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

McCourt completes Tykes move

first_img But he has reunited with Tykes boss David Flitcroft, who played alongside the Irishman during his playing days at Rochdale and could feature at the weekend, paperwork permitting. Press Association Barnsley have completed their second signing of the day with Northern Ireland international Paddy McCourt joining until the end of the season.center_img The 29-year-old former Rochdale and Celtic winger follows Norway international Marcus Pedersen into Oakwell and could go straight into the squad for Saturday’s game at Blackburn. McCourt, capped 13 times by Northern Ireland and who made 90 appearances for Celtic, trained with Hibernian earlier this summer. last_img read more

Miami feat: LeBron James scores 51 points as Lakers roll past Heat

first_imgWith the 18 of 30 shooting night, James set a new scoring season-high, just two games after a 44-point night in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers at home. The Lakers have now won seven of their last nine games, and got some of their mojo back after a blowout loss to Orlando that James said “shell-shocked” the team.Ahead is Cleveland, where James will make his second debut in eight years as a opponent rather than a hometown hero. The villain’s welcome he received back in 2010, however, is likely to be tempered by James’ championship season in 2016.James suggested he’ll pour out his reflections before the Wednesday tip.“I will think about some of the good, I will think about some of the bad, I will think about some of the great that I had with the franchise,” he said. “And then once the tip ball gets going, it is time to go to work.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img It wouldn’t be his last.In all, James scored 19 points in the first quarter alone, stepping out for deep threes, spinning on stepback jumpers and finding his way in the paint for jams. He shot 8 for 10 in the first quarter; the Heat as a team were 8 for 22 with 21 points in the same segment.“When he’s hitting shots like that, what do you want us to do?” Heat center Hassan Whiteside said later. “He was shooting 30-foot bombs. It’s tough.”James never seemed to lose a certain control over the game: By halftime, he had 28 points, and three quarters in, he had 42. He found ways to attack from all over the court, and he got most of the whistles he wanted.Even his final shot had some flair: a 32-footer from the wing that pushed him past the 50-point plateau. He pointed to the Lakers bench and smiled, answering an apparent dare from teammate Lance Stephenson.“He said, ‘Go for the 3, I bet you won’t go for the 3,’” James said. “So I went for the 3. So I was pointing right at Lance.”The Lakers (9-7) veered into familiar territory late as a sky-scraping dunk by Derrick Jones Jr. cut the lead, which was double digits for much of the night, to eight points. But steering clear of some of the nail-biters earlier in the season, the Lakers got a lay-up from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (19 points) and a pair of free throws by James. The Heat missed their final four shots of the game in the last three-and-a-half minutes.Frustration apparently built up for Miami: Midway through the fourth quarter, Josh Richardson (5 personal fouls) threw a fit that culminated with him tossing one of shoes into the stands. He was summarily ejected, but not before he knocked over a chair on his way to the locker room.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut even though it looked like the LeBron James of years ago, what made the feat more incredible that it wasn’t LeBron James of years ago. It’s James in his 16th season, notching at least 50 points for the 12th time in his career, and he’s still capable of dominating nights. Only Kobe Bryant, in his very last game with the Lakers, has ever done it before in his 16th season or later.Taking care of his body is something James (who turns 34 in December) takes great pride in — maybe the most pride in. After icing his legs and feet in the locker room, he said as much to the crowd of media who gathered to see his return.“For me, I put so much craft, so much mind and so much time in my body,” he said. “And being available for my teammates is the most important thing to me. … I know if I put in the work and be true to the game, everything else takes care of itself.”No Laker has ever put a bigger individual bruising on the Heat: James surpassed the team scoring record against Miami, set by Bryant in 2004.James gave early notice that he was going off: On his very first bucket of the night, he got a steal to initiate a fast break that he finished with a powerful dunk, a vintage trademark of the dominance he once held playing nightly in American Airlines Arena. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs MIAMI — On restless nights this season, Erik Spoelstra has flipped on the television to gaze into the past.He watches West Coast games, perhaps with a special eye for the Lakers, who are led by the star he once coached. Has LeBron James changed much since his Miami days? The Heat coach laughed.“He’s timeless,” Spoelstra said. “I just think you can book it every year – 27, 8 and 7. Doesn’t matter what uniform, doesn’t matter what year, doesn’t matter how old.”PreviousLakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Lakers forward LeBron James keeps the ball from Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow during the first half of an NBA game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. James scored 51 points in the Lakers’ 113-97 win. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram drives as Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James drives the ball to the basket against Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson, left, Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, center, and Heat center Hassan Whiteside are unable to come up with a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram drives the ball to the basket against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James arrives before an NBA basketball game against Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)ExpandIn his first return to Miami since becoming a Laker, James looked very much like his old self, pouring in 51 points and making the process look effortless. The Lakers rode his performance to a 113-97 win over the Heat (6-10), a critical bounce-back win on an emotional road trip that will next lead James back to Cleveland.last_img read more