Another avian flu death reported in Vietnam

first_imgJul 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Another Vietnamese has died of avian influenza and three others have tested positive for the disease, according to reports from Vietnam today.Reuters news service reported that an unidentified person infected with an H5 flu virus died in a Hanoi hospital last week. The report was based on a story in a Vietnamese newspaper called Tien Phong, or Vanguard, which attributed the information to the country’s health ministry.The report also said three people in an isolation ward at Hanoi’s National Institute for Clinical Research of Tropical Medicine have avian flu, and another 13 patients in the ward have suspected cases.The Chinese news service Xinhua published a similar story today. It said that one of two people who died in the Hanoi hospital last week had tested positive for an H5 virus, while results for the other person were inconclusive. The story also said 15 other people were being treated at the hospital for suspected avian flu.The Xinhua story was based on a report in a Vietnamese newspaper called Pioneer, which attributed its information to Vietnam’s Preventive Medicine Department.Another Vietnamese newpaper, Than Nien News, also reported the latest death and the three other confirmed cases in its online edition today.But the official Vietnam News Agency said in a story datelined today, “Since June 4, Vietnam has reported no new human cases of bird flu infections.” The story made no mention of the newspaper reports.The latest report, if accurate, brings Vietnam’s unofficial avian flu death toll since late 2003 to 40, including 20 fatalities since December 2004. Another 12 people in Thailand and 4 Cambodians also have died of H5N1 avian flu in the past year and a half.Today’s reports did not make clear whether any of the cases mentioned have been reported previously. By the official World Health Organization count, Vietnam had had a total of 87 cases of avian flu as of Jun 28.last_img read more

Newell chases his dream with Trophy win

first_img Now Newell and the next eight players on the leaderboard will make up teams at the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of the European Challenge Tour, on Wednesday, 6 September.  Tags: Bridgestone, Chase Your Dream Given the circumstances he decided to go for it and was rewarded with a two-putt birdie. Shortly afterwards he chipped in for a birdie two and his round was back on track. The other qualifiers are: Jacob Scargill (Hanging Heaton, Yorkshire) Neill Jonas (Tilgate Forest, Sussex), Kevin Madden (Walmley, Warwickshire), Michael Durkin (Hurlston Hall, Lancashire), Giles Puckle (Clandon Regis, Surrey), Sam Storey (Windlesham, Surrey), Barrie Harding (West Byfleet, Surrey) and Neil Garbutt (Masham, Yorkshire). Click here for full scores Today’s round did not start as planned. After three holes the 11-handicapper was five over par and “spraying the ball all over the place.” The turning point was the par five fourth, where Newell hammered a drive down the middle, leaving himself 220 yards to the pin. “I was really, really hoping to make the top nine and squeak through, but to actually win is off the scale,” added Newell.  The 42-year-old tax consultant is an avid golfer and was highly motivated by the opportunities of the Chase Your Dream Trophy.  “I liked the title of the trophy and when I saw the ultimate goal was to play in the pro-am of the British Masters, I just had to have a go.”  15 Aug 2017 Newell chases his dream with Trophy win He scored net 69 – three-under par – on the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa, where the final was played as part of England Golf Week, the annual celebration of the handicap game.  They’ll be joined by nine players from the women’s final, which will be played on Friday, and the best of these teams will play with a star of the European Tour at the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, on Wednesday, 27 September.  Buckinghamshire’s John Newell made his dreams come true today when he was crowned England’s male handicap golfer of the year – and kept alive his hopes of a date with a star of the European Tour.  “This is absolutely crazy, I can’t believe I have actually managed to win,” said Newell, the vice-captain at Hazlemere Golf Club, after his one-shot victory in the men’s final of the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy. last_img read more

Play Games, Raise Funds for Alzheimer’s Association at Game Night to…

first_imgFacebook49Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Catherine Pearce for Alzheimer’s AssociationAfter losing her dad, Nick, to Alzheimer’s in 2014, Catherine Pearce decided to do everything she could to end this devastating disease. Once Catherine began to set a plan in motion, it was incredible just how many people came forward who had also been affected by Alzheimer’s in some way. Unfortunately, that is not surprising when you consider over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and there is no cure or treatment for the disease.Catherine Pearce with her Dad, Nick, who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2014. Photo courtesy: Catherine PearceFrom months of dialogue, research, and coordination with the Alzheimer’s Association, Game Night to Remember was born. The premise of the event is unique and exciting: official volunteers will play tabletop (or “board”) games for a full 24 hours, only stopping for minimal breaks. They do this to collect pledge donations, much like the principles of a walk-a-thon. During the event hours, the public is encouraged to join the official players in one of the hundreds of games available, or to bring a game to “challenge” them. Of course, the volunteers will take the time to explain and teach new games so everyone can be part of the fun.Tabletop games are not the only part of this event. There will be over $2000 worth of raffle prizes for lucky winners to take home. Local businesses have truly contributed to this raffle, offering up massages, spa gift cards, and boutique items. Gamers and geeks will be pleased with the raffle selection as well; collectible prizes range from rare 1960s games, to Star Trek memorabilia, to items from popular new shows like Game of Thrones.A sampling from over $2000 in raffle prizes that will be offered at Game Night to Remember. Photo courtesy: Catherine PearcePerhaps the most exciting part of Game Night to Remember is the location. The entire event will be hosted by Gabi’s Olympic Cards and Comics in Lacey, which is already well-known for being generously focused on giving back to Thurston County. Catherine Pearce knew that Gabi’s was the ideal place for Game Night to Remember, due to the 7000 square feet of comics, games, specialty items and open gaming space. This is excellent news for Catherine’s growing group of volunteers, who need the space to keep tables going for dozens of people to game at any given time. Also, Gabi’s is extremely family-friendly and holds strong to the principle of creating a safe space for everyone.So what kind of gaming should one expect at Game Night to Remember? Honestly, ANY kind! The diverse group of volunteers each specialize and enjoy different categories, so there is something for everyone to play. There will be casual and social games, like Apples to Apples, Code Names, and Balderdash. There will be more advanced strategy games, like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Pandemic. For players who want to try something new, there will be tutorials on advanced and difficult games like Dungeons and Dragons.Hundreds of games will be available for play, including popular hits like Code Names, at the October 8-9 Game Night to Remember event. Photo courtesy: Catherine PearceGame Night to Remember is absolutely free for the public to attend, though our goal is to raise as much money as possible to stop Alzheimer’s, so we encourage everyone to bring donations and funds for raffle sign-in. 100% of all donations and proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.Game Night to Remember takes place on Saturday October 8, starting at 11:59 a.m., and will end on Sunday October 9, at 11:59 a.m. Gabi’s Olympic Cards and Comics is located at 4230 Pacific Ave. Lacey, WA 98503.If you are interested in contributing to the event by giving raffle prizes, support for the volunteers, or another great idea, please contact Catherine Pearce at cjanepearce@gmail.comLearn more about Game Night to Remember online here.last_img read more

Thurston County Public Health Launches Home & Garden E-Newsletter

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health & Social Services DepartmentDo you like your house to shine and want to make sure that it’s as healthy as it is clean? Do you take pride in your roses and need to know how to deal with aphids?  Do you strive for a healthy, green lawn and want to protect your pets and children from toxic chemicals lurking in many lawn fertilizers?Thurston Home & Garden e-newsletter is designed to keep you in the loop with the best home and garden tips. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesGood news! You can get useful home and garden tips delivered to your inbox every two months. Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department has recently launched a new e-newsletter designed to keep you in the loop with the best home and garden tips, whether you are dusting, landscaping, or controlling pests in your yard. The newsletter is full of inexpensive, time-saving, and practical tips for creating a healthy living space, both inside and outside. Get suggestions to improve indoor air quality, reduce allergy and asthma triggers, deal with mold, and learn safe and healthy ways to care for your garden and lawn.When asked why Thurston County Environmental Health is putting out a newsletter on the topic of healthy homes and gardens, Jennifer Johnson, Thurston County Education and Outreach Specialist, explains “We want to make our education program more accessible to the people of Thurston County and this tool directly delivers helpful information about what they can do inside and around their homes to make themselves healthier!” Cynthia Taylor, another newsletter contributor adds, “The e-newsletter is a fun, interactive way that Thurston County can fulfill its mission of promoting healthful, social, economic, and environmental conditions for all residents. We want people to know how they can easily reduce hazardous materials in their lives.”Each newsletter features six sections: Home, Garden, Lawn, Dig Deeper (with links for more information), Question and Answer, and a list of Local Events and Classes.  Here is a sneak preview of from the Home section in our August edition:What is in dust?Insect partsPollenSporesDust MitesSkin and Hair Particles (from people and pets)Animal DanderSootPesticidesChemicals (flame retardants, plasticizers)Bits of auto tires and brake padsLead, arsenic, cadmium, copper.Dust is an allergy and asthma trigger and it’s one of the main ways we are exposed to toxic substances like lead and arsenic. That’s why taking measures to reduce dust in your home is important. It’s especially important if you have small children, because their bodies are just developing and they spend a lot of time near the ground where the dust hangs out. If that isn’t enough to motivate you to dust your home and vacuum weekly, did you know that dusty surfaces are more likely to grow mold on them? Mold can thrive with a consistent source of moisture and dust. One way to prevent mold is to wipe down surfaces in areas where moisture and humidity are common, like the bathroom, kitchen, and around windows and doors.Subscribe today and tell your friends. Subscribe here, e-mail healthyhomes@co.thurston.wa.us, or call 360-867-2582.last_img read more