imgApr 28, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Japan were awaiting final tests on four wild swans that recently tested positive for an H5 strain of avian influenza, as authorities in Vietnam and India’s Tripura state moved to quash new outbreaks caused by the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus.Three of the swans were found dead on the shores of Lake Towada in Akita prefecture, in northern Japan, on Apr 21, officials said in a news release, according to a report today from Reuters. The swans were found and tested during heightened surveillance prompted by several outbreaks in South Korea, Japan’s neighbor to the southwest.Authorities have not found any mass bird deaths nearby and said there were no chicken farms within 10 kilometers of the area, Reuters reported.Japan’s last reported H5N1 outbreaks occurred in early 2007, when the virus struck farms in four towns in the southern part of the country and killed a hawk eagle near Kumamoto prefecture, according to reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Elsewhere, veterinary officials in India said on Apr 26 that samples from more birds in Tripura state had tested positive for the H5N1 virus, pushing to three the number of areas hit in the state in the past 2 weeks, the Times of India reported on Apr 26.Asim Roy Barman, state animal resources department director, told the Times that the two earlier outbreak sites were within 4 kilometers of the border with Bangladesh, which has had extensive H5N1 outbreaks over the past several months. However, he said the latest outbreak was a surprise to officials because it is 50 kilometers from the Bangladesh border.In early April, Tripura became the second Indian state to report H5N1 outbreaks this year. Nearly all of Tripura state, located in the far northeastern section of India, borders eastern Bangladesh.In other developments, animal health officials in Vietnam said the H5N1 virus has been detected in another province, Son La in the northern part of the country, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today.The report said Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health told a local newspaper that the outbreak occurred among chickens and ducks in a backyard poultry flock. Provincial authorities have isolated the site and disinfected the farm to prevent the spread of the virus, according to the report.The animal health department, according to Xinhua, said two other locations in Vietnam are also battling the H5N1 virus: Tien Giang province in the south and Can Tho, an independent municipality that is the largest city in the Mekong Delta.See also:OIE reports on Japanese outbreakshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#last_img read more


Montserrat contributes to CARICOM entrepreneurship training manual

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first_img Share 23 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Director of Information and Communications Nerissa Golden. Image via: gov.msBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) — Montserrat is being considered for a new pilot project to help at-risk youth start businesses.Director of Information and Communications Nerissa Golden was part of a 13-member team that met in St Kitts last week to develop a new manual for training young people in entrepreneurship. Golden, who is also an author of a book on entrepreneurship, collaborated with experts in anti-gang activity, education and youth work to craft the CARICOM Secretariat’s “first formal intervention in the area of youth entrepreneurial development.”The group used as a baseline the manual created by the Barbados Youth Business Trust for developing a new tool which can be adapted to the varying needs of youth around the region. BYBT has been in operation for 15 years and has helped hundreds of young people launch businesses by providing loans, mentorship and other support.Golden said that, during the closing sessions of the meeting, she advocated for Montserrat to be added to the list of CARICOM member states where the new manual will be piloted. “The manual is designed so that at the end of the one week training, participants have the practical tools and information to go out and launch a business. We recognized that not everyone taking the course may want to start their own venture, but they will be more aware of the possibilities for the future.”CARICOM’s deputy programme manager responsible for youth affairs, Dr Heather Johnson, said the sessions were designed to develop a short, practical and hands on training module to equip “at risk” or vulnerable youth with entrepreneurial norms, values and basic business skills.As such, participants established the regional context for youth risk and vulnerability and for youth entrepreneurial development; and reviewed existing training materials. This task was considered extremely important given the findings of the 2010 Report of the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development (CCYD), which noted that youth unemployment levels throughout the region are among the highest in the world. In accepting the report, heads of government declared that youth entrepreneurial development is critical in countering youth unemployment, mitigating drug abuse, crime and violence and fostering economic resilience. “The Community sees its role as institutional strengthening and capacity development, with particular emphasis on forming strategic private/public sector and civil society partnerships as well as facilitating regional policy coordination and programme harmonization,” Johnson revealed. She thanked the participants for their hard work over the past few days and explained that the module and collaborative process will foster a culture of entrepreneurship as more young people prepare to capitalize on the opportunities of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).The CARICOM youth entrepreneurship material development workshop is a follow up activity to a Second Chance project that was piloted in The Bahamas, Jamaica and St Kitts and Nevis last year. This project included a skills training and alternative dispute resolution component and was implemented by the CARICOM Youth Ambassador Programme. Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Montserrat contributes to CARICOM entrepreneurship training manual by: – November 1, 2011last_img read more


Mary E. Bruns, 53

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first_imgMary E. Bruns, 53, lost her fight to cancer on April 21, 2020 in her home, in Greensburg, IN. Mary was born on March 17, 1967, in Greensburg, IN. She was the daughter of Paul and Margaret (Hodapp) Geis. She was a 1985 graduate of North Decatur High School. Mary worked at Verizon and Don Bruns and Sons. There she met her life-long partner, Paul B. Bruns. They were married on September 9, 1989. She later worked at Bruns Gutzwiller Inc. until 2015. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Through the years, Mary brought joy to so many lives. She had such a sweet, down to earth personality that rubbed off on those around her. In the past few years, she was able to do lots of traveling. These included going out west, as well as visiting Nashville, TN; Cancun, Mexico; Myrtle Beach, SC; and Washington D.C., VI. Mary’s greatest joy in life was simply spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Paul B. Bruns; children, Aaron (Nora) Bruns, and Stephanie (Tanner) Volz; grandchild, Charlie Volz; and brother, Phil (Cindy) Geis, all of Greensburg. She was preceded in death by her parents. A private graveside service will be held for the immediate family at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Our Hospice of Southeastern Indiana and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more


Alliance of American Football: Players, coaches, reasons to watch new pro football league

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first_imgAre the uniforms cool? These Battleship gray and yellow uniforms have a Naval theme, and they look sharp. The aircraft carrier logo is awesome.The @AAFFleet uniforms represent the grays of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet, complemented by the warm yellows of the San Diego sun. https://t.co/GdiGEeRglC #JoinTheAlliance 🏈⚓️ pic.twitter.com/DIIjVJkFPH— The Alliance (@TheAAF) November 29, 2018Who is the coach?  Dave Boller is the GM, but it’s former Rams coach Mike Martz who is the most-recognizable name here. Martz was the coach in the loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 36.Remember that guy?  Arizona State’s Mike Bercovici and East Carolina’s Phillip Nelson are fighting for time at quarterback, and Colorado’s Nelson Spruce and Stanford’s Francis Owusu were solid players in college. Damontre Moore was a solid pass-rusher at Texas A&M, and linebacker A.J. Tarpley had 299 tackles at Stanford. There are a handful of reasons to watch this new, unique football league. Among them: There are no TV timeouts. Teams must attempt two-point conversions after every touchdown. No kickoffs. No halftime. And the 52-man rosters feature some blasts from the past.MORE: AAF aims to offer second chancesThe season runs through April 27, which will be the final day of the 2019 NFL Draft.Here is a team-by-team guide with reasons to watch the AAF.Alliance of American Football teams(Eastern Conference)Atlanta LegendsStadium:  Georgia State StadiumAre the uniforms cool?  Royalty wears purple, and the Legends have a crown on their helmet. “Game of Thrones” fans will like these uniforms.All hail ATL. pic.twitter.com/Y3vmY3zPvN— Atlanta Legends (@AafLegends) November 28, 2018Who is the GM and coach? Former Rams GM Billy Devaney runs the team, which is coached by former Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. Of course, all that pales in comparison knowing Michael Vick is the offensive coordinator. That should be fun. Remember that guy?  Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray will be a popular player close to home, and former Michigan star Denard Robinson, also known as “Shoelace,” is on board. The defense loaded up on locals with T.J. Barnes, Brandon Watts, KeShun Freeman and Corey Griffin from Georgia Tech, plus Damian Swann and Quincy Mager from Georgia.Birmingham IronStadium:  Legion FieldAre the uniforms cool?  The Iron have a silver-and-black look, very similar to that of the Sharks in “Any Given Sunday.” It is the textbook case of “less is more.” They are cool.First look at the @AafIron uniforms. pic.twitter.com/xnWkrorQxr— Ryan Brown (@RyanBrownWJOX) November 27, 2018Who is the GM and coach?  Longtime NFL assistant and former Alabama offensive line coach Joe Pendry is the GM, and former first-round pick Tim Lewis is the head coach.Remember that guy?  Can the Auburn and Alabama fans get along? The Iron have former Alabama stars Blake Sims and Trent Richardson, plus former Auburn receiver Quan Bray. Chris Davis, who returned the legendary “Kick Six” in the Iron Bowl for the Tigers, also is on the roster.Memphis ExpressStadium:  Liberty Bowl StadiumAre the uniforms cool?  It’s red, white and blue with a jet plane on the helmet. This is a sleek uniform that looks like that of the Arizona Wildcats.Coming to an end zone near you…🎟 https://t.co/KPO22DhWLP2/10/19 | #AllAboard pic.twitter.com/YdxIXTxd3r— Memphis Express (@aafexpress) February 4, 2019Who is the GM and coach?  Former Seahawks director of player personnel Will Lewis is the GM. Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary is the head coach on a staff that also includes Dennis Thurman and Pepper Johnson.Remember that guy?  Christian Hackenberg and Zach Mettenberger are the quarterbacks, and receiver Terrence “Pig” Howard played at Tennessee. Former Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy figures to get carries. The defense has a heavy SEC presence that includes former LSU stars Sam Montgomery and Anthony Johnson.Orlando ApollosStadium: Spectrum StadiumAre the uniforms cool?  Apollo himself would wear this navy blue uniform with light orange and dark orange tones. The logo is original, too. We like it.👀 First Look: These are the uniforms the Apollos will be wearing when we 🏹 #TakeAim this February!Get your season tickets now ▶️ https://t.co/6lMMgCJSBr pic.twitter.com/BwxKUqYVAM— Orlando Apollos (@aafAPOLLOS) November 27, 2018Who is the GM and coach?  Former Seahawks and Falcons GM Tim Ruskell brought back Steve Spurrier, who he knows from the Tampa Bay Bandits days in the USFL. The “head ball coach” is back. No wonder those uniforms feature orange and blue.Remember that guy?  Austin Appleby and Garrett Gilbert are familiar names at quarterback from their days at Florida and SMU, respectively, along with Purdue running back Akeem Hunt. Former Washington linebacker Azeem Victor and FSU defensive lineman Jacob Pugh are familiar names, too. The Apollos have 15 players from Florida, Florida State and Miami.(Western Conference)Arizona HotshotsStadium:  Sun Devil StadiumAre the uniforms cool?  Think North Dakota State. The yellow, green and orange combination works. The logo is OK, but the Hotshots were good enough to put the number on the side of the helmet.Arizona Hotshots reveal uniforms and helmet design https://t.co/dk2xn9JsYg pic.twitter.com/YV9v5EDv8P— azfamily 3TV CBS 5 (@azfamily) November 28, 2018Who is the GM and coach? Former Browns GM Phil Savage is in charge, and Rick Neuheisel, who played in the USFL in 1984-85, is the head coach.Remember that guy?  Trevor Knight, the quarterback who passed for 348 yards and four TDs in the 2014 Sugar Bowl against Alabama, is the quarterback. Larry Rose II rushed for 4,558 yards and 37 TDs at New Mexico State. Former Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson is on the defense.Salt Lake StallionsStadium: Rice-Eccles StadiumAre the uniforms cool?  They look like the old Seahawks uniforms, with a light silver-and-gray combination. The logo is clever.Land speed records have been set, and broken, on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats for decades. That’s why the Salt Lake Stallions uniforms are inspired by automotive chrome. #GoStallions pic.twitter.com/6raWJfoEEv— The Alliance (@TheAAF) December 4, 2018Who is the GM and coach?  Longtime NFL exec Randy Mueller is in charge, and he brought back Dennis Erickson, who coached at Miami and with the 49ers and Seahawks.Remember that guy?  Utah running back Matt Asiata will be a fan favorite in his old stadium, and there is a heavy Nebraska presence on the offense with Terrell Newby and Kenny Bell. Former BYU standouts Handsome Tanielu and Micah Hannemann are on the defense.San Antonio CommandersStadium: AlamodomeAre the uniforms cool?  All kinds of colors here with maroon, red, silver and white, and it looks like a collision between Virginia Tech and Louisville.San Antonio Commanders @aafcommanders first look at the 2019 uniforms from a Twitter post by the Alliance of American Football (AAF) @TheAAF pic.twitter.com/Rz5310WvR7— Joe Alexander (@JoeAlexander210) November 27, 2018Who is the GM and coach?  Cowboys legend Daryl Johnston is the GM. Former Nebraska coach Mike Riley is the head coach, and former Wake Forest and Baylor coach Jim Grobe joins him as the defensive coordinator.Remember that guy?  Former Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside will get a shot here. The Commanders have running backs you’ll remember, like Minnesota’s David Cobb, Houston’s Kenneth Farrow, TCU’s Aaron Green and Texas A&M’s Trey Williams. Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning also made the roster.San Diego FleetStadium: SDCCU Stadium Football season is not over, after all.The Alliance of American Football (AAF), an eight-team professional league founded by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, will debut Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. The San Diego Fleet will take on the San Antonio Commanders, and the Atlanta Legends will take on the Orlando Apollos. On Sunday, the Memphis Express take on the Birmingham Iron, and the Salt Lake Stallions face the Arizona Hotshots.last_img read more