South Korea raises H5N1 culling target to 5.3 million

first_imgApr 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – To stem quickly spreading H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks that have hit South Korea over the past few weeks, agriculture ministry officials said today as many as 5.32 million birds would be culled, the largest such operation in the country’s history of battling the disease.Jin Pil-sik, an agriculture ministry official, said 4.85 million birds have already been slaughtered, according to a report today from the Associated Press (AP). By tomorrow, another 477,000 birds will be culled near the latest outbreak site in North Jeolla province, Lee Sung-jae, a provincial quarantine official, told the AP.In early April the H5N1 virus returned to South Korea after about a year with no reported outbreaks. The virus first hit an egg producer in Gimje in North Jeolla province and quickly spread to several more farms, mostly in the southwestern part of the country.South Korea’s agriculture ministry said the H5 strain has been confirmed at 26 farms, but did not say how many were the H5N1 subtype, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. As of Apr 15, the date of the country’s last update on the outbreaks to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), South Korea had reported 11 outbreaks, though it was not clear if the subtype had been confirmed for all of them.In other developments, officials today announced the launch of an 11-day operation to test birds at duck farms across the country, AFP reported. Kim Chang Sup, an agriculture ministry official, told AFP that the testing program will include all 80 breeding duck farms and a selection of other representative sites across the nation.Also, quarantine authorities have been culling poultry at 141 restaurants or farms that were visited by a dealer who reportedly took hundreds of ducks from an infected farm in Gimje, according to the AFP report.South Korea has never reported any human H5N1 cases or deaths, but in September 2006 health officials said five workers who helped cull poultry during outbreaks in 2003 had antibodies to the H5N1 virus but had never had symptoms. The 2006 report brought the total number of South Korean poultry workers who tested positive for H5N1 antibodies to nine. Tests on the workers’ samples were done at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.See also:Sep 21, 2006, CIDRAP news story “Five Koreans had H5N1 virus but no illness”Apr 15 OIE report on South Korea’s H5N1 outbreakslast_img read more

Dunne: Training in Dallas, Rautins looks to again prove worth in preparation for NBA Draft

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Sunday and Monday blended into a blur of jump shots and barbells for Andy Rautins. At the Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball Center in Dallas, he’s sleeping at the gym. Literally.After an 11:30 p.m. training session Sunday night, Rautins passed out inside the locker room. His apartment doesn’t get the Internet, and he had to finish some homework. So Rautins’ trainers hooked him up with makeshift amenities and hit the lights.‘They threw me some blankets, and I kicked it there,’ Rautins said.This is Rautins’ new life. After serving as the torchbearer along one of Syracuse’s most decorated seasons ever, it’s back to square one. Back to proving himself all over again. Monday morning, he trained at 10 a.m. Then again at 2 p.m. And again at 4 p.m. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn Dallas, Rautins is redefining himself for the NBA. This isn’t a job interview. Rather, a training ground. There aren’t any NBA teams stopping by. But with each 3-on-3 game against NBA players and each set of squats, Rautins is quietly polishing two specific areas of his game.He played exclusively in a 2-3 zone at SU, so he’s drilling himself in man-to-man again. And after playing shooting guard throughout college, he’s handling the ball as much as possible. In the pros, he’ll need to. Six-foot-4 shooting guards aren’t in demand. So, in short, sleeping is a luxury.‘I’m just trying to get stronger and work on my one-on-one defense,’ Rautins said. ‘It’s a big change going from zone to playing more of an isolation-type defense.’Once the dust settled on Syracuse’s punch-in-the-mouth Sweet 16 loss, Rautins trucked to Dallas. With the exception of a quick trip back to Syracuse, the pre-draft camp in Chicago and individual team workouts, that’s where he’ll stay until the NBA Draft. A batch of pro and college players are gradually joining Rautins in Dallas, including Golden State Warriors forward Anthony Randolph.It took four years to shed his sniper sidekick label in college. With a personal trainer, a skills coach and a strength trainer along with constant two-a-days, Rautins is shedding this stereotype again. To the naked eye, players like him are a dime a dozen. This résumé is recycled annually. Highly successful college player. Deadly from outside. Team leader. A player oozing with — channel your inner Mel Kiper Jr. — intangibles. Each day in Dallas, Rautins is doing everything in his power to prove he’s different. To prove he does translate to the NBA. There are more success stories than a Nutrisystem commercial. Last year, after torching defenses for 28.6 points per game as a junior, rail-thin Davidson guard Stephen Curry had no choice but to become a point guard.He did and pioneered Golden State’s fun-and-gun offense. Now he’s a leading Rookie of the Year candidate. Within days, Curry might be joining Rautins in Dallas. Good news. Rautins’ offseason mission is the same. ‘I’m just going to continue to work on my ball-handling ability at the point guard position,’ Rautins said. ‘Try to get stronger and prepare for the physicality of the league.’As for the zone-to-man switch, this isn’t anything new for Syracuse prospects. Some players make the transition better than others. The simple change from standing upright to crouching down to the court can be an awkward process, but Rautins insists his experience with Team Canada in the summer helps. Every summer he trades elbow shots with grown men in international play. To him, playing man defense is nothing more than hopping back on a bicycle. It’s not as daunting.‘That’s something I’ve become accustomed to,’ Rautins said of the man defense. ‘In zone, you’re relying more on the team and help situations as opposed to man-to-man, which is more one-on-one.’Granted, his window is short. So many SU standouts in recent memory — Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf come to mind — have seen their NBA hopes flame out. Be honest. You had no idea New Zealand had a basketball league. Like them, Rautins put up big numbers. But unlike them, Rautins relished his role as the unquestioned team spokesman. Soul-searching questions from reporters were embraced and analyzed. Never shunned. When Syracuse was blindsided by Le Moyne, Rautins summoned his team for a players-only meeting. When his team rolled to a No. 1 ranking, he stayed grounded. On the court, he was the team’s heartbeat.Leadership should count for something. Glue guys abound the NBA. One Eastern Conference NBA scout sitting on press row at an SU game raved about Rautins’ leadership, insisting it’s something teams look for. But still, Rautins isn’t complacent. Checking out Spurs-Mavericks playoffs games from the locker room at night, Rautins is reminded that changes must be made. Changes he’s taking head-on. ‘I welcome those challenges and am working extremely hard down here,’ Rautins said. ‘I’m around some really successful people. We’re getting in a lot of hard work here.’thdunne@syr.educenter_img Published on April 26, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

B&H Handball Team in the Second Group

first_imgB&H handball representation will find out the name of the opponent in barrage to qualify for World Championship 2015 in Qatar.B&H handball team is classified in the second group and as its opponent will be one of the representations: Austria, Belarus, Hungary, Iceland, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia or Sweden.With the B&H representation in the second group are four winners of group qualifications: Greece, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia. The best third qualifying team for European Championship is Germany and the worst three representations of European Championship are: Norway, Czech Republic and Montenegro.The team drawing will be held on 26 January, in Herning.The first barrage matches are scheduled on 7/8 June and return matches are scheduled 7 days later. Winners of these matches will qualify for the World Championship.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Oly Town Artesians Wrap Up Inaugural Home Slate Sunday

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Oly Town Artesians wrap up the home slate of their inaugural outdoor season on Sunday, July 23 when Tacoma’s Washington Premier South Sound FC comes to town. First kick between these two teams who are separated by just one point in the Evergreen Premier League standings is set for 3:00 p.m. at Wembley Soccer Shop Field at The Evergreen State College.Oni Mayer. Photo courtesy: Jo ArlowAdvanced tickets are just $6 and can be purchased at www.olytownfc.com/tickets, and all youth soccer players in uniform will be admitted for free and can accompany the Artesians onto the field during introductions. Pregame festivities start at 2:55 p.m. Tickets at the gate are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12-years-old.The Artesians enter the final two games of their first season in the EPLWA sitting at 4-5-3 overall with 15 points, just one point behind South Sound (5-5-1, 16 points). The Shock will take on the first place Seattle Stars on Saturday before making the trip to Olympia on Sunday. The Artesians and South Sound will wrap up their seasons one week later with a rematch in Puyallup.Oly Town is led by goalkeeper JJ Olson, who is tied for second in the EPLWA with two shutouts and has logged 889 minutes over 10 games this season. JT Meyer leads the team with three goals while Kyle Witzel has two goals since joining the club three games ago. Gabriele Zaccagnini racked up six assists before heading to Europe last week.South Sound FC are a charter member of the EPLWA playing in their fourth season in the league and have been through an up and down 2017 campaign. They absolutely drilled the Stars 5-1 on May 7, but have suffered losses to Olympic, Yakima and Spokane this season but are coming off of a 2-1 win over Vancouver last weekend. Isidro Prado-Huerto leads all Shock scorers with three goals.This weekend’s game marks the first time that three Olympia brothers will take the field together. Jake Zimmerman, a senior at Evergreen, and Alec Zimmerman, a senior at Capital High School, have each logged major minutes for their hometown team and Jake’s goal in Bellingham led the Artesians to their first league victory. Meanwhile, their brother Jordan Zimmerman, a junior at Evergreen, has scored one goal in his time with South Sound despite spending the preseason with the Artesians. Jordan scored the first ever outdoor goal for Oly Town in a friendly against the Washington State Club Soccer team on April 1.Follow the Artesians all season long and beyond including the 2017-2018 Western Indoor Soccer League season by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more