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Maroons to unleash Napa’s mean streak

first_imgPhoto: Scott Davis. Copyright: NRL Photos. Dylan Napa ahead of his first Origin appearance for Queensland. ‌Brought across to Brisbane along with Mark Graham by new Norths Devils Coach Graham Lowe for the 1980 season, the ferocious nature of Napa’s defence left an impression on many opposition players, not to mention his captain.Queensland’s first Origin halfback Mark Murray was skipper of Norths in 1980 and witnessed first-hand Napa’s propensity to stomp all over the line between aggression and foul play, which is why he is so excited to see Stan’s son Dylan make his debut for Queensland in Game One of the Holden State of Origin Series on Wednesday night.Like his father, Dylan has established himself as one of the most brutal defenders in the NRL, making a point of picking out the biggest, baddest hombre on the other side of the field and sitting them fair on their backsides.He ripped a much vaunted South Sydney forward pack to shreds virtually by himself in Round 6 last year and in his last start for the Roosters waged a one-man war against Bulldogs and New South Wales behemoth David Klemmer.When Dylan came through the Aspley Devils juniors Murray was still heavily involved at the club and said the similarities in the way he and his father approached the game were obvious from day one.”He’s certainly got his mother’s colouring and he’s a lot taller than Stan was but there is something in his DNA that makes him play the game in a very similar way to how Stan played,” Murray told NRL.com.”I remember seeing Dylan play as a junior and there was certainly something about him that stood out. We played an under-17s semi-final at Langlands Park against North Queensland I think and he came off the bench and completely changed the game with his defence.”If he doesn’t play we don’t win that game.”I got in touch with Stan and his mother Karen and suggested we have lunch to talk about his future with a view to getting him to the Broncos but unfortunately that lunch never happened.”The Roosters had expressed some interest and he ended up going there instead.”With the way teams are taught to defend these days there aren’t any big-hitters in the game any more so I’m excited to see what Dylan’s going to do on Wednesday night.”After a short stint with the Devils, Stan made the move to Sydney to play with the North Sydney Bears where he played four games in the then New South Wales Rugby League in 1983 before a knee injury brought his career to an end.”The thing with Stan was that he played with plenty of aggression and he often liked to tackle above the shoulders,” Murray recalled.”The sin bin had been introduced at that stage and Stan was quite a frequent visitor. The thing I remember most about playing with Stan is that I often saw the back of him as he was walking off the field.”But he was a great character to have around the club, he was the perfect build for a ball carrier in the forwards and he was very intimidating.”As Stan did more than 30 years ago, Dylan’s aggressive way of defending can sometimes land him in trouble with the match officials but his teammates this week have no fears that he will be in any way reckless against the Blues.Having conceded 11 penalties in 23 games for the Roosters last season Dylan has been penalised just once in nine games in 2017, prompting fellow Maroons front-rower Jacob Lillyman to give him the all clear to give the Blues his best on Wednesday night.”I don’t think he is at risk of doing something silly. Everything will be within the rules of the game, but he will be looking to bring that physical side of things,” Lillyman said.”He is such a big body, he is a massive bloke and plays the game hard. Added to that, he is so pumped and fired up and ready to go.”There is going to be some artillery flying around. He is a real physical player, he brings that presence and he will look to assert that.”Two years his senior, fellow Aspley Devils junior Josh McGuire knows exactly what it feels like to be on the end of a Napa bell-ringer and the Maroons lock believes the Origin debutant can have a major influence on the outcome of Game One.”He’s not a silly football player and he knows what’s at stake. I’m very excited for him and he wouldn’t be picked if he wasn’t going to do the job,” McGuire said.”He just has to do what he’s been doing at club level, playing good solid footy, running hard and hitting blokes and I’m sure if he does that he’ll play a good game.”He’s a guy that I don’t want to run at in a game but you do your best not to hit him front on because he can definitely pack a punch.”He’s a very good competitor and the Roosters forward leader to be honest. He really leads by example and when he decides to play good footy that team usually wins their game.”last_img read more

Jebor, Doe Lead Attacking 4-4-2 Pattern against Tunisia Saturday

first_imgAmidst reports of some Liberians not convinced Lone Star would pull a win against Tunisia on Saturday at the ATS, Coach James Salinsa Debbah’s technical team is hopeful of victory, and reports gathered say William Jebor and Francis Grandpa Doe would lead the attack.The marvelous Spain based striker, Jebor, who scored the consolation goal against Togo, is also a strategic finishing clinical at his club team – SD Ponferradina. For his part, magical Francis ‘Grandpa’ Forkey Doe, who plies his trade with NS Matrix, Malaysia returns to the Lone Star team with a Golden Boot he won in the Malaysian Premiership and it marked the second in his career, with the first being in 2012.The duo, according to sources said they would provide the inspiration for the team, playing along with Patrick Gerhardt, Anthony Laffor, Zah Krangar, Sekou Jabateh and Sam Johnson to spark superb ball coordination as well as venomous shooting.Unconfirmed reports say Forkey has promised to formally present his ‘Golden Boots’ to the country by netting at least two goals, while Jebor is certain of rattling his second goal in two games.In an interview with Deputy Coach Kelvin Sebwe yesterday via mobile phone, he acknowledged the usage of the 4-4-2 system in practice matches, but failed to confirm whether they would use it on Saturday.Our reporter who attended the practices say, the Lone Star defending shape look like 4-4-2, but their attacking shape is sometimes 2-6-2, or 2-4-4 or 2-4-1-3.A stakeholder, who begged anonymity said: “We have seen that the Lone Star attacks with eight players, leaving two at the back and defends with eight players, leaving two upfront – so summarily this leads to an 8-man defense and an 8-man attack.”“This formation would give us a win, if the players passionately play and the best way to defend is to attack.”He added: “Understandingly, this 4-4-2 system is a system of pairs – two centre-backs; two full-backs; two central midfielders, two wide attackers, and two strikers – meaning from an operation point of view there would be closed relationship between players to get the needed results.” While it’s true the 4-4-2 plot would be a good formation for a win, sports analysts are wondering whether the players have the “endurance” for the attacking and defending tactics.Some believe that for such a “plot” to be executed superbly, players should have the energy to defend as well as to penetrate the Tunisian defense with a “mazy run” to rattle the net.Howbeit, goalie Nathaniel Sherman, Liberia’s 1st choice has been ruled out of the Tunisia clash owing to accident. According to the Communication Director of the LFA, Henry Flomo, goalie Sherman, while communicating on his cell phone, slammed into a transparent glass at the hotel where the national team is camping, thereby sustaining serious facial injury.This means, Coach James Salinsa Debbah would look up to Saylee Swen, the most experienced of the three goalies. He plies his trade with local side, LPRC Oilers and made his debut with the Lone Star in late 2003 with the senior national team and later went on to collect more than 10 senior national team caps with the last being with a 4-1 defeat against Rwanda.Unconfirmed reports say, Anthony Laffor would be at the right wing, and Zah Krangar would make the left and Patrick Gerhardt and Sam Johnson would be in the middle.The defense would comprise of Dirkir Glay, Teah Dennis, Adolphus Marshall and Solomon Grimes.Substitute players would be Gizzie Dorbor (Hapoel Afula, Israel), Sekou Jabateh Oliseh (Al Ghasara of Qatar), James Soto Roberts (LPRC Oilers), Sekou Konneh (Fortuna Sittard, Holland) and Herron Berrian (Platanias, Greece). Others include Sporo Somah (Sewe Sports, Ivory Coast), Mark Paye (BYC), Murphy Oscar Dorley (Ghana), Raymond Franciah (Ghana), Trokon Zeon (Local, LISCR FC), Sampsn Giddings (FC Fassell), Aloysious Symugla (FC Fassell) and Tommy Songo (LISCR FC)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warden, inmate stabbed during brawl at Timehri prison

first_imgA warden and an inmate at the Timehri Prison have been stabbed when violence erupted at that facility on Saturday.Reports are that a convicted murder stabbed a murder accused who is on remand at the facility at about 08:55h. During the brawl, three prison wardens intervened, but one of the officers was stabbed by the convicted murderer.Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, said he received information that the prisoner who sustained injuries had made threats to the life of the Prison officer on Friday, and had also disturbed the other inmates by kicking against the steel door throughout the night. On Saturday, during the morning routine procedure, the prisoner launched the attack. His victim was stabbed eight times about his body with an improvised weapon.According to Samuels, both the prisoner and the warden were rushed for medical attention. An investigation has been launched.last_img

Location of Charlie Lake post office still uncertain

first_imgLast Tuesday, the Charlie Lake postal outlet suffered water and smoke damage after a fire started. The store held around one thousand boxes. Charlie Lake Fire Chief Al Pinkerton says the fire could have started due to an electrical problem, but with the extent of damage, he can’t say for sure.In the meantime, Charlie Lake customers can still pick up their mail from the Fort St. John post office, located at 10139 101st avenue. Residents are asked to pick up their mail from 12pm-3pm. Canada Post is still trying to find a more permanent location to distribute mail to its Charlie Lake customers.Spokesperson Theresa Williams says the company is looking at operating out of a trailer in Charlie Lake. However, she says nothing has been signed, and the company is still searching for both a trailer and land. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=1364|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6e8a3b6ca9db4c2f8f5fd8184f54470f-Williams update 1_1_Pub.mp3]She says it could take anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks, to get the location set-up. Williams says she will make an announcement as soon as that information becomes available. The new location will only be temporary, until the Charlie Lake store is ready to reopen.Advertisementlast_img read more

Documenting fatal disaster

first_img“In those days, there were no relief concerts,” Piccirillo said. “Everyone fended for themselves.” Several of his relatives – two aunts, an uncle and three cousins – died. Others lost their homes. “My grandfather rode in his three-story house – intact – until it crashed against (other) houses,” Piccirillo said. “He climbed out a third-story window into a tree.” The gym where Piccirillo had watched highschoolers play basketball just the night before now had become a command center and makeshift morgue. He and his buddies helped arriving National Guardsmen identify victims who just hours earlier had been neighbors in the close-knit community where few bothered to lock their doors. On-the-spot media coverage that’s the norm today – allowing viewers to follow the unfolding sagas of stranded victims – was absent. Intrepid reporters hiked 10miles to the scene and back out to file their stories – if they were lucky enough to duck National Guard roadblocks. Piccirillo, a former news director, said he hopes to finish his documentary someday. “I’ve seen senseless gang murders, child abductions and freeway shootings, but it’s still too painful to sift through footage from Buffalo Creek,” he said. Two acclaimed documentaries about the disaster have implicated the mine’s owner, the Pittston Co., in the catastrophe. Mining company officials dubbed the event “an act of God.” Piccirillo’s aunt, Ruth Morris, chauffeured filmmaker Mimi Pickering, narrating the inventory of loss. “She was wonderful. In some ways so typical of so may West Virginia women of her generation – outspoken … turning a phrase in a colorful way, explaining her feelings,” Pickering said Friday. “She was invaluable to the film.” Morris died several years ago. But the films were among a select few added to the National Film Registry in 2005, having been deemed culturally, historically or aesthetically important by the Library of Congress. “(Documentaries) can be both entertaining and powerful,” said Pickering, who’s pointed her camera at real folks for more than 30 years. “Reality TV isn’t real at all.” The state of West Virginia and the federal government enacted strict safety measures some years ago. “The Buffalo Creek impoundment failure of 1972 was a horrible tragedy,” Richard Stickler, assistant secretary of labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, said in an e-mail. “For its part, the (agency) reviews the design and engineering plans of coal waste impoundments and conducts regular inspections to ensure that their structural integrity is maintained.” Piccirillo came to Los Angeles in 1979 to join his brother Mike, now 55, who had made a name for himself as a songwriter and record producer. Piccirillo parlayed a communication degree from Marshall University into directing and producing jobs – for many years directing news and special-events coverage for KTTV (Channel 11), where he worked for a decade. His company, Valencia Production Partners, provides production services to TV networks and businesses. Ironically, his adopted home has its own dam story. About 470 people died after a dam built by William Mulholland burst on the eve of March12,1928, sending a 180-foot mountain of water into San Francisquito Canyon and into the the Pacific Ocean at Ventura. It ranks as one of the state’s largest disasters. To learn more about the documentaries, “The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man,” and “Buffalo Creek Revisited,” visit www.appalshop.org. More resources also are available in the Marshall University archives and at the West Virginia State Film Commission. 40-foot surge Little news coverage Moved to L.A. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA It was Feb. 26, 1972, when a dam collapsed in Buffalo Creek, W.Va., and left 125 people dead. Jim Piccirillo was just in eighth grade, but he still clearly recalls that day 35 years ago when he returned to the school gym and it had been converted into a temporary morgue. Piccirillo lives in Santa Clarita now and is creating a documentary about the tragedy. He said many residents whose homes edged the creek in the forested valley at the time were slow to react to the rising waters. “We always had swollen rivers and creeks when it rained,” said Piccirillo, 49. “We saw a mattress coming down the river. All of a sudden, we saw pots, pans and clothing. “Later, a helicopter landed at the high school, and out stepped these people covered in black mud ooze,” he recalled. His cousin’s wife was among them, dazed and disoriented. Sixteen communities of coal-mining families had nestled below the dam made of coal waste in Buffalo Creek Hollow. This was not the first time a dam failed to contain water turned soot-black from filtering coal, but it was the worst. More than 132 million gallons of water and a million tons of debris broke loose that morning, ripping occupied homes from their foundations, turning many into splinters, and effortlessly sweeping up cars. In the 40-foot surge, 1,100 were hurt, 4,000 were left homeless and 1,000 cars were ruined. The damage was estimated at $50million, with about $13million paid in settlements. last_img read more

6 accused of involvement in Lancaster burglary ring

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Four more people were arrested after the search of the two homes, Simon said. Seven victims, so far, had been identified, Simon said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 476-4586 LANCASTER – Sheriff’s deputies said Thursday that they have broken up a burglary ring they believe was responsible for 10 to 15 heists in the past month in a Lancaster neighborhood. Six people have been arrested, including a 14-year-old boy and an 18-year-old, who were taken into custody Monday after deputies responded to a burglary in the 44300 block of Westridge Drive. After the two initial arrests, deputies searched three homes Tuesday in the area around 45th Street West and Avenue J-8. Stolen property was found at two of the homes, Deputy Kelly Simon said. “About 70 possible stolen items were recovered, anything from laptop computers, stolen guns, video games, cell phones, electronic equipment, flat screen monitors,” Simon said. “The two houses were stash pads.” last_img read more

Inner Ear Hair Cells Overcome Friction

first_img The human ear has an extraordinarily large sensitivity range of a trillion to one, allowing us to hear a rocket launch or the footfalls of a cat on a carpet.  According to Werner Gitt, the ear is our highest-precision sense organ, capable of responding over twelve orders of magnitude without switching (The Wonder of Man, p.21).  Some of this sensitivity is amplified by the eardrum and middle ear ossicles, but the paper reported above shows even more fine-tuning inside the cochlea.  Gitt’s book is highly recommended for generating a profound feeling of awe over the design of our senses.  Proverbs said, “The seeing eye, and the hearing ear, the Lord has made them both” (Prov. 20:12).(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The cochlea, that spiral-shaped structure in the inner ear, is filled with fluid.  In this fluid, tiny hair cells called stereocilia are positioned in bundles along the length of the structure.  These bundles sense vibrations transmitted into the fluid from the bony levers of the inner ear.  The vibrations picked up by the hair cell bundles, each tuned to its own frequency, mechanically transduce the sound impulses by opening ion channels that set up electrical impulses in the auditory nerve, that travel to the brain.  But motion in fluid creates friction known as viscous drag.  How do the hair cell bundles overcome it?  Scientists have figured out that the hair cells in the bundles are not only finely tuned to reduce viscous drag, but actually to employ it for even higher sensitivity to sound. Publishing in Nature,1 scientists from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, with help from European academies, explained the problem of viscous drag, and two ways the ear deals with it: The detection of sound begins when energy derived from an acoustic stimulus deflects the hair bundles on top of hair cells.  As hair bundles move, the viscous friction between stereocilia and the surrounding liquid poses a fundamental physical challenge to the ear’s high sensitivity and sharp frequency selectivity. Part of the solution to this problem lies in the active process that uses energy for frequency-selective sound amplification.  Here we demonstrate that a complementary part of the solution involves the fluid-structure interaction between the liquid within the hair bundle and the stereocilia. What they found is that the positioning of the individual stereocilia causes them to move in concert, so that viscous drag within the bundle is dramatically reduced: “We find that the close apposition of stereocilia effectively immobilizes the liquid between them, which reduces the drag and suppresses the relative squeezing but not the sliding mode of stereociliary motion.”  They can thus slide as the bundle bends without stirring up the liquid.  Further, “The obliquely oriented tip links couple the mechanotransduction channels to this least dissipative coherent mode, whereas the elastic horizontal top connectors that stabilize the structure further reduce the drag.”  The relative motion is reduced to just a fraction of a billionth of a meter (nanometer). Their opening paragraph provides a picturesque view of the workings of this remarkable organ: A hair bundle is a microscopic array of quasi-rigid, cylindrical stereocilia separated by small gaps filled with viscous endolymph. Like an array of organ pipes, the stereocilia vary monotonically in length across the hair bundle…. The tip of each short stereocilium is attached to the side of the longest adjacent stereocilium by a tip link, the tension in which controls the opening and closing of transduction channels. Adjacent stereocilia are also interconnected along all three hexagonal axes by horizontal top connectors. At the tall edge of the bundle in many species stands a single kinocilium, the process to which mechanical stimuli are applied and that is ligated to the adjacent stereocilia by kinociliary links. Why are the stereocilia arranged in bundles?  “The small difference between the drag coefficients for a single stereocilium and for an entire hair bundle reveals the striking advantage that grouping stereocilia in a tightly packed array offers to the auditory system.”  Using models from a bullfrog inner ear magnified 12,000 times and various mathematical techniques, they were able to measure the viscous drag of the coherently-arranged stereocilia.  Their conclusion explains how the findings contribute to understanding the remarkable sensitivity of the ear: In conclusion, because all stereocilia and the liquid between them move in unison over the whole auditory spectrum, with the relative motions apparent only on a sub-nanometre scale, most stereocilia inside the hair bundle are shielded from the external liquid and experience little viscous drag. Although viscous forces might be thought to impair sensitivity and frequency selectivity, the hair bundle’s structure actually minimizes energy dissipation, making it easier for the active process to keep the ear tuned. The tight clustering of stereocilia even transforms liquid viscosity into an asset by using it as a simple means of activating numerous mechanosensitive ion channels in concert. The authors made no attempt to explain how this arrangement might have evolved.  1. Koslov, Baumgart et al., “Forces between clustered stereocilia minimize friction in the ear on a subnanometre scale,” Nature  474   (16 June 2011), pp. 376–379, doi:10.1038/nature10073.last_img read more

South Africa to launch ‘war on poverty’

first_imgThe percentage of South Africans living on less than a 2007 benchmark of R462 a month had decreased from 58% in 2000 to 48% in 2005. Source: BuaNews Briefing reporters in Cape Town on Sunday on a three-day Cabinet meeting that took place in Pretoria last week, Mbeki said the campaign would kick off in August, focusing on the most deprived wards in all nine provinces. The strategy would include motivating each household to make its “own contribution” to its struggle against poverty. According to a Development Indicators report released earlier this month by the Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Service unit in the Presidency, income growth among South Africans, combined with the expansion of social grants, had resulted in a rise in income among the poorest of the population since 2000. Taking population increases into account, the number of South Africans lifted out of poverty since 1996 had reached 9-million, the report found, with about 12-million now supported by one or more of the various forms of social grants provided by the government. The teams would go “from household to household” in the identified areas in order to make the most direct, helpful interventions to take these households out of poverty, Mbeki said. The most deprived households identified in the poorest wards would be visited periodically during the campaign by a team of professionals and community workers to identify their specific needs, accelerate their access to government services, and provide safety nets. 28 July 2008 South Africa is to launch a nationwide campaign to reduce poverty among the country’s poorest citizens, President Thabo Mbeki said on Sunday. Mbeki said that last week’s Cabinet meeting had noted that South Africa was on track towards achieving its medium-term goals of halving poverty and unemployment by 2014. The long-term goal was for South Africa’s poorest households to receive assistance and support in a co-ordinated and sustained way, with a national “war room on poverty” leading the campaign from the office of the Deputy President. “Even though many challenges still need to be tackled, attaining high and sustained economic growth is and will continue to be a key part of our strategy to achieving these medium-term goals,” Mbeki added.last_img read more

Young South Africans plan to stay at home

first_imgThe youth are our future, and in South Africa, that future wants to stay at home. Less than 10% of South Africans under the age of 24 planned to migrate to another country, a Brand South Africa survey has found. The majority of South Africans interviewed in a recent survey are hopeful and committed about their future in the country. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Mandela Day aiming for 160 countries • Royal boost for conservation in Africa • People and complexity: the missing ingredients in celebrity activism for Africa • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR • People show positive image of Africa Melissa JavanThe majority of young people in South Africa want to continue living in the country and have no intention of leaving, despite the socio-economic challenges they face, according to a recent survey undertaken by Brand South Africa.The Domestic Perceptions Research survey looked at the optimism of the youth. It was conducted over four weeks, from 17 November to 12 December 2014, and interviews were done with 2 524 people between the ages of 15 and 55. The interviews were conducted nationally, in the individuals’ homes.It found that the South African population is young, with most people between the ages of 15 and 34. This was in line with the Census results, which found that 66% of the country’s population was under the age of 34.According to the Domestic Perceptions Research, South Africa’s youth are committed, proud, hopeful and aspirational about the country.Leigh-Gail Petersen, a researcher at Brand South Africa, said these results indicated that the youth were optimistic about their future in the country. “That future can only be realised through constructive engagement,” she added.The majority of people between the ages of 15 and 55 said they would continue to live and work in South Africa regardless of the social, economic and political situation in the country.A total of 85% of those 55 years and older said they would continue to live in South Africa no matter what. Some 65% of respondents aged between 15 and 24 years agreed with that sentiment; this rose to 74% in the age group 25 to 44 years old and 75% in the age group 45 to 54 years old.Of those aged 15 to 17, only 18% planned to live in another country; 9% of those aged 18 to 24 shared that sentiment, and just 6% of the 25- to 44-year-olds agreed.The crucial socio-economic challenges identified in South Africa were crime and unemployment.last_img read more

Arthur the miracle Pygmy goat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A healthy and normal birth is just the first in step raising livestock. Anyone who has ever had livestock born on their property knows that the fun has just started but the work is not over.The eight Pygmy goat kids born in my barn in late February were a tremendous blessing. Eight was the largest number of kids I have ever had born from just three does. I have enjoyed caring for the kids and playing with them, but it has not all been fun.With an increase in numbers, of course comes an increase in the chance for things to go wrong. The first sign of trouble was baby goat with scours. I assumed poor Arthur just had an upset tummy so I treated him with products I had on hand designed to rectify issues like his.After two days of treatment, Arthur wasn’t any better so I stopped by my vet’s office and purchased another treatment designed to prevent scours. The scours went away, but a few days later, I found Arthur lying in the barn with a fever of 105.5 degrees Farenheit.Because I found Arthur in this state on a Sunday, I treated him myself with products that my vet had sold me to keep on hand for such occasions. By the next day, Arthur’s fever was gone, but he had developed another startling symptom — seizures. A trip to the vet with Arthur in tow was definitely in order.Before Arthur’s scheduled appointment, a previously undetected abscess blew out of the top of Arthur’s head. Both the vet and myself were relieved to have a visible source for some Arthur’s symptoms.My vet prescribed additional treatments for Arthur based on a diagnosis of the abscess and a guess that his seizures might have been caused by a Vitamin B deficiency.Two days later, Arthur’s fever was still gone, his appetite was better but his seizures were more frequent and severe. I called my vet back with the sad news that I thought Arthur was probably going to need to put out of his misery. The seizures were pretty constant and violent at that point.My vet wanted to try one more treatment and boy am I glad I took his advice. After another course of antibiotics and steroids, Arthur is symptom free of seizures and infection.Our best guess is that the abscess was the result of a rare infection from his disbudding (dehorning) procedure and that perhaps, because baby goats’ skulls are not yet fused, the infection got into his brain and caused the seizures.Whatever the cause, I’m happy to report that Arthur is back to normal. I’m thankful that I had access to excellent veterinary care to help me through this very rare side affect — infection — of the very necessary procedure of disbudding. The even more rare side affect of the infection — seizures — could not have been overcome without the advice and care given by my vet.Thank goodness for large animal veterinarians that are willing to take the time and go the extra step to help their customers and patients. Be kind to your local veterinarians. You never know when they just might help you save a life.last_img read more