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Two mobile homes burgled in Letterkenny

first_imgGardaí are investigating burglaries at two mobile homes at the Glebe on the Ramelton Road in Letterkenny. The incident took place last Tuesday, the 14th of May between 4 and 5 pm. A number of electrical equipment was taken during the course of the two burglaries. If anyone saw anything unexpected in the area at the time of the incident then Letterkenny Gardaí would like to hear from you on 074-9167100 or you can contact the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.Two mobile homes burgled in Letterkenny was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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)last_img read more

Concerns heighten as USDA stockpiles vaccines

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture is creating a stockpile of avian influenza vaccines, but an expert suggests careful consideration of the strategy and cautions that the strain of the next outbreak is unknown.Wild birds are typically the source of the introduction of the virus to backyard and commercial poultry flocks, which makes it very difficult to know the strain and understand the nature of the incoming virus until after the outbreak has occurred in poultry populations, said Suresh Mittal, a professor of comparative pathobiology in Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.In 2015, 15 U.S. states had bird flu outbreaks at poultry farms, which led to the loss of more than 48 million birds and $3 billion in revenue, as well as a pricier Thanksgiving dinner. The virus can infect chickens, turkeys, ducks, pheasants, quail, geese and guinea fowl, as well as wild birds, according to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and testimony at a special hearing of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a second request on Nov. 20 for proposals from manufacturers as it works to create an emergency stockpile of avian influenza vaccines.Mittal said the USDA should carefully consider its vaccine selections and cautions that the virus can quickly change. While his research focuses on the creation of a vaccine that offers broad protection against multiple strains and mutations of the avian influenza virus, he is not working with a manufacturer or in a position to submit a proposal for the stockpile.“Protecting poultry from avian influenza is complicated and there is much to consider as the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service makes its decision about vaccine use,” Mittal said. “What works against the viruses infecting birds today may not work against the virus we face tomorrow, as it rapidly mutates to avoid attack from the immune system. Luck  — or a vaccine effective against a broad range of strains — is needed for an emergency stockpile to work when an outbreak hits.”Mittal and postdoctoral student Omar Amen performed a study of a 2010 avian influenza outbreak in vaccinated chickens at a large poultry farm in Egypt, where avian influenza is endemic and a vaccination policy is in place. They found the vaccine offered little protection. A paper detailing the study was published in the September issue of the journal Virus Research and is available online.At the time of the study a H5N1 virus was responsible for most infections in the country, and the majority of farms used an available vaccine for H5N2 that had experimentally been shown to provide protection against the identified H5N1 virus, Amen said.“The virus present at the farm we studied had mutated from the strain on which the vaccines were experimentally tested, greatly limiting the ability of the vaccine to protect the birds,” Amen said. “Between 2009 and 2011 there were many outbreaks in vaccinated flocks in Egypt, and this was a rare case where researchers were there at the time to investigate.”The research team originally intended to monitor the immunizations and measure the resulting increase in antibodies in the chickens’ immune systems, an indicator of how well a vaccine works. While there, Amen noticed that all of the chickens became sick and the study shifted to identify and characterize the virus and find out why the vaccine did not offer protection, he said.Researchers took 10 samples from different sheds containing thousands of birds within the farm. The team then isolated the virus from the samples and identified its genes. Results showed that all samples contained the same virus, an H5N1 virus with extensive mutations from the endemic H5N1 virus strain used to experimentally test the vaccine.The H and N nomenclature for avian influenza refers to two proteins on the surface of the virus, the hemagglutinin or “H” and the neuraminidase or “N.” The 16 H subtypes and 9 N subtypes could potentially produce 144 unique influenza viruses. In addition, within a specific H and N subtype, there are subgroups that are antigenically different from each other, Mittal said.The mutations to the virus that infected the chickens occurred in the hemagglutinin sites, which are the more important sites in terms of a protective antibody response, he said.“Where changes are in the virus defines how different the virus is,” Mittal said. “A vaccine primes the immune system to recognize and respond to a virus through exposure to certain proteins within that virus. Based on the mutations to this virus, the proteins would be different from those included in the vaccine and the immune system would not be primed and prepared to mount its defense. This case highlights how easily a vaccine thought to be effective can be rendered useless in the face of rapid mutations.”Mittal has created vaccines for past strains of bird flu and continues to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Institutes of Health recently awarded $1.55 million to an avian influenza vaccine project Mittal leads.Mittal’s avian influenza vaccine work has been described in papers for The Lancet, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Molecular Therapy, PLOS ONE and Virus Research.last_img read more

First online fed cattle auction a success

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the end of May, something groundbreaking occurred for the livestock industry as Superior Livestock Auction conducted the first online fed cattle sale.“I would say it was a very successful day,” said Ed Greiman, chairman of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Cattle Marketing and International Trade Committee. “There were 1,600 head of cattle sold, which is where many sellers thought the market was going to be.”The bigger news is that a lot of people were watching, so much so that the website hosting the sale went down as a result of too many people logging on.“This is all about price discovery — showing people that there is a cash market out there and adding to the fundamentals,” Greiman said. “We’re not worried about how much volume is on the sale, it’s really all about moving some cattle.”The glitches, that can be expected any time something new like this is attempted, will be worked out and Greiman said with each week that goes by, the online sales will go more smoothly.“I talked to some farmers, like myself, that had cattle in this initial sale,” Greiman said. “We all plan to put more in the sale next week and watch this effort slowly build.”The main goal for starting to sell fed cattle online is to provide transparency.“Three of the major packers looked at the cattle and were active on bidding,” Greiman said. “We also saw many regional packers taking part in the sale and the best part is we saw a lot of participation. Not one packer bought all of the cattle and we also had packers selling their cattle, which is good news too.”These new, innovative tools will lead the cattle industry in a new direction in the future and will give producers another avenue to sell cattle, rather than just putting them on a formula and handing them over to the packer. Greiman is hoping that lawmakers will take notice of the success of these new ideas for marketing cattle.“We need to be clear to Congress that cattlemen are trying to fix their own problem,” Greiman said. “So, if we need more price discovery and the industry needs to see what fat cattle are bringing, this is one of the solutions. The best part is that this is a solution that was thought up by cattlemen who are selling the cattle.”last_img read more

Jeev Milkha Singh stumbles but still on track

first_imgJeev Milkha Singh’s fondness to tee up at difficult golf courses without a practice round almost paid off on Thursday as he found himself right on top of the leaderboard after 11 holes of the first round of the 141st Open Championships at the Royal Lytham & St Annes.But three dropped shots between 13th and 14th brought him down to even-par 70 on a day that was perfect for scoring.No one used the conditions better than Australian Adam Scott, widely considered as one of the best players not to have won a Major. Scott, who has Tiger Woods’ former caddie Steve Williams on the bag, needed a birdie on the last hole to move to eightunder and set the record for his lowest round ever in a Major. But he bogeyed the 18th and finished with 64.Close behind Scott were six Major winners, including Tiger Woods (67), the winner of 14 Majors. The 2007 Masters winner Zach Johnson and Paul Lawrie, winner of the 1999 British Open, were tied second at 65, while Woods, winner of three Opens, Ernie Els, a 2002 Open winner, Graeme McDowell and Bubba Watson were all at 67.Anirban Lahiri, who started in the second last group of the day, had played just three holes but was oneunder with a birdie on the first, his firstever hole in a Major. Daniel Chopra carded 73.Asked about his liking for turning up ‘blind’ to play on difficult courses, Jeev said, “For sure I do, but I take it in a way that if you play a lot of practice rounds you see a lot of trouble. So you might as well not see it, you might as well just tee it up straight and see the good and go for it. Like last week (Castle Stuart Links) I didn’t play a practice round, I just went straight up.”advertisementHe laughed and added, “I like to play the golf course blind. I think that’s why I paid my dues on No.13 (he had a double bogey), but that’s all right. I think mentally I was a little tired so I just wanted to take it easy. So I just played six (here) and I just saw a few holes.”Jeev started the day with a birdie from 25 feet on the par-3 first, a unique feature of Royal Lytham and St Annes, which has par-3s on the first and ninth. Jeev followed that up with a chip-in for par on third and a 15-footer birdie on fourth.He could have moved to three under but his birdie putt on fifth just shaved the hole. A bad tee shot on seventh cost him a bogey, but he did get a birdie on par-3 ninth.With a birdie followed on 11th from 12 feet, Jeev shared the top spot with Paul Lawrie at three-under.Jeev confessed, “(At that stage) I was thinking I am going to get lower. There was a hiccup on No. 13, but that’s fine, it happens. The 13th hole got me. But the good part is I came back with a birdie on the next hole on 14th.”In the past Jeev has won tournaments at the Valderrama Golf Club in Spain and last week at the Castle Stuart in Aberdeen, Scotland without a practice round at the layout.last_img read more

Laxman draws the curtains on a ‘Very Very Special’ career

first_imgVVS Laxman shocked his team-mates and fans on Friday by announcing his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.Laxman was expected to play some part in the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand, for which he was picked by the BCCI earlier this month. Speculation was that the first Test of the series, to be played on his home ground in Hyderabad, would allow for a fond farewell for the ‘Miracle Man’ of Indian cricket.However, Laxman dashed all hopes of a grand send-off by quitting with immediate effect.Annoncing his decision, Laxman thanked his family, his mentors, his team-mates and his fans.134 tests and 86 ODIs later, here is what the stylish batsman had to say at a press conference in Hyderabad where he announced his decision: 16 years since my intenational debut and I feel it’s time for me to call it a day.I have always kept the nation’s ambitions ahead of my personal aspirations and would like to keep doing so.I would like to contribute to the team’s success so I think it is the right time to give opportunities to the youngsters waiting in the  wings.Fortunate to have played in an era where Indian cricket played some of the best cricket not only at home but also across the world.I would lke to thank all my teamates, and all others involved with me oer the course of my career.I would like to thank all those who gave me the freedom and independance to pursue my brand of cricket.Announcing his retirement with immediate effects, Laxman indicated that he will not play the New Zealand series.Getting emotional, Laxman reminiscised and said , “I always wanted to become a doctor, but my inner voice somehow picked up on cricket as my path in life.It was a very tough decision and till late last night I was not too sure. The “Very Very Special” batsman, who has been out of form for the last two seasons, reportedly told his close friends in the field and a couple of sports correspondents on Friday that he had decided to retire from international cricket and would like to make an announcement to this effect before the commencement of the India-New Zealand Test series for which he was picked up.”I would take a final call after discussing with my parents, wife, well-wishers, coaches and other friends,” he is learnt to have said.Laxman, who made his debut in 1996 against South Africa, has played 134 Tests scoring 8,781 runs, including 17 centuries and 56 fifties, at an average of 45.97. He has also played 86 ODIs, scoring 2,338 runs with six hundreds. (with inputs from Mail Today)advertisementlast_img read more

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