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

Bulldogs C-Team Baseball Results

first_imgThe Batesville C-Team baseball won on Tuesday May 1st at home against Greensburg in 5 innings by a score of 12-2.Conner Roleson pitched a complete game, giving up 6 hits and striking out 4 while only walking 2.Batesville had 9 hits on the day. Leading the way offensively was Cory Ralston, Nolan Williams and Austin Cornn with 2 hits each. Ben Obendorf, Jeremiah Lemmel and Justin Heiser also had 1 hit each.Several strong defensive plays and aggressive baserunning were key to the win.The win puts the C-Team at 1-3 on the year, with the next game scheduled for Thursday May 3rd at East Central.Batesville C-Team baseball fell to Connersville on Saturday April 28th at home by the score of 20-9.Batesville had 9 hits in the game. Leading the way with hits was Jeremiah Lemmel and Conner Roleson with 2 hits each. Cory Ralston got the start on the mound and was relieved by Nolan Williams and Conner Roleson.The loss puts the C-Team at 0-3 on the year. The next game is at home on Tuesday May 1st against Greensburg.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Brian Roleson.last_img read more

Logitech G becomes official partner for Super League Gaming

first_imgThis includes Minecraft City Champs, League of Legends City Champs, and after school programs across the States. Super League Gaming is focused on the amateur and grassroots side of things.Ujesh Desai, Vice President and General Manager of Logitech Gaming commented: “At its core, gaming is all about play – whether you’re a top esports pro or a child discovering the joy of games for the first time.“We’ve been so impressed with Super League’s work to create respectful gaming environments. It’s vital to the industry, and we couldn’t be happier with this partnership.  We both have a common goal of supporting creativity and inclusion among gamers and esports pros, and we’re dedicated to turning the tide and removing toxicity from gaming.”Logitech G will be supporting City Champs tournament prizing, as well as collaborating with Super League on ‘social media initiatives’ and working with the company to develop original content that will be distributed through both Logitech G channels and SuperLeagueTV.Ann Hand, CEO, Super League Gaming noted: “Logitech G’s commitment to providing best-in-class PC and console gear aligns with Super League Gaming’s mission to deliver the preeminent competitive community experience for gamers.“Our organization embodies a diverse set of gaming talent where teamwork, friendship, and inclusivity are key tenets of our philosophy. With esport’s rapid growth, we’re confident this partnership will broaden our scope of talent and allow us to foster player diversity for the next generation of gaming professionals.”Esports Insider says: There has been a lot of noise from Super League Gaming recently with the company evidently aiming to have a big 2018. Partnering up with a company with the stature of Logitech G is a solid move, and makes sense for both parties. Logitech G has today announced that it has signed on as the official partner to Super League Gaming’s 2018 schedule. Ann Hand, SLGlast_img read more