China’s pig disease continues to spread and confound

first_img BBC News reports that Chinese authorities knew of the S suis cases about a month ago but did not release that information until Jul 25. Local reporters have been banned from visiting areas where cases have occurred, with orders to newspapers to use dispatches from Xinhau, the state news agency, according to an MSNBC story. The Western Pacific office of the World Health Organization (WHO) put the number of cases as of today at 181 with 34 deaths, but New Scientist reported 198 cases with 36 deaths. The disease is concentrated in the Sichuan province in the southwest, but a case was reported Saturday in the southern province of Guangdong, says an Associated Press (AP) story. The lethality of the current cases and the symptom variations have called into question the S suis diagnosis. Robert Dietz of Asia-Pacific WHO is reported to have said that his organization is not convinced. Samson Wong, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong, told Reuters, “It could be another disease altogether, it need not be Streptococcus suis because the presentation is so atypical.” Chinese authorities have not allowed any independent analysis of the cases to date. S suis has just been declared by the Chinese government as a notifiable infectious disease, according to the Chinese business newspaper The Standard. The decision was made because of the vast scale of the infection and the high associated mortality. Extensive control measures have been undertaken quickly in China, according to WHO, focusing on accurate identification of infected pigs, educational efforts informing people not to butcher or eat infected swine, and identification and treatment of human cases. Officials in Sichuan claim to have distributed more than 2 million posters to farmers and to have sent 50,000 heath workers and officials to 1.4 million hourseholds to register every pig in the region, according to a United Press International story. Chinese experts have completed genetic sequencing of S suis, a Jul 28 Xinhua story reported. Scientists at the Chinese Center for Disease Control are studying how closely the pig and human bacteria are genetically correlated to investigate how the disease spreads from animals to humans. Eleven cases have been reported in Hong Kong since May 2004, according to MSNBC. Two of them coincide with the Sichuan outbreak, but whether they are related has not been determined. The disease has been identified by the Chinese Ministry of Health as being caused by Streptococcus suis, a bacterium not uncommon in pigs. Human cases have been very rare, however, with mortality rates of less than 10%. Symptoms usually include high fever, vomiting, and hearing loss resulting from inflammation of the brain. Current cases are showing hemorrhaging under the skin, a very rare manifestation; only isolated hearing loss; and a mortality rate of 20%, according to various reports. Aug 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Reports on the mysterious pig-borne disease spreading among humans in China are numerous, with the number of cases closing in on 200 and fatalities standing at 34. Several sources today said the Yongshun pharmaceutical company in Guangdong shipped enough vaccine to Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province, on Sunday to treat 350,000 pigs. The company claims they will be producing and shipping vaccine for another 10 million pigs shortly, according to a China Daily story today. To acquire immunity, pigs must be given two doses within a 15-day period; protection will last for more than 4 months. China is the largest pork producer in the world, with production concentrated in the Sichuan province. About 80% of China’s pork comes from small backyard farms, according to the Pacific News Service. Most of the current cases have occurred in farmers and butchers who have slaughtered or had contact with infected pigs.last_img read more

The new visual identity of Karlovac County was presented

first_imgKarlovac County, which in recent years has seen an increase in the number of tourists, has received a new tourist visual identity and has designed the overall identity of the brand, which should further position it on the tourist map of Croatia with international recognition.   If you want to find out more about the development of tourism in Karlovac County, below you can study the strategy for the development of tourism in Karlovac County until 2025. The new tourist visual identity was designed by the team of the Millennium Promotion Agency, and was inspired by the key advantages and associations of the County – rivers, forests and a unique geographical position – in the heart of Croatia. Cover photo: Davor Rostuhar – writer and photographer / Karlovac County Tourist Board / Illustration HrTurizam.hr “The logo of Karlovac County is a graphic interpretation of a windmill – children’s toys composed of drops that symbolize the many rivers and streams of the county, or leaves that are a symbol of the richness of forests. And in the performance we were inspired by the mill spoons from Rastok. And all this with the recognizable Karlovac Star in the center, which in turn symbolizes the geographical position and belonging to the destination”Said Vladimir Resner, author of the new visual identity of Karlovac County, which symbolizes joy, diversity and playfulness. In addition to tourist applications, the logo has its derivatives for other activities in the county.   Every brand should be simple and recognizable, communicatively clear and visually impressive, and at the same time based on reality, ie identity, potentials and the offer of the destination., points out prof. dr. sc. Božo Skoko from the Millennium Promotion and adds: “To define the basic elements of brand identity, it is important to explore the opinion of the community as the bearer of identity in the destination area. I am glad that the thoughts of the external experts coincided with those in the county. The richness of natural beauties, unique rivers and forests, preserved cultural heritage, traditional products and gastronomy make Karlovac County indigenous and attractive to various segments of guests. Its additional trump card is the proximity of Zagreb, but also the fact that it lies on key traffic corridors, which make it easily accessible. “ said Skoko, who has been working with the Millennium Promotion destination branding team and designer Vladimir Resner in recent months to define the identity and personality of the Karlovac County brand.  Side dish:center_img And since a new slogan was presented along with the sign In the media really (In the middle of things) the author explains that the new slogan is not only technical information about the geographical position of the County, but also carries an emotional value – a message that says that in that county they deal with important things, that they are fast and efficient, and tell tourists how they are in the center of events, in the heart of Croatia. By the way, Karlovac County is considered the greenest Croatian county, it is rich in rivers, it leans on the most visited Croatian national park Plitvice Lakes, and spatially connects Pannonian Croatia with the Adriatic and Slovenia with Bosnia. This was precisely one of the foundations for the creation of a new visual identity. Indigenousness, openness, dynamism, excitement, inspiration and fairytale are the key elements of the Karlovac County brand, point out the Millennium Agency, and hold that the differentiation of the county is based on its unique nature and geographical and traffic position. “It is accessible and offers an extremely natural environment, suitable for creating attractive tourist facilities, activities, experiences and experiences. It has an exceptional historical and cultural heritage, as evidenced by stories and legends, attractive architectural buildings and unique historical monuments, works of art and greats who grew up here, lived or were inspired, such as Nikola Tesla, Seljan brothers, Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, Juraj Križanić, Vjekoslav Karas, Frankopan family… At the same time, the inhabitants of the county are hospitable and open, enterprising and proud of their identity, they live with nature, preserve tradition and develop a quality eno-gastronomic offer.”Explain from the Millennium Agency. Analysis of the state of tourism development in Karlovac County until 2025 Karlovac County Tourism Development Strategy until 2025last_img read more

Cricket News Mitchell Starc out for India series, Jhye Richardson included in Australia squad

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mitchell Starc, who roared back to form with a blazing haul of 10 wickets in the Canberra Test against Sri Lanka, has been ruled out of the limited-overs series against India due to injury. Jhye Richardson, who took Virat Kohli’s wicket in all the three ODIs and also made a sparkling debut in the series against Sri Lanka, has been included in the side. Peter Siddle, Mitchell Marsh have been omitted while the side sees the return of Shaun Marsh, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson. D’Arcy Short has also been included as cover for Shaun, who will join the side for the third ODI as he expects the birth of his second child.In a Cricket Australia statement, national selector Trevor Hohns said Starc suffered a pectoral tear during the Canberra Test and he might be available for the ODI series against Pakistan, the final bilateral assignment for Australia before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. “Scans have revealed that Mitchell Starc sustained a substantial tear to his left pec muscle while bowling on the final day of the Test match in Canberra,” Hohns said.Coulter-Nile had missed the ODI series after he complained of back soreness while Kane Richardson’s good form and experience in playing in Indian conditions sees his inclusion in the side as the five-time world champions look to pick their winning composition for the World Cup. “Kane performed well for his country when given the opportunity. Nathan Coulter-Nile provides us with another quality bowling option, he brings good energy in the field and can also score runs in high pressure situations,” Hohns said. Australia will play five ODIs and two T20Is in India.Australia’s final assignment before World Cup will be five ODIs against Pakistan.Jhye Richardson impressed on his Test and ODI debut against Sri Lanka and India respectively. The first Twenty20 International will take place at the ADA-VDCA stadium in Vizag on February 24 followed by the second T20I at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on February 27. Following the end of the T20Is, the ODI series will be played.The first match will take place on March 2nd in Hyderabad, followed by a game on March 5 at the VCA stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur. The series will then shift to Ranchi for the third ODI on March 8 while the fourth game will be played at PCA stadium in Mohali on March 10. The series will then end with the fifth and final ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. This series will be the last international fixture after which the IPL will begin from March 23 and will be played in India.last_img read more

16th annual hoops for a cure

first_imgOne of the longest running rivalries will continue as the Chartiers Valley High School faculty and alumni will take to the hardwoods to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 16th annual “Hoops For A Cure” doubleheader on April 15 at Chartiers Valley High School. With more than $1 million raised for pancreatic cancer research, the popular “HOOPS FOR A CURE” charity event will benefit the Nathan S. Arenson Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research, which is overseen by Dr. Olivera Finn, professor and chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.The “HOOPS FOR A CURE” charity doubleheader will find the Steelers and the Chartiers Valley Faculty and Alumni tangling in the 8 p.m. finale. Prior to the main event, the evening will begin with the AAAA Section 4 All-Stars taking on the WPIAL All-Stars beginning at 6:30 p.m.The event has raised more than $1 million in the past 15 years for the Nathan S. Arenson Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.Pancreatic cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Not only is this disease common, but it also is extremely difficult to diagnose and treat.(For more information or to purchase an admission or raffle ticket in advance of the event, contact Adrienne Arenson at (412) 279-1935. If you cannot attend the event but wish to make a charitable donation, please send a check payable to “UPCI/Arenson Fund” c/o Jeff Hilty, 633 Gregg St., Bridgeville, PA 15017.)last_img read more

Community Youth Services YouthBuild Program Receives $1.1 Million Federal Grant

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Barbara WakefieldDevelopment CoordinatorCommunity Youth Services711 State Avenue NEOlympia, WA 98506(360) 918-7844bwakefield@CommunityYouthServices.orgwww.CommunityYouth.Services.org Submitted by Community Youth ServicesOnly two Western Washington non-profits were awarded federal YouthBuild grants to support academic and occupational skill training for at-risk youth.They were Community Youth Services of Olympia’s Thurston County YouthBuild, receiving the top amount awarded of $1.1 million, and Goodwill Industries of Tacoma, which got the same amount. This is the third time CYS has earned the award.CYS partners locally with New Market Skills Center to run the program focusing on youth getting their diplomas or GEDs as well as certifications in construction and other programs. Other local partners include South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity and Homes First!, a local non-profit. YouthBuild has constructed and remodeled several homes serving low income families in Thurston County.Other Washington non-profits awarded are NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 in Spokane ($1.1 million) and Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington in Yakima ($1.1 million).“Our YouthBuild program, launched in summer 2009, is a model for how tax dollars turn lives around. Nearly 120 young people have benefited in our program alone, and that has a ripple effect of success for their families and peers, proving that positive investments in youth benefit not only the youth themselves, but also society as a whole,” said CYS Executive Director Charles Shelan.“The YouthBuild program has demonstrated a record of elevating the opportunities and prospects for good, middle-class jobs for thousands of young people through this nation,” said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris. “These grants reflect our shared commitment to investing in the future of our nation’s youth and the belief that those investments will yield dividends for years to come.”The grants range from about $600,000 to $1.1 million each and will fund 68 YouthBuild programs in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The programs will help nearly 4,600 young people obtain the certifications and skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Along with the programs funded today, the Labor Department now actively funds 247 YouthBuild programs around the country.For more information about the national grants, click here. For more information about Community Youth Services, contact Barbara Wakefield, at the number below, or at (360) 359-6229.last_img read more

Penrose & Associates Physical Therapy: Solutions to Pain and Alternatives to…

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyOne hundred-thirty people die every day from Opioid overdose and 2 million people a year have an Opioid use disorder. We need to engage in meaningful conversations about pain!Jennifer Penrose. Photo courtesy: Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyThere are real options for pain management besides pain killers and injections: CBD & other natural supplements, TENS units, acupuncture, meditation, yoga, physical therapy, massage therapy – just to name a few!Did you know that if you have chronic pain 6 months or longer your brain does start to change? In fact, this will sound odd but neuroscience research shows that the brain loses the ability to discriminate between right and left (called left right discrimination). In fact you can go to Graded Motor Imagery and test your own ability to discriminate left vs right. If you cannot get the answers accurate in 2 seconds and less than 80 percent accuracy the pain is starting to make some changes in your brain. This is something we can help with in physical therapy. Working on right left discrimination will decrease your pain and start to help with “re-setting” nerve pathways.Another successful method is a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit.  The electrodes applied to your skin send electrical impulses along nerve pathways. These electrical impulses flood the nervous system, reducing its ability to transmit pain signals to the spinal cord and brain. The same electrical impulses also stimulate the body to produce natural pain relievers called endorphins. We can show you how to use a portable TENS unit safely and effectively.We believe in giving people options for pain management and we also want to help problem solve movements/activities that hurt and give you tips on how to move with less pain.  It is amazing when you learn the right exercises and how to move with less stress to the joints how much better you feel!  We are here to listen to what you want and find multiple approaches to solve that with you.CBD oil can help alleviate pain without creating dependency. Photo courtesy: Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyWhat is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical found naturally in cannabis (marijuana and hemp) plants but it does not cause the “high” feeling often associated with cannabis. That feeling is caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a different type of cannabinoid.How does CBD work? Everyone has a cell-signaling system known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD interacts with a core component of the ECS — endocannabinoid receptors in your brain and immune system.  Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells. They receive signals, mostly chemical ones, from different stimuli and help your cells respond. This response creates anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects that help with pain management.However, if you can’t eat grapefruit than you can’t use CBD. Go to drug.com to see if your medications interact with CBD and talk to your doctor and pharmacist.CBD does have an inverted horse shoe shaped response curve with increasing levels; so higher amounts is not necessarily better.  ou also want to make sure you choose a reputable company that does perform third party testing and ensures quality control and offers a certificate of analysis with each batch showing less than .3 percent of THC in the CBD product.One CBD oral product that we stock and recommend is through a company called Nutrametrix product named Cannabiquin. It is “full spectrum hemp oil” with 10 mg of CBD and Black cumin seed extract (Thymoquin). These two combined make a very powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.  Research has shown the two combined decreases inflammation by 7.7 times! The “full spectrum hemp oil” does allow for other natural CBDs and their benefits of relaxation and improved sleep to help you as well.If you are struggling with pain management then please reach out. If you want to have a FREE pain discovery visit to go over options like CBD topical and oral, Joint support: Glucosomine & Hylaronic Acid, Pcynogenol, Curcumin (Tumeric) & other products, TENS units or if physical therapy or massage therapy would be the right step schedule a FREE pain discovery visit with us!  Call us at 360-456-1444.  Penrose & Associates Physical Therapy.  1445 Galaxy Dr. NE Suite 301 Lacey, WA  98516.  www.penrosept.com.last_img read more