Swiss find H5N1 in wild duck; India has new outbreak

first_imgMar 27, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Switzerland today said samples from an asymptomatic duck were positive for H5N1 avian influenza, as officials in India announced a poultry outbreak in another district in West Bengal state.Switzerland’s Federal Veterinary Office today said the virus was found in a duck on Sempachersee Lake, northwest of Lucerne in the central part of the country, according to a report from Reuters. Switzerland hasn’t reported any infected birds in nearly 2 years, according to past reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Animal health officials said the wild duck was a European pochard, according to Swissinfo, a Swiss Broadcasting Corp. Web news service. Authorities said an analysis of the H5N1 virus showed that it resembled strains found in other European birds in 2007.The infected duck brings the number of H5N1 findings in Swiss birds to 33, the veterinary office statement said, according to the two media sources. The other 32 birds were found on Lake Geneva and Lake Constance.Elsewhere, district officials in India announced today that the H5N1 virus was responsible for an outbreak in poultry in West Bengal state’s Jalpaiguri district, the Times of India reported. The findings in Jalpaiguri push the number of West Bengal districts affected by a second round of H5N1 outbreaks to three.The virus struck 112 backyard poultry, the Times report said. Samples from the birds tested positive at the High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory in Bhopal, a Jalpaiguri official named Banamali Roy told the Times.In other developments, agriculture officials in Vietnam said yesterday they would examine vaccinated poultry in Hanoi and some of the country’s provinces in the wake of reports of H5N1 outbreaks at farms that have participated in vaccination programs, Thanh Nien News reported today.On Mar 17 and 18, animal health officials reported two H5N1 outbreaks in two districts in Quang Nam province in central Vietnam, according to the Thanh Nien report. One third of the birds in one of the districts, Ni Thanh, had been vaccinated on Mar 12, but veterinary officials said they could have had H5N1 before the vaccine generated antibodies to the virus.Nguyen Thanh Sol, deputy chief of Vietnam’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, told Thanh Nien that though many provinces have taken part in vaccination and other programs, carelessness—especially among farmers—was responsible for avian flu outbreaks.In Egypt, people who raise poultry in their backyards now seem to be heeding safety warnings about H5N1, such as advice to keep the birds in coops away from living areas, according to a report yesterday from the Associated Press (AP). The story said poultry have nearly vanished from the streets of the country’s villages.Egypt has had 47 human H5N1 cases and 20 deaths, the third highest toll after Indonesia and Vietnam, and the disease has struck women and children hardest, because they have traditionally been the primary caretakers of poultry.”In the beginning, the people were just afraid for their chickens. Now they are afraid for themselves,” Abeer Hussein Moussa, a resident of Tawfiqiya in Fayoum governorate, told the AP.As more Egyptians stop raising birds at home, chicken production has transitioned mainly to large commercial farms, the AP reported. However, not all commercial farms conduct rigorous vaccination programs, and the government has shuttered 18 farms after finding birds infected with the H5N1 virus, the report said.last_img read more

Health workers hard hit as Spain’s coronavirus cases rise

first_imgSpain has nearly 4,000 health workers infected with the coronavirus, more than one in ten of total confirmed cases, officials said on Monday as the toll rose in Europe’s second-worst affected country after Italy.Like in other countries hit hard by the virus, nurses, doctors and other health workers say they are not getting enough protective kits. Authorities and companies are scrambling to manufacture, buy and distribute more.As regional authorities try to contain the virus and protect vulnerable groups, soldiers deployed to Barcelona to help build a temporary homeless shelter at the city’s Fira event center. “We have some data we do not like, because we should try to control it, such as having 3,910 health workers affected,” health emergency chief Fernando Simon told a news conference.The number of cases registered in Spain rose to 33,089 up from 28,572 cases on Sunday. This means health workers account for nearly 12% of the total.They and nursing home staff will have priority as Spain rolls out a testing program.The coronavirus death toll has reached 2,182, adding 462 fatalities overnight, the Health Ministry said. Simon said 87% of those who had died were aged 70 or older.Economy Minister Nadia Calvino said a nationwide lockdown, which has kept most Spaniards confined to their homes, was beginning to take a heavy toll on the economy.”Economic activity, which was dynamic until February slowed significantly last week,” she said, adding vital industries like food, electricity and telecommunications continued to function normally.Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo was hospitalized on Sunday with respiratory infection and is awaiting coronavirus test results, the government said on Monday. Results for Calvo, born in 1957, will be released as soon as they are known, the statement said.Two other ministers and the wife of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past weeks.With an extension to April 11 of a nationwide lockdown set to be approved by parliament on Wednesday, Simon urged people to respect rules that ban anyone from leaving their home except to go to work, buy food or go to the pharmacy.”On several occasions it has been said that the peak [of the epidemic] could be reached this week. Reaching the peak does not involve having controlled the problem, it means that you have to redouble your efforts not to take a step backwards,” Simon said.Supermarket group Corte Ingles said it had set up a phone number and email for health workers to do their shopping, with free delivery to their homes. The shelter, to be managed by the Red Cross, will allow up to 1,000 homeless people to isolate themselves in hygienic conditions with access to food and water, Barcelona’s Mayor Ada Colau said.In Madrid, struggling with Spain’s heaviest virus load, the municipal funeral home announced it would stop collecting bodies from Tuesday due to a shortage of equipment. Private funeral homes are operating in the capital city. Unpleasant data  Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal decide against disciplining Granit Xhaka due to his ‘fragile’ mental health

first_imgArsenal decide against disciplining Granit Xhaka due to his ‘fragile’ mental health Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Oct 2019 9:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement Xhaka reacted angrily to boos from the home fans (Picture: Getty)center_img Xhaka went straight down the tunnel (Picture: Getty)But, while the club are furious at Xhaka’s actions, the Sun report that they have decided against disciplining him.AdvertisementAdvertisementFrom observing Xhaka over the last 48 hours, the club feel that Xhaka is already punishing himself and that he regrets the incident.Xhaka is yet to issue an apology to supporters but the club are worried about the midfielder’s fragile state of mind. #More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalA close friend of the midfielder, Patrik Dibrani, revealed he spoke to Xhaka after the game and described the Swiss as ‘grief-stricken’.‘It hurts me a great deal. Granit is like a brother to me,’ he told Swiss publication Blick.‘I understand that he did not react well to the booing but if you are a true fan of your club it is like a love affair.‘You have to be there for each other in the bad times as well as the good. There should be no place for booing your own players.‘I spoke on the phone to Granit after the game. He’s not in a good place – he is grief-stricken. ‘He regretted his actions straight away. He is an emotional person.’MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Man Utd were flattered by 4-0 win over Chelsea on Premier League opening day Granit Xhaka is said to be ‘devastated’ at the situation (Picture: Getty)Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka will not face a fine nor any further disciplinary action from the club for telling supporters to ‘f**k off’ as he left the field on Sunday during a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.The Switzerland international could lose the club captaincy for cupping his ears and reacting angrily to jeers from the home support as he trudged off the pitch against the Eagles.Xhaka was frustrated at being substituted on the hour-mark and it’s the third time this season that the former Borussia Monchengladbach ace has faced boos from Arsenal supporters.Unai Emery confirmed on Tuesday that Xhaka will play no part in the Gunners’ clash against Liverpool at Anfield tonight and the club have reportedly offered the Swiss counselling to deal with the incident.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Racist Incidents at York County School of Technology

first_img November 11, 2016 Governor Wolf Statement on Racist Incidents at York County School of Technology Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement following racist incidents that occurred on Thursday at York County School of Technology:“What has occurred at York County School of Technology and other schools across Pennsylvania is overt racism, and my administration will do everything it can to end it and prevent it from happening in the future.The racist events at @Penn & other PA schools are unacceptable. We will do everything we can to end & prevent these hateful incidents. – TW— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 11, 2016“I am contacting Mayor Bracey and Superintendent Rona Kaufmann, and I have directed the Pennsylvania Department of Education to immediately dispatch resources to York County School of Technology and any school experiencing these type of vitriolic actions. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission are working directly with York County School of Technology to develop a plan to address racist and hateful behavior in the school that can be implemented immediately to ensure that all students feel safe in their school. PDE is also deploying a crisis management team to the school to assist with implementing necessary interventions designed to diffuse potentially disruptive situations.“Furthermore, the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) will dispatch a school psychologist to the York Tech School who has had extensive experience in trauma and crisis management. Additionally, the Office of Safe Schools will be notifying the Student Assistance Program (SAP) Advisory Team in York County to be on standby. Student Assistance Teams, which are also supported by county children and youth agencies, are trained to work with individuals and small groups who are engaging in negative behaviors.“On Monday, PDE will be convening a meeting of stakeholders from within the agency as well as PHRC, Mid-Atlantic Equity Center, Law Enforcement, the Communities & Schools Office and PaTTAN to prepare guidance for the field designed to assist with the implementation of prevention, intervention and post-event strategies for use by the field. The guidance will also include strategies for utilization of Quick Response Teams (QRT).“No child should feel unsafe in his or her school, and I will continue to provide any resources necessary to stop this type of behavior from happening.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Tweed Heads house transformed into coastal haven

first_img2 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads. 2 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads. 2 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads.“The floor layout was so different to everything else I had seen and it just complimented the water,” she said. “It was something I could work with.” Initial installations included a new kitchen and bathrooms, flooring, ceilings, windows and lush gardens.“I’ve added the deck overlooking the water and out the front, with the flat-roof garage, I’ve extended it and put a carport next to it,” Ms McClintock said. “I’ve absolutely loved doing the renovations. “My son Scott is a carpenter so he has done a lot of the work.” 2 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads.Harcourts BMG agent Michelle Topper described the house has having it all.“The home is positioned in the elite The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads with quality waterfront homes surrounding this quiet cul-de-sac,” she said. “It has river and ocean access to enjoy everything that the waterfront lifestyle beholds. “Enjoy a flat walk to the bustling Kirra, cafes, restaurants and shopping precinct and get among all that Kirra and Coolangatta has to offer or just enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the river lifestyle.” The 989sq m property is on the market at $1.385 million. 2 The Mainbrace, Tweed HeadsFROM rundown brick house to stunning coastal haven, this is a renovation of epic proportions.When vendor Alison McClintock found the waterfront property seven years ago, she knew she could turn it into something special.center_img 2 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours ago2 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads.The end result is an inviting coastal oasis. As soon as you step inside, a sense of relaxation sweeps over you. The house oozes character and charm with neutral tones, travertine tiles and louvre windows. The kitchen features soft-toned cabinetry, plenty of cupboard space, Caesarstone bench tops and pendant lights, and flows through to the dining and living areas. This area moves seamlessly out to the covered alfresco area and timber deck.“I love sitting out on the deck in the morning,” the mother of four said. “It’s so still.”The house features four bedrooms including the main which is segregated from the rest.It incorporates an ensuite, walk in robe and sliding doors that open out to the gardens. 2 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads.There is parking for four cars with a remote tandem garage and tandem carport that can fit a caravan.Ms McClintock said she was selling as her children had left the nest. “It really has been such a joy to live there, I don’t really want to go,” she said.last_img read more

Dutch midwives’ scheme to apply third consecutive benefits cut

first_imgVerloskundigen, the €359m Dutch occupational pension fund for midwives, is to cut pension payments for the third consecutive year after reporting a funding ratio of 88.4%.In its recovery plan, the scheme said it was anticipating a reduction of 0.75% at year-end, following cuts of 0.4% and 1.4% in 2016 and 2017, respectively.However, speaking to IPE’s sister publication Pensioen Pro, the scheme’s chair Marlies Bartels put the measure into perspective by explaining that the scheme would discount the cut against its unconditional indexation of 2%.As a result, pension rights would rise by 1.25% on balance, she said. “Despite the rights discounts, we are performing above average in terms of retaining purchasing power,” said Bartels.The net indexation granted by the pension fund has exceeded price inflation during the past five years.In the opinion of Bartels, the scheme’s funding level – which is well below that typically required by schemes to allow inflation-linked payments – should be considered in the context of its fixed 2% indexation.“Without this, our coverage would have stood between 130% and 140%,” she said.In order to speed up recovery to the required minimum funding of approximately 105%, Verloskundigen has decided to reduce annual pensions accrual by 30%.The €327m pension fund for the accountancy sector is the only other scheme in the Netherlands that is known to have applied a cut to payments this year.It said a 30% cut was necessary as part of the transfer of its pension rights to Stap, the general pension fund (APF) established by insurer Aegon and its subsidiary TKP Pensioen.The minimum entry level for the multi-client compartment of the APF equated to a funding of 105%. The coverage ratio of the accountancy scheme stood at 91.7%.last_img read more

Coronavirus: Make working from home a safe and pleasant time

first_img How you can get a cheaper rent Vacant space on a landing could be used for something more valuable than the clothes horse. A small desk and storage boxes can utilise this space more effectively. The perfect study nook by Early Settler.Working from home has gone from being a luxury to a necessity for many people, but our houses may not be equipped to handle the transition. If you don’t have a dedicated study that your can lock yourself away in, here are some tips from furniture retailer Early Settler on how to create a small dedicated office in an unconventional space. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS: Top 5 tips for working from home Home security fears spike due to COVID-19center_img Under the staircase This ‘dead zone’ is a hidden gem in many homes. Position the desk beneath the highest end of the staircase and use the shorter side for storage, such as boxes of files and books. A quality lamp is essential in this space where natural light is limited. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago Top of a staircase The kitchen Creating an open-plan study nook off the kitchen is a great space for kids to do their online learning, because they will be in your line of sight and within earshot. Inside a cupboard Consider the dimensions make sure it is wide enough to fit a slimline desk and small stool that can be tucked away when its time to clock off. Remove the bottom shelves for the desk and keep the upper shelves for books and clutter.last_img read more

US Navy’s CURV-21 and Russian Yantar Vessel Join ARA San Juan Search

first_imgU.S. Navy has directed Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) to deploy the cable operated unmanned recovery vehicle (CURV) 21 to join the search efforts for the missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan.The search effort, which began on November 15, when the submarine went missing, recently shifted focus to undersea assets capable of deep seafloor searches.The CURV-21 arrived in Argentina in an Air Force C-5 on Friday, December 01, 2017.CURV-21 is a 6,400-pound remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with continuous transmission frequency modulation (CTFM) sonar for target detection and a high-resolution digital still camera, black and white, and color television camera.In addition to CURV-21, Russian oceanographic research ship Yantar will join the search along with the U.S. Atlantis research vessel. The vessels are equipped with deep submergence vehicles that allow them to examine undersea areas nearly 6,000 meters deep.last_img read more

Geode State Park Restoration Scheme Includes Dredging

first_imgThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin renovations at Geode State Park this winter to improve water quality at Lake Geode and enhance accessibility and recreational opportunities in the park.“Lake levels at Lake Geode were lowered in October as a first step in this large-scale renovation. The lake is currently fully drawn-down,” DNR said in their release.Lake restoration construction work will begin this January and continue through March 2019.Work will include removing sediment, stabilizing the eroded shoreline, and building an in-lake silt dam, fishing jetties, and fish habitat structures.Local angling groups will help place additional fish habitat features in the lake bottom, according to DNR.Lake Geode is one of the lakes in the state selected for lake restoration work designed to improve water quality because of the potential economic return for the investment.[mappress mapid=”24728″]last_img read more

Meet man who lives with 2 girlfriends, plus more

first_imgStuff 14 April 2015Adam Lyons is one guy who definitely doesn’t agree with the old adage “three’s a crowd”.For the UK-born dating coach lives happily with his two girlfriends – and two children – in their LA home.Lyons, 34, and his partners Brooke Shedd, 26, and Jane Shalakhova, 25, even share a super kingsize bed, and take it in turn to spend date nights together.Add to the mix his girlfriend Shedd’s 5-year-old son, from a previous relationship, and her newborn son with Lyons, named Dante, and you have one rather bustling household.The self-titled “throuple” insist their unorthodox arrangement provides an excellent family environment, as with two partners, Lyons will “never have to leave my kids with someone I don’t trust”.“We’re just like any other family. Except in ours, there’ll be one dad and two mums who live under the same roof – and there’ll be nothing but love for our children.” he told the Daily Mail. read more