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first_imgSep 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia reported its 69th H5N1 avian influenza case today, in the 21-year-old sister of an 11-year-old boy who died of the same disease on Sep 18.The woman from the Tulungagung district of East Java tested positive for H5N1 today, 4 days after she was hospitalized, according to a Bloomberg News report. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed her 11-year-old brother’s case on Sep 25.The WHO had reported that poultry in the boy’s household began dying in the month prior to symptom onset, and poultry deaths continued in his neighborhood.An Indonesian official said it was unlikely that the woman caught the virus from her brother. “They’re genetically susceptible to the virus, which they were both exposed to from infected poultry,” health ministry official I Nyoman Kandun told Bloomberg. He said there was no evidence that the virus was passed from one sibling to the other.Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man cited by the WHO as Indonesia’s 68th case died yesterday, the WHO said. He is the 52nd Indonesian to die of the illness.The man was one of three siblings in Bandung, West Java, who had flu symptoms at the same time, which sparked concern about possible person-to-person transmission. His 23-year-old brother died Sep 24, and the WHO said H5N1 infection was suspected in his case, but it couldn’t be confirmed because no samples were taken. Both men had fed dead chickens to their dogs, and there was evidence of H5 infection in household birds.The 15-year-old sister of the two men was hospitalized Sep 25 with a fever and cough and was hospitalized in stable condition, the WHO said on Sep 27. Initial tests pointed to normal seasonal flu rather than avian flu, the agency said. Indonesian health officials yesterday ruled out person-to-person transmission of H5N1 among the three siblings, according to an Agence France-Presse report.On Java island, avian flu disease may have infected a quarter of backyard poultry in some of the country’s most densely populated areas, according an Indonesian veterinary official quoted in a Bloomberg News report today.Musny Suatmodjo, Indonesia’s director of animal health, said random tests on Java, where the virus is most prevalent, detected the H5N1 strain in as much as 27% of fowl and caged birds. He gave no details about how many birds were tested or when the survey was done.”The backyard sector is the weakest link,” he told Bloomberg News. “The survey of hotspots in the backyard sector showed almost every flock has been previously infected,” though not all birds showed symptoms.”In other avian flu news, China has shared some long-awaited samples of the H5N1 virus from birds, and many scientists are hailing the move as a breakthrough in cooperation, a WHO official said yesterday.The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture sent the samples, taken from some of the thousands of wild birds that died at Qinghai Lake in April 2005, to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, according to a Reuters report yesterday.WHO scientist Michael Perdue told a news briefing that the samples are the first bird specimens from China in two and a half years and will help researchers understand the origin of an H5N1 strain that later circulated in Turkey and Africa. The strain is genetically different from the one that moved through other parts of Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.The lake where the samples were collected is an important layover point for migratory birds in the remote northern Qinghai province, the Reuters report said.In March, China had promised to send up to 20 poultry samples to a WHO-affiliated laboratory outside the country. Samples were delayed because of reported communication lapses and disagreements between China and the CDC about the protocol and logistics for mailing the samples. However, the CDC said the problems were resolved in early September.Perdue said CDC officials expected to receive the samples yesterday, and he hoped the shipment would include additional animal samples requested from China, Reuters reported.”We have to wait to see exactly what they shipped,” he said.China had not shared avian flu virus samples from poultry since late 2004, according to recent news reports. Poultry H5N1 viruses, especially those from China, are needed to develop vaccines and drugs.See also:Sep 28 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_28/en/index.htmlSep 27 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27a/en/index.htmlSep 25 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_25/en/index.htmlSep 11 CIDRAP News article “Way cleared for China to share H5N1 samples”last_img read more

first_imgMilan High School Girls Varsity Volleyball falls to South Dearborn High School 17-25, 25-10, 25-19, 25-14.The Lady Knights JV won.The Lady Indians Freshman won 25-12 and 25-9.Courtesy of Indians AD John Prifogle.last_img

first_imgRon Dayne was one of the most talented college athletes to ever step foot on a football field.Though, even as he embarked upon his first season in the Wisconsin Cardinal and White that would culminate with an All-American selection, his freshman year began with uncertainty.He was adjusting to a completely new offense, and there was nowhere to hide to learn the ropes — he was to be the prized feature of Coach Barry Alvarez’ ground and pound offense.Coming out of the huddle, Dayne had some early issues knowing which gaps to hit — or even which direction to take the handoff. Thankfully, he had fullback Cecil Martin to rely on.Exemplifying the cliche about things that don’t show up on the stat sheet, Martin, who would line up in front of Dayne in many of the Badgers offensive sets, would stick his hand between his legs and signal to Dayne with his fingers which way he was to run. Then after the snap, Martin would take off, hitting his own marked man and aiding Dayne as he rushed his way to a 2,109 yard, 21 touchdown freshman season.I don’t know if there is a game that goes by at Camp Randall without some sort of Dayne highlight or honor.You can’t say the same of Cecil Martin._________________________________________________________________Football is a game of stereotypes.There’s the flashy receiver, unyielding in his never-ending quest to juke defenders out of their cleats or make highlight-reel catches — the cocky cornerback, trash-talking perpetually and exuding a prideful swagger matched by few, as well as the juiced-up strength and conditioning coach, whose emphasis is quite obviously on strength rather than conditioning.Fullbacks, despite (or maybe because of) their understated nature in most offensive schemes, are the blue-collar workhorse — doing what needs to be done in whatever capacity they are best suited.“You gotta be a gritty player to play fullback,” former Badger and current San Diego Chargers fullback Derek Watt said. “It’s not typically a glorious position.”Calling fullback “not typically a glorious position” is a bit like saying late-season games at Camp Randall aren’t usually balmy.The fullback is the ugly duckling of the football field. Nobody knows whether to associate them with the lineman, the backs or the receivers.Yet, it’s easy to romanticize the mentality of the workman-like, do-your-job fullback. Some of it could stem from all of their shared origins. Nobody is born a fullback these days and most who became great ones didn’t even play the position in high school.Current Badgers fullback Alec Ingold was a standout quarterback in high school and even had an offer to play at Northern Illinois State. Instead, he turned it down and came to University of Wisconsin as a running back, soon making the switch that so many others before him like Watt have made to fullback.Usually, those that are good enough to play fullback at the college level were the most athletic guys on their high school teams and were therefore placed in a more ball-dominant role, most often running back.“[Former Head Coach Bret Bielema] asked me to come over and ‘hit that guy on this play’. It wasn’t like we had meetings or anything. I just went over and did it and he said ‘alright we can work with that.’”Derek WattBut upon arrival on campus, those skills are transferred into the fullback position for various reasons.“If you’re Alec Ingold, you’re also a state championship caliber wrestler in high school, a big, strong guy who maybe couldn’t throw it strong enough at the college level,” longtime radio voice of the Badgers Matt Lepay said. “But he can hit people, he can block, he has good hands and can run the ball.”Watt’s story echoes much of the same.He was a highly-touted linebacker and running back recruit coming into college and soon after he came to Madison he was converted.“[Former Head Coach Bret Bielema] asked me to come over and ‘hit that guy on this play,’” Watt explained. “It wasn’t like we had meetings or anything. I just went over and did it and he said ‘alright we can work with that.’”The lack of high school players forces college teams intent on utilizing a fullback to become creative.Former Badger fullback and assistant strength and conditioning coach Bradie Ewing said that it’s incredibly difficult to recruit with the sole intent of placing the player at fullback and a lot of those that end up there do so thanks to pure chance.“If you look at myself, we had a fullback leave the program when I was a running back,” Ewing said. “Mickey Turner was playing a fullback-tight end role at the time, and it gave me the opportunity to develop under him.”He also stressed the importance of having a role model like Turner to watch and learn from. It’s rare for a fullback to have a perfect mentor because as time has gone on they have become rarer and rarer.For many offensive schemes across varying levels of football, the position has been all but relegated to little more than a more mobile auxiliary offensive lineman.“The fullback is a dying breed,” Ewing said. “It’s become something that is unique to a few professional teams and a few college teams.”One of those few teams is Wisconsin, who’ve become one of the last safe havens for fullbacks who are battling to stay off of the endangered species list.From Martin to Ewing to Watt and now Ingold, it’s become more than just a coincidence that fullbacks have thrived at Camp Randall.“It’s a tradition that they’re pretty proud of,” Lepay said. “They don’t apologize for it. They’ve been blessed through the years to have a lot of great fullbacks over the years.”This lineage is almost impossible to ignore.There seems to be a theme of solidarity among fullbacks, who have formed somewhat of a fraternity as a result of their shared experiences in the unique role, keeping tabs on their peers and feeling a vicarious sense of gratification when they see one of their own make a big play.“We’re all wired pretty similarly,” Ewing said. “It’s cool having been in that position, knowing those that have come before me and have come after.”And fans have begun to really take to the comparably significant role the position holds in the offense.There have been “Fullback-U” and “Fullback City” T-shirts printed in their honor.“Wisconsin definitely celebrates it more than most places,” Ewing noted.Simply a trip up to the press box during a game in Madison can shed plenty of light on its popularity. There is seldom a third-and-short that goes by that excited murmurs about a fullback dive cannot be overheard from journalists neglecting to preserve their supposed impartiality, instead rooting in low tones for each first down picked up by Ingold.They have good reason. It’s rare in the whole of sports for a team to be able to run a play the way the Badgers run the fullback dive. The other team almost surely knows what’s coming, and the Badgers are more often than not completely derelict in any presumed duty to throw them off the scent.Yet it works time and time again.“A lot of times, in general, the defense can know what play we can be running but we take it upon ourselves to be more prepared, more physical so we can win that play with them knowing what we have coming,” Ewing saidThere’s also an element of the strategy that no-doubt lies beyond its success on the field, but also in the mind of the opponent.It is humiliating for a defense to know what’s coming and be powerless to stop it. Being able to capitalize on a gut-punch like that will always give the Badgers an edge.“You wanna prove you’re tougher than your opponent, and that’s a great way to do it,” Lepay said.Twelve games into the 2018 season, Ingold is averaging a touchdown on slightly more than every four touches.Lepay credits some of Ingold’s success in particular to his wrestling background.“If you’re a wrestler you understand leverage and Alec gets that,” Lepay said. “If you need two yards, he’ll get you three or four.”But the success didn’t begin with Ingold, and I would be willing to wager that it won’t end with him either.Some of it must come from the myriad running threats the Badgers boast, particularly this season. They have arguably the best running back in the nation in Jonathan Taylor, a top-end power back in Taiwan Deal, a pleasantly productive Garrett Groshek as well as the option to use receivers like Danny Davis or Kendric Pryor for positive yardage in jet sweeps.“[Wisconsin fullbacks] would be the first to say that the incredibly gifted, talented running backs we have had contribute to the tradition and it all kind of snowballs and perpetuates itself,” Ewing said. “When you have weapons, when you have options out there — it’s only going to improve your opportunities.”Though the defense may know Ingold is getting the ball up the middle in some situations, they still must respect the talent surrounding him.While at Wisconsin the fullback cult is growing, elsewhere many are far more oblivious to the Badger’s quest to save the fullback.“People think a fullback from Wisconsin can’t jump over a phone book.”Matt LepayIt’s not at all uncommon to hear slanderous language with regard to the protagonists of our story. Many see the big guy in the backfield and immediately leap to maligned assertions that they must not be athletic, or that the position has no place in today’s game.Lepay thinks this comes from the multiple uses for the players, so they aren’t thought of as excellent in a specific area.“A lot of it is not very sexy,” Lepay said.“But it doesn’t mean that you can’t carry the ball or touch the ball out of the backfield.”The position has seen plenty of evolution and faced many threats over the years. Originally they were trusted with kicking duties — which is why the penalty “running into the kicker” was deemed “running into the fullback.” Then the kicker became its own specialized position and the fullback was assigned to run the ball along with the halfback, who eventually usurped their job as well, resulting in the tasks we know today that mainly focuses on run blocking. This is partially why the bond is so strong — if they don’t stick up for one another, nobody will.Last year’s Orange Bowl was as close to football heaven as it gets for the fullback community. It should really be honored as a holiday of sorts. I have faith that years from now fullbacks everywhere will gather around their shrine to Jim Brown and Mike Tolbert to commemorate the day Austin Ramesh changed the world.Dec. 30, 2017 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami was the backdrop to an event of biblical proportions.Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook dropped back to pass in the midst of the second quarter. Looking right, he hits Ramesh on a flat route.A Miami defender settles in a yard before the first-down marker, awaiting a chance to tackle the fleet-footed fullback.Much to the surprise of everyone, Ramesh did the unthinkable, leaping over the defender and gaining the new set of downs.It was the fullback equivalent of the moon landing: “One small step for a fullback, one giant leap for fullback kind.”“It shocks people,” Lepay said of the hurdle heard ‘round the world. “People think a fullback from Wisconsin can’t jump over a phone book.”There really is no way to classify the fullback in a grouping. They’re the Swiss Army knife. The jack-of-all-trades. They’re fullbacks, there just isn’t any other way to put it.“If you think of one position that is just football in general, you think of fullback,” Ewing said. “Though, I’m a little biased.”last_img read more