Chronic wasting disease found in moose

first_imgOct 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a prion disease that resembles bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), has been found in a wild moose for the first time, Colorado wildlife officials announced recently.A bull moose that was killed by a bow hunter in September tested positive for the disease, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) announced Sep 29. Previously the disease had been found in the wild only in deer and elk.After the initial announcement, the test was repeated and again came up positive, DOW spokesman Tyler Baskfield told CIDRAP News.The only previous finding of CWD in a moose was in an experiment in which a captive moose was fed some infective material, Baskfield said. “This is the first time a wild moose anywhere has been confirmed with CWD,” he said.The moose was killed in north-central Colorado, near Walden, Baskfield said. “It was in an area where the disease had been found in deer and elk. Obviously it’s all speculation how the moose contracted the disease, but I think it would be a reasonable assumption” that the case was linked to diseased deer or elk.Since 2003, Colorado has required moose hunters to submit the head of the animal for CWD testing, Baskfield said. “We wanted as much information as possible and we wanted to know if that jump [between species] was being made in the wild,” he explained.Since the rule took effect, 288 moose have been tested, with no other cases found, Colorado officials said. But 175 cases were found among nearly 13,000 deer and elk tested between August 2004 and April 2005.”This is a single case of CWD in moose, but given their social habits we believe that cases in moose are likely to be a rare occurrence,” Mike Miller, DOW wildlife veterinarian, said in the news release. Unlike deer and elk, moose are typically solitary and stay with other moose only in cow-calf pairs, the statement said.Will Hueston, DVM, an expert on BSE and related diseases, told CIDRAP News that the Colorado finding “demonstrates that the CWD agent has a broader range than we hoped. Everyone hoped it would be restricted to deer and elk.” He is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Animal Health and Food Safety in St. Paul.CWD has now been found in wild deer and elk in eight states, including four states east of the Mississippi, plus two Canadian provinces, according to the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, a coalition of wildlife conservation groups. The disease was first identified in the wild in Colorado elk in 1981, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The disease has aroused fear that consumers of meat from infected deer or elk could contract a brain-wasting illness like variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human equivalent of BSE. So far that hasn’t been known to happen, according to Hueston.He said a team of federal and state investigators analyzed clusters of neurologic disease in humans and found no “compelling evidence” of a link with CWD. Their report was published in June 2004 in Emerging Infectious Diseases.Likewise, state epidemiologists in Colorado have found no connection between CWD and any human neurologic diseases, the DOW statement saidCommenting on how a moose might contract CWD, Hueston said, “Most animals are inquisitive and . . . it wouldn’t surprise me that if a moose came across a deer carcass, they might nose it around it the same as other animals do.”He said the Colorado finding “shows that the chapter about CWD has not been completed yet.”See also:June 2004 Emerging Infectious Diseases article on CWDhttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol10no6/03-1082.htmChronic Wasting Disease Alliance map of CWD-affected stateshttp://www.cwd-info.org/index.php/fuseaction/about.maplast_img read more

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N. Sumatra police name student a suspect in classmate’s death

first_imgPolice have named a student of Huria Batak Protestant (HKBP) senior high school in Sidikalang town, Dairi regency, North Sumatra, as a suspect in the case of a fatal school fight.Dairi Police said that a schoolyard fight reportedly broke out between the two high schoolers, identified as SO and SPN. SO allegedly kicked SPN in the chest and knocked him unconscious.SPN was rushed to Sidikalang Regional General Hospital, but died shortly after he was admitted. “After talking to several witnesses, we have named SO as a suspect in the case,” Dairi Police spokesperson Second Insp. Donni told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Donni said the police had requested SO’s parents and officials from the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) to accompany SO during the investigation.“This afternoon, we will bring SO to the IIB Sidikalang juvenile detention center,” he added.The body of SPN was released on Thursday to the  Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Medan for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.SPN’s uncle, Open Lumbangaol, said that the family was devastated by the death of the student, who was the only child of a single mother, “as his father died two years ago”.Open said that SPN’s mother, a farmer, was still in shock over the news.Topics :last_img read more

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SAAM Towage wins El Salvador LNG-to-Power project job

first_imgSAAM Towage, a part of the Chilean towage, port and logistics services provider SAAM, has been contracted to provide services for the Energía del Pacífico (EDP) project at the Port of Acajutla in El Salvador. The long-term agreement with EDP calls for allocating three tugs, two of which are new, to power plant operations, SAAM Towage said in its statement.“The 378 MW plant will be powered by liquefied natural gas and includes a floating storage and regasification platform,” SAAM Towage, managing director Felipe Rioja noted.The initiative will supply 30 percent of El Salvador’s energy demand, helping to diversify the country’s energy matrix and reduce environmental impact.The project will begin to inject energy into the grid by the end of 2021, but SAAM Towage tugs will begin to operate in May 2021.Providing further details, Rioja said the vessels are azimuth tugs, 32 meters in length, specially designed to meet the requirements of offshore operations and escort vessels.last_img read more

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Big guys made big impression in 40-yard dash at NFL combine

first_img February 28, 2020 “Rich, you love the 4.22. Who’s going to beat the 4.22?” Mayock told former colleague Rich Eisen during a visit to the broadcast booth. “I believe him running the 5.51 is more impressive than what the wideout from Alabama, Ruggs, ran yesterday.”Other O-linemen who impressed during the first Friday night live workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium were Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, who topped them all at 4.85 seconds in the 40 and dominated the position drills and other tests.He set an O-line record (since 2003) with a 36.5-inch vertical jump and tied the broad jump mark with a 10-foot-1-inch measurement.“And the Wirfs kid is a third-year junior,” Mayock said. “Typically the Iowa players stay five years, not three. And he comes out and a lot of people were thinking right tackle or guard, and his numbers just jumped off the chart. It screamed left tackle. Boy, did he help himself.”Taylor weighed in at 226 pounds earlier this week, heavier than every running back save for Boston College’s A.J. Dillon (247 pounds) and TCU’s Sewo Olonilua (232). Taylor’s 40 time drew comparisons to former Penn State star and current Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who ran a 4.40 40 at 233 pounds at the combine in 2018.Dillon recorded the top vertical jump (41 inches) and best broad jump (10 feet, 11 inches) among the running backs.___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The big guys made a big statement at the NFL scouting combine Friday night.Wisconsin star Jonathan Taylor ran the fastest 40-yard dash (4.39 seconds) despite weighing in as the third-heaviest running back at the combine, and the offensive linemen had a solid showing, led by Louisville’s 357-pound Mekhi Becton, who ran a 5.10 time in the 40.Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said on the NFL Network that he was more impressed with Becton’s 5.10 than he was with Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, who ran a blazing 40-yard day in 4.27 on Thursday night that was just shy of John Ross’s record of 4.22 set in 2017. Big guys made big impression in 40-yard dash at NFL combine Associated Press More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-MARLINSMarlins to open training complexJUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Marlins will allow players on their 40-man roster access to their spring training complex to pitch off a mound or hit in batting cages beginning Tuesday. Hoosiers sign LanderBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers have signed Khristian Lander, who was expected to be one of the nation’s top-rated point guards in next season’s recruiting class. But coach Archie Miller says the 6-foot-2 point guard will reclassify so he can play basketball this fall.Lander is from Evansville and joins Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway as the third major in-state recruit in the 2020 recruiting class. Leal was named the IndyStar Mr. Basketball last month. Galloway and Lander were both second-team selections on The Associated Press all-state team.Indiana also has signed Jordan Geronimo of New Hampshire.DREAM TEAM-SNEAKER AUCTION No qualifying for US OpenUNDATED (AP) — The U.S. Open won’t have qualifying for the first time since 1924. Chalk that up to the COVID-19 pandemic that already has postponed the U.S. Open from June to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York.Qualifying is the hallmark of the U.S. Open. The USGA likes to point out that roughly half of the 156-man field has to go through some form of qualifying. But not this year.Still to be determined is how the exemptions are created for the rest of the players. Among those not already exempt is Phil Mickelson, who has said he won’t ask for an invitation.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-INDIANA RECRUIT Update on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva says the league is “still on track for July 12” to open its three-week season and is hoping to select a site this week.Silva said in a telephone interview Monday with the AP that four cities are “in the mix.” He mentioned Texas and Florida as possible host states.The International Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA tours said Friday they were extending their suspensions of play into late July because of the coronavirus pandemic.But World TeamTennis is not sanctioned by those three groups and doesn’t need to follow their guidelines.In other coronavirus-related sports news: The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins made no announcement.The person says the rest of the complex in Jupiter, Florida, will remain closed.According to the source, the optional workouts will be individual, with a staff member present, and those involved will abide by social distancing guidelines. VIRUS OUTBREAK-WORLD TEAM TENNISWorld Team Tennis plans three-week seasoncenter_img Jordan, Magic, Pippen Dream Team sneakers being auctionedNEW YORK (AP) — Sneakers worn by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen while they played for the Dream Team are being auctioned.The sneakers, each signed by the Hall of Fame wearer, are part of the Lelands 2020 Spring Classic Auction that runs through June 19. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the sneakers will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.Jordan, Johnson and Pippen wore the sneakers during the Tournament of Americas, which the U.S. team won to qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The Americans won gold there in the first Olympics to feature NBA players.The sneakers were given to a team staff member in the locker room after the tournament championship game in Portland, Oregon.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 —USA Baseball has tentatively scheduled July 24 as the start date for its 2020 schedule of summer events. The nation’s sport governing body says the first event would be the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the national training complex in Cary, North Carolina. Eight other age-group competitions will be held from late July through August.—Premier League soccer teams have agreed on the measures that will allow non-contact training sessions to resume this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. The protocols for socially distanced training in small groups were signed off by the clubs during a conference call following a government decision to ease lockdown restrictions in England. The Premier League has been told by government experts that coronavirus restrictions could endure for at least a year in English soccer, with players allowed to resume only non-contact training from Tuesday.—The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training. Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field.— A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus. Chemnitz did not name the player, but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation.GOLF-US OPEN May 18, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

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Head start: Syracuse looks to end 1st-half struggles at Minnesota

first_img Published on September 20, 2012 at 3:35 am Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Standing at the podium after Syracuse’s 28-17 win over Stony Brook, Doug Marrone said he was still looking for consistency from his team offensively.Through three games, he couldn’t explain why the high-scoring unit failed to click in the first half. Marrone said he and his coaching staff scanned its big sheet of plays, trying a variety of combinations to jump-start the offense.But so far, he hadn’t found the answers to the problem.“Somewhere along the line in every offense, you’re going to struggle somewhere, but you don’t want to do it when you first come out,” Marrone said after the game last Saturday. “You want to get off to a good start, you want to get into a rhythm as fast as you can and it’s difficult, and we’re working extremely hard to figure out what that right rhythm is.”Syracuse (1-2) will try to find its rhythm early Saturday when it takes on Minnesota (3-0) at 8 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Slow starts doomed the Orange in losses to Northwestern and Southern California and contributed to a three-point halftime deficit against SBU, so getting on the board will be crucial in its first road game of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange offense has been explosive in the second half, scoring 68 of its 98 points after halftime this season. The unit has thrived in a new fast-paced system, as Ryan Nassib is second in the nation in passing offense and has thrown for nine touchdowns. But Nassib and the SU offense will face a stiff test against a Minnesota team that ranks 15th in the country in passing yards allowed per game and has given up just two touchdowns through the air in three games.To continue its streak of success and pick up a win on Saturday, the Orange knows it needs to find its rhythm from the start.“We have to keep on being aggressive, right when we get out we got to attack and I think that will be the biggest test this week,” SU offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said.Hackett said the coaches have drilled the need to come out ready to go on the first drive all week at practice. Wide receiver Alec Lemon said practices have started with team drills to get the players running around and in the flow for the game rather than starting with individual work.While the play calling that Marrone referenced last Saturday contributes to the slow starts, Lemon said it comes down to the players being focused when they step on the field.“We got to come in with our mindset ready to go on the first play,” Lemon said. “You can’t take a couple plays to get into the flow of the game and stuff like that, so it takes ownership on us too.”Still, Hackett admits part of the problem lies with the play calling. Syracuse has been a slow-starting team since he arrived in 2010, and he knows he needs to be more aggressive with his calls early in games.Starting off conservative will only contribute to a sluggish start. Last week, Stony Brook came out and confused the Orange with a variety of looks in coverage, and it took until halftime for Hackett and the team to adjust.The offense will face a Minnesota defense that focuses on stuffing the run and forcing quarterbacks to throw the ball to the outside of the field, Hackett said.Lemon said the offense must know the opposing defense’s tendencies, but it also comes down to making plays and execution on the Orange’s side.“We got a different defense each week and good players out there,” Lemon said. “We got to make the plays on our side of the ball. We can’t hurt ourselves with turnovers and stuff like that, so it comes up to us as well.”For Syracuse to pick up its second win of the season against Minnesota, Lemon and his teammates have to make plays in the first 30 minutes — not just in the second half.“With a good team like this, you have to have success right away, but that’s just like any team you have to,” Lemon said. “Our goal is to score every possession, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Ibra’s Return Delights Mourinho

first_img“The second half was ours,” said Mourinho. “We had control, goals, beautiful actions and still time for a very emotional scene for all of us, who stayed close to such a professional with one of the biggest injuries in football.“And so him coming back was a joy for everyone but for us close to him it was more than that, it was a big emotion to see the big guy back.”Pogba was sorely missed during his two-month absence, not least by striker Romelu Lukaku who ended a run of seven games without a goal by adding the fourth for United against Newcastle.And although he would not talk about Pogba during his injury, Mourinho was forthright about the French international’s value to United, although he now has to make a decision whether or not to select him for Wednesday’s Champions League group game with Basle.“He was top,” said the United manager. “It looked like he was not out, he came back with a great performance, really great performance, he had great influence in the game.“I agreed with him he had to make the decision of coming out at the first sign of fatigue because we don’t want to go over the limit so he played a little bit more than an hour.“He affects our football. When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, we have to find solutions that we have but we all know – myself, and the fellow players – that some players influence the level of the team.“So with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. Let’s see the best decision for Wednesday.”Pogba celebrated wildly, on his way down the tunnel, when Lukaku scored the fourth goal after 70 minutes and Mourinho was equally pleased to see the Belgian return to goalscoring ways.“Strikers like to score goals,” he said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score, but for their self esteem and self confidence they want to score goals.“And he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence, so I was really happy that he scored that goal.”After the teams had traded goals, Chris Smalling headed United into a 2-1 lead in first-half injury-time, although Newcastle were close to snatching an equaliser before the break when an Isaac Hayden shot was well saved and Matt Ritchie’s follow-up shot was almost deflected in by Dwight Gayle, who had scored the opener.“I’m really pleased and proud of my players for that opening 30 minutes,” Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said. “But when you pay big money for players, they can make the difference.“If we had scored a second it might have been different but, even if we had scored a second, you can’t think a game with Man United is finished with the level of their players. You know it is going to be 90 minutes of suffering but it’s a pity because we had chances.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Jose Mourinho admitted he felt emotional to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic return from his career-threatening knee ligament operation in Manchester United’s impressive 4-1 victory over Newcastle United.Paul Pogba, coming back from a 12-match lay-off of his own with a hamstring problem, started the game and played a pivotal role, laying on an equaliser for Anthony Martial and scoring United’s third.But Ibrahimovic, who tore knee ligaments against Anderlecht in April and underwent career-saving surgery, drew the biggest cheer of the day when he appeared as a 77th-minute substitute.last_img read more

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Song completes move to Barcelona

first_imgAlex Song has completed his move to Barcelona from Arsenal.The 24-year-old Cameroon international midfielder has signed a five-year contract at the Nou Camp after the clubs agreed a £15m deal.Song, whose contract will contain a release clause of 80m euros (£63m), passed a medical on Monday.“I’m very happy to be here, this is the best team in the world. Playing at a club like Barca is something I wanted when I was young,” Song told Barca TV.“I hope the team will continue to win, this is a winning team. They win everything.” Arsenal are close to signing 23-year-old Turkey international midfielder Nuri Sahin on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid as a replacement. Song did not play in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland, after which Arsenal confirmed an agreement had been reached with Barca.The Spaniards will present him to the media on 11:00 BST on Tuesday.“It’s always frustrating losing good players, but we have plenty of players in midfield,” said Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.“We are looking to bring one more midfielder in, and maybe one defender as well because we still feel we are short in some positions.”Sahin joined Real Madrid from Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund last summer but struggled to make an impact, and head coach Jose Mourinho has said he is free to find a new club. Song, who had two years left on his contract, joined Arsenal as a 17-year-old from French side Bastia in 2005.He initially arrived on a one-year loan deal, with a £2.75m fee agreed to make the move permanent.Song went on to make more than 200 appearances for Arsenal, including 34 in the Premier League last season.The midfielder will now link-up with former team-mate Cesc Fabregas at Barcelona who he believes will help him settle in at the Nou Camp.“I know Cesc very well,” Song added. “He’s a very good friend of mine, he will help me to integrate.” With Abou Diaby, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky returning to match fitness, Wenger says he is happy with his midfield options.Arsenal have signed striker Olivier Giroud, forward Lukas Podolski and midfielder Santi Cazorla, but captain Robin van Persie – who scored 30 league goals last season – has joined Manchester United.last_img read more

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Ex.Co suspends referee Thaud for four matches

first_imgThe Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association has suspended referee Beatrice Thaud and upheld the decision of the Match Review Panel not to take any Luka Kofi Asare.Case Wa All Stars v Tema Youth – Week 5After a careful study of the recommendations of the Match Review Panel, the Executive Committee approved of the report on the above match as follows;The Assistant Referee I, Beatrice Thaud allowed a bad goal against Wa All Stars in the 75th minutes of the match.The Assistant Referee conceded her error of allowing a bad goal by Tema Youth’s Player number 7 against Wa All Stars at the hearing and explained that she failed to position herself properly at the time of the incident.Consequently the panel’s recommendation for Assistant Referee I, Beatrice Thaud to be suspended for four (4) matches is upheld. The suspension must take effect from week 9 of the Glo Premier League.For the avoidance of doubt, please note that the weeks are in strict compliance with the GLO Premier League matches and not the lunar calendar.Case R.T.U. v Aduana Stars – Week 3After a careful study of the recommendations of the Match Review Panel, the Executive Committee approved of the report on the above match as follows;The recommendation by the panel after watching the video of the match not to take any adverse action against Assistant Referee I, Luka Kofi Asare is upheld because the Match Commissioner’s claims that he wrongly flagged on several occasions during the match could not be justified.last_img read more

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