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Evacuated Miami Dolphins arrive in LA for extended stay

first_imgBecause of Irma, the Dolphins told players Wednesday to take the rest of this week off.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The person confirmed the Dolphins’ plans to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t publicly disclosed them.Team owner Stephen Ross flew players, coaches, traveling staff and their families to Los Angeles on Friday as the hurricane approached Florida, the person said. Other players who had already left the state in advance of Irma are also arriving in Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Dolphins will have a team meeting Tuesday and will practice beginning Wednesday at the Dallas Cowboys’ complex in Oxnard. The Los Angeles Rams also offered the use of their complex.Miami will open its season at the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 17. The Dolphins had been scheduled to open Sunday at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but that game was postponed until Nov. 19. Winning start Hurting Keys tells Stephens ‘drinks are on you’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Elizabeth Ponder, center, hugs her daughter Exodus Ponder, left, while standing in line at the Savannah Civic Center before evacuating from he path of Hurricane Irma, Saturday, Sept., 9, 2017 in Savannah, Ga. Irma regained Category 5 status late Friday. Thousands of people in the Caribbean fought desperately to find shelter or escape their storm-blasted islands, and more than 6 million people in Florida and Georgia were warned to leave their homes. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins escaped Hurricane Irma by beginning an extended stay in California.The Dolphins evacuated from South Florida before the storm’s arrival and will practice in Oxnard, California, next week to prepare for their delayed start of the season, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments MOST READcenter_img Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

GPHC Chairman calls for nurses’ salary increase

first_imgChairman of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Dr Carl Max Hanoman is calling on the government to increase nurses’ salary or face losing them.Hanoman stated that he is currently in the process of asking for an increase in nurses’ salary— something, he said, he has appealed for more than once.Chairman of the GPHC, Dr Carl Max HanomanHanoman stated that while it is arguable that nurses at the GPHC are the highest paid nurses in the country, they are also the ones under the most pressure.  He explained that the Corporation has considered the conditions under which the nurses work and had ensured that certain allowances are incorporated into their salaries.Noting that he hopes to improve the quality of nursing care in the Corporation, Hanoman is appealing to government to hike the pay.“I’m appealing to those in power to look after nurses if not we will lose them and we don’t want to lose them,” he said, explaining that the hospital’s major constraint is a shortage of nurses and that that shortage leads to poor quality healthcare.“The more nurses we get the better is the hospital and how do we get more nurses is if we pay them more money. We have to encourage them,” he said, adding: “I hope the government sees this vision”.Nurses complain incessantly that they are being forced to work and study under poor conditions, most time with a shortage of lecturers and slow internet access. However, their major protest has always been for better wages.In 2013, GPHC nurses had staged several protests outside of the hospital Accidents and Emergency Unit, objecting to what they said was a “measly” salary increase.last_img read more

Art Wilson: Ruffian’s legacy lives on

first_imgWhat’s sad is Ruffian, unbeaten in 10 career starts before the match race, probably is remembered more for breaking down in what was her 11th and final race than the brilliant career she enjoyed as a 2- and 3-year-old. Somebody once said, “Ruffian was a champion for what she accomplished on the race track, but she is a legend because of the one contest she did not finish.” Let’s first examine the extraordinary accomplishments of this daughter of Reviewer. In her first start, May 22, 1974 at Belmont Park, she broke her maiden by 15 lengths while running the 51/2 furlongs in a track record-tying 1:03. She moved up to stakes company in her second start and won the Fashion Stakes at Belmont in record time. IF you’re a thoroughbred racing fan who enjoys watching old footage of champion horses, do yourself a favor. Sign on to YouTube, search for “Ruffian Movie” and then sit back and watch the greatest filly ever to race. The video includes an ode to the talented distaffer that focuses on a man’s first trip to the races as a young boy on that fateful July 6 afternoon in 1975 at Belmont Park when Ruffian broke down in the famous match race against Foolish Pleasure. In a January 2006 column, I picked the top 10 race horses I’ve seen run since the early 1970s. Spectacular Bid was first, Secretariat second and Ruffian third. All three shared one common trait – they could win at short and long distances. It didn’t matter if they were racing six furlongs or a mile and a quarter, they were champions of their sport. center_img She continued to get faster in each start and won the Astoria Stakes at Saratoga in a record time of 1:024/5 for 51/2 furlongs. She won eight stakes races and set records in each one. She won her 10 races by an average margin of 81/3 lengths. She would have won “The Match” against Foolish Pleasure, too, if not for the shattered sesamoid bones that led to her being euthanized the next morning. She had taken a short lead as the pair approached the mile marker when both jockeys heard what they described later as a sound “like the breaking of a board.” It’s often written of Ruffian that “she died on the lead,” and she’s commonly referred to as the “Queen of Fillies.” In the final race she finished, the grueling 11/2-mile Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park, she opened about a six-length lead down the backstretch before winning by 23/4 lengths over over Equal Change. The victory gave Ruffian the Filly Triple Crown, following wins in the Acorn and Mother Goose stakes. Immediately after, the idea surfaced to match the three winners of the Triple Crown races that year – Foolish Pleasure, Master Derby and Avatar. When Avatar returned to California to prepare for the Swaps Stakes, Ruffian became part of the equation. But LeRoy Jolley, Foolish Pleasure’s trainer, didn’t want any part of it. He believed Foolish Pleasure’s jockey would spend more time watching Ruffian and Master Derby could steal the race. So Master Derby’s camp was paid $50,000 to stay away from the race. It was the first time a track paid a non-appearance fee to a horse’s handlers. Of course, it didn’t matter. They probably could have run all the top colts in the country and, when healthy, Ruffian would have beaten them all. Ruffian was a freak of nature and, like Barbaro just recently, she was taken from us way too early. art.wilson@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2103 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NASA promotes down-to-Earth science approach

first_imgA Science and Mathematics Education Task Force convened in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Energy found most students lose interest in these topics during the middle school years – a time when most start thinking about future careers. Meanwhile, middle school teachers, who are crucial in maintaining student interest in the sciences, are not getting the professional support needed to succeed, according to the task force. “They have a hard time envisioning their future and the career they want,” Cook said. “But technology motivates them, which is why I think this program will get them more excited.” Maria Gandera, Roosevelt’s principal, agreed. “They need to see what (science and math) really means in real life,” she said. “All they see is the book. … If students can realize how it applies up there, not just on planet Earth, but beyond, it’s going to keep them interested.” Seidel said it’s important for each student to have at least basic scientific knowledge. “We’re not expecting every fifth-grader to go into science and engineering,” he said. “But these kids are going to be citizens and they’re going to be voters. We want them to understand the issues they’re going to decide. “Global warming is probably the best example. … If you don’t understand the science, you may be susceptible to emotional arguments that may not be based on reality.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – A local school is looking to the stars to inspire Earth-bound students to study and pursue careers in science, mathematics and technology. Theodore Roosevelt Middle School was recently named a NASA Explorer School, one of 25 nationwide this year accepted by the space agency’s education initiative. Under the three-year partnership, a team of teachers will work with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena to bring its resources – scientists, gadgets and even astronauts – down to Earth and into the classrooms. “Any time you make the connection, especially to NASA, the students are just completely fascinated,” said Mary Cook, a Roosevelt science teacher who enrolled the school into the program. “They just want to know so much more. They’re completely motivated.” It begins in July with a week-long teachers’ workshop and includes a $17,500 technology grant paid over three years. Future student activities could include visits by NASA scientists, tours of JPL and teleconferences with astronauts, Cook said. “It’s to give them the idea that there are real careers doing this,” said David Seidel, manager of JPL’s elementary and secondary education program. “It’s not that all explorers are dead, white Europeans. They’re here now, and we’re going to need their help later.” Besides the hard sciences, courses in the social sciences and humanities also could benefit, Seidel said. “These students are the right age where they could be working on the planet Mars,” he said. “If they’re doing a unit for social studies, they could look at what it’s like to live in an isolated community (on Mars).” The NASA program began in 2003 and has enrolled more than 200 schools nationwide. It comes amid growing anxiety that U.S. leadership in the technical and scientific fields is beginning to lag. last_img read more

Province reminds residents of wildfire safety ahead of Long Weekend

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia is reminding residents to stay safe and aware of wildfire risks as they travel around and enjoy the outdoors this Victoria Day Long Weekend.According to Premier John Horgan, the Province has prepared and invested significantly in fire prevention and fire response in anticipation of this year’s wildfire season, adding that it is everyone’s role when it comes protecting communities from wildfires.“As British Columbians head out to enjoy the long weekend, we are urging people to take precautions to be fire and emergency safe. The Province has taken significant steps to make sure that we’re ready for the 2019 fire season, including new investments in fire prevention and fire response, but we all have a part to play to protect our communities and province.”- Advertisement -As part of Budget 2019, the B.C. government increased wildfire prevention, response and recovery investments by 58 percent to $101 million per year in an effort to keep B.C. safe from wildfires.To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, you can call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or text *5555 on a cellphone.For up-to-date wildfire information, you can visit bcwildfire.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

Miners win suit against Borax

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“They were giving the workers one lunch break – 30 minutes unpaid – which they were required to do under the collective bargaining agreement, along with one 10-minute rest period,” plaintiff’s attorney Neil Herring said Tuesday. The case was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in April 2004. Borax moved it to U.S. District Court, though the meal break litigation was sent back to the lower courts. Borax argued the meal break schedule was negotiated in its contract with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 30, and a section of the state commission’s wage order said meal period requirements “shall not apply to any employee covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement.” “It’s a very competitive marketplace,” Borax spokeswoman Susan Keefe said Tuesday. “Every change in the work force and benefits affects our ability to compete. It’s a give-and-take (between labor and management.)” A Los Angeles judge in 2005 agreed, but that ruling was overturned in a decision published last week. The appellate court found the commission’s powers “do not extend to the creation of additional exemptions from meal period requirement beyond those provided by the Legislature.” VALENCIA – U.S. Borax must provide two lunch breaks for miners working 12-hour shifts in the Boron pits, according to a recent ruling by a state appellate court. The 2nd District Court of Appeal found the state Industrial Welfare Commission overstepped its authority in an order that could exempt unionized mine workers from getting two 30-minute lunch breaks as required by state law. It’s a victory for six miners who sued the Valencia-based company for withholding meal and rest periods. The company employs more than 800 at the open pit mine in Boron in Kern County, and is one of the world’s leading supplier of borate ore, a salt found in detergent, water softeners and other products. State law requires a 30-minute meal break for every five hours of work, along with a 10-minute break during every four working hours. Only wholesale bakers and film and broadcasting employees are exempt. “The IWC lacks the authority to carve out additional exceptions to the meal period requirements within the statute the Legislature has carved,” Herring said. “A regulatory agency doesn’t have the authority to alter, diminish or augment a statute.” Keefe said the company agreed with the earlier ruling, and is considering its options, including an appeal to the state Supreme Court. “We do believe it’s a good place to work and our employees believe that,” she said, citing average worker tenure at the mines of at least 15 years. Meantime, the U.S. District Court dismissed the case against Borax’s rest-break guidelines. The plaintiffs, who are still employed at the mines, have appealed, Herring said. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Highly-rated Belgian set for Monaco medical after snubbing Premier League duo

first_img Youri Tielemans 1 Belgian starlet Youri Tielemans will have a medical at Monaco after snubbing a move to Manchester City or Manchester United.The midfielder broke into Anderlecht’s first team as a 16-year-old and emerged as one of the best young players in world football after scoring 13 goals in 37 league outings in 2016/17.That form attracted the interest of some of Europe’s top clubs with the Premier League duo said to be targeting the wonderkid.But Anderlecht sporting director Herman van Holsbeeck has confirmed that Tielemans is set for Monaco after a fee of £21.6m – and revealed why the player decided against a move to England.Holsbeeck told Nieuwsblad: “The transfer fee will be €25m plus bonuses involved.“Medical tests have been scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday. Monaco is the ideal club for Youri.“Youri really wanted to go to a club where the coach would love to work with him.“Last season, he said to me: ‘I won’t go to Manchester where I am just another number on a list’.”last_img read more

Fire rips through one of Donegal’s best-known restaurants

first_imgA fire has severely damaged one of Donegal’s most famous restaurants.The blaze ripped through Kitty Kelly’s in Killybegs in the early hours of this morning.Firefighters backed up by the Gardai were on the scene of the blaze which is understood to have been caused by an electrical fault around 6am. The restaurant was severely damaged and will not be open for the foreseeable future.A spokesman explained “With a very heavy heart, we have to notify you, our customers of the soul-destroying fire which happened in the early hours of this morning in the restaurant, due to an electrical fault. It goes without saying that severe damage was done.“As it stands we will not be open for the foreseeable future. We will keep you updated on this.“Otherwise, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the person who alerted the emergency services after 6 this morning. Thank you also to the response team (fire brigades & local gardai). “Also, thank you to all the local people from Kilcar to Donegal Town who have been in touch already today. A lot of messages I still have to answer, but will be answered in due course and once we wrap our heads around the devastation.“Thank you to our staff most of all who rallied in to be with us today. Most importantly, none of them was in the building or hurt.”The spokesperson also revealed that everything was destroyed in the fire, including the restaurant’s reservation book with contact details.The spokesperson added “If you or anyone you know has made a reservation for May, June & July please feel free to give us a call on 087 1846523.Fire rips through one of Donegal’s best-known restaurants was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfireKillybegsKitty Kellyslast_img read more

How Long Does Geology Take?

first_img(Visited 641 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Geological change can occur quickly, if conditions are right, affecting life and civilization.How long does it take for geological changes to occur? It depends on the type of change. Glaciers and continents move slowly, but a major asteroid strike could change a whole world instantly. Here are some news items to bear on the question of rapid vs slow change in geology and in a field dependent on geological change, biogeography.Geological ChangeAfrica is splitting in two (Phys.org). Mention “geological time,” and what comes to mind? Usually, those charts with cumbersome names like Paleozoic, Pleistocene or Jurassic, with their side columns showing life evolving over millions of years. In Africa, though, geologists are watching a big, sudden change: “A large crack, stretching several kilometres has made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya, as reported by BBC news.” The new rift is 50 feet deep and 50 feet wide, and still growing. More significantly, this article admits that geologists do not understand the forces behind plate tectonics. Live Science reporter Laura Geggel tries to fit the observation into conventional wisdom about plate tectonics, but an ounce of real-time observation is worth a pound of theory. Phys.org relays the thoughts of the lead geologist about the reliability of plate tectonics theory:Dr. Lucía Pérez-Díaz, Postdoctoral Researcher, said: “The Earth is an ever-changing planet, even though in some respects change might be almost unnoticeable to us.“Plate tectonics is a good example of this. But every now and again something dramatic happens and leads to renewed questions about the African continent splitting in two.”The moyboy experts quoted in the article do not doubt slow geological change over “tens of millions of years.” The end of the article, though, mentions “sudden motorway-splitting faults or large earthquakes” as examples of “dramatic events” that have occurred. These having the advantage of eyewitness testimony. Nobody has witnessed a million years.River’s evolution unfolds with fresh mix of dating techniques (Science Daily). Lab experiments with flumes (artificial channels where flow rates and sedimentation can be controlled) are changing ideas about river evolution. Even though the authors believe that the Lower Moulouya river in northeast Morocco took over a million years to achieve its present shape, there were surprises. Climate, for instance, was much less a factor than tectonic change. A big enough tectonic event could be quite rapid. The scientists determined that some deposits were younger than a million years old. This should be surprising in a world they believe is older by three orders of magnitude. The forces they describe could have taken place quickly:At a regional scale, several indicators point to transient fluvial response resulting from major tectonic activity in this area, especially rock uplift in the Beni Snassen massif.The latter strongly influenced drainage organisation, and therefore landscape evolution, in northeast Morocco.The most striking feature of this drainage changes is the formation of a spectacular 30km-long gorge, which deeply cut the carbonate formations of the Beni Snassen massif, as a probable result of river piracy event(s), which made the Moulouya flow in its current direction towards the Mediterranean Sea.Biogeographical and Ecological ChangeSpider ‘Ballooning’ Flight With Silk Caught on Video (National Geographic). Spiders can be world travelers. We tend to think that a spider cannot migrate very far, but think again. Sarah Gibbons writes, “By releasing a silky sail, the crawlers can ‘balloon’ far distances—sometimes over entire oceans.” Tests of this phenomenon under controlled conditions showed that large numbers of spiders are jet setters:The behavior Cho observed was “highly developed,” he says. He gathered that there are “big numbers of spiders doing this accurately.”Before takeoff, the spiders prepared, like any good pilot would do.Sticking out a front, hairy leg, the spiders tested wind speeds. In his lab, Cho was able to manipulate speeds and found that the spiders typically didn’t take off until speeds were lower than three meters per second.Species hitch a ride on birds and the wind to join green roof communities (Science Daily). People who grow gardens on rooftoops and on high-rise buildings have found a surprise: species showing up they didn’t plant. This was surprising, given that the habitats are remote and harsh. “New research suggests that species that live on green roofs arrived by hitching lifts on birds or by riding air currents,” this article says. There seems to be a form of “aerial plankton” that allows mites, springtails (tiny insect-like creatures), bacteria and fungi and soil organisms to get up to these habitats, implying that they can also spread quickly over vast distances through these carriers.Wildlife haven of Sulawesi much younger than first thought, according to new research (Phys.org). Another phenomenon gets dated down from previous assumptions (notice the Tontological headline?). Even using evolutionary assumptions, dates were off by an order of magnitude for the ecology of an island in southeast Asia.The results reveal that though each species most likely arrived on what is now the island of Sulawesi at different times over the past 13 million years, all of them began to spread across the island simultaneously about 1-2 million years ago. This timing exactly coincides with geological evidence for the emergence of the arms of the island from the ocean. This coincidence indicates that the highly biodiverse and endemic ecosystems of Sulawesi have been assembled over a far more recent time frame than previously thought.Parts of the Amazon thought uninhabited were actually home to up to a million people (Science Daily). This update to a surprise reported earlier (02 Sept 2008, 2 March 2017) provides another example of relatively rapid ecological change. The “untamed jungles” of legend, with primitive stone-age peoples inhabiting them, need to yield to new discoveries of complex civilizations that lived there not that many centuries ago. This was true in the Angkor Wat region of Cambodia, and is now turning out to be the case in Amazonia. Discoveries of earthworks called geoglyphs deep in the Amazon Basin are showing that “Parts of the Amazon previously thought to have been almost uninhabited were really home to thriving populations of up to a million people, new research shows.” One research team member says with Tontological spin,  “Our research shows we need to re-evaluate the history of the Amazon.” See Live Science for some aerial photos of the “mysterious geoglyphs.”Divided by DNA: The uneasy relationship between archaeology and ancient genomics (Nature). This thought-provoking article, which might be called “archaeology vs genomics,” has more to say about philosophical assumptions behind scientificclaims than the claims themselves. Reporter Ewen Callaway remembers how reluctant archaeologists were to embrace radiocarbon dating in the 1970s, when it upset conventional theories about dates of artifacts and civilizations. Is a similar battle happening now because of the next “transformative technology” of genomics? Genetic comparisons of people at archaeological sites is pointing to widespread migration and genetic mixing that was unexpected, sometimes indicating movements of whole populations over large distances. Archaeologists don’t want to be seen as Luddites rejecting these findings, but they also don’t like the attitude of some geneticists who think DNA answers every question. David Reich of Harvard, a pioneer of genetics research of archaeological remains, puts it this way with a cordial snicker:Reich concedes that his field hasn’t always handled the past with the nuance or accuracy that archaeologists and historians would like. But he hopes they will eventually be swayed by the insights his field can bring. “We’re barbarians coming late to the study of the human past,” Reich says. “But it’s dangerous to ignore barbarians.”Taking the long term view, we should recognize that Rome’s barbarians were supplanted by later migrants who were barbarians to them, and so on. So which barbarians have the whole truth? Will today’s civilized scientists be invaded by a new generation of barbarians in the future? Sometimes barbarians are wiser than the conquered.last_img read more

More avian influenza cases in Indiana

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) is reporting several additional sites with avian influenza in Indiana.The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the pathogenicity of eight of the nine H7N8 avian influenza detections announced on Jan. 16. The turkey flocks have been confirmed as low pathogenic avian influenza, with additional testing ongoing for the ninth flock.These Jan. 16 detections were identified as part of surveillance testing in the control area surrounding the initial highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza (HPAI) case in that state, identified on Jan. 15.Sam Custer, with Ohio State University in Darke County, is watching the situation closely on Ohio’s border with Indiana in the heart of Ohio’s poultry industry.“This virus is different from last year virus and it is of North American lineage,” Custer said. “This particular combination is uncommon but is not unheard of. Only partial sequences have been obtained and the full sequence of the virus necessary for a better understanding of its origin will be obtained sometime this week. Notification to the international community is underway and a few countries have already shut down exports from the U.S. Caution, discretion and biosecurity should be observed in all commercial and noncommercial poultry premises.”The pathogenicity of a virus refers to its ability to produce disease. Birds with low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) often show no signs of infection or only have minor symptoms. HPAI viruses spread quickly and cause high mortality in domestic poultry. H7 LPAI viruses have been known to mutate into HPAI viruses in the past.“It appears that there was a low pathogenic virus circulating in the poultry population in this area, and that virus likely mutated into a highly pathogenic virus in one flock,” said Dr. John Clifford, USDA Chief Veterinarian. “Through cooperative industry, state and federal efforts, we were able to quickly identify and isolate the highly pathogenic case, and depopulate that flock. Together, we are also working to stop further spread of the LPAI virus, and will continue aggressive testing on additional premises within the expanded control area to ensure any additional cases of either HPAI or LPAI are identified and controlled quickly.”APHIS continues to work closely with the Indiana State Board of Animal Health and the affected poultry industry on a joint incident response. State officials quarantined the additional affected premises and depopulation of birds has already begun. Depopulation prevents the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system.No human infections associated with avian influenza A viruses of this particular subtype (i.e., H7N8) have ever been reported. As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F kills bacteria and viruses, including HPAI.As part of existing avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners continue to work on additional surveillance and testing in the nearby area. No new presumptive cases have been identified since Jan. 16.The rapid testing and response in this incident is the result of months of planning with local, state, federal and industry partners to ensure the most efficient and effective coordination. Since the previous HPAI detections in 2015, APHIS and its state and industry partners have learned valuable lessons to help implement stronger preparedness and response capabilities. In September, APHIS published a HPAI Preparedness and Response Plan that captures the results of this planning effort, organizing information on preparatory activities, policy decisions and updated strategy documents.The United States has the strongest AI surveillance program in the world, and USDA is working with its partners to actively look for the disease in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets and in migratory wild bird populations.Avian influenza (AI) is caused by an influenza type A virus which can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese and guinea fowl) and is carried by free flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese and shorebirds. AI viruses are classified by a combination of two groups of proteins: hemagglutinin or “H” proteins, of which there are 16 (H1–H16), and neuraminidase or “N” proteins, of which there are 9 (N1–N9). Many different combinations of “H” and “N” proteins are possible. Each combination is considered a different subtype, and can be further broken down into different strains. AI viruses are further classified by their pathogenicity (low or high) — the ability of a particular virus strain to produce disease in domestic chickens.Anyone involved with poultry production, from the small backyard to the large commercial producer, should review their biosecurity activities to assure the health of their birds. To facilitate such a review, a biosecurity self-assessment and educational materials can be found at http://www.uspoultry.org/animal_husbandry/intro.cfm.In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov.last_img read more