RICHMOND, Va. — On the first day of the fall semester in August, administrators at Virginia Tech canceled classes after a sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot near campus during a manhunt for an escaped inmate. On Monday, near the end of the academic year, the public university nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains was the site of the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history. A gunman killed 33 people, including himself, on the campus known for its powerhouse football team, its engineering school and the idyllic setting in the small town of Blacksburg, about 160 miles west of Richmond. The university is also recognized for its agriculture and veterinary programs and has more than 25,000 full-time students. The 2,600-acre campus has more than 100 buildings, many of which are constructed from the university’s signature multicolored limestone mined from school-run quarries. The university was founded in 1872 as the all-male Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 1896, it changed its name to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute, informally shortened to Virginia Tech. The university admitted white women for the first time in 1921. The first black man enrolled in 1953, and six black women enrolled in 1966, according to the university. On the football field, the Hokies have played in the postseason for the last 13 years, including in the 2000 national championship game, when they lost to Florida State. Notable football alumni include Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his younger brother, Marcus Vick. Virginia Tech also is known for its Corps of Cadets, a military training program within the university. Four-year service in the corps was mandatory until 1923. Two-year service was required for men until 1964, when it became voluntary. The corps admitted its first female cadets in 1973. The Corps of Cadets conducts training exercises on the school’s drill field, located in the center of the campus. The university has a budget of $900.6 million and a $447.4 million endowment, according to university figures. Charles Steger is the school’s 15th president, having led Virginia Tech since January 2000.
A pair of former Oakland Athletics are among 16 new names on the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, the MLB announced Monday.Longtime third baseman Eric Chavez and slugger Jason Giambi make their first appearance on ballots this year — along with probable first-ballot player Derek Jeter. They have 10 years to garner at least 75 percent of the votes before their names are kicked off the ballot.Giambi joins a ballot already clogged with names mired by controversy. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A researcher at The Ohio State University is conducting a multi-state study testing for flu among pigs at fairs as swine infected with a flu virus were confirmed at two recent county fairs in Ohio.Andrew Bowman, a veterinarian with Ohio State’s Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, has found that, on average, one out of every four fairs he attends every year has at least one pig infected with the Influenza A Virus Infecting Swine (IAV-S). Some of the infected pigs don’t show clinical signs of the illness when they’re tested.The influenza A virus can infect pigs as well as other animals and people. When one case is discovered at a fair, more often than not, several cases are found at the same fair, said Bowman.Bowman is little more than halfway through his seven-year study involving 100 county and state fairs in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana as well as a handful in Iowa, Kentucky and West Virginia.Besides collecting nasal swab samples from 20 pigs at each fair, Bowman and his team also study what prevention measures are taken at the fairs and how often they are used to keep people and animals safe from flu.This summer Bowman’s research is especially relevant as the Ohio Department of Agriculture has identified sick pigs with influenza A virus at agricultural fairs in Clinton and Franklin counties. The strains of the influenza A flu detected in the pigs at each of the two fairs differed, with Clinton County’s pigs having H3N2, the strain most commonly spread to humans, and Franklin County’s pigs having H1N1. At the Clinton County Fair, 11 individuals who had contact with the pigs tested positive for H3N2.In animals and people, the clinical signs of influenza can include fever, a runny nose, coughing and sometimes nausea. People previously infected with influenza from pigs generally report mild symptoms, much like seasonal flu. However, people most threatened by serious complications to influenza A virus infections are children under 5, older adults, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems.“People don’t tend to think these animals might have something, or that people might have something they can give to the pigs. They think, ‘This is my chance to see a pig,’ and they go charging into the barns,” Bowman said.In a 2012 study of 40 Ohio agricultural fairs, Bowman and his team found 10 with H3N2-infected pigs, and at the majority of fairs with infected swine, people also caught the flu.Agricultural fairs vary in prevention measures taken to keep people and pigs safe and in how well the public heeds the warnings, Bowman pointed out.His staff watched people as they exited the pig barns and recorded whether they washed their hands. Most fairs in Bowman’s multi-state study provide hand wash stations outside the animal barns, but they were used, on average, by less than 10 percent of visitors, he said.Bowman found that it’s not unusual for people showing pigs to sleep and eat in the barns with their animals, sometimes for several days, conditions that make it easy for flu, if present, to spread among people and animals. Also, keeping pigs at a county fair for more than three days puts the pigs at greater risk of catching a flu because they mingle, so illnesses can spread quickly.But encouraging people to change a longtime tradition of pigs staying at the fair for a week or people sleeping or eating in the barn with their animals is tough, Bowman said.“It’s like trying to change the rotation of the earth,” he said.Influenza A virus infections in pigs may seem inconsequential to those who aren’t especially vulnerable, but whenever a flu transitions from infecting only animals to infecting people, that can be problematic, Bowman said. Each time a new influenza A virus has emerged and spread around the world with most people not having immunity, it came from animals.One focus of Bowman’s research, he said, is to come up with scientific data “so that we can make evidence-based decisions about how to have agricultural fairs in a way that’s safe and still fun, just by doing things a little differently.”Every year, Bowman shares his test results with the participating fairs, as well as state and national animal and public health officials. His research is primarily funded through a contract with the St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance with funds from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.Bowman advises fair goers to wash their hands after being in contact with animals, avoid eating, drinking or sleeping in the animal areas, and refrain from taking toys, baby bottles, strollers or similar items into the barns.Eating pork, as long it has been properly cooked, cannot cause someone to catch the influenza A virus.“Go ahead and enjoy a giant pork tenderloin or my favorite, a pork chop sandwich,” Bowman said. “Just don’t eat your treat in the barn.”
View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Efren “Bata” Reyes at the billiards event in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZEfren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco dela Cruz failed to advance to the English billiards doubles quarterfinals in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.The Filipino duo fell to the Vietnamese pair of Tran Le Anh Tuan and Nguyen Thanh Binh, 0-3, after getting shut out, 90-100, 33-100, 72-100.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal Reyes and Dela Cruz still have a chance to bring home a medal for the Philippines in English billiards singles on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations James Yap hit a big three-pointer with 2:50 left to give the Elasto Painters a 102-100 lead that highlighted Rain or Shine’s game-closing 10-0 run.Jarencio said the team relaxed on defense and that was what irked since he described his offense as adequate.“Suddenly our bigs were not pressuring their [Rain or Shine] bigs and defensively we relaxed,” said Jarencio. “We were okay on offense but basketball is all about defense because if you don’t have defense you won’t win for sure.”“We cannot play 43 minutes, we have to play 48 minutes of good basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grizzlies will retire Marc Gasol’s No. 33 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MANILA, Philippines—NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio had a simple explanation for the Batang Pier’s 107-1001 loss to Rain or Shine, 107-100, in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT “We gave up in the last five minutes,” said Jarencio as his team dripped to a 2-2 record.“We were there, we were in control and then they changed their lineup with [Gabe] Norwood and [Mark] Borboran on the floor at the same time and that was when we stopped playing the right way,” added Jarencio in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBorboran entered the fourth at the 10:07 mark and that was when the complexion slowly started to change for the Elasto Painters as they went on a 16-4 run to take a 97-95 lead after Maverick Ahanmisi’s three-pointer with 5:31 left.The Batang Pier answered with a five-point swing to take a 100-97 lead less than two minutes later but that was NorthPort’s final hoorah of the game. View comments
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho opted to leave “tired” top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea but in the Swede’s absence 19-year-old Marcus Rashford delivered in style.Not only did the England forward provide a confident finish for the seventh-minute opener but his pace, skill and directness troubled Chelsea all afternoon. (Manchester United beat Chelsea at Old Trafford to open up title race)”It’s not so much stepping up to the plate, because we’re a team and just missing one player doesn’t cancel out everything that we’ve worked on in the week. Everyone was together, we grafted and put the work in to get the result,” Rashford told Sky Sports.A pinpoint, defence-splitting pass from Ander Herrera found Rashford on the move and he produced a clinical finish to open the scoring.”It was a clear pass and he looked up, we made eye contact, and he put the ball exactly where I wanted it. I think it’s exactly what was needed in this team and especially at home because we’ve been lacking understanding and goals,” said Rashford. (Jose Mourinho hails Ander Herrera and Matteo Darmian after sinking Chelsea)”At this stage of the season every game is a massive game. Getting the points has massive importance so we’ve just got to keep going in the league and the Europa League as well,” he said.Rashford was joined in attack by Jesse Lingaard, normally a midfielder, who in the first half in particular provided verve, movement and ideas.advertisementMourinho played down his decision to ask Rashford to lead the line, noting he had been a regular throughout this season, but he was clearly pleased with the youngster’s progress. (Antonio Conte takes blame after Chelsea fall at Old Trafford)”Rashford is the third or fourth player with most minutes on the pitch… He plays every game, on the right on the left in one striker in two strikers.”For his education this is a phenomenal season with an amazing range of different experiences. He is not scoring enough goals. Even today he does not score the first (opportunity). The kid played very well and again it was a great experience for him,” he said.
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The programme initially received assistance through JEEP Story Highlights Students eating healthier as a result of an initiative by the Swallowfield Church The group from the Swallowfield, St. Andrew, prepares locally grown fruits as snacks for the students Students from several schools in the Corporate Area are eating healthier as a result of an initiative by the Swallowfield Church of God of Prophecy, through its Institute for Mobilisation, Partnership and Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) Limited.Through the initiative, a group from the Swallowfield community in St. Andrew, carefully prepares and packages locally grown fruits as snacks for the students of New Providence and St. Francis Primary and Liberty and St. Peter and Paul Preparatory schools.The programme initially received assistance through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) as part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ contribution to the National School Feeding Programme. It has since become an income earner for several persons in the community who are employed for up to 20 hours per week to prepare the snacks.In an interview with JIS News, Pastor at the church and Programme Co-ordinator, Melonia Waugh, informs that the initiative is aimed at ensuring that children have daily intake of nutritious snacks in their diets.“We source the fruits presently from the market, which is four fruits per plate -melon, orange, papaya, apple or mango…We use only Jamaican fruits that are in season,” she says.She adds that the healthy snacks are properly packaged in plastic containers and labelled before being sold for $40 each. She notes that even though other schools are on board the abovementioned four are the most consistent in ordering the products.Pastor Waugh says members of the Swallowfield community are appreciative of project as it creates employment for them.“The community is excited about this too…I must say that there is a young lady who will take like 40 fruits in the mornings and she will sell to the community children as well,” she says.She informs that through the programme six persons are currently employed and are excited about their job.For Shanecia Hussey, who is a direct beneficiary of the initiative, the money earned from the programme assists with paying for her evening classes. She says the project means a lot, especially since she was unemployed before it began.Another beneficiary, Kacian Thomas, informs that through the initiative, she has been exposed to various forms of making fruit cups, fruit plates and natural juices.She too is expressing gratitude to the organisers of the programme to which she has been employed since last year.In the meantime, Pastor Waugh informs that there are plans to expand the project. She is also encouraging other stakeholders to come on board and support the initiative to ensure its sustainability.Earlier this year, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, called for more local foods to be used in schools. He said the greater utilisation of cultivated crops, particularly fruits and vegetables, would provide a healthy alternative to bag drinks.Noting that bag drinks could potentially “give children diabetes” before they are fully developed, Mr. Clarke said he is advocating the introduction of more fruit and vegetable juices into the school nutrition programmes.“We want more use of our otaheite apple, cucumber, melon and mango…all the fruits that we have with fantastic flavours that sometimes go to waste. We want to incorporate those into the school feeding programme, instead of some imported items,” he asserted.The Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) which initially supported the project is one of the Government’s strategic responses to unemployment among Jamaicans, particularly those in lower socio-economic groups, persons with special needs, as well as those with low skill levels. The brainchild of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, JEEP has yielded jobs for approximately 37,000 persons since its inception in March 2012.
APTN National NewsA Winnipeg church is facing criticism after refusing to allow a smudging ceremony to take place on its property.That refusal led to the cancelling of a fundraising event which was meant to highlight the ongoing relationship with Indigenous people.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.
‘What a fantastic community we have!! It’s amazing the amount of people willing to donate time, money or even a friendly text to see how I and my family are doing. I was totally dumbfounded when I heard how many people and how much money had been donated on the “gofundme” page. And others donated in person at FSJ Bottle Drop. I also had some friends buy and reinstall my furnace blower for free when it broke down. Also my friends Ken Griffin and Chris Dallow flew down to see me for a few days. It was especially nice to see old friends visit. They even took my wife Jenna out for some shopping and a bite to eat. It was nice for her to get away from the hospital and relax a bit. All of my siblings came to visit while I was in hospital either in Prince George or Vancouver. It was good to see them, next time I promise to be in better condition. Looks like we will be flying home this Friday hopefully. I will need more time to continue to recover and get healthier but every day I’m improving every day. Soon I will be able to start my battle with CLL. This will take about a year if everything goes as planned, then Lord willing I’ll be cancer free! Thank you again to our amazing community!’ Eric StutzmanStutzman is building his strength and waiting to return home in time for the Christmas holidays. The last week of the Stutzmans stay in Vancouver General Hospital saw Jenna Stutzman, Eric’s wife being admitted into the hospital for complications to her Diabetes.“Eric continues to improve but has to be on the feeding tube until he can sustain 2500 calories- we are hoping it will be removed within the next 24 to 48 hours and then they are saying they will have to send him home because there are no beds in our hospital here,” said Karen Stutzman, Eric’s Mother, “It will be about two more days before Jenna is ready for release as well. They expect to come home together. However, it will be difficult for them to take care of each other because they are both so weak. Continued prayers are appreciated!”With the Stutzman’s three children remaining in FSJ during this time the Phoenix Club Volunteers provided gifts for the family to help provide Christmas Spirit.“Phoenix volunteers sent gifts- not knowing for sure who they were buying for-and did a fine job. I am preparing Christmas dinner,” Karen Stutzman goes on to say “Jenna and her daughter Tanisha will be the only other two living at the house besides Eric-their daughter Kylee lives in town & will come for Christmas.”The decision for Stutzman’s release is based on his ability to sustain 2500 calories and once home Stutzman will still require help. Correction to the story; Eric Stutzman is not the sole provider for the family, his wife Jenna Stutzman is employed.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It has been a long road for Eric Stutzman and his medical journey yet the road home is now in his future.A message from Eric Stutzman to the community; “Eric and Jenna are still in Vancouver General Hospital they hope to be released before the end of the week. If anyone would offer to do some simple supper’s they basically eat anything. Eric’s food will have to be puréed once it arrives. I understand the doctor has set up for a nurse to drop by and check up on them.” said Karen StutzmanMid-November Stutzman after a mini-stroke at work went to the Hospital and after many tests, it was determined that Stutzman has Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, which is cancer of the bone marrow. Due to complications, such as H1N1 influenza, a bacterial infection and pneumonia, Stutzman was airlifted from FSJ Hospital to Prince George and then to Vancouver General Hospital. Once there the Doctors discovered Stutzman had a bad gallbladder which was then removed.Stutzman who has worked for FSJ Bottle Depot for over 25 years, the three children remained in Fort St. John during this medical situation and their youngest, son Ethan – five years old has been staying with his sisters.