Apr 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in South Korea yesterday said an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak was confirmed at a fourth farm, amid reports of several more suspected outbreaks, a day after Russia’s agriculture ministry said the virus had struck birds in the far eastern part of the country.Kim Chang-sup, an agriculture ministry official, said government tests confirmed an H5N1 outbreak at a chicken farm in Yeongam, about 236 miles southwest of Seoul, according to an Apr 12 report from the Associated Press. Yeongam is a county in South Jeolla province, which borders North Jeolla province, where recent outbreaks have been reported at farms in Gimje and Jeongeup.Kim said birds from six other suspected outbreaks are being tested for the H5N1 virus. However, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported yesterday that South Korean officials said 29 suspected or confirmed H5N1 outbreaks have been reported since the virus reemerged in late March after a year’s lapse.Ryu Chul-hyuk, a South Jeolla provincial official, told the AP that authorities have culled 470,000 chickens and ducks at 20 farms within 1.8 miles of the latest confirmed outbreak.Experts in South Korea have noted some differences in the pattern of the country’s recent H5N1 outbreaks, the Korea Times, an English-language newspaper, reported today. Past outbreaks occurred during cooler months, whereas the most recent outbreaks have surfaced during warmer weather. Also, the fresh outbreaks have hit ducks, whereas previous outbreaks only involved chickens, according to the Times report.South Korea’s food and agriculture ministry, however, appeared to downplay the developments and said warmer weather would kill off the virus, the Times report said. The ministry will release an interim report on the H5N1 outbreaks on Apr 16 or 17, according to the Times.Elsewhere, agriculture officials in Russia recently confirmed an H5N1 outbreak in chickens at a village in the far eastern region of Primorye, according to an Apr 12 report from Agence France-Presse. The outbreak marks the first recurrence of the disease in Russia since December 2007, when the virus hit backyard poultry in the Rostov region in western Russia, according to past reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).In a report filed with the OIE on Apr 11, Russian officials said the virus struck 21 unvaccinated chickens and 7 guinea fowl. The remaining 14 birds, which included 6 ducks, were destroyed. Officials reported that the source of the virus was probably “hunted wild ducks and geese.”See also:OIE reports on 2008 South Korean and Russian H5N1 outbreaks
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock scored his highest Twenty20 international score of 59 to lead South Africa to a 20-run victory over Bangladesh on Thursday in the first game of the series.De Kock scored his runs off 44 balls and shared an 79-run partnership with AB de Villiers as South Africa piled up a total of 195 for four after winning the toss.Bangladesh fell short in their reply, finishing on 175-9 despite a bludgeoning start in which Soumya Sarkar struck 47 off 31 balls before a review had him trapped lbw to Andile Phehlukwayo, who finished with figures of 2-25 off his four overs.There were two wickets on his international debut for Robbie Frylinck after a surprise call-up by South Africa for the 33-year-old bowler, including removing Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan for 13.The home triumph was built on the second-wicket partnership between De Kock and De Villiers, who added 49 off 27 balls.Bangladesh threatened to make full use of perfect batting conditions as they started with purpose and were averaging more than 10 runs an over before wickets began to tumble and their run rate was pulled back.Bangladesh complete their five-week tour with a second T20 international in Potchefstroom on Sunday. They were comprehensively beaten in two tests and hammered by South Africa in the three one-day internationals.
The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory came together Thursday to host ClimatePalooza 2013, an event raising awareness for global climate change.Panels took place throughout Annenberg simultaneously, allowing guests the opportunity to hear expert opinions from some of NASA’s finest scientists and the university’s climate change scholars. The panels stressed collaboration among scientists.“We’re hoping that there will be some way to bring together all the different parts of USC that are concerned with climate change and get us together to work together to do multidisciplinary research,” said Larry Pyror, an associate professor of environmental journalism in Annenberg. “And at least be aware of what all the departments are doing so that we don’t act in isolation.”The booths were located in the Annenberg library and had representatives from organizations that pertained to the environment — Aquarium of the Pacific, for instance, ran booths that showed how global climate change affects the ocean. The table representing the Aquarium of the Pacific held a demonstration that visualized the amount of time it takes for different items to disintegrate.One panel at the event highlighted the science behind global climate change and featured scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Panelists Christopher Borstad Ph.D, Josh Fisher Ph.D., Chip Miller Ph.D. and Jorge Vazquez Ph.D. discussed the environment based on their scientific background and ongoing studies. They emphasized the importance of working with the rest of the world in an effort to mitigate global climate change.“A lot of the issues we’re all talking about here today to understand the science behind climate change is going to involve international collaboration,” said Vazquez, who primarily studies the oceans and ice in both North and South America.Vazquez has collaborated with other scientists throughout the world to create a global map of the temperature of the ocean, demonstrating how hurricanes cool the water off as they move. In speaking about collaboration, Vazquez noted that the best possible solution emerged from the shared information among satellites.Other speakers spoke about their experiences in the field. Borstad, who studies the mechanics of glaciers and how they crack, told the audience that he uses his senses to notice the changing world around him, not just his scientific observations.“I soon learned after about the first day [of staring at the glacier] that it’s better to use your ears than your eyes because ice makes a lot of noise when it fractures,” Borstad said.Global climate change — as seen in the work of the panelists and environmental scientists around the world — is a hot-button topic for some. But beyond examining the political pitfalls of environmental discourse, panelists pointed out that it’s a matter of personal ethics.“It does start with yourself — with how you conduct your life and how aware you become of how the climate and the environment work,” Pryor said.Pryor added that it is vital that people comprehend how ecological systems work in order to make a change. Without an understanding of the current state of global climate change and how research is conducted, it’s impossible for the community to come together and make amends, Pryor said.“How can we make intelligent estimates if we don’t know how numbers are generated?” Pryor said.The panelists at ClimatePalooza also encouraged students to start conversations on the Internet. During the discussion, the audience was even urged to ask the panelists questions via Twitter.“Media will provide us a way to have worldwide conversations,” Pryor said.Global climate change entails an array of things, an array of countries and an array of people, all of which ClimatePalooza covered during its event at Annenberg.“It’s clear that we’ve entered into what many people call the geological era where humans dominate,” said Miller, who studies the carbon in the atmosphere.Pryor said people should be responsible for educating themselves about the rise in global warming.“We all have to try to understand the mechanisms that are leading to these changes,” Pryor said. “We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves and to listen to the scientists.”
Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers There was some good news on Friday: Kuzma (left foot stress reaction) was seen shooting off of both feet after practice, after shooting one-footed jumpers on Monday. But the 24-year-old isn’t scheduled for another MRI until after the team returns from China on Oct. 12, just 10 days before the season.The team isn’t sure how soon Kuzma will be able to return to playing shape once he’s re-evaluated.“He’s missed a significant amount of time already,” Vogel said. “We’ll see where he’s at when we get back from China. Hopefully, he’s cleared and we can start activating him for practice. We’ll be smart still.”As one of the team’s leading returning scorers, there’s an obvious use for Kuzma’s scoring ability and length on both ends of the court. While James snipped at a reporter Thursday for asking what the team is missing in Kuzma – “we know what we have in Kuzma” he insisted – he also acknowledged the void.“Multi-dimensional, talented,” he said. “Can shoot the ball from the outside. Can run the floor extremely well. He’s a 6-foot-9 forward, guard, whatever you need him (to be). He moves great without the ball.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years The Lakers feel as though they’ve already worked through a lot of things behind closed doors, even if not all of the answers will be revealed on Saturday. The biggest thing McGee said he was looking forward to is variety in his competition.“I’m tired of looking at these guys in the face,” he said. “I’m ready to look at some other people, and dunk on some other people.”COULD KUZMA MISS START OF SEASON?With one week of camp under their belts, the Lakers have been most cautious with Jared Dudley, who has sat out several scrimmage sessions and won’t play at Golden State on Saturday. But the concern is less about the 34-year-old’s sore knees, and more about protecting the shallow small forward depth as Kyle Kuzma’s prognosis remains frustratingly uncertain.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs EL SEGUNDO — The LeBron-And-A.D. Era begins in earnest on Saturday evening. Just expect the debut to be brief.Both LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be ready to play against the Golden State Warriors in the Lakers’ first preseason game on Saturday (5 p.m.) in the newly minted Chase Center in San Francisco. But Coach Frank Vogel is risk-averse when it comes to playing his go-to players too long in exhibitions: It’s unlikely that either of the Lakers’ two most prominent stars will get a lot of floor time.“My preference is that your main guys play as little as possible,” he said Friday, as the team was preparing for its first flight of the season. “Basically have the mindset of only enough – as much as we need to get a rhythm, not more than that.”Vogel didn’t acknowledge a specific hard cap to either James’ or Davis’ minutes, saying the coaching staff would “feel it out” and would be looking for both rhythm and conditioning from the top-line Lakers. But neither will play a full game. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBeyond the idea that those two stars will be the bedrock of the Lakers’ starting lineup, many other details of the rotation remain a mystery. It’s not clear who will start at center between JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard. While Danny Green is an expected starter at one guard position, the other is arguably the question of training camp, particularly with James expected to play point guard for much of the time while he’s on the floor.The biggest hint Vogel has given to how the playing time will be divvied up has come in the last few days, as he’s suggested that he’ll look for ways to stagger James and Davis, keeping one of the two on the floor for most of the game. But it’s unclear what the lineups will precisely look like around them in those instances, particularly with a diverse array of guards and wings who have dramatically different strengths.Given that James and Rajon Rondo are the Lakers’ most productive playmakers from last season (both averaged more than eight assists per game last year), Vogel acknowledged it makes sense to play Rondo alongside Davis as a ball-handler and creator when James rests. But the coach also continued to push the idea that Rondo, entering his 14th season, could become more of an off-ball shooting threat that could also play alongside James if needed.“Honestly, I like him out there with LeBron every bit as much, so it’s not a situation where I’m only going to try to pair him up with Anthony Davis,” he said. “I like those two guys together. Again, I think Rajon is going to have an exceptional year shooting the basketball this year, and he allows LeBron to exercise his versatility at coming off the ball.”Assuming both Steph Curry and D’Angelo Russell play on Saturday, the Lakers will also get a look at how they match up defensively against two All-Star guards – the first such test in a Western Conference full of them. The Lakers’ plan is to start Davis at power forward alongside Howard or McGee at center. With James also starting, the Lakers could look at placing another defense-oriented wing next to Green (Avery Bradley, it’s worth noting, has drawn numerous rave reviews in camp).