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Health Dept Detects West Nile Virus in PBC Chickens

first_imgWest Nile virus has reappeared in Palm Beach County.The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) says it detected the virus on Thursday in sentinel chicken flocks in the Pahokee and Belle Glade areas.According to Department of Health Palm Beach County Director Dr. Alina Alonso, “We are constantly monitoring for mosquito borne diseases like West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, and St. Louis Encephalitis. This confirmation of West Nile Virus is a good reminder for all to take the necessary preventive measures.”FDOH has sentinel chicken flocks strategically placed throughout the county. Blood samples are taken from the chickens every week and tested by the Bureau of Public Health Laboratory for the presence of mosquito borne viruses. Although chickens do not actually contract the disease, they can still carry the virus in their blood.Officials advise people to drain standing water from around homes or businesses, since mosquitoes can leave their eggs in the smallest water containers.They also encourage people to use an insect repellent that contains DEET or Picardin, and to wear light weight long sleeved shirts, long pants and socks, especially at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are typically most active.In addition, windows and doors should be screened properly and remain in good condition.The last reported human case of West Nile virus was in 2011.last_img read more

Freshman Kate Hostage succeeding in college 2 years after ACL comeback

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Tim and Christine Hostage can recall their immediate reactions. Her club teammate Shannon Aviza remembers her falling and screaming “vividly.” They witnessed Kate Hostage plant her foot and drop to the ground, tearing her ACL in 2014.Hostage herself does not. She blocks it out of her mind.Her father ran onto the field while Christine pulled up the car that would become the ambulance. Before she was carried off, Tim heard a coach say something.“Colleges will still want you.”Given the severity of the situation, Hostage’s father found it odd that someone addressed the distant concern of playing soccer in college. Whether appropriate or not, the statement rang true.Three years after her injury, Hostage has appeared in four games as a freshman for Syracuse (4-1-1) and scored the game-winning goal against Army. SU coach Phil Wheddon recruited her for her goal-scoring ability and “relentless” approach to the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t necessarily want to dwell on injuries. Unfortunately for women’s soccer in particular the ACL injury is prevalent,” Wheddon said. “It’s commonplace and recovery from those injuries, if it’s done properly, players come back to normal. In Kate’s case she came back better.”Hostage’s tear was one of three in the span of a few months, her mother said. Hostage called it an “ACL epidemic.” Published on September 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm Contact Bobby: rpmannin@syr.educenter_img Surgery was the first step. Afterward, she spent time with physical therapists, gym trainers and teammates in casts, rehabbing back to full health. Her summer weekend trips to Massachusetts beaches with extended family were put on hold as Hostage recovered.Six months later, she was participating in cutting and contact drills. In 2015, one year later, she returned to the field, still with the concern of playing at the college level on her mind.“It was hard because when she got injured it was right when colleges were starting to become interested,” Christine, her mother, said. “Then (when) she came back, it was the heart of recruiting time and she wasn’t 100 percent, so she really struggled and she wanted to go out there and perform and impress but it was hard because she was just coming back from her injury.”Hostage’s father worried about her health from the moment she tumbled to the ground. That was soon “replaced by the stress of watching her play.” Then it became relieving.In her games back, her father, who has recorded his daughter’s games since she was 10, noticed a more aware player. She suffered at least two concussions and wore head gear until she was 15. Aviza said Hostage was “just very tenacious and she’ll run through people.”Hostage said she was concerned she would be timid upon her return from surgery, but she felt comfortable after her first slide tackle. The Boston Breakers, her club team, won the 2015 National Premier Leagues Championship. Hostage committed to play at Syracuse, along with Aviza.Wheddon said he questioned if her offensive game would translate at the collegiate level. He got an answer to his question on Aug. 24. In the 56th minute against Army Taylor Bennett booted a free kick toward the net. An Army defender missed the header and Hostage was there to recover the ball and break the tie. It was the game-winning goal in her first collegiate appearance that she once worried would not come to fruition.She has since played in every match for the Orange.The year away provided Hostage a new appreciation for the game, and a goal in her college debut assured her that she belonged. Commentslast_img read more

Millennial Esports appoints Bob Reif as President

first_imgMillennial Esports has announced that Bob Reif has joined the company as President. Reif will “lead the next phase of growth for the company”.Alex Igelman, Millennial EsportsBob Reif is a man with extensive background in the sports, media and investment world. He’s transacted more than $5 billion in sports, marketing and media rights agreements. He served as Executive Vice President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chief Marketing Officer of the Indy Race  League. He also was Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for the St. Louis Rams for 12 seasons, in which he helped the company grow to its current $3.5billion valuation.“We are extremely excited to have a seasoned executive with the direct sports sector experience of Bob Reif joining our team,” said Alex Igelman, CEO of Millennial Esports. “I’m confident that Bob’s experience as an innovator with leading sports and lifestyles brands will translate well to what we are doing at Millennial.”“I see many parallels between the growth of the traditional sports sector and the potential for growth in the emerging Esports sector, with Millennial Esports leading the charge,” said Reif. “I’m confident my experience in the sports arena, particularly in the area of racing, will serve Millennial Esports well, and I’m excited to get started. He continued: “I’m confident my experience in the sports arena, particularly in the area of racing, will serve Millennial Esports well, and I’m excited to get started.”Reif’s responsibilities will include forging relationships with leaders in the traditional sports sector and leading the creation of content to be shared with the wider esports community. As part of the agreement, he will be granted one million stock options to vest equally on a monthly schedule over two years. The options have been granted at a stock price of 77 cents each and are 10-year options.Esports Insider says: Another big appointment for Millennial as they continue their expansion in esports. Interestingly, it’s another man with vast experience in the racing sphere as they look add to the previous acquisition of Ideas & Cars.last_img read more