H5N1 resurfaces in South Korean poultry

first_imgApr 4, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in South Korea today confirmed that large numbers of chicken deaths at a commercial farm in the southwestern part of the country were caused by H5N1 avian influenza.An agriculture ministry official said plans were underway to slaughter about 308,000 chickens near the outbreak area, the Associated Press reported today. South Korea’s last H5N1 outbreak occurred just over a year ago, when the virus struck a duck farm in South Chungcheong province, according to a previous report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The outbreak site is an egg production farm in Gimje, about 162 miles south of Seoul, according to a report yesterday by Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The farm has about 150,000 chickens and produces 100,000 eggs per day. A report the country submitted to the OIE on Apr 2 said chicken deaths started increasing on Mar 29, and 3 days later 1,000 birds were found dead, which led the owner of the farm to notify veterinary services.Officials said eggs from the farm would be recalled and buried to prevent the spread of the disease, and eggs from seven other farms in the neighborhood will also be destroyed, Xinhua reported. The story added that there have been no reports of people becoming sick after eating eggs.Officials are obtaining blood samples from chickens, migratory birds, and foreign workers at the farm to determine the source of the outbreak, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. Kim Chang-Seob, the agriculture ministry’s chief veterinary officer, told AFP that an early spring outbreak was somewhat unusual, because most outbreaks occur between November and March.Kim said health officials suspect the virus may have come from migratory birds or perhaps infected workers who came from areas experiencing avian flu outbreaks. “The infected farm hires 11 foreign workers who came from Mongolia, Vietnam, and China,” he told AFP.See also:OIE reports on South Korean outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2008_AI.phpJun 18, 2007, final OIE report on previous South Korean outbreaklast_img read more

Swing for Habitat golf fundraiser set Oct. 4

first_img Fenceviewer Staff Bio Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Registration for the four-person scramble tournament is $75 and includes coffee, doughnuts, cart, a box lunch from Colonel’s Deli and a free Habitat gift.Win a car with a hole-in-one sponsored by Darling’s Auto Mall, Ellsworth.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textParticipating golfers also are eligible for prizes valued at more than $2,500.A live raffle, including donated items and a 50/50 cash prize, will be conducted immediately following the tournament.There are several ways in which businesses and the general public can participate:A corporate sponsorship will be heralded on a company’s banner at the clubhouse during the event.A hole sponsorship will be prominently displayed at a tee box or green for all the golfers to see.Registrations for individuals or four-person teams will be taken through Friday, September 26.According to Kelley Ellsworth, Hancock County Habitat’s executive director, “Funds raised through Habitat’s annual golf tournament will help purchase materials such as nails, wood, windows and insulation; but most importantly, each contribution brings another family one step closer to realizing their dream of a simple, decent place to live.”All proceeds will benefit Habitat’s 18th home built in partnership with the Combs family, which is scheduled to be completed in Sedgwick later this fall.Founded in 1989, Hancock County Habitat’s primary program is partnering with economically disadvantaged families to build homes and provide the benefits of homeownership.Through the use of volunteer labor and donations, the affiliate is able to build market-quality housing with the homeowner investing 200 hours of their own “sweat equity” in the project.  The completed home is then sold to the partner family at below market cost, with Habitat financing the home for 25 years under a zero interest mortgage.For more information, please call Hancock County Habitat for Humanity at 667-8484. Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Habitat for Humanity’s 13th annual Swing for Habitat golf fundraiser has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, (rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 5) at the historic Northeast Harbor Golf Club on Mount Desert Island. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

Reynolds says reducing sentences for low-level crimes to be considered

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds spoke this morning with the task force she’s assembled to come up with a series of criminal justice reforms.The group’s first meeting comes in the same week as more than 400 inmates in Oklahoma were released after that state’s governor commuted their sentences. “I saw that and was just amazed at what was going on there,” Reynolds said Tuesday. “…We’re going to take a look at all of that.”In 2016, Oklahoma voters approved a referendum that reduced the sentences for simple drug possession and low-level property crimes. Oklahoma’s governor signed a bill earlier this year that retroactively reduced the sentences for those already in prison for those offenses.“There are a lot of states that are working on criminal justice reform, so let’s see what they’re doing. Let’s see what makes sense for Iowa, how we can take what they’ve done and adapt it to what we’re trying to do here for the State of Iowa,” Reynolds told reporters Tuesday, “and I’ve got a great group that have agreed to serve on this task force and I’m really looking forward to the recommendations that they make.”Reynolds expects the group to work for a while in developing proposals to deal with racial biases in the prison system. She’s asked the group to give her a set of recommendations in December that would help inmates who are paroled transition to life and get a job outside prison.“We just need to make sure that it’s balanced, that we never lose sight of the victims,” Reynolds said. “That’s always an important piece in this.”As hundreds of Oklahoma inmates this past Monday, officials said one of their goals was to ensure each had a state-issued ID or driver’s license — as identification is critical for job searches and finding a place to live.last_img read more