Nov 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – H5N1 avian influenza has been confirmed at a second poultry farm near the site of a recent outbreak, South Korea’s agriculture ministry told news services today.The farm is about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the first reported outbreak in Iksan in North Jeolla province, about 141 miles (230 kilometers) south of Seoul, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. The owner of the second farm requested that his chickens be tested for H5N1 avian flu yesterday after 206 of 12,000 chickens died, the Korea Times reported.The National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service confirmed that the chickens were infected with the H5N1 virus, the Times report said.The outbreaks on the two farms are South Korea’s first in almost 3 years. No human cases of H5N1 illness have ever been reported in South Korea.An agriculture official told Reuters today that there have been no reports of infections associated with the current outbreak in local residents or quarantine workers. AFP reported that health authorities have vaccinated 151 people living with 500 meters of the second outbreak; the report didn’t specify what kind of vaccine was used.The second outbreak has raised concern that the virus has spread outside the high-risk zone around the first affected farm, the Times report said. Expanding the quarantine zone beyond the site of the first outbreak could greatly increase the number of chickens, dogs, cats, and other animals that officials would kill.The AFP report said more than 170,000 chickens at farms within 500 meters of the first outbreak have been killed in the past 2 days, along with a number of pigs and dogs.The agriculture ministry confirmed three other avian flu outbreaks in other districts but said they involved a mild strain, according to AFP.In other avian flu developments, China is considering phasing out live-poultry markets in an effort to prevent the spread of avian flu, according to another AFP report today. A document released by China’s State Council suggests a ban on any new live-poultry markets and recommends that existing markets be moved out of densely populated urban areas.Poultry markets present an avian flu exposure risk because chickens are often slaughtered there in unsanitary conditions. The markets also serve as hubs for viral spread as birds are moved to farms or other markets.About 46,000 poultry have died in 10 outbreaks in seven Chinese provinces this year, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported on Nov 10. Jia Youling, chief veterinary officer and director of the Veterinary Bureau in the Ministry of Agriculture, said at a press conference that another 2.94 million fowl were culled, Xinhua reported.
“Sometimes we forget there’s another major league team across the way that’s doing everything they can to get us out,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “They’ve thrown the ball extremely well this series. I think we’ve all been kind of impressed with the power arms they have coming out of their bullpen. They have some guys late who can really throw the ball and put you on the defensive with their velocity and their power. It’s something we’ve got to combat, come back tomorrow and be ready to salvage the series.”The Marlins will send right-hander Jose Fernandez to the mound Thursday against Kenta Maeda in search of a rare four-game sweep. Fernandez, the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year, is catching the Dodgers at a good time: The same offense that scored 15 runs on Opening Day, and 12 runs in their final game of a week-long road trip Sunday, has officially disappeared upon returning home.Monday, they managed to scratch across two earned runs against Wei-Yin Chen, who began the week with an earned-run average of 4.91. Tuesday, they scored two more against Tom Koehler (4.80 ERA). The Dodgers’ opponent Wednesday was left-hander Justin Nicolino, who hadn’t thrown a pitch above Triple-A since last September. Dave Roberts stacked his lineup with six right-handers, putting lefty Chase Utley and switch-hitter Yasmani Grandal on the bench to start the game.The lineup mustered only two singles and two walks in 7 1/3 innings against Nicolino and his low-90s fastball. The Dodgers’ 6 through 9 hitters were 0 for 11 with one walk. Don Mattingly was ejected from Dodger Stadium in the eighth inning Wednesday. In that moment, for the first time all week, the Miami Marlins’ manager got the unanimous standing ovation he so rarely heard in his final days in a Dodgers uniform.There was a tinge of sadness to the moment. When Mattingly sprinted out to join pitcher David Phelps’ protest of a couple borderline balls, it was the closest the Dodgers came to scoring a run.Joc Pederson’s one-out walk loaded the bases for the Dodgers’ number-2 and number-3 hitters, Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez. And because Phelps was ejected, the Marlins were forced to use their fifth pitcher of the inning, right-hander Jose Urena.Urena threw his warmup tosses, then struck out Puig and retired Gonzalez on a soft fly ball. The Dodgers lost 2-0, their first shutout of the season coming before an announced crowd of 38,909. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Very similar to Chen in game one, very aggressive attacking the strike zone,” Ellis said of Nicolino. “He had us in pretty bad counts all night with his ability to keep attacking and attacking. He deserves a lot of credit.”Nicolino, 24, made four starts at Triple-A this year. In 12 major league games last year he went 5-4 with a 4.01 earned-run average, including a June 26 start at Dodger Stadium in which he allowed five runs in four innings. On paper, this was a pitcher the Dodgers should have pounded into submission. Maybe, as the manager suggested, they were pounding themselves a tad too much.“Some guys look at their average and want to get hits,” Roberts said. “When you feel like you need to get a hit it gets tougher. Guys are coming out of the strike zone a little bit more than they used to.”The eighth-inning rally, punctuated by Mattingly’s ejection, stood alone as the Dodgers’ one chance to score.After Nicolino was removed with one out, Utley and Grandal drew back-to-back walks against Bryan Morris and Cody Ege, respectively. Another pinch hitter, Pederson, walked in his only plate appearance. While home plate umpire Todd Tichenor ejected Phelps and Mattingly, the fans roared and Puig waited for his turn as Urena warmed up in short order.Then Urena closed the door on the inning, and stuck around to pitch a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.Left-hander Scott Kazmir (1-2) allowed two runs on four singles in a shaky first inning, then settled in to give the Dodgers six quality innings. He wasn’t allowed to swing a bat, but that was the only remnant of a left thumb/wrist injury that curtailed his last start.Kazmir didn’t throw a bullpen after that game but he seemed no worse for the wear. The Marlins’ four first-inning singles weren’t particularly hard-hit. Kazmir’s final line — 6 innings pitched, two earned runs — was his best since his first start of the season.“I really found a good rhythm,” Kazmir said. “Toward the end (of the first inning) I started to feel comfortable. I just took that into the rest of the game.”That the Dodgers couldn’t reward one of their struggling starters only made the final score more frustrating.“We just want to go out there and win,” Kazmir said. “I think we’re capable of doing that every night and it’s always disappointing when we don’t pull out a win.”
– in front of workplaceA 55-year-old security guard was discovered early Thursday morning lying in a pool of blood outside of his Robb Street, Georgetown, place of employment.The dead man has been identified as Sammy Prowell of Lot 21 Pepper Hill Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara. The discovery was made sometime around 05:45h on Thursday in front of a property he was guarding.According to reports, the man’s lifeless body was found in a pool of blood outside the downtown Robb Street business, Hai Matadi Ishant Variety Store, with lacerated wounds to the neck.Investigators at the scene where the security guard’s body was lyingGuyana Times understands that the man’s throat was slashed from the left side to the front and then stabbed on the right side. The slash reportedly had an eight inch incision, this newspaper was told.Speaking with reporters, Prowell’s brother, Farley Scipio, related that he was at home when he received a telephone call from one of his sisters, who informed him about the man’s death.“So what I did, I come down to town to try and get things in order. I end up at the hospital now and I identify him,” the brother said.Scipio said they were not sure what transpired that resulted in his brother losing his life in such a manner.“I ain’t know what really transpired, how he get murder and if he and anybody get any problem or whatever the case is,” the man stated.Prowell was attached to the Transportation and Protection Agency and works the 21:00h to 05:00h shift in the night. Only three months ago, he had joined the company.At the scene, the company’s Operations Manager, Mark Samuels, told reporters that after being informed about the incident, he went to the scene and saw Prowell’s lifeless body crunched over a table.“When I came here, I saw a crowd and the guy was lying on the desk. But I didn’t do anything else, I just go down to the Police station and they did the necessary,” he related.According to the security firm official, it appears that the act, which he described as gruesome, was a deliberate one since there were no signs of a struggle or any attempted breakage on the premises.“The location was secured but what happens sometimes when I come visit here, you find a lot of junkies in the area and he would be kind of aggressive to them. I spoke to him several times and I told him, when you working out here you got to be friendly because the area out here is lonesome. I said instead of creating enemies, you try to create friendships but he had this kind of attitude so I don’t know what brought (his murder) because if you check around there was no attempted breakage or anything of the sort,” the Manager told reporters.While the security firm will be conducting its own investigation into the murder of its employee, Samuels is calling on the Police to thoroughly investigate the matter as he stressed on the risks security guards face while on duty.Meanwhile, A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Marlon Chapman, told this publication on Thursday evening that they were yet to ascertain what exactly transpired. Nevertheless, he assured that investigations are ongoing. No arrests have been made.The now dead father of three lived alone in a small shack. His neighbours described him as friendly. Prowell’s body is presently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.