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4-H20 Camp

first_imgA blend of fun and education, the Mitchell County 4-H20 day camp is designed to introduce students to the importance of water conservation and irrigation. The three-day camp is held every year, and will include a visit to the University of Georgia C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, Georgia, on June 22. “We can really educate any student, from the experienced to the inexperienced,” said Calvin Perry, Stripling research park superintendent and co-organizer of the event. The camp will be held Tuesday, June 21, to Thursday, June 23, and is open to all county 4-H clubs throughout Georgia. 4-H’ers from north Florida and southeast Alabama are also welcome to the water camp. Perry, Mitchell County UGA Cooperative Extension Coordinator Jennifer Grogan and Mitchell County 4-H Associate Debra Cox are working together to ensure that campers learn while having a wonderful time. Activities and speakers at the camp will cover topics including the amount of water it takes to make clothing and food, the best ways to conserve water and the importance of water irrigation to farmers. “We have different activities and speakers dealing with water every year, and they are always fun and educational,” said Grogan.“On the first day of the camp, the 4-H’ers will go to the Flint RiverQuarium in Albany, Georgia, where the educational manager, Melissa Martin, and her volunteers will teach classes about aquatic animals and their habitats. On the second day, 4-H’ers will travel to the Stripling research park, followed by a visit to Water World in Dothan, Alabama, on June 23,” Cox said.“Last year we had a record number of campers attend, and each year you never know which counties will come,” said Grogan. Around 160 campers attended last year. A similar turnout is expected again this year. Perry wants to assure parents that their children will have fun and be in great hands at the 4-H20 day camp this summer. “The youth and adults are going to have a great time in a safe environment while learning about water and other natural resources,” said Perry. For more information on the 4-H20 day camp, contact the Mitchell County Extension office at (229) 336-2066.(Kenzie Kesselring is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

Trial of second-generation zanamivir shows promise

first_img The study was conducted according to guidance from Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, according to the statement from Biota. A parallel phase 2 study, performed elsewhere in Asia, addressed dosing. “The results of both trials will be used to support the international regulatory and development program planned for LANI,” the company said. In the double-blind trial, inhaled CS-8958 administered once was “statistically indistinguishable” from 75 mg of oseltamivir given twice a day for 5 days, Biota reported. The company said that in preclinical studies CS-8958 demonstrated efficacy against H5N1 avian influenza, as well as influenza A and B. Neuraminidase inhibitors are used for flu treatment and prevention. The United States and numerous other countries are stockpiling oseltamivir and zanamivir for use against a potential pandemic flu strain. Though the World Health Organization has recommended oseltamivir as the first-line treatment against H5N1 avian influenza, in May British researchers reporting in the journal Nature found that certain mutations in the H5N1 virus that make it resistant to oseltamivir make it vulnerable to zanamivir. They advised nations not to rely on oseltamivir alone when planning their pandemic antiviral stockpiles. Collins PJ, Haire LF, Lin YP, et al. Crystal structures of oseltamivir-resistant influenza virus neuraminidase mutants. Nature 2008 Jun 26;453(7199):1258-61 [Abstract] The phase 2 trial of CS-8958 included “several hundred” adult patients who had confirmed, naturally acquired influenza A or B, according to Biota. The study was designed to assess the drug’s safety and efficacy and used fever and symptom resolution as endpoints. In background materials outlining the company’s work on influenza drugs, Biota said the long-acting nature of CS-8958 might allow less frequent dosing and could reduce the storage space needed to stockpile antivirals for future pandemic use. Under a grant from the United States National Institutes of Health, the two companies are at the preclinical development stage for a range of other LANI compounds, Biota said.center_img See also: Biota, the Australian company that developed zanamivir, said in a statement yesterday that it is developing the new drug, a long-acting neuraminidase inhibitor (LANI) named CS-8958, through a joint partnership with Japan-based Daiichi-Sankyo. Biota said it and Daiichi-Sankyo were satisfied with the safety, tolerability, and efficacy data for their LANI and that they will use the results to guide a phase 3 trial that will be conducted during the next northern hemisphere influenza season. The phase 3 study will include subjects from locations in Asia, including Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea. Aug 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Two pharmaceutical companies that are developing a second-generation version of the inhaled antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) reported promising phase 2 results showing that one dose was as effective against influenza as a course of oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Jul 31 Biota press releaselast_img read more

Mikel Reveals Eagles’ Advantage at AFCON 2019

first_imgJohn Mikel Obi, Duro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi, is banking on the fitness level of the three-time champions to play a big role when the 32nd Africa Nations Cup kicks off on June 21 in Egypt.Mikel who returned to Eagles almost one year after he last played for Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia said at the team’s media briefing in Asaba yesterday that fitness level will play a big role in deciding which countries qualify from the group stage to the knock out phase. ”If you look back at 2013 (when Nigeria won the AFCON in South Africa), we were one of the fittest teams. We were well drilled as we were put through hard work during the camp. We knew exactly what we were doing. We were really fit,” recalled Mikel.He revealed that it is almost the same fitness regimen the current class of Eagles are being put through ahead of the AFCON 2019 in Egypt.”That’s exactly what we are doing now, training twice a day. If you want to win this trophy you have to do things like that.”With hindsight, Mikel further observed that fitness plays a big role in African football.”Well, I think obviously fitness is going to play a big part in this tournament, it always does when it comes to African football, fitness always plays 80 per cent part in who wins the tournament.”The former Chelsea of England midfielder who ended his one-year loan deal with Middlesbrough at the close of the season is excited that the current squad under the watch of Franco-German coach, Gernot Rohr are brimming with excitement to make marks.”I am happy that every player in this team want to do it, we want to achieve the same thing, we want to be in the finals and win the tournament but we also need to know we are not the outright favourite, we have to remain cool, calm, just do what we have to do, not look at other teams.”If we do that, we’ll keep winning games. Experience will also play a big part.The Eagles midfielder also commended the handlers of the team for having a very good mix of experienced and up coming players.Mikel will play his 21st game at the AFCON in Egypt if he is selected in the final 23-man squad for Nigeria’s opening game against Burundi on June 22.Meanwhile, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua striker, Odion Jude Ighalo and Udinese central defender, William Troost-Ekong have finally joined their colleagues for the final tune up before departing for Egypt.Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye confirmed that the two players arrived camp yesterday and took part in the evening workout at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.While Troost-Ekong had muscular problems towards the end of the 2018-2019 season, Ighalo just recovered from a hamstring problem which kept him on the sidelines for about three weeks.The Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers top scorer has not played competitively for his Chinese club since May 10 as manager Quique Sánchez Flores refused to risk him against Chongqing Dangdai Lifan (June 1), four days after the striker resumed full training.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more