Sweet and Sour Pork

first_img“It does appear the quarantine will last a relatively long period — at least a year andperhaps longer,” he said. “Even if the quarantine is lifted, Taiwan will have a hardtime recovering their pork export business.” “There’s a great potential for U.S. pork exports to increase dramatically because of theTaiwan health problems,” said John McKissick, a livestock economist with theUniversity of Georgia Extension Service. Georgia hog farmers are looking forward to one of their first profitable years since theearly ’90s. Increasing world demand, fewer hogs in production and dropping farm andfeed costs are brightening their profit picture. Of the U.S. hog herd, 5 percent is about 4.5 million hogs. On March 1, Georgia’s hogherd was pegged at 800,000 head, down 11 percent from a year ago. McKissick putsthe value of the herd at $66 million at any one time. Hogs brought the state’s farmers$145 million during 1995. McKissick expects farmers will ride the Taiwan-induced price wave for a year at least. U.S. hog farmers don’t have to contend with foot-and-mouth disease. McKissick saidefforts to control the disease eliminated it in U.S. hogs in the mid-1940s. “If we were able to fill 5 percent of our production by exporting (to Japan), that wouldincrease our prices by about $4 per hundredweight,” McKissick said. An animal disease half a world away is already showing its effects to Georgia hogfarmers.center_img “With the added increase in exports to fill the loss from Taiwan disease problems, wewould expect to have an even more profitable situation,” McKissick said. The 14 million-head Taiwanese swine herd is under quarantine because offoot-and-mouth disease. That prevents any farmer in the country from exporting livehogs or pork products. Taiwan supplies about half of Japan’s demand for pork. As prices to farmers rise, retail prices are likely to climb, too. “We would expect retailprices to go up some,” he said. “But there is a very large margin between wholesaleprices and retail prices.” That difference could buffer a retail price hike. As wholesale prices fell over the pastfew months, retail prices didn’t drop the same amount, McKissick said. “So prices atthe grocery store probably won’t reflect the entire price increase farmers will see.” U.S. farmers have a chance to fill that void. The increase could mean an extra $10 per hog for farmers. “That’s a significantnumber to add to what appeared to be an already profitable price for most Georgia hogproducers,” McKissick said.last_img read more

Climate, immunity, incompetence? Indonesia’s zero recorded coronavirus cases raise questions

first_img“We recommend that outbreak surveillance and control capacity should be rapidly strengthened in those locations lying below the 95 percent [prediction interval] lower bound to ensure cases are detected if occurring and avoid the emergence of self-sustained transmission,” researchers said in the study.The questions range from whether Indonesia’s humid, tropical climate somehow protects it, whether Indonesians’ immune systems play a factor and whether Indonesia even has the capacity to detect the virus that causes flu-like symptoms.Read also: Indonesia should have confirmed coronavirus cases by now: StudyMuch of the concern has been directed toward the competence of the Health Ministry’s laboratory, the only one authorized to run tests on suspected cases, in detecting the new virus, 2019-nCoV.The ministry has repeatedly brushed off these concerns. Its communicable disease prevention and control director, Wiendra Waworuntu, said on Thursday that the lab had received 2,000 primers for testing from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January.The ministry’s lab has tested 50 specimens as of Friday; 49 of them tested negative while the remaining test was still awaiting results.Wiendra said Indonesia had learned from its previous encounters with outbreaks, including the 2002-2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak. During the SARS epidemic that killed 774 people in 17 countries, Indonesia recorded only two probable cases according to WHO data.A 2011 study conducted by the University of Hong Kong and published by open-access publisher Hindawi showed that the high temperatures and high relative humidity in Indonesia might be the reason it did not have nosocomial outbreaks of SARS. The case was possibly different in Singapore and Hong Kong, where there was an intensive use of air conditioning, as transmission occurred in well air-conditioned environments.Read also: Indonesia prepares for the worst in coronavirus outbreakThis was because the study found that “high temperature at high relative humidity had a synergistic effect on inactivation of SARS coronavirus viability while lower temperatures and low humidity support prolonged survival of the virus on contaminated surfaces”.While acknowledging that there was still much to be learned about the new strain of the virus, R. Wasito, a veterinary professor at Gadjah Mada University who had previously studied coronaviruses, said the novel virus might not last long in Indonesia due to exposure to heat and the sun.There was also the possibility, still in need of scientific evidence, that stress during winter season might weaken one’s immune system thus making transmission easier, he said. China is currently in the winter season, which usually lasts until March.While the novel coronavirus came from the same family as SARS, WHO representative to Indonesia Navaratnasamy Paranietharan told The Jakarta Post via email on Thursday that the two outbreaks could not be compared as “many factors of the 2019-nCoV are still unknown”.Vivi Setiawaty, the head of a biomedical research center at the ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes), argued it was too early to determine the virus’ characteristics.She said that although viruses would be inactivated at temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Celsius and that more cases were confirmed in countries with cooler weather, there had also been confirmed cases in tropical countries with similar weather to Indonesia. The Philippines, for instance, had recorded the first death from the novel coronavirus outside of China.Vivi emphasized the role of people’s immune systems in countering the virus while also attributing the zero cases in Indonesia to the country’s preparedness in preventing the outbreak.Health Ministry disease control and prevention director general Anung Sugihantono mentioned three factors influencing disease transmission, namely the agent – the virus itself – the host and the environment, with the last two factors still leaving many unanswered questions in the effort to understand, scientifically, why Indonesia had not recorded any cases.”When we talk about hosts [of the virus], the immune system against the novel coronavirus is different from one person to another, one ethnicity to another. This is what we’ll be studying further, whether these factors have led to no cases being found in Indonesia,” Anung told journalists on Thursday.”In terms of environment, we live in a tropical country and the people commonly have activities outdoors. Where these have influences in virulency must also be reviewed scientifically,” he added.The ministry, Anung said, was also actively looking into deaths from pneumonia amid the outbreak, claiming there had been no significant increase in such deaths. However, he did not immediately provide data.The novel coronavirus can cause severe pneumonia or breathing difficulties for some people, according to the WHO.Anung acknowledged that any fault in the detection processes could lead to different lab test results, adding that the ministry was continuously evaluating each step in the detection processes, such as in diagnosing patients, taking samples for lab tests and using test kits and equipment.Chairul Anwar Nidom, the chair of Airlangga University’s Avian Influenza Research Center, called on the government to facilitate good coordination between the central government and regional administrations.”From my experience during the avian influenza outbreak, there were too many meetings and seminars. Viruses can be very dynamic, and so the key is coordination,” he said.He suggested the government appoint a leading sector to orchestrate efforts at all levels of administration.The ministry said it had continuously worked alongside local health agencies to monitor people who had traveled to countries affected by the virus. It said it would also train local medical and lab workers on the novel coronavirus, opening up the possibility of the expansion of lab testing into other areas.Editor’s note: The article has been updated with information on a study by Harvard University researchers.Topics : Almost a month after the first novel coronavirus case outside of China was confirmed in Thailand on Jan. 13 and amid the virus’s subsequent spread to a number of other countries, Indonesia seems to remain free of the fast-spreading illness.While the fact that there are zero known cases in the country has brought relief, it has also raised questions about what sets Indonesia apart from countries with confirmed cases, especially as 85 cases had been recorded across six neighboring Southeast Asian countries as of Friday.A study by a group of researchers from Harvard University suggests that Indonesia should have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus by now, given the high number of airline passengers traveling between the country and Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in China. The study, carried out by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, revealed that Indonesia’s zero confirmed cases “may suggest the potential for undetected cases in these locations given the expected connection before travel control measures were implemented”.However, the study has not been peer-reviewed. It was published on pre-print server medRxiv on Wednesday.The findings are based on estimated air travel volume from Wuhan to international destinations and a generalized linear regression model to predict imports of novel coronavirus cases across 26 locations.With an average daily number of passengers of about 100, the model showed that Indonesia should have confirmed one to 10 infections with the novel coronavirus.last_img read more

1960s Sunshine Coast home for sale

first_img41 Tantula Rd East, Alexandra HeadlandA groovy piece of Sunshine Coast property is going to auction at the end of this month.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoIt’s the first time the original 1960s home, located high on Alexandra Headland at 41 Tantula Rd East, is on the market. 41 Tantula Rd East, Alexandra HeadlandThe three-bedroom brick house is on 718sq m of land with wonderful ocean views.It’s also a short walk or bike ride to the beach, Alex Surf Club, and trendy Mooloolaba cafes and bars.The property, marketed by Ray White Maroochydore’s Pam Thomas, is going under the hammer on Saturday, February 25 at 1pm.last_img

Queensland’s most expensive suburbs

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTeneriffe: Suburb Profile 01:17The Sunshine State has long been a favoured destination not only for holidaymakers, but also for people wanting the ultimate sea change to enjoy the coastal lifestyle it brings.But a property in one of Queensland’s most sought-after locations can come with a hefty price tag.So where are the most expensive suburbs to buy?The inner Brisbane suburb of Teneriffe topped the latest list of the most expensive places in Queensland to buy.The figures come from CoreLogic median house price data from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 and suburbs were required to have at least 10 sales in the 12-month period.1. Teneriffe – $2,075,000The former industrial area has been transformed into a highly sought-after residential area, featuring renovated woolstores and preserved Queenslanders. With the area’s resurgence has come new cafes and restaurants, with the area’s riverside location a major highlight.River views in Teneriffe. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy2. Main Beach – $1,650,000That’s some view. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyMain Beach is one of Queensland’s most iconic areas, in the heart of the Gold Coast, boasting beautiful beaches and some of area’s key tourist attractions, including Sea World and the Mirage resort.3. New Farm – $1,600,000Cafe lifestyle in New Farm.New Farm offers a great lifestyle, with its tree-lined streets, riverside picnic areas and New Farm Park, along with Brisbane Powerhouse. The suburb boasts traditional Queenslanders and blocks of art-deco flats, with great public transport from buses and City Cat ferries.4. Ascot – $1,392,500A traditional Queenslander in Ascot. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyAscot is one of Brisbane’s more prestigious suburbs, with bigger homes, including renovated Queenslanders, and local private schools, along with the Eagle Farm racecourse. For shopping, there’s the popular Racecourse Rd strip.5. Mermaid Beach – $1,217,500Complete beachside access at this Mermaid Beach property. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyMermaid Beach is set on a stretch of coastline popular with surfers and swimmers who are keen on a more quiet beach location. While there are the usual Gold Coast apartments, Mermaid Beach is also home to a ‘millionaire’s row’ on Hedges Ave, boasting some prestigious beachfront properties.6. Hawthorne – $1,210,000Hawthorne has a lot to offer for young families. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyNamed after the hawthorne bushes that were planted there in the 1850s and 60s, Hawthorne is known as a great place for young families, boasting some fabulous parks, such as Oxford Street Park, as well as good public and private schools.7. Highgate Hill – $1,186,500More from newsAustralia’s best growth suburbs16 Feb 2015Why Brisbane wins property’s State of Origin21 Jun 2017Highgate Hill is close to the Brisbane CBD. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyHighgate Hill is favoured for its close proximity to the Brisbane CBD and Southbank, as well as neighbouring West End with its boutique shopping.8. Chandler – $1,180,000Chandler is favoured for houses on acreage.  Picture: realestate.com.au/buyChandler is an outer suburb of Brisbane, lying 14km south east of the CBD and has some amazing properties on acreage, including many sprawling estates.9. Surfer’s Paradise – $1,175,000The iconic Surfers Paradise skyline. Picture: GettySurfers Paradise is one of Australia’s most iconic suburbs, with it fantastic beaches and seemingly endless apartment towers and hotels. There’s also the busy Cavill Mall, and lots of options for nightlife, dining and entertainment.10. Clear Island Waters – $1,165,000A classic Queenslander in Clear Island Waters. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyClear Island Waters is a small residential oasis inland from the beachfront areas of the Gold Coast, but with amazing river and canal frontage, making it popular for boating. Favoured by families and retirees, the suburb has one of the area’s biggest dog parks and a walkway to neighbouring Robina.last_img read more

Swiss voters reject plans to increase first-pillar pensions

first_imgA ‘yes’ vote on the AHV-plus referendum would most likely have sent the AV2020 proposal – which covers both the first and second pillars – back to the drawing board.After this weekend’s resounding ‘no’ vote, Berset called on all stakeholders to “break up the reform clogging retirement provision”, warning that it would become “increasingly difficult and expensive” the longer it took to reach an agreement.ASIP, which had rejected the AHV-plus proposal, welcomed the “clear result”.It told IPE the unions’ argument that a higher AHV pension was needed because Pensionskassen could not deliver on their promises was “unconvincing”.“This is a vote in favour of the more comprehensive ‘Altersvorsorge 2020’ reform,” it said. Like Berset, ASIP called on all parliamentary parties to find common ground on reform, rather than use it for political gain.“We need a reform that is accepted by the majority and stands a chance of being accepted in a public referendum,” ASIP said.Because parts of the reform package will require changes to the Swiss Constitution, the whole of the AV2020 proposal is likely to be put to a public vote.In the wake of the AHV-plus referendum, conservative politicians withdrew their support for a one-off increase in AHV pension payouts, which is currently part of the reform package.The Swiss people’s party SVP even announced that it would file a motion to break up the package into three parts.The parliamentary session is scheduled for three weeks; when exactly the debate on the AV2020 will take place remains unclear.For more on Switzerland’s pension reform process, read the November issue of IPE Voters in nearly all of Switzerland’s 26 cantons rejected proposals to increase first-pillar pensions by 10%.In a popular referendum over the weekend, nearly 60% of voters rejected the so-called AHV-plus model, which had proposed increasing the AHV basic state pension – known as the AVS in French-speaking Switzerland.The Swiss government, company representatives, economic think tanks and the country’s pension fund association (ASIP) welcomed the outcome, with Interior minister Alain Berset suggesting “the people have understood the major hurdle we are facing of creating a stable first pillar”.His remarks were made in a press conference after the results were published on Sunday – and just a day before the major chamber of Parliament, the Nationalrat, begins its autumn session, which includes discussions on the Altersvorsorge 2020 (AV2020) pension reform proposal.last_img read more

Unicef: Kids at risk of ‘bedroom culture’

first_imgOtago Daily Times 11 December 2017Family First Comment: Simple rule – no technology in bedrooms.And use SafeSurfer (which we endorse)Smartphones are fuelling a “bedroom culture” with online access for many children becoming more personal, more private and less supervised, Unicef warns.The agency, the United Nations’ fund for children, says in its latest State of the World’s Children report that one in every three internet users in the world is aged 18 and under.It says the internet is a “game-changer for some of the world’s most marginalised children, helping them fulfil their potential and break intergenerational cycles of poverty”.But it says the net is also creating a “bedroom culture”.“Mobile phones enable children to access the internet in the privacy of their bedrooms or from a friend’s house,” it says.“The result is online access that is more personal, more private and less supervised.”The report says children are going online at ever-younger ages.“In Bulgaria, for example, the age at which children first used the internet was commonly 10 in 2010 but had dropped to 7 by 2016,” it says.“In China, children under 10 made up 2.9% of all internet users in 2016, up from 2.7% in 2015.“In Brazil, the proportion of 9- and 10-year-olds using the internet increased from 35% in 2012 to 37% in 2013.“It is not uncommon for children who are not yet even teenagers to own their own phones. A survey in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia in 2013 found that age 10 or 12 was the most common age for receiving a first mobile phone.“In 2015, age 10 was found to be the common age for a child to first own a mobile phone in the Philippines, while in Honduras it was age 12.”The report says smartphones “are intensifying traditional childhood risks, such as bullying, and fuelling new forms of child abuse and exploitation, such as ‘made-to-order’ child sexual abuse material and live streaming of child sexual abuse”.“Predators can more easily make contact with unsuspecting children through anonymous and unprotected social media profiles and game forums,” it says.“New technologies – like cryptocurrencies and the Dark Web – are fuelling live streaming of child sexual abuse and other harmful content, and challenging the ability of law enforcement to keep up.“Ninety-two percent of all child sexual abuse URLs identified globally by the Internet Watch Foundation are hosted in just five countries: the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, France and the Russian Federation.“Efforts to protect children need to focus particularly on vulnerable and disadvantaged children, who may be less likely to understand online risks – including loss of privacy – and more likely to suffer harms.”READ MORE: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/unicef-kids-risk-bedroom-culturelast_img read more

Ministry of Health releases results of Gastroenteritis Illness Study

first_imgHealthLifestyleLocalNews Ministry of Health releases results of Gastroenteritis Illness Study by: – June 15, 2011 Share Share 16 Views   no discussions Photo credit: trialx.comThe Ministry of Health has completed a one- year study of the Burden of Gastroenteritis Illness in Dominica. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Ross University and with technical assistance from the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC).  The methodology used was developed by the World Health Organization.The objective of the study which was conducted in 2009-2010 was to determine the magnitude, distribution and under-reporting rate for Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE) and the most important causes of foodborne diseases (FBD) in Dominica.The results show that the prevalence of AGE was higher in females and highest in the under 5 year age-group.  Prevalence of AGE was lowest in 45-64 years age-group. The occurrence of AGE varied by health district, with the highest monthly prevalence of self-reported cases of AGE reported in the Portsmouth District (13.1%) followed by St. Joseph (12.6%) and Roseau (9.3%).   The Grand Bay health district had the lowest prevalence (2.1%). This difference across health regions was statistically significant (p= 0.0144).The average number of days an individual suffered with AGE ranged from 1- 28 days. Of the 84 AGE cases, 42 reported restricted activity and had to spend time at home due to their illness.  The range of days spent at home was 1 – 7 days.The predominant pathogen isolated was Norovirus(29%) followed by parasites (12%), Salmonella (7%) andShigella (4%) suggesting that viruses are the main cause of FBD in Dominica.The economic cost of the burden of AGE on the public health system was estimated to be $3,727,187.19 (US$1,395,950) or EC$51.80 (US$19.40) per capita implying the huge economic burden of AGE on Dominica. This estimate was based on the average cost of basic medical services, supplies, hospitalization in the public health system as well as working days lost and care-giver needed. These factors were calculated using value in proportion from the study and basic cost at the public health system.The Burden of AGE Study is the first of its kind in Dominica and has provided evidence that AGE is a significant public health and economic burden in Dominica. Recognizing the significant amount of under-reporting is essential in designing appropriate interventions and assessing the impact of these pathogens in the population.Based on this study the following recommendations are being made in order to reduce the burden and morbidity associated AGE: 1. Improve the collection of stool specimens from persons with diarrhea – patients with diarrhoea are encouraged to submit a sample when requested by health professionals2. Continue testing stool specimens for the increased range of causes of AGE introduced during this study3. Improved procurement methods and funding for laboratory media and supplies, in particular Norovirus kits4. Improve timely reporting of all laboratory confirmed pathogens to the Ministry of Health5. Enhance food safety practices along the farm to table continuum6. Continue public health food safety messages and related educational activities7.Target the identified risk factors for FBD when allocating resources for education, food safety, and infrastructure. Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

AG Hill files judgement against former Lawrenceburg official

first_imgIndianapolis, Ind. — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has filed a complaint against former Lawrenceburg deputy clerk treasurer, Theresa Bruening for $252,131.35. The amount is the total officials say she misappropriated from city funds.The cash shortage was discovered in 2016 during a state board of accounts audit. When auditors discovered Bruening abused her authority by issuing duplicate payroll checks to herself.Between February 2012 and April 2013 issued duplicate checks in the amount of $32,745.07. Additionally, between 2009 and 2013 the city of Lawrenceburg accrued $72,742.79 in penalties and interest due to Bruening’s failure to submit various payroll reports accurately and on time.Bruening is also required to pay for the cost of the audit.last_img

IMCA Coronavirus Response Broadcast Program

first_imgIf you are a video professional with experience in camera operation or video production, and are interested in working at an IMCA member track, please complete the following form:https://forms.gle/gmkXgHuncVyfsCsv7 IMCA and SPEED SPORT have begun the process of securing equipment and creating planning timelines. We will provide ongoing guidance as more details become available. The preliminary launch date is scheduled for May 7th.  As a member track, please register you interest by completing the following form: Each track will determine pricing and purchasing options based on their unique considerations. Options for standalone pay-per-view or subscription-based live-streamed video will be available. We will connect you with our regional broadcast affiliates for production or provide training if an affiliate is unavailable. At a future date, tracks will have the opportunity to create their own white-labelled website, channels, and phone apps. With this program, IMCA will make every effort to provide member tracks with simple, turn-key options for video broadcasting equipment, execution guidance, and the platform for distribution and payment. Through our newly formed relationship with the SPEED SPORT Network, IMCA.TV will be launched to provide a single video platform destination for all IMCA member tracks. “We will go to whatever lengths necessary to ensure our tracks can continue operation,” said Brett Root, President of IMCA. https://forms.gle/MstXhWazGuUiReSP7 The primary goal of IMCA has always been to ensure health and provide certainty to member tracks, and given the current environment, we feel our responsibility to explore all options for operation to our promoters. VINTON, Iowa – In response to the continued uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic, IMCA has developed guidance and planning for IMCA member tracks to execute the live-streamed broadcasting of events. “Broadcasting is an essential marketing and revenue tool for promoters. In these extremely challenging times, we want to make it as seamless as possible for member tracks to have access to broadcasting, and ultimately, to survive today and thrive over the long run,” said Joe Tripp, SPEED SPORT CEO.last_img read more

Fire alarm leads to drug bust at Baymont Inn

first_imgRon Burton Chas BrashearsGreendale, IN—Around 8 am on May 4, an early morning fire alarm at the Baymont Inn on East Eads Parkway led to the discovery of a possible drug ring operation in Greendale. Upon entering the room 318, which was the source of the alarm, Assistant Fire Chief Jeffery Lane alleges to have observed, in plain view, what he knew to be narcotics due to his training and experience as an EMT and law enforcement officer. Once police arrived, they immediately noticed a strong odor of marijuana. At that time suspects Chas Brashears, Timothy Fluegeman, and Destiny Billingsley were present and speaking with Chief Craig. The hotel room was registered to Daniel Widener.Inside the hotel room, investigators found partly burned marijuana cigarettes, syringes, and an orange cap containing a white powdery substance believed to be heroin. In addition, after a search warrant was executed, police officers found a large bag of green leafy, plant-like material, believed to be marijuana, weighing in excess of one (1) pound. They also found a white powdery substance, multiple syringes loaded with a brown liquid substance, a plastic bag containing numerous lime green pills consistent with Xanax, glass pipes, and a large amount of small zip-lock style bags that the officers know through their training to be used for the packaging and re-sale of drugs.Police learned during the investigation, that the hotel manager, Ron Burton, would bring individuals to whatever room Brashears or Widener were staying in to purchase drugs.Daniel WidenerBrashears has been charged on allegations of two counts of Battery on a Public Safety Official,  Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana in Excess of 30 Grams, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Conspiracy to Deal Methamphetamine over 10 Grams.Fluegeman was charged with Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana in Excess of 30 Grams.Daniel Widener and Ron Burton were both charged with Conspiracy to Deal Methamphetamine over 10 Grams.Destiny Billingsley was charged with Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana.last_img read more