Previous articleScrap over old Indiana gay marriage ban derails popular billNext articleTests show Porter County patient does not have coronavirus Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Google+ IndianaNews Pinterest Facebook Twitter By Associated Press – February 2, 2020 0 239 Ex-boyfriend accused of killing woman targeted in November WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest (Photo supplied) HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana man who was set free on bond on attempted murder charges is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend, who he allegedly previously attempted to kill.Hammond police say Charles Goforth is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sylvia Williams.A relative on Wednesday found the 55-year-old Williams dead in her mobile home. Goforth was charged with attempted murder for shooting Williams on Nov. 1.He was freed on a $7,945 bond and a judge allowed him to return home to Independence, Missouri, where he was arrested Thursday.
Yellow fever vaccine shortage a ‘ticking timebomb’In what Director-General Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, of the World Health Organization (WHO) says is the most serious outbreak of yellow fever in Angola in 30 years, a serious global shortage of vaccine makes what is already a bad situation potentially catastrophic, sources are reporting. Dr. Chan recently visited Angola to observe the situation first-hand.Outbreak cases, which began in December of last year, have been concentrated in urban Luanda, the country’s capital, but have now spread to 6 of the country’s 18 provinces, said a WHO feature story yesterday. The official outbreak total now stands at 490 cases with 198 deaths, according to the WHO, but could be far higher.Vaccination campaigns launched in February by the WHO and partners have reached 5.7 million people in Luanda as of late March. However, the global emergency stockpile is empty, the WHO says. Only four sources of the vaccine exist worldwide, and the egg-based process of making the vaccine is slow and outdated, as explained in an Apr 4 Science news story.Imported cases have been identified in China and three other African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo. Experts are particularly concerned that yellow fever, which is endemic in much of Latin America but brings the heaviest disease burden in Africa, could begin spreading in urban areas elsewhere in Africa as well as in southern China, where Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are plentiful, and other parts of Asia.”I hate being an alarmist,” said Jack Woodall, PhD, in the Science article, “but this is something I’m really panicking about.” Woodall is a retired virologist from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the WHO.The WHO is in discussions with the vaccine’s manufacturers to divert shipments of yellow fever vaccine intended for routine national immunization programs to Angola to help stem the outbreak. Officials are also being encouraged to vaccinate only in areas where the disease is actively spreading.Yellow fever is most commonly spread by the A aegypti mosquito, which also transmits Zika virus. Most infected people are asymptomatic, but some experience fever, headache, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. In about 15% of patients, according to the CDC, the disease progresses to a severe phase that can lead to death in 20% to 50% of affected patients.Apr 4 WHO article Apr 4 Science story Most recent (Mar 22) CIDRAP News scan on the outbreak FDA finalizes FSMA rule on food safety during transportThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today finalized a rule to enhance food safety during transport, making it the sixth major rule necessary for implementing the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).The Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule requires all human and animal food shippers, loaders, carriers, and receivers to follow best practices for maintaining food safety during transport by motor or rail within or across state lines. The rule employs best practices identified by the transportation industry, including proper refrigeration, maintenance of written records, adequate and frequent vehicle cleaning, and food protection during transport.The finalized rule was proposed in February 2014 and implements the 2005 Sanitary Food Transportation Act. More than 200 comments from industry and government leaders were incorporated into the final rule, leading to greater flexibility in temperature monitoring standards during transport and clear definitions of food adulteration as it relates to safety, the FDA said.Businesses are required to comply with the final rule 1 year after it is published in the Federal Register, and smaller businesses receive 2 years to comply. The FDA estimates that initial costs for implementing the program will be around $163 million, with an annual cost of about $94 million.The seventh and final FMSA rule, focused on mitigating intentional food adulteration, will be finalized later this year, the FDA said.Apr 5 FDA press release Apr 6 Federal Register notice on final rule Study: Ebola detected in semen more than 2 months after disease onsetInfectious Ebola virus was detected in survivors’ semen for up to 70 days following the onset of symptoms, while Ebola RNA persisted in semen for up to 290 days, according to an Apr 3 study in Clinical Infectious Diseases.In an effort to understand the risk of sexual transmission of Ebola between male survivors and their partners, a team of researchers led by CDC scientists evaluated semen specimens from five men who had survived the disease.Infectious Ebola virus was isolated in semen samples from three survivors and persisted for up to 70 days after symptom onset and for 34 days following the first negative blood tests. Viral RNA was identified in semen up to 290 days following symptoms and for 272 days after blood tests were negative for Ebola.Results were similar to previous studies that indicated that infectious virus can be isolated from the semen of Ebola survivors for up to 82 days, the authors said, adding that more research into testicular viral replication and protection from immune response is needed.Based on emerging evidence about longevity of Ebola virus in semen, the authors concur with the WHO’s recommendations for male Ebola survivors to use condoms or abstain from sex for up to 6 months following infection if semen cannot be tested.Apr 3 Clin Infect Dis study Saudi Arabia reports fatal MERS caseAfter 3 days with no new MERS-CoV cases, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported a fatal infection in a 74-year-old man from Al-Kharj, located in the central part of the country.The man was not a healthcare worker, and the source of his MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) illness is still under investigation.In addition, the MOH said six more people have recovered from their infections, including five from Buraydah, where a hospital outbreak is under way. The sixth patient is from Jazan. Ten earlier announced patients are still being treated.Overall, since the virus first emerged in 2012 Saudi Arabia has reported 1,367 cases, 584 of them fatal.Apr 5 MOH statement PAHO reports almost 4,000 new chikungunya cases in the AmericasThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) last week reported 3,994 new cases of chikungunya in the Americas, bringing the 2016 outbreak total to 36,529 confirmed and suspected cases. The agency, however, has now fallen a week behind in its reporting.The agency has not reported any new 2015 cases since Mar 4, leaving that number at 731,920 cases. Therefore, the outbreak total since its 2012 onset has now reached 1,916,075 cases.According to the latest report, which is dated Mar 25 but was not posted till late last week, a major portion of the new cases were in Brazil, which reported for the first time in 2016. Brazil noted 2,766 new cases in the first 7 weeks of the year.Colombia, the hardest-hit nation so far in 2016, chalked up the next largest gain, with 747 new cases and 9,488 for the year. Honduras was next, with 408 new cases and 6,602 total. Many countries, however, have not reported new numbers for many weeks.PAHO did report did not report any new chikungunya-related deaths, leaving that number at two. The outbreak was first reported in December 2013 on St. Martin in the Caribbean with the first recorded cases of the disease in the Americas.Mar 25 PAHO updateLatest PAHO 2015 cumulative case numbers
Preview West Georgia* 2/19/2015 – 7 p.m. CT Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Live Stats JACKSON, Tenn. – The West Florida men’s basketball team fell 82-63 at Union (Tenn.) in Gulf South Conference play on Saturday. The Argonauts were led by senior Lendward Griffin, who scored 20 points with nine rebounds. UWF fell to 7-18, 3-16 GSC with the loss, and the Bulldogs improved to 18-7, 12-7. Griffin (Jacksonville, Fla.) poured in 20 points to lead UWF, as he was 7-for-11 from the field and 6-for-9 at the free throw line. Deangelo Legrier (Orlando, Fla.) and Erin Straughn (Pensacola, Fla.) also scored in double digits for the Argos; Legrier totaled 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Straughn added 14 points and a team-high four assists. The Argos shot 45.5 percent from the field, but they were just 1-for-15 from three-point territory. UWF did finish ahead in the rebound count at 41-28. Marterrace Brock led Union with a game-high 22 points and five assists, and he also added eight rebounds. Corieon Pearson chipped in with 19 points and Jordan Montgomery added 16. The Bulldogs committed only three turnovers as a team, while UWF had 16. The Argos will be back in action at home this week hosting West Georgia on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. and West Alabama on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# Newspaper Box Score West Florida vs. Union (TN) 2/14/2015 4:00 p.m. at Jackson, Tenn. Union (TN) 82, West Florida 63 West Florida (7-18, 3-16 GSC) Lendward Griffin 7-11 6-9 20; Deangelo Legrier 5-10 5-6 15; Erin Straughn 7-17 0-2 14; Sean Voss 3-3 0-0 6; Tyler Funk 1-4 1-2 4; Kent Langham 1-2 0-0 2; Justin Williams 1-6 0-0 2; Demetrius Moore 0-2 0-0 0; Totals 25-55 12-19 63. Union (TN) (18-7, 12-7 GSC) Marterrace Brock 7-14 5-7 22; Corieon Pearson 7-14 2-2 19; Jordan Montgomery 6-7 0-0 16; Pedro Faller 3-8 1-2 8; Roy Bullock 2-4 0-0 6; Felipe Rocha 1-5 2-2 4; Ashanti Day 1-5 1-1 3; Eric Leisey 1-1 0-0 2; Brennan Bowling 1-3 0-0 2; Zach Phillips 0-1 0-0 0; Jeremy Green 0-1 0-0 0; Totals 29-63 11-14 82. Union (TN)………..44 38 – 82 West Florida………32 31 – 63 3 point goals — West Florida 1-15 (Tyler Funk 1-2; Erin Straughn 0-5; Demetrius Moore 0-2; Kent Langham 0-1; Justin Williams 0-4; Lendward Griffin 0-1;), Union (TN) 13-28 (Jordan Montgomery 4-5; Corieon Pearson 3-7; Marterrace Brock 3-3; Roy Bullock 2-4; Pedro Faller 1-5; Ashanti Day 0-1; Brennan Bowling 0-2; Zach Phillips 0-1;). Fouled out — West Florida – None, Union (TN) – Ashanti Day;. Rebounds — West Florida 41 (Deangelo Legrier 12), Union (TN) 28 (Marterrace Brock 8). Assists — West Florida 17 (Erin Straughn 4), Union (TN) 21 (Corieon Pearson 8). Total fouls — West Florida 14, Union (TN) 17. Technical fouls — West Florida 1, Union (TN) 0. A-1018 Print Friendly Version Next Game:
PITTSBURGH – The dark side to the buzzer beater bliss of the NCAA Tournament is the buzzkill.Buzzkill was LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey after Thursday night’s 66-65 loss with .01 to go in the game on a left-handed jump hook by right-handed backup forward BeeJay Anya of Washington, D.C.Mickey was one of the best players on the court that night. He was also the most unsuccessful as he missed four critical free throws over the final 1:25 of the game and his last five field goals of the game. But no one on the court tried harder. Others would have faded to the background. And some did. Not Mickey. Over the final 4:03 of the game, he grabbed four rebounds, blocked two shots and kept shooting despite the misses, and he kept going to the basket despite the missed free throws.This is why it was so hard to see Mickey in the locker room postgame. He truly left it all on the floor. It was as painful to look at as someone struggling mightily through a eulogy. You want to help, but you really can’t.I wanted to tell him something, but didn’t. And this is what it would have been:“Jordan, stay at LSU for another season, and your inconsolable nightmare at this moment will turn into one NCAA Tournament shining moment or two. And you will enjoy it that much more. It will be a blast. Just stay another year. You might win an Southeastern Conference championship, too. College is among the best times of your life. Don’t cut it short. Shaq stayed three years. The NBA will be there in another year. You have no better chance of making it in the NBA in 2015 than you do in 2016. So, stay.”My advice would be the same for sophomore forward Jarell Martin, who is bigger and more talented than Mickey with a brighter NBA future. And that is exactly why he should stay another year, too. A late first round pick now, he could be regarded as a lottery pick at this time next season.What’s the hurry? Mickey and Martin can both hang another year without the money. Neither is starving. And the team LSU will field next season will be well worth the wait. One of the best classes in LSU history is coming – the nation’s No. 1 player in 6-foot-9 Ben Simmons along with 6-9 Arizona transfer Craig Victor and guard Antonio Blakeney.With Simmons, Victor, Mickey and Martin, LSU might not need to make free throws to reach the Sweet 16 at the least. And Mickey and Martin would experience something they never have at LSU – 10 minutes or more on the bench in a game. You know, like Kentucky. Victor will join some very good returning guards in Keith Hornsby, Tim Quarterman, Jalyn Patterson and Josh Gray. They’ll get a little more time off, too. All this rest will stop those free throws from going bump in the night.Yes, the money is out there. But trust me, Jordan and Jarell, when you’re older, you will wish you would have stayed another year. There is a famous quote about this.“Youth is wasted on the young,” playwright George Bernard Shaw, who was also a co-founder of the London School of Economics, supposedly said.If you have never heard of him, maybe you should stay in school. And while you’re at it, take an economics class or two if you haven’t already.Here are two other names you may know something about. Chris Jackson, who later changed his name to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, and John Williams. Both had much better basketball careers at LSU than you two have had.Jackson was the third pick in the first round in the 1990 NBA Draft after his sophomore season. He went to two NCAA Tournaments and was one of LSU’s greatest players ever.Williams, who played inside stronger than either of you and could shoot from the outside better than either of you, went in the first round in the 1986 NBA Draft after his sophomore season. Williams helped lead LSU to an SEC championship in 1985 and to the Final Four in 1986. Without him, LSU nearly reached a second straight Final Four in 1987, but lost 77-76 in the Midwest Regional final to Indiana. The Hoosiers went on to win the national championship a week later in the Superdome in New Orleans. Could you imagine LSU in a Final Four in New Orleans?Just two seasons after Jackson left LSU, he returned for an LSU home game. “I should have never left early,” he told me. “Playing here was a lot more fun than the NBA is.”I spoke to Williams at a 20-year reunion of the 1986 team at the LSU Faculty Club building in 2006.“I should’ve stayed man,” he said. “We would’ve been great that next season. We would’ve won the national championship.”The 2016 Final Four is not in New Orleans. But it is in Houston, another LSU city.Hope to see you two there … in uniform, not reminiscing.