May 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Ivory Coast government this week confirmed the presence of H5N1 avian influenza in birds, making it at least the sixth African country confronting the virus, according to news services.Laboratory results from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) revealed that seven chickens, nine ducks, and a sparrow hawk found in Abidjan—the country’s largest city and its economic center—were infected with the H5N1 strain, according to a May 3 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Officials identified three separate outbreaks in different parts of the city in late April. The government had been awaiting test results from an OIE reference lab in Padua, Italy, since then.Starting next week, officials plan to slaughter all poultry sold in Abidjan, a city of 5 million people, according to AFP.The Ivory Coast ministry for animal production said that $11.7 million has been earmarked to reimburse poultry vendors and to develop a system for identifying disease-free chickens. The government also plans to improve how it informs and advises the public about avian flu.Other African countries that have confirmed H5N1 avian flu since February are Nigeria, Egypt, Niger, Cameroon, and Burkina Faso. Sudan has reported an H5 virus in birds, but H5N1 has not yet been confirmed there, according to the OIE. Egypt is the only African country with human cases so far (13 cases with 5 deaths).In related news, experts warned European countries and the United States not to let their guard down against H5N1, even though the spring bird migration from Africa appears to be waning, according to a Reuters report today.Thus far there have been no recorded cases of avian flu transmitted by migrating birds from Africa, according to the story. France, for example, reported that none of its 60 wild bird cases has come from Africa.Some European countries have begun easing bans on keeping domestic poultry outdoors.Some conservation groups, according to the Reuters article, deny that bird migration plays the major role in the spread of avian flu, saying that the international trade in poultry is more to blame.Some animal-health experts, however, contend that migration is key. Christianne Bruschke, DVM, PhD, head of the OIE avian flu task force, said, “My firm belief is that the migration of birds carries the virus over big distances.”In Indonesia, which has been criticized for not responding aggressively enough to avian flu, officials announced this week a 3-year pilot project to fight the disease in Tangerang, a municipality outside Jakarta, according to a May 4 AFP report.The idea is to apply the national plan to a local area and measure results. The $5 million project in an area of 3 million people includes bolstering epidemiologic surveillance of animals and humans, increasing poultry vaccinations, and rapidly responding to outbreaks with quarantine and movement controls, AFP reported.The project would also enhance biosecurity by restructuring the traditional “wet markets” where live birds are sold, often under unhygienic conditions, the story said.Indonesia has reported the second most human H5N1 fatalities worldwide, after Vietnam, according to World Health Organization data.
Shatta Movement boss, Shatta Wale, has released a song to honour memories of the late retired basketball player, Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.The basketball icon died together with his daughter, Gianna and seven other people who were in the helicopter before it crashed in Calabasas, America.According to Shatta Wale, Kobe Bryant, who played in seven NBA finals and won five championships, motivated him to start playing basketball as a leisure sport in Ghana.In a Facebook post, the ‘Gringo’ musician told his fans, “Me playing basketball was from this Great Legend ..RIP #Kobe ðŸ˜¢ðŸ˜¢.”His tribute song was attached to the post and fans can listen below:
A 42-year-old woman has been arrested after she zipped her boyfriend into a suitcase while playing a game, and left him to die.The incident was reported in Winter Park, Florida on Monday around 1:00pm.Authorities say they responded to a home after the suspect Sarah Boone, called to say her boyfriend Jorge Torres was dead.When investigators arrived at the home, they found Torres’ body by the front door next to a blue suitcase. It was reported”small laceration” on his lip and bruising around his eye.Boone told authorities that she and Torres had been playing hide-n-seek and they thought it would be funny if Torres got into the suitcase to hide. Torres agreed and she zipped him inside.Boone then told authorities that because she had been drinking, she eventually fell asleep. When she woke up, she realized Torres was still inside of the suitcase and when she opened it, she found Torres dead.During the investigation, Boone gave authorities permission to search her phone. On the phone authorities found two disturbing videos that did not match her story.One of the videos showed Torres begging Boone to let him out because he could not breathe and the other showed the suitcase face down with Torres pushing on it trying to get out. Boone has since been arrested and is facing a second-degree murder charge.
Nelson native Pat Price was recently inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Penticton.Price, who toiled in the World Hockey Association (WHA) for the Vancouver Blazers and the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Quebec Nordiques, New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars, was welcomed to the Hall along with Vancouver Canuck goalie Kirk McLean, Bill Ennos as a builder with the BC Amateur Hockey Association and the Kelowna Rockets in the team category.Pat Price has gracious allowed The Nelson Daily to publish in its entirety, his speech to the BCHHOF. Well the first time didn’t work, so she tried it again!! After that didn’t work she decided I was meant to be. So when dad got home she told him…Well he was angry alright! But he was upset she sprained both her ankles and couldn’t make him supper for a week! Greetings Folks.Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls… It’s nice to have your 14-year career summed up in a 5 minute video. But I can sum it up in 5 seconds.”I came into the league a rusher. I turned into a crusher. And then I was an usher!” Folks, I do have a story to tell you with a little bit of a message… Especially the kids out there.A very successful man once said… “If you believe you can. Or believe you can’t… you’re probably right!I’ve carried that message with me throughout my life.When I was in Jr. High School we had Guidance Counsellors to help us make the transition to High School and guide us to our choice of careers…Well, when it was my turn to go in and see the counsellor he simply asked me “Pat, what do want to do when you graduate High School?” I said “Sir, I want to play in the NHL.” He smiled at that and said “Yea, right Pat. Now really, what do you want to do?”My reply “Sir. I want to play in the NHL.” I could tell he didn’t find that amusing and sternly said ” NO ONE from Nelson plays in the NHL. I’m losing my patience and need to know, what do you want to do when you graduate!!” So to avoid confrontation I said ” I’d like to be in the RCMP.” “NOW WE’RE TALKING!!” he saidWell folks 5 years later I sent him 2 tickets to my first home game in the league…. And along with those tickets I sent him a note that said ” Thanks for your confidence in me… I hope you enjoy the game!””If you believe you can. Or you believe you can’t. You’re probably right!” Among us tonight are shining examples of that philosophy. My fellow inductees’ Bill Enos, Kurt Mclean, the Memorial Cup Champion Kelowna Rockets, as well as Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden and Brian Burke.Try telling Burkie he can’t do something!!Congrats to my fellow inductees tonight and I am truly honored by this acknowledgement. I’m almost speechless!!So with that I’ll say goodnight and wish all of us here tonight… Health and happiness..Oh, and by the way…. It was Henry Ford that coined that saying….. There are many people I have to be thankful for in my life. Both friends and family. And many are with me here tonight. But I’ll begin with Mom and Dad.You know… I’m very lucky just to be here tonight. You see, my brother Clem is 8 years older than me. And my sister Pauline is 14 years older than me. So, needless to say… I wasn’t planned.In fact, when mom found out she was pregnant, she was so worried about dad being angry she tried to remedy the fact. How? …she jumped off of the porch.