Sunbelt Expo Oct. 18-20

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns will conduct an open listening session on future U.S. farm policy on the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition grounds in Moultrie, Ga., Oct. 18.On the opening day of the annual Sunbelt Expo, the session will seek public comments on farm policy from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Morton Exhibit Building. With more than 1,100 exhibitors, the Sunbelt Expo Oct. 18-20 is billed as “North America’s premier farm show.” It draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. For more information, go to www.sunbeltexpo.com.Expo visitors this year can learn more about poultry, Georgia’s No. 1 farm commodity, in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences building.The CAES building will have UGA Cooperative Extension exhibits on persistent poverty and 4-H poultry judging, too. And the 4-H performing group, Clovers and Company, will provide entertainment.Visitors can take field tours to see crop research plots conducted by CAES and UGA Cooperative Extension scientists.last_img read more

Type B viruses rise as overall flu activity declines

first_imgMar 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The second week of March brought a slight decline in influenza activity across the country, with 30 states still reporting widespread cases, down from 35 states a week earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).As overall activity has decreased, however, the season has seen an increase in the proportion of influenza B viruses, the one type of flu that is not very well-matched by this year’s vaccine, the CDC reported. The spread of B viruses also poses a challenge for decisions about antiviral treatment, the agency said.Eighteen states reported regional flu activity, and two—Utah and West Virginia—reported only local activity. Seven percent of all deaths reported through the CDC’s mortality reporting system were attributed to pneumonia and influenza, which is below the epidemic threshold of 8%.However, the proportion of medical visits attributed to flu-like illness in the CDC’s flu surveillance network was 2.9%, still above the national baseline of 2.4%.Six more flu-related deaths in children were reported, bringing the total for the season to 32, the CDC report said. That compares with 88 fatal cases in children in 2007-08 and 78 in 2006-07. The six deaths occurred between Feb 15 and Mar 7.Influenza A viruses have predominated through the season overall, making up 70.8% of those that have been typed, the CDC reported. But type B viruses have increased lately: of 1,102 lab-confirmed flu cases for the week, 580 (52.6%) were type B.Of 210 type B viruses that have been antigenically tested by the CDC this season, only 44 belonged to the Yamagata lineage targeted by the B strain in this year’s vaccine. The other 166 isolates belonged to the Victoria lineage and are not related to the vaccine, the agency said. However, all the A/H1N1 and A/H3N2 isolates tested so far have been related to the corresponding strains in the vaccine.Among type A viruses, H1N1 has been predominant this season. That pattern continued in the latest report, with 107 of 120 type A isolates that were subtyped identified as H1N1. Nearly all H1N1 isolates (98.9%) tested for drug resistance this season have been resistant to the antiviral oseltamivir (Tamiflu) but sensitive to zanamivir and to the adamantine drugs.In contrast, all A/H3N2 viruses have been susceptible to oseltamivir and zanamivir but resistant to the adamantanes. Type B viruses are also susceptible to oseltamivir and zanamivir, but the adamantanes are not effective against them.Given the differences in drug sensitivity among the three types of flu, the growing proportion of B viruses “presents challenges for the selection of antiviral medications for the treatment and prophylaxis of influenza,” the CDC report said. “Health care providers should be aware of the possibility of increased influenza B circulation in their area, and continue [to] test patients for influenza and consult local surveillance data when evaluating patients with acute respiratory infections during the influenza season.”The CDC revised its recommendations on antiviral treatment for flu last December, after discovering the high rate of oseltamivir resistance in H1N1 viruses.In other developments, the Rapid City Journal in South Dakota today reported a flood of patients with flu-like symptoms in local clinics and said many of them had received flu shots early in the season.A physician’s assistant at an urgent care center said about half of her patients who tested positive for flu had been vaccinated, but most of the shots were early in the season, the report said. A physician quoted in the story suggested that the immunity conferred by vaccination starts to wane after about 3 months, though it can still lessen the severity of flu after that.However, online CDC information says the protection provided by a flu vaccine lasts the whole season. Researchers have found no benefit from getting a second shot later in the season, it says.William Schaffner, MD, a flu immunization expert and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, agreed.”Immunization even in September ought to have you protected throughout the flu season,” he told CIDRAP News. “What we’re seeing is a very late influenza season. We know that the vaccine is a pretty good vaccine but not a perfect one. So some people will acquire a milder case despite vaccination. Because it’s occurring so late in the season, the question arises about the duration of protection.”If flu activity had peaked in December or January, there would have been cases in people who had been vaccinated and were only partially protected, he said. But in that case the question of duration wouldn’t have come up, simply because of the date.Schaffner also allowed that the recent increase in type B viruses, many of which are not well-matched by the vaccine, may be playing a role in cases in vaccinated people. “A late season flu tends to be Bs, and indeed we only have one [B] strain in the vaccine. So the vaccine once again may provide only partial protection,” he said.He noted that there has been considerable discussion of putting both type B lineages in the flu vaccine, making a quadrivalent (four-strain) vaccine. “I’m in favor of that,” he said.See also: CDC flu updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/Dec 19, 2008, CIDRAP News story “With H1N1 resistance, CDC changes advice on flu drugs”last_img read more

Paul Merson explains why Alexis Sanchez isn’t the same player and never will be

first_imgPaul Merson explains why Alexis Sanchez isn’t the same player and never will be Advertisement Comment Advertisementcenter_img Sanchez has been at the Old Trafford club for just over one year (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Alexis Sanchez is past his best as he continues to struggle for top form at Manchester United.Sanchez joined the Red Devils in January 2018 and has failed to reach the consistent performance levels of which he set at Arsenal previously.The 30-year-old has managed just two goals in 20 games for the club, and Merson believes he’s not the player he once was.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I hope we see the old Sanchez, but I don’t see the confidence or the hunger in his eyes anymore,’ Merson told Sky Sports.ADVERTISEMENT‘The first thought that used to come to mind when you mentioned Alexis Sanchez was that he worked his socks off, he put a shift in.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘For the quality he possesses as a player, he works as hard as anyone, but I don’t see that anymore.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Sanchez has lost that hunger and it’s a shame. It’s sad because he was good.’The Chilean’s best season for Arsenal was the 2016/17 campaign which saw him bag 30 goals in all competitions.United’s next fixture is against Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday night.MORE: Solskjaer hints Gomes and Chong could play against Chelsea and LiverpoolWill United finish in the top four?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Feb 2019 2:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link330Shareslast_img read more

Tony Adams fires transfer warning to Arsenal board as Mikel Arteta eyes summer rebuild

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 17 Mar 2020 1:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Tony Adams fires transfer warning to Arsenal board as Mikel Arteta eyes summer rebuild Advertisement Tony Adams has issued a transfer warning to the Arsenal board (Picture: BBC)Tony Adams says Arsenal’s recruitment has not been up to scratch for a decade and has warned his former club that Mikel Arteta could be doomed to fail unless it improves.Former Gunners midfielder Arteta has endured a mixed spell in the Emirates hot-seat since returning to the club as manager in December.While performances have generally improved since Arteta replaced Unai Emery, the Gunners remain just ninth in the Premier League and were knocked out of the Europa League last month.Despite this, former Arsenal captain Adams has been impressed with Arteta and says it is time for the Gunners to back their manager in the transfer market.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta, who left a role at Manchester City to return to Arsenal, is hoping to bolster his squad with a number of signings this summer and Adams says the club need to sort out their recruitment.‘He [Mikel Arteta] is doing a great job. I really like the man and his enthusiasm,’ Adams told Sky Sports. ‘I am glad he is well and recovered from the virus.‘I have been speaking for the last 10 years about recruitment at the club and I think that really needs to up it’s game. Mikel Arteta will look to bolster his Arsenal squad this summer (Picture: Getty)‘The coach is irrelevant. [Unai] Emery was a fantastic coach but recruitment let him down. If you get that right then the coach has a chance.’Adams, who made more than 650 appearances for Arsenal, has also claimed that it would be wrong for Liverpool to be awarded the Premier League title if no more fixtures of the 2019-20 season can be completed.All professional football in England has been suspended until at least April due to the coronavirus outbreak.‘I don’t think it is completed. Hopefully we get going again and all will be revealed,’ Adams added.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I like to stay in reality and you can’t make any decisions today. I am not going to speculate but I don’t think you can give the Premier League to Liverpool and I don’t think you can relegate three teams.‘If they cancel the Euros, hopefully we can finish the Premier League. That makes sense to me or we should just start afresh from next season.’UEFA confirmed on Tuesday that Euro 2020 had been cancelled, with the tournament now due to take place next year.MORE: Arsenal and Tottenham consider transfer moves for Dejan LovrenMORE: Arsenal offered chance to sign Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Parents indicted in accidental shooting case

first_imgDEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. — The parents of a young boy who accidentally shot and killed himself last February in Sunman have been indicted.Shane and Samantha Griffith were both indicted by a Dearborn County grand jury, over 11 months after the child died.Christopher died after shooting himself in the chest on February 26, 2016.The Dearborn County Coroner ruled the shooting death accidental.The indictments were for Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death. If convicted, the two could face up to 40 years in prison.last_img

Cazorla joins Qatar’s Al Sadd

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: Traore withdraws from Spain squad UEFA Nations League: Spain’s Gaya nets late goal to snatch draw with Germany Adama Traore tests positive for coronavirus Qatari side Al Sadd have reached an agreement to sign Santi Cazorla after the Spanish midfielder confirmed his departure from La Liga side Villarreal, the Qatar Stars League club announced on Monday.Cazorla, 35, played his final game for Villarreal on Sunday as they ended their league campaign with a 4-0 win over Eibar to finish fifth in the standings and secure Europa League qualification. Al Sadd are managed by Cazorla’s former Spain teammate and Barcelona midfielder Xavi, who recently renewed his managerial contract for the 2020-21 season.“We have reached an agreement with Santi Cazorla,” Al-Sadd said on Twitter. “He will reach Doha soon to complete the formalities and join the team.”Cazorla had three stints at Villarreal, making more than 300 appearances and registering 57 goals and 57 assists.The Spaniard also spent six seasons at Premier League side Arsenal where he won the FA Cup twice, but his appearances in his final two seasons with the club were limited due to a foot injury that threatened to prematurely end his career.Capped 81 times by Spain, Cazorla was also a member of the squad that won Euro 2008 and 2012. Tags: santi cazorlaSpainVillareallast_img read more

Quintet to be assessed by clubs before reporting for Republic of Ireland duty

first_img A Football Association of Ireland statement said: “Martin O’Neill has reduced the Republic of Ireland squad to 30 players ahead of meeting Bosnia-Herzegovina in the UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying play-off. “Rob Elliot, John O’Shea, Paul McShane, Alan Judge, and Shane Long will all be assessed by their respective clubs before reporting for international duty.” Sunderland defender O’Shea, who is suspended for the first leg in Zenica on Friday evening following his sending-off in Poland last month, has not played since damaging his hamstring in the derby triumph over the Magpies on October 25. Southampton striker Long, who scored the only goal in the qualifying win over Germany on October 8, suffered a foot injury in Warsaw three days later and has not seen action since. Goalkeeper Shay Given and forward David McGoldrick have already been ruled out by injury, while fellow frontman Jonathan Walters will also sit out the away game after collecting his third booking of the campaign against the Poles. O’Neill’s squad will begin preparations for the double-header in Abbotstown on Monday afternoon. Squad: David Forde (Millwall), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (West Ham), Rob Elliot (Newcastle), Richard Keogh (Derby), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Derby), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Derby), Shane Duffy (Blackburn ), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Paul McShane (Reading), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Robbie Brady (Norwich), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Darron Gibson (Everton), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Aiden McGeady (Everton), James McClean (West Brom), Alan Judge (Brentford), David Meyler (Hull), Jonathan Walters (Stoke), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids). The pair were among a group of five named in a reduced 30-man squad on Sunday evening who are to be assessed by their respective clubs before reporting for duty in Dublin. Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who starred in Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Bournemouth despite nursing a thigh problem, Reading defender Paul McShane and Brentford midfielder Alan Judge are the others. Martin O’Neill has left the door ajar for injury doubts John O’Shea and Shane Long to prove their fitness ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Human remains found in the mouth of an alligator

first_imgAuthorities in Fort Meade, Florida are investigating the death of a man after they found some of his remains inside the mouth and belly of an alligator.The discovery was made Thursday around 7:43 am  just off Peeples Road near County Road 630 on the Mosaic property.According to the police report, authorities received a phone call from a Mosaic employee who found the body of a man floating face down in the water. The employee noted that the man was missing some body parts and that there was an alligator nearby that had at least one of the man’s body parts in its mouth.Officials with FWC trapped and killed the alligator and found the victim’s hand and foot inside the animals stomach.Other responding authorities identified the victim as 45-year-old Michael Ford II and later interviewed a friend of Ford’s after finding the friend’s truck on the property where Ford was last seen.The friend who has not been identified,  reported that he recently sold the truck to Ford and had not seen or heard from him since Saturday.An initial autopsy revealed that Ford’s cause of death may have been due to drowning, however, authorities are still investigating the incident.last_img read more

West Indies name squad for India series in ODI and T20I series

first_imgSt. John’s: The Cricket West Indies selection panel on Thursday named the two squads which will face India in the ODI and T20I series in December.Reigning World T20 champions West Indies will face India in three T20Is in Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai between December 6 and December 11. The two teams will then meet in three ODIs in Chennai, Vizag and Cuttack between December 15 and December 22.The West Indies selectors have backed the players who recently played against Afghanistan in Lucknow.Speaking on the squad selection, head coach Phil Simmons said: “We have three matches in each format, so we wanted to give each squad a chance to compete against India. No disrespect to Afghanistan, but facing India will be more difficult. Our players really got the hang of things with the 3-0 series win in the ODIs against Afghanistan, and I believe we will move from strength to strength.”Simmons added: “The T20Is will give them chance to play and develop, and again, with no disrespect to Afghanistan, this should be a stronger T20 opposition and we will see how they perform against India.“The next World T20 Cup is in Australia (2020) and the one after that is here in India (2021), so there is a lot of preparation to be done. We have given the players here a chance in this series and we know we have players outside who may be coming in later on as well, so it’s good to give those who are here another opportunity.”Squads: T20 Internationals: Kieron Pollard (captain), Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Khary Pierre, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Lendl Simmons, Hayden Walsh jr., Kesrick WilliamsODIs: Kieron Pollard (captain), Shai Hope, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh jr. IANSAlso Read: New Zealand first-class side releases Mickey Arthur for ‘next assignment’Also Watch: Two weeks national workshop on research methodology at Bodoland University concludedlast_img read more

Barty storms into second round after stuttering start: Gauff bests Venus

first_imgSerena, Federer clear first hurdle; Osaka testedMelbourne: Roger Federer and Serena Williams got off to clinical starts in the opening round of the Australian Open on Monday. While Federer brushed aside Steve Johnson to race into the second round, Serena thrashed Anastasia Potapova.The 38-year old Federer eased past his rival 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to kickstart his bid for a 21st Grand Slam title in style.Meanwhile, 13th seed Denis Shapovalov had a big row with the umpire for throwing his racquet in frustration as he lost his opener 6-3, 7-6 (9/7), 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) to Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in a big upset on day one.In the women’s matches, while Serena beat Potapova 6-0, 6-3 in 58 minutes, Naomi Osaka began her Australian Open title defense by dismantling unseeded Czech Marie Bouzkova. The 22-year-old Japanese roared past her rival 6-2, 6-4 in 80 minutes.Elsewhere, world number one and local girl Ashleigh Barty braved a scare before powering into the second round. The 23-year-old saw off Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.Caroline Wozniacki also started with a good win as the 2018 champion beat Kristie Ahn 6-1, 6-3 to reach the second round.American Coco Gauff, all of 15, got the better of Venus Williams – the second time the teenager has dumped the veteran out in a Grand Slam first round as she won 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.Defending champion Naomi Osaka overcame a patchy and error-prone performance to advance to the second round with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Czech Marie Bouzkova.The 22-year-old Japanese next faces China’s Zheng Saisai, who needed just 72 minutes to beat Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya 6-3, 6-2.Stefanos Tsitsipas put on a commanding performance in his opening match with a thumping 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 win over Italy’s Salvatore Caruso.Dan Evans urged to “miss a few meals” earlier this month by Britain captain Tim Henman, patted his stomach after completing a brave five-set comeback win over American Mackenzie McDonald to reach the second round. The 30th seed’s fitness was under the spotlight pre-tournament after Henman’s light-hearted jibe but Evans had enough in the tank to overhaul McDonald 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 on Court 14 at Melbourne Park. AgenciesAlso Read: ‘My face is everywhere’ – Ashleigh Barty feels the love at Australian OpenAlso Watch: ‘Punya Dham Yatra’ flagged off at Kamakhya Railway Stationlast_img read more