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Aug 21, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials in Pakistan today announced a recent outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in the country’s northwest, as Indonesia worked to stamp out the disease on farms on Sulawesi and Italian officials reported low-pathogenic avian flu outbreaks.The Pakistan outbreak occurred in late July at a large farm in the town of Mansehra, about 50 miles north of Islamabad, Reuters reported today. The birds were tested for the disease after about 14,000 chickens at the farm died, said Rafiq-ul-Hassan Usmani, an agriculture ministry official.After samples came back positive for the H5N1 virus, the remaining 35,000 birds were culled, Reuters reported.A report that Pakistani officials submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said the outbreak affected 16-week-old breeder and broiler chickens.Pakistan has had several poultry outbreaks this year, but the latest incident is the first since May, according to OIE reports. The country has not reported any human H5N1 cases.Elsewhere, local officials on Sulawesi island in Indonesia said they were struggling to contain H5N1 outbreaks on farms near Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi, according to a report yesterday from Antara News, the state news agency. Tests conducted after several chickens in Palu died confirmed the disease in 29 chickens, Antara reported.Infected birds have been found in three of four subdistricts in Palu, and Antara reported that two chickens in neighboring Donggala district died of the disease 2 days ago.In other news, Italian health officials announced that an outbreak of a low-pathogenic form of H5N2 avian influenza had been detected on farms near Ravenna, in northern Italy, Reuters reported today. Some of the birds also had antibodies to an H7 avian flu virus, the report said.A health ministry statement said evidence of infection in the birds was found during routine surveillance on the farm, Reuters reported.A senior official with Italy’s poultry farmers union told Reuters that about 12,000 ducks and geese were culled on an industrial farm, along with about 200 chickens and guinea fowl on a smaller farm.See also:OIE reports on Pakistan outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#
Bosco Ntaganda at the ICCFormer Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed “The Terminator”, goes on trial before the International Criminal Court Wednesday, accused of war crimes including the rape of child soldiers by his own rebel army.The once-feared rebel commander with a flair for pencil moustaches, cowboy hats and fine dining, faces 13 counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity. He has pleaded not guilty.Presiding Judge Robert Fremr will open proceedings against Rwandan-born Ntaganda at 0730 GMT at the court’s Hague-based headquarters.ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will speak first, followed by Ntaganda’s lawyers and those representing some 2,149 victims in the case.Prosecutors say Ntaganda played a central role in ethnic attacks on civilians in the mineral-rich but restive northeastern Congolese province of Ituri in 2002-3, in a conflict rights groups believe has left some 60,000 dead since 1999.At a hearing a year ago to confirm charges against Ntaganda, chief prosecutor Bensouda accused the former warlord of allowing his fighters to rape child and woman soldiers in his own rebel army, or keep them as sex slaves.One female child soldier received 150 lashes and was raped as punishment, with her wounds taking a month to heal, Bensouda said.“This case is highly significant because for the first time in international criminal law, the ICC has charged a commander with acts of rape and sexual slavery committed against children within his own militia group and under his command,” Brigid Inder of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice said in a statement.Feared warlord Ntaganda, 41, was once one of the most-wanted fugitives in Africa’s Great Lakes region until he unexpectedly walked into the US embassy in the Rwandan capital Kigali in March 2013 and asked to be sent to The Hague.He was the founder of the M23 rebel group that was defeated by the Congolese government in late 2013 after an 18-month insurgency in the vast Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region.
Franklin County moved to 5-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play with a 4-1 win over Batesville on Tuesday.Ben Krider notched his second complete game win, allowing just 4 hits over 7 innings and only using 70 pitches. Brennan Meyers led FC offense with 3 hits including a double and a triple. Augustus Runyon recorded 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.FC will travel to Batesville Thursday. The Wildcats will then return home for a game Friday vs. Hagerstown. FC will then go to Talawanda on Saturday for one game.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Derek Stang.The Bulldogs JV Baseball team got back in the winning column beating their conference opponent Franklin County by a final score of 13-2.The game was close for six innings as the Bulldogs were only up one run going in the sixth inning. Thats when the Bulldogs broke out the bats and put up a ten run inning that allowed them to bury the Wildcats.The Bulldogs got out to the early lead in the second inning. Adam Cox led off the inning with a line drive single and after two outs Seth Gausman got one of his 3 hits on the night to advance Cox to third. The next batter was Lleyton Ratcliffe and he collected two RBI’s on his line drive to Center field. The very next inning Alex Smith stepped up to the plate and doubled to drive in Drew Kiefer. In the fifth inning Pitcher Clay Grunkemeyer got in a little trouble after surrendering a leadoff double and an error the Wildcats managed two runs to tighten the margin to one run. Thats when the Bulldogs had the huge inning. In the sixth inning alone Seth Gausman collected two hits. Lleyton Ratcliffe and Adam Cox each had doubles. The Bulldogs accumulated 11 hits in all with multi hit games by Gausman, Grunkemeyer, Smith, Cox, and Ratcliffe. Not only did they hit well but they stole 12 bases. Grunkemeyer, Devin Scripture, Ratcliffe, and Kiefer each had two stolen bases a piece.Although one error was committed the Bulldogs played solid defense including a huge double play turned by middle infielders Gausman and Riley Zink to end the fourth inning with runners in scoring position for the Wildcats. Clay Grunkemeyer pitched 5 innings in the victory allowing two unearned runs and striking out 3. Casey Werner came in to pitch the sixth and shut the door striking out two of the three batters he faced.The Bulldogs look to sweep the season series with Franklin County on Thursday April 19th at 5:30 p.m. at Batesville High School.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.