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Avian flu hits another African nation

first_imgApril 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 virus has sneaked across another border, making Burkina Faso the fifth African nation to lose poultry to the virus.H5N1 cases have been found on a “camp site” at Gampela, in the Saaba department of Kadiogo province, according to a report Burkina Faso officials filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The site is about 6 miles from Ouagadougou, the capital. The report said 123 helmeted guinea fowl died. The cause was confirmed as H5N1 by an OIE reference laboratory in Padova, Italy.The Burkina Faso minister of animal resources, Toemoko Konate, announced the outbreak in a radio address yesterday that was reported by the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) today.The small African nation is not prepared to cope with avian flu, international experts warned. Burkina Faso has about 32 million poultry, with 76% of them raised traditionally, IRIN reported.”Burkina is one of those countries that have particularly weak infrastructure,” said Maria Zampaglione, spokeswoman for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), as quoted in the IRIN story. It ranks as the world’s third poorest country in the UN Human Development index in 2005, the story noted.The country is also battling a meningitis outbreak, which has killed more than 750 people this year, IRIN added.The OIE and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will send a joint mission to the country to advise leaders there how to respond.Cameroon, Egypt, Niger, and Nigeria are the other African countries reporting poultry outbreaks to date.Meanwhile, Pakistan today issued a follow-up report that details two new avian flu outbreaks on commercial poultry farms, one in Charsada, North West Frontier Province, and another in Abbottabad, in the same province. More than 3,000 cases occurred, leading to the slaughter of more than 26,000 birds at the two farms, the report said. The H5N1 virus was first detected in Pakistan in late February.See also:Burkina Faso’s report to the OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phpOIE follow-up report from Pakistanhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Pakistan_AI_04_04_2006.pdflast_img read more

Wild Oats claim Simon’s inaugural softball title

first_imgWILD Oats kept Invaders Masters at bay to earn a five-run victory to claim inaugural Simon’s memorial softball 10/10 tournament, played last Sunday at the Zorg ground in South Essequibo.Batting first, Wild Oats posted 123-7 from 10 overs, with Narendra Mandolall making a top score of 38. He received valuable support from Marvin Pearson 22.Ramesh Narine had 3-14 from two overs. In reply, Invaders Masters were restricted to 118-7 after their overs expired. Brief innings of 26 from Raj Rambarack and 22 from Beesham Seepersaud highlighted their run chase.Narendra Mandolall returned with the ball to claim 3-17 and was supported by Daniel Bholo who took 3-24 to seal victory.Earlier in the one-day event, Wild Oats humbled Simon’s XI in the first playoff. Batting first, Wild Oats raced to 155-7 in their 10 overs, with Rajiv Kissoon hitting 46, Suraj Rajah 42 and Parmanand Persaud 34.Leyland Simon took 2-27 from his two overs. Simon’s XI in response were bowled out for 98 in nine overs, with contributions from Ryan Heyliger 29 and Trevis Simon 20. There were two wickets each for Marvin Pearson, Daniel Bholo and Ravindra Singh.In the second game, Invaders Masters secured a comprehensive 10-wicket win against Zorg Sports Club. Winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Zorg Sports Club reached 105-9 from 10 overs, with Rovin Samaroo top-scoring with 32. Richie Bishop had 3-19.In the run chase, former national T20 batsman Ramesh Narine stroked an unbeaten 52, and, along with 48 not out from Gopaul Deen, achieved their target, reaching 108 without loss in seven overs.Meanwhile, in the female 15 overs-a-side hardball exhibition match, Zorg Sports Club defeated Capoey All Stars by 18 runs. Batting first, Zorg Sports Club were bowled out for 115 to which Capoey All Stars replied with 97-7 when their overs were completed.During the presentation, Wild Oats received the winners’ trophy and $50 000, while Invaders Masters collected $25 000 and a trophy. The female winners received $15 000 and a trophy, while Capoey All Stars also received $10 000 and a trophy.Meanwhile, David Simon, eldest brother of the Simon family, expressed gratitude to the teams, sponsors and supporters. He further challenged the players to strive for excellence in sports and to become responsible and dedicated citizens of their communities and country.The competition will become an annual event in memory of Leyland Simon, Elvis Simon, Carlton Simon and Steffon Simon. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

Happy Birthday Doctor Who Companion Bernard Cribbins

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Happy birthday, Bernard Cribbins—you beautiful believer, you.Born in northern England, the actor and comedian boasts a storied career spanning more than seven decades.Cribbins joined the local theatre company at age 14, honing his craft for eight years (with a brief interruption when he was drafted by the Army). He made his West End debut in A Comedy of Errors in 1956, and by the end of the decade, was taking small roles in films like Make Mine a Million and Tommy the Toreador.Add to that a series of minor TV guest spots and a succession of novelty hit records, and Cribbins soon found himself atop every casting director’s list.Niche U.S. audiences may remember him from a couple of mid-60s Carry On installments or two appearances on The Avengers. But it wasn’t until his turn as Wilfred Mott on Doctor Who that Americans took notice of Cribbins.Two generations of Nobles (Catherine Tate as Donna and Bernard Cribbins as Wilf) (via BBC)After playing comic policeman hero Tom Campbell, companion to Peter Cushing’s Dr. Who, in 1966 feature film Daleks—Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., Cribbins returned to the Whoniverse 40 years later … in the most wibbly wobbly, timey-wimey way.A photograph of him and fellow Who alumna Lynda Baron dressed to the nines* can be seen on the Torchwood House website—a cunning BBC tie-in for 2006 episode “Tooth and Claw,” in which the fictional secret organization is established by Queen Victoria.Finally, in 2007, Cribbins made his debut as Wilf in Christmas special “Voyage of the Damned.”Returning as the same character—grandfather of companion Donna Noble—for the 2008 series, he no doubt left many viewers scratching their heads, wondering Where have I seen that old man before?Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins) with Sylvia Noble (Jacqueline King) (via BBC)Many a heart-warming, whimsical, dogmatic moment later, Wilf became a bonafide Tenth Doctor companion in “The End of Time,” the two-part 2009 Christmas/2010 New Year special.After helping to restore humanity, the character unwittingly (and agonizingly) fulfills the prophecy that predicates the Doctor’s death. Which ultimately makes Wilf one of the most slow-burning and essential roles in the Whoniverse. And made Cribbins unique, as he is the only actor to have played two companions (and to feature alongside the Daleks) in film and television versions of Doctor Who.So, let’s raise a glass to Bernard Cribbins—still making audiences smile at 89 years young.* The image, as best I can tell, was filched from an episode of BBC TV series Down to Earth, co-starring Cribbins and Baron. Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more