Vietnam, France report more H5N1 in birds

first_imgAug 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnam’s agriculture ministry today announced the detection of a poultry outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in a province bordering China, a day after French officials reported that four wild ducks in Moselle had the virus.The Vietnamese outbreak occurred at a farm in the northern province of Cao Bang, about 43 miles from the Chinese border, where 89 chickens and ducks died recently, Reuters reported today. Tests conducted in Hanoi confirmed the birds had the H5N1 virus, the report said.Vietnam has had seven human H5N1 cases this year, including four deaths, according to news reports. However, five of the cases have not yet been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), whose current avian flu tally for Vietnam is 95 cases with 42 deaths.Elsewhere, government officials in France said yesterday that four dead wild ducks found Aug 8 in the Moselle region in the eastern part of the country had tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.The outbreak is the third since early July, when dead wild swans found in Assenoncourt and Diane Capelle, both in the Moselle region, tested positive for the virus, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The infected wild ducks in the most recent outbreak were also found in the Diane Capelle area, the AP report said.In other avian flu developments, the WHO yesterday confirmed Indonesia’s latest human case, in a 29-year-old woman from Bali province who fell ill on Aug 3 and died Aug 12. She is Indonesia’s 103rd case-patient, according to the WHO. The country has had 82 H5N1 deaths.The WHO report said the woman’s daughter had died Aug 3 after being hospitalized with a respiratory illness, but hospital officials did not suspect she had avian flu. The woman and her daughter had both been exposed to sick and dead poultry, the WHO reported.Household and healthcare worker contacts who were exposed to the woman are being monitored, and all remain healthy, the WHO said.Meanwhile, a 2-year-old girl from a neighboring home who was hospitalized on Aug 10 with suspicious respiratory symptoms does not have the H5N1 virus, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. Ningrum, a doctor from Indonesia’s avian flu information center, told AFP that the negative test results came back last night.See also:OIE reports on French outbreakAug 14 WHO reporthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_08_14a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Receives Nearly $7 Million in Grant Funding for Transit

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Efficiency,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that it is the recipient of nearly $7 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to help provide more modern, reliable bus service for transit riders in Pennsylvania.“Providing Pennsylvanians with improved transit operations is truly reflective of government that works,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Mobility is key to life quality and we’re glad to have been chosen to receive funding for these important infrastructure improvements.”Governor Wolf said the FTA selected projects include those that replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate and construct bus-related facilities, such as buildings for bus storage and maintenance.“It’s important to me as secretary that those who need Pennsylvania’s transit system for employment, education and healthcare have the best experience possible,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “These grants will help to ensure that our customers’ expectations are met.”Pennsylvania’s grant allocations are as follows:Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) $4,000,000SEPTA will receive funding to rehabilitate the Wissahickon Transit Center on the Manayunk/Norristown line in Northwest PhiladelphiaRiver Valley Transit $2,040,000River Valley Transit will receive funding to purchase new CNG replacement buses in Williamsport.Transportation and Motor Buses for Public Use Authority (AMTRAN) $864,000AMTRAN will receive funding to purchase replacement buses in Altoona.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Receives Nearly $7 Million in Grant Funding for Transitcenter_img September 09, 2016last_img read more

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The 5 most horrifying revelations in the newest Planned Parenthood video

first_imgLifeSiteNews 19 August 2015Today’s video just might be the most horrifying of the seven videos released by the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies.But then again it’s kind of hard to imagine what could be worse than previous videos: like the one showing technicians sorting through the dismembered arms and legs of a 20-week aborted twin, or the other one where a technician exclaims “It’s another boy!” while prodding at a “specimen” (So much for the lie that unborn babies are just “blobs of tissue”).That said, here are the five most horrifying revelations from today’s video. Be warned, it takes a strong stomach to read this, and then to realize that this is actually happening.1. StemExpress technicians working at a Planned Parenthood clinic harvested the brains of a baby whose heart was still beating.2. There are other times when aborted babies are born with beating hearts before organ harvesting.3. Planned Parenthood changes the abortion procedure to obtain “fully intact” aborted babies.4. The hardest part of the baby to get is the brains. So when the abortionist wants a brain, they will deliver the baby “breach” and only “crush” around the head to kill the baby.5. Planned Parenthood knows that if they do abortions without killing the baby first with Digoxin, the baby might be born alive. But they do it anyway, to obtain the best quality specimens.https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/the-5-most-horrifying-revelations-in-the-newest-planned-parenthood-videolast_img read more

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Huge merger creates marijuana giant ahead of legalisation in Canada

first_img Sharing is caring! BusinessHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Huge merger creates marijuana giant ahead of legalisation in Canada by: – May 15, 2018 In this file photo taken on April 20, 2018 shows a man wearing a Canadian maple leaf flag with marijuana leaf during the annual 4/20 rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo: AFP)Montreal, Canada (AFP) — With the legalisation of recreational marijuana looming in Canada, therapeutic producer Aurora says it is acquiring rival MedReleaf Corp in a huge deal set to create a giant company.Aurora today said it would pay Can$3.2 billion (US$2.51 billion) as part of an all-stock deal that will leave Aurora shareholders with control of 61 per cent of the resulting company.The new company will have a production capacity of 570 tonnes of cannabis a year, with nine greenhouse operations in Canada and two in Denmark, Aurora and MedReleaf said in a joint statement.The merger comes amid surging interest in the country’s nascent ganja industry with legalisation expected this summer.Already in January, Aurora had spent more than Can$1 billion to purchase rival CanniMed.The Canadian government originally scheduled legalisation for July 1, coinciding with the Canada Day weekend, but complications with new distribution and monitoring systems forced delays.But last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told AFP that legalisation would come this summer. While provincial governments work to set up distribution channels – and prepare to share resulting tax windfalls with the federal government – companies linked to the cannabis business have seen a speculative bubble develop.The capitalisation of the three biggest Canadian producers on the Toronto Stock Exchange has exploded in recent months.Aurora shares have more than tripled in value in the past year, to more than Can$4.6 billion.Whether or when that bubble might burst is unclear.But it illustrates the growing interest in this soft drug, seen increasingly as a fiscal boon to governments in Canada, as it has been in US states like California that have legalised ganja use.In another deal, one of Aurora’s chief rivals, Canopy Growth, today announced its purchase of the 33 per cent of the Tweed Joint Venture group that it did not already own for Can$374 million, and said it planned to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange. Share 25 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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The Ascension

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 37 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Photo credit: wn.comThe paschal mystery refers not simply to the death and resurrection of Jesus, but also to his ascension and the sending of the Spirit. It represents one process, with distinct stages, each with an importance and meaning of its own.The meaning of the Ascension may be summarized in a phrase — mission accomplished. Jesus accomplished what he came to do, and then he returned to the Father. The whole Gospel of John is arranged around this symmetry of Jesus coming from God and going back to God. The same pattern in implicit in chapter 2 of St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians about Jesus’ self-emptying (Incarnation – though he was in the form of God, he became a servant) and eventual glorification (Ascension – therefore God exalted him).The Ascension, like the Resurrection, should be viewed in a way that does not confuse time and location in time from eternity. Pictorial accounts of Jesus levitating while the disciples watch, should not be taken as a factual description of what happened. Jesus returned to the Father. How that occurred was not a matter open to human scrutiny. Similarly, Jesus was not “seen” rising from the tomb, but he did, though in a manner we can’t factually imagine.The occurrence of the Ascension forty days after the Resurrection is also not a reference to a specific period of time. Forty is a symbolic number. It refers for the time it takes for a project to be brought to completion. Thus the Israelites wandered for forty years in the desert of Sinai before they entered the promised land, that is, before they were fit to enter. Moses fasted for forty days and nights on the mountain, before his encounter with Yahweh and the reception of the Ten Commandments. For forty days and nights rain fell in the Deluge, that is, until such time as the world was cleansed; Jesus fasted in the wilderness for forty days before he was ready to being his public ministry – and he ascended from Bethany forty days after he rose. In every instance, a particular project is brought to a fitting conclusion.The Ascension signifies that Jesus is now exalted and enthroned. Jesus ascended is Jesus in power, unrestricted as to time and place. The late Scripture scholar Raymond Brown thought that the appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection were appearances from heaven. They were evidence of his new plenipotentiary power. In the Gospel of John, with a somewhat similar meaning, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension are all simultaneous. When Jesus is “lifted up” means when he rises and ascends. The entire process for St. John occurs in one eternal moment. The other gospels look at the same events from time’s earthly perspective. The two ways of seeing the issue are, of course, not contradictory.The new Jesus is available, as he explained to Mary Magdalene, on condition that she relinquishes her hold on the Jesus of old. She must not cling to his past configuration, i.e. his earthly mode of existence, if she is to be receptive to what He can now give.This is an important spiritual principle, applicable both individually and to the Church itself. Clinging to what is past may be less a matter of cherishing old forms of life than of preventing the emergence of new forms. Give me the old time religion doesn’t always stem from love of the old time religion but from apprehension regarding any new dispensation.The ascension also means the beginning of the Church. In St. Luke’s version, the disciples stand looking up to heaven, when “two men stood by them in white robes and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky. This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven (Acts 1:10-11).” The disciples are, in other words, to stop stargazing and attend to their commission. Christ is in heaven; they are on earth; they are now his hands, feet, and body. They need to get on with their mission. Pentecost would provide them with power from “on high” for their task.The ascended Jesus “sits at the right hand” of God the Father. Here again we’re dealing with metaphor and symbol. The right hand symbolizes power, position, and rank, a significance that would have been easily understood in the ancient world. It still retains meaning for us too, as when a CEO or a boss of some kind says of a colleague: “He’s my right-hand man.” Another feature of the ascension is that Jesus now reigns in his glorified human body. His humanity was not discarded after his work was done. We have no conceivable idea of what that heavenly “body” is like, though the issue speaks to our own destiny. What we must not neglect to say is that our bodies are essential to our being. We are embodied persons, not pure spirits – here and hereafter. What needs underlining is the notion of continuity, even if we cannot say what form that continuity takes. The same applies to Jesus, who is now glorified Lord of history. He reigns with the Father in his glorified body. The Incarnation was no temporary interlude in his life. It is the form God the Son assumed for ever.By: Fr. Henry Charles PhD FaithLocalNews The Ascension by: – May 19, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

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Bulldogs Regional Wrestling Results

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs sent two wrestlers to participate in the Regionals at Richmond on February 4th.  Senior Micahel Deal in the 126 lb class and Freshman JT Linkel in the 132 lb class.This was Deal’s third appearance at the Richmond Regionals.  He started his day off against sophomore  Danny Clark of Centerville.  Deal took control of this match early on by pinning his opponent in 58 seconds of the first period giving him his 18th pin of the year.  Deal then faced off against Dallas Pugsley of Shanendoah where he fell short to the eventual Regional champ by pin.  This loss moved Deal to the consolidation round where he ended the day in 4th place after losing to Garrett Walton of South Dearborn.  The 4th place finish is not we hoped for but is still enough to advance the senior to a 2nd appearance at semi-state next weekend at New Castle.In his first appearance at The Regionals, Linkel faced off against Elijah Phillips, a Junior from Centerville high school.  Linkel approached this match like he has all his matches this season by wrestling to the end without giving up a pin. The Batesville freshman did all he could before falling to Phillips by a 17-2 decision. This loss ended the freshman’s year but he was able to take away a great experience that will help next year.  Linkel ended the season with a great record of 28 wins and 12 losses.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img read more

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Red Cross reports critical shortage, offers incentive

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The American Red Cross is facing a critical shortage of type O blood, the blood group most needed by hospitals. With less than a two-day supply of blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical, medical treatments and patient care can be directly impacted.Red Cross officials are asking eligible type O donors to make an appointment to give as soon as possible. As a special thank you, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through June 10, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email.“All blood types are urgently needed, but we’re facing a critical shortage of type O blood – the blood group most needed by hospitals,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Because it’s vitally important for hospitals to have type O blood available when every second counts, type O donors are urged to donate now and make a point to donate often.”The Red Cross collected approximately 11,500 fewer type O blood donations than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. Spring break schedules are known to decrease blood donations, and schools, including high schools and colleges, begin to host fewer blood drives in late spring as school years end. Because these drives account for about 20% of blood donations during the school year, less drives can also greatly affect the blood supply.last_img read more

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Mary (Bruns) Sturgeon, age 79

first_imgMary Helen Sturgeon, age 79, of Osgood, passed away on January 1, 2020.  She was born on July 11, 1940 the daughter of the late William John and Helen (Reis) Bruns in Lawrenceville, IN.Mary was a graduate of the Milan Indians Class of 1958, then she began to work at Odd Fellows Home in Greensburg.  While working here she would meet and marry James Wm Sturgeon on October 7, 1961.  Mary than began to work for years in  bookkeeping for the former Osgood Auction Mart, following this she worked for nearly 20 years as a cashier at Walmart in Greensburg.Mary is survived by daughters Melanie (Kevin) Samm of Indianapolis and Melinda (Sean) Kuhn of Morristown, Indiana, brother Robert (Carol) Bruns of Louisville, along with granddaughters Monica and Abigail, and other granddaughters in love.  She was preceded in death by husband, James, daughter Monica, Brother William Bruns, and sister Florence Hicks.Visitation will be held on Monday January 6, 2020 from 10 am.-12 pm. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood.  Funeral Services will be held also on Monday at 12 pm., with burial following at Saint Maurice Cemetery in Napoleon.  Memorials may be to church cemetery fund, in care of the funeral homelast_img read more

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Breaking: Tyson Fury dethrones Wilder in rematch

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Tyson Fury has beaten Deontay Wilder in their WBC heavyweight rematch in Las Vegas. The victory comes 14 months after the two heavyweights fought to a draw in a dramatic fight, and a sold-out crowd was on hand at the MGM Grand arena to watch them do it again. Fury, the ‘Gypsy King’, entered the arena held aloft on a throne by handlers, a royal robe around his shoulders and a crown on his head as the song Crazy by Patsy Cline played. Deontay Wilder enters the ring prior to the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder followed a few minutes later, his face hidden behind a glittery mask and a rapper in front of him. Both fighters were guaranteed $5m for the bout but could make $40m or so if the fight performs well on pay-per-view.Tags: Deontay WilderTyson Furylast_img read more

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