NEWS SCAN: Avian flu outbreaks, pandemic funding, biodefense lab lapses, Listeria

first_imgFeb 9, 2009Vietnam and Egypt report H5N1 poultry outbreaksVietnam today confirmed H5N1 outbreaks in poultry in another province, Hau Giang in the Mekong Delta, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported. The outbreak involved about 400 unvaccinated ducks and brings the number of provinces recently reporting the virus to five. Meanwhile, Egyptian veterinary officials reported that the virus struck more locations, according to a Feb 5 report posted on the Web site of Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR), including Behera, Helwan, and Fayoum governorates. In addition, laboratory officials are testing samples from a Sharkiya governorate location where several suspicious bird deaths were reported.[Feb 9 DPA story]Hong Kong finds H5N1 in more dead birdsMore dead birds found around Hong Kong have tested positive for the H5N1 virus, according to a Feb 7 statement from Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD). They include a grey heron from Mai Po Nature Reserve, a peregrine falcon found near Long Beach Gardens, a chicken found on Butterfly Beach, and three chickens and a duck collected on Lantau Island.[Feb 7 AFCD press release]Senate negotiators strip pandemic funding from stimulus billBipartisan work on the Senate’s version of the economic stimulus bill on Feb 6 cut $870 million in pandemic planning provisions from the list of spending proposals, according to a report yesterday from Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Today. Critics questioned whether or not increasing the nation’s pandemic vaccine stockpile would crease more jobs. The House stimulus bill allocates $900 for pandemic flu funding. After the Senate passes its version, a conference will meet to resolve differences between the two bills.Security lapses reportedly sideline select agent work at Army’s biodefense labFederal officials suspended work on biological select agents at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Frederick, Md., on Feb 6 after identifying problems with the system the lab uses to monitor its inventories of high-risk biological materials, Wired reported today. The lab housed the work of the late Bruce E. Ivins, whom federal officials believe played a role in the 2001 anthrax attacks. The Wired report is based on an internal memo obtained by ScienceInsider blog.[Feb 9 Wired story]Listeria concerns prompt recallsTwo companies recently issued recall notices because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, though no illnesses were reported. Alaska Sausage Company recalled 872 pounds of sausage links with reindeer meat and bratwurst, according to a Feb 6 press release from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Meanwhile, agriculture officials in New York warned consumers not to eat 14-oz packages of Queso Fresco made by Peregrina Cheese Corp, based in Brooklyn, NY, according to a Feb 4 press release from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company is holding most of the cheese, but a small quantity was released for retail sale.[Feb 6 USDA press release][Feb 4 FDA press release]last_img read more

Sofya Golubovskaya’s trouble with net play needs remedy for doubles success

first_img Published on February 13, 2018 at 10:10 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+ Following Syracuse’s (4-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) only lost point in doubles this season against Connecticut, SU’s Sofya Golubovskaya wasn’t happy with her play in a 3-6 loss alongside Anna Shkudun in first doubles.“I missed everything,” Golubovskaya said. “(It was like) I was not there.”Friday’s match was the freshman’s first experience playing No. 1 doubles after three previous doubles matches this season. Golubovskaya cited a lack of movement and preparation as reasons for her first doubles loss of the season.This season, Golubovskaya has primarily played alongside Shkudun, with exception to one match, but chemistry has not come instantly. After arriving to the United States on Jan. 10, Golubovskaya has had a little more than a month to become in sync with her doubles partner. On top of that, she didn’t play a lot of doubles matches back home in Moscow, she said.Problems started to arise on Jan. 26 against Colgate. After pairing up with Libi Mesh to win their doubles match, 6-0, Golubovskaya felt discomfort in her legs. She could barely run, she said, so the team decided to hold her out from competing and practicing for a couple of days.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince then, Golubovskaya has found success in her singles matches, like her 6-1, 6-1, victory against Connecticut’s Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph on Friday, but has fallen into a personal slump during doubles.Syracuse focused mainly on singles preparation leading into the UConn match, Golubovskaya said, and she felt that she was unprepared to step into a first doubles role.“It confused me,” Golubovskaya said when asked about not working on doubles the week prior.To correct her current struggles, net play will be a point of emphasis for her. On Friday, Golubovskaya missed numerous opportunities to nail volleys for easy points and elected to defer the ball to Shkudun.“It’s hard,” Golubovskaya said about playing close to the net, “I’m not too good at it.”Despite the slow start, head coach Younes Limam highlighted her serve as a key to her future success in doubles. Limam believes Golubovskaya has “the tools to play very good doubles” later on this season.“She just has to understand to be brave,” Limam said, “To not panic and not just wait for things to happen.”Golubovskaya and Syracuse lost in doubles against Connecticut, both for the first time this season, but it didn’t stop SU from winning.With five of its next seven matches on the road, and three of those seven against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, Syracuse needs the best version of Golubovskaya in doubles. Commentslast_img read more

Young fans ‘earn’ shoes from LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant

first_imgBryant then singled out the Lakers’ Game 6 close out victory against the Denver Nuggets in the 2009 Western Conference Finals as his favorite memory. “That was a dicey game there coming down the last three minutes,” Bryant said. “But we were able to make a couple of plays and the ball bounced our way a couple of times. Trevor [Ariza] made a big steal and turned the tide for us.” Upon further reviewEven as he saw Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay play with as much consistency as the fluctuating stockmarket, Denver coach Mike Malone still started him. Yet, Malone praised Lakers coach Byron Scott for handling rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell differently. “Sometimes the bench is the best teacher,” Malone said. “Byron does a good job and he knows what’s best for D’Angelo and his team.”But Russell has since landed the starting spot. He posted 24 points on 9-of-21 shooting and six assists in 36 minutes. “To D’Angelo’s credit, he didn’t pout and he didn’t cry. He kept on working and improved,” Malone said. “He has shown Byron Scott he is more than capable of being a starter. These young guys come in talented. But it sometimes it takes them a while to understand the mental toughness.” Malone then predicted, “D’Angelo Russell by the end of this season is going to be well on his way toward becoming a great Laker for many many years.” Injury updateThe Lakers determined veteran guard Lou Williams will sit out for at least a week after an ultrasound taken on Wednesday confirmed a strain in his left hamstring. According to the Lakers’ initial timeline, Williams will miss at least a total of five games. That will also include home games against the Atlanta Hawks (Friday), Golden State Warriors (Sunday) and Orlando Magic (Tuesday). But instead of Bryant telling them the answer, the Lakers’ 37-year-old star only revealed he named his dog after a character in the Harry Potter series. They eventually guessed correctly that Bryant named one of his dogs, “Crucio.”“Every timeout, they’d throw out 15 names,” Bryant said, smiling. “They got my shoes.”Memory laneIt did not take long for Bryant to single out the toughest player he matched up with the Denver Nuggets.“Carmelo Anthony,” said Bryant, his longtime friend who was later traded to New York in 2011. “Are you kidding? That’s not even a question.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img DENVER – With the outcome in question as the clock ticked away, that usually marked the time when Kobe Bryant would perform a few things.He would take over a game. He would make a clutch shot. He would lead the Lakers to victory. But in the Lakers’ 117-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at Pepsi Center, Bryant spent the waning seconds doing something else. After playing only 11 minutes because of soreness in his right shoulder, Bryant spent the game’s final moments signing his shoes and giving them to some youngsters sitting close to the Lakers’ bench. “They earned them,” Bryant said, laughing. “The young ladies sitting in front of them, too. They had a contest going on and wanted to know what the name of our pet dog was.”last_img read more