18 Nov

Indonesia says 2 more avian flu cases confirmed

first_imgDec 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s human death toll from H5N1 avian influenza rose to 11 today with the report that tests have confirmed that a man and a boy who died last week had the virus.Samples from a 39-year-old man and an 8-year-old boy tested positive at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Hariyadi Wibisono of the Indonesian health ministry, as quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) today. The CDC tests confirmed earlier test results in Indonesia.Their cases are the 15th and 16th reported as confirmed in Indonesia. The World Health Organization (WHO) had not yet included the cases in its online tally at this writing. The WHO’s overall count currently stands at 139 cases with 71 deaths in the past 2 years.The two victims lived in different sections of Jakarta, according to a Bloomberg News report today. The man died Dec 13, and the boy died Dec 15, according to AFP.The Bloomberg report said the man had had no known contact with sick birds before he died, while the boy lived not far from a market where pet birds are sold.The story said community groups, soldiers, and student volunteers began a door-to-door campaign in Jakarta today to find and destroy sick birds in houses and backyards.last_img read more

20 Sep

GSA, MDI boys post prelim shutouts; local girls’ teams start playoffs 0-5

first_imgBLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy and Mount Desert Island boys’ soccer teams advanced to the Northern Maine quarterfinals with shutout victories in Friday’s preliminaries.In Blue Hill, seventh-ranked GSA scored early and often to breeze to an 8-0 win over No. 10 Piscataquis (4-10-1). The victory gave the Eagles their fourth 10-win season in a row and propelled the team to a quarterfinal showdown with Orono.Facing the No. 2 Red Riots on the road Wednesday, GSA went down 1-0 in the first half before Lars Hooper scored in the second to send the game to overtime. After both teams failed to score in the two overtime periods, the game went to penalty kicks.After three rounds of penalty kicks, though, officials made the decision to call the game due to darkness. That decision nullified the entire contest, meaning the Eagles had to return to Orono on Wednesday to replay the quarterfinal.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the replay, GSA went down 2-0 at halftime before scoring twice to force a second overtime game in as many days. Yet Orono (11-4) came away with the win courtesy of Trent Lick, who completed a hat trick to sent the Red Riots past the Eagles (10-6).In Class B North, the MDI boys defeated No. 8 Hermon (6-6-3) 3-0 on the road Friday. Oliver Johnston, Leao Nelson and Derek Collin scored for the ninth-ranked Trojans, who advanced to the quarterfinals for the third time in five years.“That was one of the best games we’ve played all year,” MDI head coach Tyler Frank said of his team’s win over Hermon. “We’ve played that well before, but we haven’t played that well for that long. We were communicating well, and we did very well at being the first team to the ball.”On Tuesday, MDI traveled to The County to take on top-ranked Caribou. The Trojans (6-8-2) fell behind 4-0 to the Vikings (13-1-1) but fought back to make the final score 4-2 with goals from September Murray and Nelson in the final 15 minutes.On the girls’ side, the No. 10 Ellsworth girls traveled to Thorndike to face No. 7 Mount View in prelim action Saturday. Playing in their first playoff game in five years, the Eagles (7-8) fell to the Mustangs (11-4) 3-0.Elsewhere in Class B, the 12th-ranked MDI girls went on the road for a prelim contest against Caribou on Saturday and succumbed to a 2-0 defeat. Jocelyn Hartin and Willow Whitten scored for the No. 5 Vikings (8-4-3), who handed the Trojans (5-9-1) their eighth loss in the past nine games.Hancock County’s misfortunes extended to the lower classes with prelim losses by Bucksport, the No. 8 seed in Class C North, and Deer Isle-Stonington, the No. 12 seed in Class D North. The Golden Bucks finished the year 4-10-1 with a 7-2 home loss against ninth-ranked Penquis Valley (6-7-2), and the Mariners finished 2-11-2 with a 6-0 loss against No. 5 Katahdin (10-5) in Stacyville.In the Class C North quarterfinals, No. 6 GSA (5-6-4) fell 1-0 on the road against third-ranked Fort Kent (8-5-2) on Tuesday. The fifth-ranked Sumner girls (10-2-2), who had their showdown with No. 4 Central (8-4-2) postponed Wednesday, will now face the Red Devils at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 25, on the turf at Hampden Academy.Sumner’s No. 4 boys’ team (13-1) had its quarterfinal against No. 5 Lee Academy (7-6-1) postponed Tuesday. The game has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. tomorrow under the lights at Ellsworth’s Del Luce Stadium. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Biocenter_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img read more

12 Aug

Beaches in Palm Beach County to reopen next week with no restrictions

first_imgCommissioners in Palm Beach County have voted to reopen beaches to the public on Monday.The vote was finalized after a four hour sometimes passionate session on Friday.Five members voted for the change while two did not think it was a good idea.Commissioners also voted not impose any restrictions on guest visiting the beaches including restricting the beaches to residents.Officials originally wanted to restrict access to residents only, however, an attorney advised the group to reconsider that restriction due to grants that are being applied to the county.As far as social distancing goes, Commissioner Robert Weinroth said the county would have to rely on the public to be mature and responsible, in response to the claim that lifeguards and other county officials would not be able to do their daily task and enforce social distancing.last_img read more