Avian flu suspected in Jakarta zoo workers

first_imgSep 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Three workers from Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo have been hospitalized with suspected H5N1 avian influenza, increasing the number of suspected human cases in Indonesia to as many as seven, according to news services.The zoo was closed yesterday after 19 captive birds tested positive for the H5N1 virus. The ailing zoo workers include a 28-year-old guide and a 39-year-old vendor, the Associated Press (AP) reported in a statement attributed to I Nyoman Kandun, Indonesia’s director general of communicable disease control. A Reuters report today said a third person from the zoo, also a food worker, was hospitalized late last night.The latest cases apparently bring the number of suspected case-patients in Indonesia to seven. But Reuters quoted Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari as saying only six people have been hospitalized.On Sep 16, officials confirmed that the death of a 37-year-old woman from Jakarta a few days earlier was due to H5N1 avian flu. As of yesterday, news services were reporting that four children had been hospitalized with suspected cases. They included two girls, aged 3 and 6; a 7-year-old; and a 9-year-old boy who is related to the 37-year-old victim.Initial tests on two children were positive for H5N1, Reuters reported. Blood samples from the patients were being tested in Hong Kong, the story said.Yesterday the government declared that the avian flu situation was an “extraordinary” health incident. That declaration, which expires in 21 days but can be renewed, allows for forced hospitalization of people who have possible avian flu symptoms, the AP said. Forty-four hospitals have been designated to treat avian flu patients. Those patients will receive free medication, Supari told the AP.Government officials sought to maintain calm today, balancing expressions of confidence that they could handle the situation with statements aimed at educating people about the problem and its seriousness.The state of high alert “is to calm people, not to bring more panic,” Reuters quoted Supari as saying.Haryadi Wibisono, a director of disease control at the country’s health ministry, told Agence France-Presse (AFP), “This is a serious problem for Indonesia and the whole world and therefore it should be dealt with seriously.”Ragunan Zoo, the chief zoo in bustling Jakarta, was to be closed for 3 weeks to allow for testing of animals and workers. Of the 500 zoo employees, 143 have been identified as being at high risk for exposure to the virus, the Jakarta Post said today. The city has a population of 12 million, with another 9 million in outlying towns, according to Nature magazine.Besides the 37-year-old woman, other reported cases of avian flu in Indonesia have included a 38-year-old man and his two daughters who died in July, plus a farm worker who tested positive for antibodies to the virus last March, though he had not been sick. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes only the 37-year-old woman and 38-year-old man as laboratory-confirmed cases.Indonesia’s spate of possible cases comes as the WHO is warning that the world would have little time to respond to signs of an emerging flu pandemic, AFP and Reuters reported today.”There’s a very short time period—2 to 4 weeks between the onset of the first case—in which containment is possible,” Hitoshi Oshitani, a WHO communicable disease expert, said today in an address to the WHO’s Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in Noumea, New Caledonia.In comparing pandemic flu to SARS, Oshitani said, “The pandemic virus is much more difficult, maybe impossible, to contain once it starts.”last_img read more

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Ex NRL star Dave Shillington lists Queenslander home in Grange

first_imgFormer NRL player Dave Shillington is selling his home in Grange.FOOTY fans have a chance to score the Brisbane house belonging to ex rugby league star Dave Shillington.The former Gold Coast Titans forward, who hung up his boots in 2016, is selling his three-bedroom property at 31 Myrtle St, Grange, Dave Shillington is selling this house at 31 Myrtle St, Grange.Set on a level, 810 sqm block on two lots, the Queenslander home has traditional features such as polished timber floors, VJ walls and high ceilings, but has been given a modern update.The family room on the lower level could be used for a home business. The pool at the house at 31 Myrtle St, Grange.There’s also potential to add further value in the future by renovating the lower level to create more bedrooms and bathrooms. Even with the inground pool, there’s plenty of room to kick a footy around in the backyard. The back deck on the house at 31 Myrtle St, Grange, which is for sale (minus the dog).Built in 1929, 31 Myrtle Street holds significant history within the area as the original dairy house.Records show Shillington paid $680,000 for it in 2012.Shillington played 215 NRL games, 14 Tests for Australia, four for the Prime Minister’s XIII, eight for Queensland and two NRL All Stars.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago The kitchen in the house at 31 Myrtle St, Grange, which is for sale.During his 12 year career, he played for the Sydney Roosters, Canberra Raiders and Gold Coast Titans.These days, the 36-year-old is an NRL State of Mind project officer and involved with Playbook Coach. There is plenty of room to kick a footy around in the backyard.The property is being marketed by Alistair Macmillan and Sam Hagen of Ray White Wilston and is scheduled for auction at 6pm on March 12.last_img read more

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Lack of evidence supporting medicinal cannabis benefits for arthritis sufferers – research

first_img“There’s certainly interest in it,” Ms Holloway told 1 NEWS. But scientific proof is another thing. There have been a number of trials on mice but human trials are scarce and not encouraging. Medicinal cannabis is now available with a prescription from your doctor and anecdotally, some say their most effective source of pain relief comes from cannabis products or medicinal cannabis. “We have a number of consumers who expressed interest or have used [it] themselves.”center_img TVNZ One News 23 May 2020Family First Comment: The science doesn’t always back the hype (or the smokescreen).“We found two trials that looked at cannabis based products in arthritis… and there was no evidence really from either of those trials that they made a difference in the arthritis condition” – Medical Research Institute of NZ#followthemoneySome arthritis sufferers claim cannabis products provide them the most effective pain relief, but new research says there isn’t enough scientific evidence to show it’s safe or effective.One in six New Zealanders has arthritis and Arthritis NZ’s Francesca Holloway says pain is one of the biggest issues. “We found two trials that looked at cannabis based products in arthritis… and there was no evidence really from either of those trials that they made a difference in the arthritis condition,” the Medical Research Institute of NZ’s Dr Irene Braithwaite says.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/lack-evidence-supporting-medicinal-cannabis-benefits-arthritis-sufferers-researchlast_img read more

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Cuba deepening relations with CARICOM counterparts.

first_imgNewsRegional Cuba deepening relations with CARICOM counterparts. by: – June 26, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share 72 Views   no discussionscenter_img Cuba and Suriname consolidate cooperation relations.HAVANA, Cuba – Health and sports are two key areas of cooperation for Cuba and Suriname under new agreements signed recently to ratify their willingness to consolidate relations between the two governments.Cuban medical assistance for the CARICOM country and possibilities to strengthen cooperation in this field were assessed by Cuban ambassador Julio Solis and Surinamese Health Minister Michel Blokland, during a meeting in Paramaribo last Thursday (June 21).Likewise, they assessed the efforts made by their states in order for a group of Cuban specialists to begin to perform eye surgeries in the Surinamese capital, the Cuban Ministry of Exterior Relations reported on its website last Friday.In a similar exchange, Sports and Youth Minister Ismanto Adna thanked Solis for the work carried out by Cuban trainers, who encourage massive practice of sports in new generations in several Surinamese communities.Adna spoke about the possibility of concreting other cooperation agreements in several sport modalities and disciplines.He also updated the diplomat about the first steps of the project of the Regional Sports Institute, resulting from the agreements reached at the 4th Cuba-CARICOM Summit held in December in Trinidad and Tobago.Caribbean 360 News Share Tweetlast_img read more

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ISP looking for tips in Dearborn County murder

first_imgVersailles, In. — The Indiana State Police detectives are reaching out to the public for any information that could help solve the May 28 murder Thomas Biedenharn, 73, of Hidden Valley Subdivision. Biedenharn was found deceased in his residence on Highridge Court.  An autopsy later confirmed that Biedenharn was the victim of a homicide.Indiana State Police Detectives are now asking for the public’s help in identifying the owner of a vehicle that may have been spotted in the area around the time of the homicide.  The vehicle is described as being a newer model four door or extended cab truck that was “electric or bright blue” in color.Anyone that may have seen a truck matching that description that was in the area over the Memorial Day weekend is urged to call the Indiana State Police, Versailles-Criminal Investigation Division at (812)689-5000.Anyone providing information about this homicide may remain anonymous.last_img read more

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Mayweather wants Pacquiao rematch

first_imgRelatedPosts Sugar Ray urges Anthony Joshua to crack America Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao II has been in the making for some years now after their “Fight of the Century” back in 2015.Mayweather won that bout courtesy of a unanimous decision. Since then, both fighters have called the other out on social media, but a deal has never quite been finalised between the two megastars.However, according to SunSport, Mayweather has an added incentive to seek a rematch with the Philippine fighter as soon as possible.That’s because the 42-year-old American is looking to build a casino empire out in Asia and a rematch with Pacquiao in Japan would be the perfect way to start the campaign.Back in June, Mayweather launched TMT Japan in Tokyo, as well as his partnership with management company Libera and Kyoei boxing gym.Hong Kong based promoter Jay Lau told SunSport: “In Asia more and more casinos are setting up.“Mayweather came to Tokyo to set up TMT Japan because of the Japan casinos that open in the next year.“There are casinos opening in Cambodia, Singapore and China as well. It means boxing will get more and more popular.“The Manny rematch is the biggest thing that can happen. I hope it does happen, it could be a big possibility that fight is the grand opening for the Japan casinos.”Lau went on to reveal that Mayweather has put the brakes on any potential exhibition fights in the near future as he is solely focused on securing the Pacquiao rematch.The promoter said: “Mayweather came two times to Hong Kong, he spoke with my son Jayson and we had communications but now he is focusing on the Pacquiao rematch.“We were talking about an exhibition in China, a big event but not a recorded professional boxing fight. Something like Mayweather vs Tenshin in Japan.“We spoke a bit about doing a special fight in China, but half way through he turned to the Pacquiao rematch so we stopped.”Given Pacquiao is still an active world champion and Mayweather’s last bout was an exhibition against Tenshin Nasukawa, the Philippine would surely go into the rematch as the favourite.In his last fight, Pacquiao defeated fellow welterweight champion Keith Thurman, proving that he is still one of the best in the game. Tags: SunSportlast_img read more

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War of words over botched David de Gea transfer escalates

first_img The day after De Gea’s move to the Spanish capital was called off, United and Madrid blamed each other for the collapse. Madrid fired the first shot, issuing a statement early in the afternoon which claimed delays at United’s end had scuppered a deal worth £29million which would have also seen Keylor Navas head to Old Trafford. The war of words between Old Trafford and the Bernabeu escalated on Tuesday night as Manchester United robustly defended their conduct over David de Gea’s botched transfer and pointed the finger at Real Madrid. In their 443-word statement, Madrid claimed they had to wait until Monday – deadline day in Spain – to ”open any channel of negotiation” with United over De Gea. Madrid claim they had to wait over eight hours for United to return the player contracts, which were sent to Old Trafford at 12:39 BST after a deal had been struck, according to the Spanish club. Madrid added that United did not reach agreement with Navas over his part of the deal until seven minutes before the window shut. The result, they claim, was that United did not upload the details into FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) until 11pm exactly. That meant Madrid could not complete their part of the process and that is why the deal collapsed, according to the Spanish club. United, however, insist the botched transfer was all Madrid’s fault. In their statement, United angrily rejected the idea that they left it until the last minute to decide to sell De Gea. United also claim Madrid made several errors in the last couple of hours of the window. They claim they sent the transfer documents for both players to Madrid at 8:42pm and received them back at 10:32pm, without De Gea’s ”signatory page”. United also claim Madrid made ”major changes” to the documentation 20 minutes before the deadline, which ”immediately put the deals at risk”, according to the 20-time English champions. United insist they had still not received the requisite documentation for Navas’ transfer at this point either. Finally, United claim they uploaded the relevant documents at 10:58pm, two minutes before the deadline. The United statement added: ”It is our understanding that the deals couldn’t happen because: Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents onto TMS (or) the Spanish league in time.” Senior sources at Old Trafford think Madrid president Florentino Perez may have had second thoughts about the deal after the club’s fans expressed their dismay at the news that Navas was being used as part of the deal to lure De Gea to the Bernabeu. In a poll of over 55,000 Real Madrid fans on the Spanish newspaper website Marca, nearly 89 per cent said they did not agree with the idea of swapping De Gea for Navas, who starred in the club’s 5-0 over Real Betis on Saturday. There is a feeling at United that the poll may have persuaded Perez to drag his heels over the transfer and stick with Navas instead. United have played hardball with Madrid all summer. They rejected two offers for De Gea before accepting a third on Monday afternoon. They initially wanted either Sergio Ramos or a fee of £32.6million in return for the goalkeeper. Senior figures at Old Trafford insist they have no regrets about that stance even though they will now almost certainly lose their star goalkeeper on a free next summer. Until then, De Gea will remain a United player. It is hard to see Madrid coming back for the Spaniard in January, particularly when they can sign the player for nothing six months later. United are awash with cash and do not mind taking a financial hit on a player who they think would have been worth well over £70million if he were tied down to a long-term deal. De Gea is currently training with the Spanish national side ahead of their internationals against Slovakia and Macedonia. Next week he will return to Manchester and sources at the club insist the Spaniard’s relationship with manager Louis van Gaal or the board is not beyond repair. The club have noted that De Gea has acted like a professional throughout this saga. He has turned up to matches and watched from the stands in his club suit, and has entered the dressing room for post-match team talks. Van Gaal must be satisfied that De Gea is able to focus properly for him to return to the starting XI, however. United’s next match takes place a week on Saturday at home to Liverpool. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgNewman is still recovering from his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500, bringing an end to his streak of 649 consecutive starts. Among those in the field Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be Ryan Blaney, who hooked Newman’s car into the alarming spin.Rain washed out qualifying Saturday, so the starting field for the Pennzoil 400 has been set by the rule book, with the cars set to line up according to final 2019 owner points. However, series champion Kyle Busch will drop to the back of the field at the start because his car failed a Friday inspection.MLB-BREWERS-HOLTBrock Holt guaranteed $3.25M by BrewersPHOENIX (AP) — Utilityman Brock Holt is guaranteed $3.25 million under his one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. The deal includes a club option for 2021 and performance bonuses that could make it worth $8.25 million over two seasons. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-LAS VEGASDaytona crash means Newman will miss 650th consecutive startLAS VEGAS (AP) — When NASCAR runs its second race of the season Sunday, it will be the first one without Ryan Newman in the field since the 2002 season opener. February 23, 2020 Update on the latest sports Holt has a $2.5 million salary this year, and the Brewers have a $5 million option for 2021 with a $750,000 buyout. He can earn $750,000 in performance bonuses this year based on plate appearances for up to 450. Holt hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field.  A 31-year-old left-handed batter, Holt spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINEDBrignone tops World Cup overall standings with combined winCRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) now leads the World Cup overall standings ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin after winning an Alpine combined event on Sunday.center_img Associated Press By earning 100 World Cup points, Brignone opened a gap of 73 to three-time defending champion Shiffrin who has taken an extended break from racing after the death of her father in Colorado.Brignone ended 0.92 seconds ahead of runner-up Franziska Gritsch. Ester Ledecka, the double OIympic champion in skiing and snowboarding, placed third.TENNIS-OBIT-JEANNE EVERTJeanne Evert, former tennis pro and sister of Chris, diesDELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeanne Evert Dubin, a former world-ranked professional tennis player and a younger sister of 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert, has died. She was 62. Evert Dubin died Thursday after a 2 1/2-year struggle with ovarian cancer, according to an online obituary posted by Lorne & Sons Funeral Home in Delray Beach, Florida, where she lived.One of five tennis-playing children raised by teaching pro Jimmy Evert and his wife, Colette, Evert Dubin had a standout junior career in which she was the nation’s top-ranked player in her age group.Evert Dubin turned pro in 1973 at age 15 after having already beaten established stars Rosie Casals and top-ranked Margaret Court. For two years, she teamed with sister Chris in doubles, and they were ranked as high as No. 4. Evert Dubin was the youngest to represent her country in Wightman Cup competition in 1973. She didn’t lose a match in helping the U.S. reach the Fed Cup final in 1974.She reached a career-high 28th in the world in 1978, when she retired from competition.A funeral will be Monday in Fort Lauderdale.last_img read more

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Taco expert dishes on Mexican food

first_imgIf you think you know your tacos, you’re probably wrong.Spend an hour listening to Jeffrey M. Pilcher talk about his new book, Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food, and you will feel like a taco novice.“Planet Taco” · University of Minnesota Professor Jeffrey M. Pilcher talks about the cultural origins of Mexican foods like tacos and burritos. – Zhaoyu Zhou | Daily TrojanPilcher, a professor at the University of Minnesota, spoke at Doheny Library on Tuesday in conjunction with the Spanish and Portuguese department and the history department.Pilcher specializes in the history and culture of food from Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean and, as a result, his talks often begin with an exploration of the taco.“I want to look at the word taco,” Pilcher said. “If we look at the historical development of words we can have a more accurate chronology of the foods.”It is a common conception, he said, to look at the word “taco” and credit it to the Aztec period. Pilcher then went on to list different words that are similar to “taco,” their meanings and how one might interpret them.According to Pilcher, the taco was not mentioned as a snack until the late 19th century.“Tacos go from absolutely invisible in the historical record to everywhere,” Pilcher said. “At this point it’s hard to go anywhere in Mexico City in the working class neighborhoods without tripping over a taco vendor of some kind.”Pilcher said he believes the word “taco” dates back to the 18th century when it was used in reference to little explosives used to excavate silver ore in Mexican mines.In reality, Pilcher said, “there’s quite a similarity between a chicken taquito with a good hot sauce and a stick of dynamite.”And if you think about it, Pilcher said, it is understandable that tacos would be popular among miners.“You can just imagine miners going down in mines and taking this as a very simple food,” Pilcher said.Pilcher said oftentimes, when trying to understand where food originated, people attribute food items to famous personalities — like the “Earl of Sandwich.”The taco, however, is especially important because it is a “working class food.”“Real workers are preparing and consuming them,” Pilcher said. “We don’t need to make any story up. In fact, the taco shop became a place where people from all over Mexico could gather and meet and develop a community,” Pilcher said.About half-way through the conversation, Pilcher changed subjects.“Now let’s take the time to talk about burritos,” Pilcher said.Pilcher began discussing the history of the word “burrito,” its connection with donkeys and the fact that no one in Mexico really eats burritos.After discussing the burrito to the same degree as the taco, Pilcher began talking about the taco’s spread around the world.“The taco appeared in Mexico City and then it spread out over the country,” Pilcher said.Pilcher noted he does not believe that Mexican-American food is “non-authentic.”“Just because they’re different from the foods being produced in Mexico doesn’t make them any less Mexican,” Pilcher said.According to Pilcher, we’re used to focusing on the clash between Mexican traditional authentic food and American corporate fast food. What is lost in between, however, is the Mexican-American culture that is adapting Mexican food into their American lives.“If we get too hung up about what’s authentic or what’s supposed to be, we’re missing out on the possibilities available to us,” Pilcher said.Sara Carlson, a sophomore majoring in international relations,  was surprised by this aspect of the talk.“It’s interesting that he thinks Tex-Mex food is real,” Carlson said. “I’ve never heard that before.”After his talk, an audience member asked a question regarding the impact of food on history. And though Pilcher seemed stumped at first, he amazed the crowd with yet another historical story regarding Mexican food.In 1838, Mexico was going through a time of great instability, according to Pilcher. Mexico was invaded by the French, who were trying to recover unpaid loans. Soon, however, Mexico found out that one of the debts was that a French pastry chef’s Empanadas had been stolen by Mexican revolutionaries.“The Mexicans actually dubbed this invasion the ‘pastry war,’” Pilcher said.In concluding the talk, Pilcher discussed Mexico’s reaction to the “Americanization” of their food. Pilcher said that some Mexicans believe their food has been ruined by being poorly created all over the world. Pilcher also said, however, that Peru wants to be like Mexico.“Even though Mexico has been misrepresented this whole time, there is still a marketed interest,” he said.Fitting with the theme, the conversation ended with free tacos for audience members.last_img read more

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Former receiver embraces new role

first_imgSix years later, USC freshman tailback George Farmer still recalls the day he came home from middle school to find a special visitor at his door.Nightmare matchup · In season debut for USC last Thursday, freshman tailback George Farmer caught one pass for 14 yards and added another four yards on four carries on the road at California. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan“It was Reggie Bush, the Trojans’ running back I had been watching on TV for years,” said Farmer, whose family lived next door to Bush’s biological father. “At first I was so scared to talk to him because here was this larger than life figure about to win the Heisman Trophy and he is at my house. So, three months ago, if you had told me I would be playing the same position as him and the other great tailbacks that have come through here, I would have laughed.”After a debut that featured four carries for four yards and one catch for 14 yards against California, Farmer knows his name is not yet worthy of being spoken in the same breath as former USC tailbacks Bush, Marcus Allen, O.J. Simpson or Charles White.But for the class of 2011’s No. 1 recruit by Rivals.com, the journey from the slot to the backfield is all he’s concerned with going forward.“I am basically going back to day one, starting all over and learning a brand new position,” Farmer said. “It’s about remembering the little things, the techniques, the fundamentals and just play[ing] hard.”If you had mentioned Farmer’s name in the Trojans’ 2011 plans at the start of the season, the idea probably would have been tossed aside. But on Sept. 28, just when all signs pointed to the highly-touted wide receiver redshirting his freshman year, USC coach Lane Kiffin saw the need for Farmer at a position the university used to be celebrated for — tailback.“He’s been playing quarterback, tailback and receiver, and we’ve actually been putting him at running back in individuals and he looks great there,” Kiffin said, after Farmer’s first practice at his new position. “[Having him make the switch] could be real exciting. It would give us a big, physical guy and one of the fastest guys in the country.”As the weeks wore on, Farmer changed not only his jersey number, but the intensity level and swagger he played with. With each passing snap, the athleticism and speed (he finished second in the 100-meter dash at the 2010 California State Meet) so many praised him for coming out of Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., was put on display.Though his progress was thwarted by a concussion and lower back injury during fall camp, as USC made its way into the bye week, Farmer was finally coming into his own.“Coming here as a freshman, especially with all of the expectations, it took time for me to adjust,” Farmer said. “I feel like I have a feel for this position right now, but even with that, I still have to learn how to translate my instincts into what the coaches want me to do. I have a tendency to see the first gap and want to go right through it, instead of being patient and waiting for the play to develop around me. Like with everything else in football, that comes with time and experience.”Heading into last Thursday’s game against Cal, the question still remained if Farmer would play against the Golden Bears, or if the USC coaching staff would hold off, opting to let the freshman work out all the kinks that come with making such a swift transition. Though the decision to let Farmer play didn’t necessarily translate to on-field success, the Los Angeles native is still wide-eyed about the experience.“I started off a little nervous when I got called in that first series,” Farmer said. “But, I was ready for it, tried to do whatever I could. I loved the experience, but I am ready to get better from here on out.”As USC gears up to play rival Notre Dame in its first night game in 21 years, the challenge for the novice tailback remains unquestionably tall. With the potential absence of senior tailback Marc Tyler, who dislocated his shoulder in the 30-9 win over Cal, Farmer might be called into action early and often Saturday night, a task he says he’s mentally, if not technically, ready for.“From here on out, nerves won’t play a factor,” Farmer said. “Football is football. The field will be the same, the fans will be the same, the game will still be the same game. Right now, I’m just trying to get all of the technical things down because I can’t say I’m completely comfortable at the position just yet. It all depends on how long I prepare for it, how much time I put it to learning the nuances.”Those nuances have made Farmer a film rat before and after practices the last few weeks, as he and running back coach Kennedy Polamalu attempt to speed up the freshman’s learning curve.In addition to the film studies work he does inside Heritage Hall, Farmer has kept his eye on a certain running back at the next level.“I look at Adrian Peterson, and his skill set and body type and it’s about where I am physically,” Farmer said. “But I want to be able to do all of the things he does. How he runs the ball, how he works his way around tackles. I’ll admit I try to imitate what he does.”Though USC fans would be elated to have a true-to-life imitation of Peterson in the form of Farmer on Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium, Farmer cautions his transformation is still very much in the infant stages.Though that might not be music to the ears of most Trojan supporters, Farmer insists he’s takinga methodical approach.“[Tailback] is my position now and it’s important I take things day by day,” Farmer said. “While it took some adjusting to, it has finally sunk in though, I am a running back. What I do from here, we will just have to wait and see.”last_img read more

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