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Turkey has avian flu; UK, Hungary outbreaks may be linked

first_imgFeb 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Turkey announced today an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a farm in the southeastern part of the country, as English authorities explored the possibility of a connection between recent outbreaks in Suffolk and Hungary.A report submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) by Turkey’s agriculture ministry said the outbreak began Feb 5 and affected poultry in a village in Batman province, about 460 miles from Ankara.The source of the outbreak was contact with wild birds, the report said. Of the nearly 800 birds that were destroyed, most were backyard chickens, though turkeys, geese, ducks, and pigeons also were included. Turkey’s last outbreak of H5N1 in birds was in March 2006.England sorts out H5N1 evidenceMeanwhile, the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said in a press release yesterday that preliminary tests indicate that H5N1 viruses from a turkey farm outbreak may be identical to the virus that caused a recent outbreak in Hungary. Bernard Matthews Holdings, Ltd., the poultry producer that owns the affected farm in England, has an operation in Hungary.The DEFRA report said a company meat processing plant adjacent to the farm handled imported poultry products from Hungary.”Our investigations have shown that one possible route of infection is poultry product imported from Hungary,” DEFRA Deputy Chief Veterinarian Fred Landeg said. “It is important that this is investigated thoroughly, along with all other possible routes.”Bernard Matthews has voluntarily agreed to suspend poultry movement between its English and Hungarian operations until the investigation is complete, Landeg said.DEFRA said it believed the imported Hungarian poultry came from outbreak-free parts of the country. (In late January geese at a farm in southwestern Hungary tested positive for H5N1, marking the virus’s first appearance in Europe this year.) However, the agency said new laboratory information revealed yesterday that the transmission of the virus was from poultry to poultry. “This makes transmission direct from Hungary more likely, rather than a pathway via wild birds,” DEFRA stated.As part of outbreak investigation, samples were taken from the remaining 21 poultry sheds on the Suffolk farm, DEFRA said. Initial tests indicated that birds in three of the sheds were infected with avian flu, though none showed clinical signs before they were culled.The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced today that it is exploring whether any H5N1-infected meat entered the food chain. “Our advice, that avian flu does not pose a food safety risk, remains unchanged. However, it is illegal for infected meat to be in our food, and so the agency would take any appropriate action if it were found there,” FSA said in a press release.No human H5N1 cases have been reported in connection with the outbreak. The UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) said in a press release yesterday that three workers who were involved in the outbreak had flu-like symptoms and were tested for H5N1 avian flu. All samples were negative, and the patients are undergoing routine treatment for their illnesses or have been discharged from the hospital, the HPA said.FAO warns about risk to catsIn other avian flu news, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released a statement yesterday advising cat owners who live in areas where the H5N1 virus has been found in poultry or wild birds to keep their cats away from infected birds and warning that cats living on commercial poultry farms should be kept indoors.The FAO advisory cited unconfirmed reports that H5N1 has been detected in feral cats that roam near poultry markets in Java and Sumatra where recent H5N1 avian outbreaks have occurred. Cats can become infected by feeding on sick domestic or wild birds, and they can shed the virus from their respiratory and digestive tracts.”This raises some concern, not only because cats could act as intermediary hosts in the spread of the H5N1 virus between species but also because growth in cats might help the H5N1 virus to adapt into a more highly infectious strain that could spark an influenza pandemic,” said FAO Assistant Director-General Alexander Müller.Peter Roeder, FAO animal health officer, said findings from Indonesia in January suggest that 80% of cats in outbreak areas are not infected. “This is rather encouraging because it indicates that cats are unlikely to constitute a reservoir of virus infection,” he said. “Cats are more likely to be a dead-end host for the H5N1 virus.”In a related development, the US Embassy in Jakarta issued a letter Feb 7 to Americans traveling or living in Indonesia urging them to keep abreast of local news reports about avian flu outbreaks and advising them to avoid contact with wild or stray cats. The letter also urged Americans to keep their cats away from sick or dying poultry and out of areas where H5N1 outbreaks have occurred. Domestic cats that primarily live inside residences should not be at risk for catching H5N1, the letter said.Canadian survey finds no dangerous virusesCanada found no highly pathogenic strains of avian flu in in its second annual wild bird survey, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced today. More than 12,000 birds were tested.Samples were collected from live and dead migratory and resident birds. Additional sampling was done in Iceland, a mingling point for birds from North America and Europe, the CFIA said.Like the 2005 survey, the 2006 investigation found various H5 and H7 avian flu viruses, which can affect domestic poultry. “Finding avian influenza viruses in wild birds is not unexpected. Influenza viruses commonly circulate in wild birds with little or no impact on the health of the birds or other species,” the CFIA said.In August 2006, the US Department of Agriculture and Department of the Interior expanded a wild bird surveillance program beyond Alaska to the lower 48 states, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands. So far birds in six instances have tested positive for the low-pathogenic North American H5N1 avian flu virus, a mild strain that has been found several times before.As of today, the US Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Early Detection Data System (HEDDS) has tested 74,140 samples. The 2006 sampling season runs from April 2006 through March 2007.See also:OIE reports on 2007 Turkish outbreakUS HEDDS surveillance datahttps://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/ai/last_img read more

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The book “What are Croats like” is a must-read for all current and future tourism workers

first_img“It’s nice to think about becoming an elite destination. But it takes a lot more preconditions for that than the mere desire and steps of individual private investors. Apart from its natural beauty and clear sea, Croatia has not yet created its competitive advantage in order to successfully cope with its Mediterranean competitors. Thus, even a small Montenegro is already taking some of our guests, and experts announce that Albania will only become a tourist discovery. Namely, tourist destinations, in addition to the price policy, do not increase earnings from tourism, they must also work on more creative marketing, innovation and constant creation of diversity in relation to the competition. “- is only a small part of the book” What are the Croats “by Dr.sc. Bože Skoke, which in my opinion is a must-read for all current and future tourism workers.Dr.sc. Božo Skoko, professor at the University of Zagreb and expert on the identity and image of countries, after an extremely successful and sold-out book in the Croatian language entitled “What are Croats like”, and has now published an amended edition in English entitled “Understanding Croatia – A Collection of Essays on Croatian Identity”.It is one of the few editions available to readers around the world through Amazon, which speaks in a popular, interesting, but also critical way about Croatian identity and image in the world. Through a collection of essays on Croatian identity, image, politics, culture, way of life and peculiarities, the book talks about Croats, their history, contributions to the world, the relationship between the homeland and the diaspora, coping in the European Union and mentality.Mandatory reading for all current and future tourism workersRarely has a book thrilled me like this, because it deals with one of the important questions: Who are we Croats, what is the Croatia brand or Made in Croatia and what can we offer to the world. I keep emphasizing how we need to start respecting ourselves, in order for others to respect us as well. We must respect our identity, culture and way of life, history kako and how our authentic story must be our main tourist product.The book is written based on many facts and research, but it is very drinkable, entertaining and educational. What is also extremely important, the book introduces you to the story as if the author is directly conducting an argumentative dialogue with you. Personally, it was very “difficult” for me to read the book and I had to read it one more time, and I will certainly read it a third time, because through constant dialogue, discovery, awareness and questioning from fragment to fragment, it aroused a creative storm in me. thoughts wandered through the prism of the wider picture and its implementation. It was enough to just set up one hypothesis such as: “Do Croats have wine?”, And a couple of reasoned thoughts of the author that a creative storm was happening in my head. But that only speaks to the value of this book because it forces you to think and think critically.You just can’t start reading it and not read it in one breath and one day. From piece to piece it pulls you to read it and you ask yourself: Are we really so blind that we don’t see the significance and potential we have? A banal example, we have a tie, and no one knows that it is the work of Croats. Crazy, isn’t it?Some of the interesting topics you can read about in the book: Croatian mentality, European stereotypes about Croats through history, Complex of small country and small nation, Croats by birth and Croats by choice, 14 lessons that Croatia needs to learn from the Republic of Dubrovnik, Forgotten Croatian greats, How Croats present themselves to Europe and how Europe perceives them , What are the real achievements of Croatian diplomacy, What has Croatia brought to the European Union as a dowry? Why are Danes happy and Croats not? Why do Croats prefer the protector of Ireland to the protector of Croatia? Similarities and differences between Croats and Serbs, Croats as the first Slavic people to accept Christianity, How Pope John Paul II branded Croatia, Innovative and creative Croatia, Croatian sports gene, Do Croats have wine? and others. We have to deal with the brand, and not let it develop by inertia and the worst that happens to us, that someone else develops it and tells our story as it suits him. You know that familiar definition of a brand, how a brand is what people talk about when you leave the hall. It is precisely this story and perception that we must take care of. You don’t have to or you might agree with everything written, but an argumentative discussion is the first foundation for us to develop as a society and as individuals.”If we look at the trends in Europe we can see how serious countries have just made networking of all forms of promotion to create a single brand. Because we will no longer be able to get more and more demanding tourists only through a tourist story, but we must tell a story about our greats, our literature, way of life and culture, so that he gets a complete picture of what Croatia is, to buy Croatian products when he meets him in his shop. , that investors come to invest in our country and the like. It’s that link. “Skoko said recently at a tourist conference.Photo: HNSAnd that is the message for the end, tourism is our great tool and channel to tell a much broader story about Croatia. But, as I said, we must first become aware of ourselves, to start being proud of our identity, because that is the only way we can valorize it. It is important that we manage the image and the brand ourselves. This can certainly not be done by foreigners or foreign labor, or anyone else, if we do not live alone and are not proud of our brand and the way and culture of living in the true sense of the word. We must be proud of the Croatia brand, and the book “What are Croats like” is just the best possible first step towards that.That is why the English edition of the book is extremely important for positioning and raising awareness of the Croatian brand on the global stage. Christmas is approaching, give yourself and others, especially foreigners, this book that you can only be proud to be a Croat when you read it.last_img read more

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Increased credit allocation could improve schemes’ liquidity, says AXA IM

first_imgDutch mature pension funds could improve their liquitity position by increasing their allocation to cashflow-generating corporate bonds, experts at the €775bn asset manager AXA Investment Managers have said.Such a change in asset allocation – at the expense of equity and government bond holdings – would not significantly affect a pension fund’s returns, while contributing to its overall hedging strategy, according to Sebastian Proffit, head of portfolio solutions for fixed income.During an online roundtable about liquidity and aimed at the Dutch pensions sector last week, he referred to Mercer’s last year’s European Asset Allocation Survey, which suggested that the percentage of defined benefit schemes in Europe with a negative cashflow is to rise from 60% to 90% in the coming 10 years.The survey also indicated that 91% of the participating pension funds considered selling assets to improve liquidity which, Proffit said it “could be potentially risky as well as expensive”. He said dealing with increased cash holdings and a new focus on divestment would require a different mindset at pension fund boards.Chris Iggo, chief investment officer for core investments, also said that credit prospects are better than for equity, arguing that credit markets “have more support as well as potential for positive returns”.“Most of the time, credit outperforms government bonds, with limited additional risk for the better quality of investment grade bonds,” he pointed out.Iggo said he expected bond yields to stay low for the time being, with yields of 20-year Dutch government bonds remaining at zero at best.The CIO said that, despite ample financial stimulus posed by the central bank’s buying and local governments issuing government bonds, there will be no upward pressure on interest rates for the near future.He added that, after the initial fall of 33%, equity markets were unlikely to recover this year. “We expect equity to remain volatile, and I think that there is a significant risk of a second leg down,” he said.Mohamed Maalej, head of portfolio engineering, said increasing a credit allocation to long-term dollar and sterling-denominated corporate bonds makes most sense, “as they usually have a longer duration than euro-denominated credit”.However, both Iggo and Maleej higlighted the importance of research in order to find high quality credit.Maalej also mentioned the recent 12% drop in credit markets in the past two weeks, whereas during the financial crisis the fall had amounted to 11% in total, spread out over a nine-month period.He said ETFs had recently exchanged against discounts ranging from 5% to 20% relative to the underlying benchmark, leading to overall losses of up to 50% of their value.Proffit said he had already noticed a lot of interest in cashflow-driven investment (CDI) in the UK, but noted it was too early to draw conclusions. He would expect the degree of CDI to gradually increase, as had happened with liability-driven investment (LDI).He said that, based on their funding level which he estimated at 95% on average, UK pension funds could afford to de-risk through reducing their equity exposure in favour of credit and government bonds in order to decrease long-term liquidity risk.According to Mercer’s survey, Dutch pension funds had a 16% exposure to credit as part of their bond holdings last year, relative to 37% for UK schemes.last_img read more

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WATCH: RV Petrel Locates USS Juneau Wreck

first_imgWreckage from the USS Juneau (CL-52) was discovered on March 17, 2018, by the expedition crew of research vessel Petrel. The Juneau was sunk by a Japanese torpedo during the Battle of Guadalcanal, ultimately killing 687 men including all five of the Sullivan brothers. The Atlanta-class light cruiser was found 4,200 meters (about 2.6 miles) below the surface, resting on the floor of the South Pacific off the coast of the Solomon Islands.“We certainly didn’t plan to find the Juneau on St. Patrick’s Day. The variables of these searches are just too great,” said Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations for Paul Allen. “But finding the USS Juneau on Saint Patrick’s Day is an unexpected coincidence to the Sullivan brothers and all the service members who were lost 76 years ago.”The R/V Petrel’s autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) first identified the ship in its side scan sonar on March 17. Upon analysis of the sonar data, the Petrel crew deployed its remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) on March 18 to verify the wreckage through its video capabilities.“As the fifth commanding officer of USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), a ship named after five brothers, I am excited to hear that Allen and his team were able to locate the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL 52) that sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal,” said Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces. “The story of the USS Juneau crew and Sullivan brothers epitomize the service and sacrifice of our nation’s greatest generation.”Allen-led expeditions have also resulted in the discovery of the USS Lexington (March 2018), USS Indianapolis (August 2017), USS Ward (November 2017), USS Astoria (February 2015), Japanese battleship Musashi (March 2015) and the Italian WWII destroyer Artigliere (March 2017). His team was also responsible for retrieving the ship’s bell from the HMS Hood for presentation to the British Navy in honor of its heroic service.Allen’s expedition team was permanently transferred to the newly acquired and retrofitted R/V Petrel in 2016 with a specific mission around research, exploration and survey of historic warships and other important artifacts. The 250-foot R/V Petrel is fitted with subsea equipment capable of diving to 6,000 meters.Source: Paul Allenlast_img read more

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22 Negrense scholars complete DICT jobs training

first_imgBACOLOD City – A total of 22 traineescompleted the Digital Jobs PH Technical Training Project conducted by theDepartment of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in KabankalanCity, Negros Occidental. Romeo Tome, provincial officer ofDICT-Negros Occidental, said those who graduated on Thursday attended the35-day digital marketing and e-commerce course that began in September.   The course included a 14-day trainingwith partner-micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs); and 21 days of onlinesession. Tome said the main purpose of theproject is job generation. Aside from digital marketing ande-commerce, the project also offers six other courses, such as general virtualassistance, content writing, search engine optimization, social mediamarketing, advertising, graphic design, and web development. The Digital Jobs PH Technical TrainingProject, which started in 2017, aims to provide technical training tounemployed and financially unstable residents in the province, enabling them toland ICT-related jobs.  center_img Tome said the graduates passed theguidelines set, including the quality of their output, through assessment andevaluation.   After Kabankalan City, the projectwill also be implemented for 22 scholars in Escalante City, Negros Occidentalthis year.   In Negros Occidental, 24 scholarscoming from San Carlos City and 22 others in Cadiz City availed of the digitalmarketing and e-commerce course in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The DICT with the Department of Tradeand Industry, with partner-MSMEs and local government unit, identified thescholars – who should be 18 years old and above, at least high school graduateand computer literate.(With a report fromPNA/PN)last_img read more

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De Guzman out of opener

first_imgHolland international Jonathan de Guzman has been ruled out of Swansea’s opening Barclays Premier League match against Manchester United on Saturday because of concussion. As well as missing the curtain raiser against the defending champions, midfielder De Guzman will also sit out Wednesday night’s friendly with Portugal after suffering concussion during a training session with the national team. The 25-year-old collided with team-mate Dirk Kuyt during a session in Faro on Tuesday. Both players remained motionless after the clash which sent panic through the Holland camp, before De Guzman quickly regained consciousness and Kuyt required five stitches to a facial wound. The injury means the Villarreal loanee could be sidelined for seven to 10 days, so he could also miss next week’s Europa League play-off first leg against Romanian side Petrolul Ploiesti. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Plea to stay at Nice

first_imgReported Stoke target Alassane Plea has pledged his future to Nice for at least another season. The 22-year-old winger started 27 games in Ligue 1, contributing three goals and seven assists, after signing from Lyon last summer. That has led to speculation over his future but he told L’Equipe: “I will spend the season here. “There are English clubs interested but it is a bit too soon to leave.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Angels’ skeleton crew drops night game to Mariners, 4-2

first_imgTHE GAME: An Angels roster lacking all but a handful of regulars lost 4-2 to a familiar group of Seattle Mariners before an announced crowd of 9,756 at Peoria Sports Complex.PITCHING REPORT: Angels starter Tyler Skaggs allowed three hits in three innings, including a two-run home run to Jean Segura. He walked two batters and struck out three. The left-hander was encouraged by his changeup command. … Right-hander Cam Bedrosian threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen, striking out two. … Right-hander Eduardo Paredes allowed one run, on a triple and a sacrifice fly, in his only inning of work. … Right-hander Blake Parker struck out the first two batters he faced, then allowed a triple to Dee Gordon, walked Jean Segura and surrendered an RBI single to Robinson Cano.HITTING REPORT: Martin Maldonado hit a towering home run against Mariners starter Rob Whalen in the first inning. He has four hits in his first 13 Cactus League at-bats. … First base prospect Matt Thaiss had two hits, including a home run that cleared the 410-foot mark in center field against veteran Juan Nicasio. … Shortstop David Fletcher continued his impressive start by going 1 for 3 with a single. He’s batting .563 (9 for 16) in his first seven games.DEFENSE REPORT: Playing right field, Michael Hermosillo was tested on a pair of triples to the corner. He couldn’t corral either despite getting dirty. NEXT GAME: The Angels will send right-hander Matt Shoemaker to the mound against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday at noon (Fox Sports West; 830-AM) at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Minor league baseball team takes down its tweet to Colin Kaepernick about Betsy Ross flag

first_imgA minor league baseball team in Tennessee sent an American flag-themed tweet to Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday. The team later waved a white flag of surrender.The Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs’ affiliate in the Double-A Southern League, were responding to Kaepernick’s disapproval of a July 4-themed Nike shoe that included a depiction of an early U.S. flag. The Smokies’ social team tweeted images of a so-called Betsy Ross flag that the team’s grounds crew drew in the dirt around second base. The team included Kaepernick’s Twitter handle and made reference to Nike’s slogan, “Just Do It.”  After the Twitterverse had its say, the Smokies deleted the tweet after and issued an apology to people who may have been offended. They did not apologize to Kaepernick.Regarding one of our recent tweets regarding @Kaepernick7 and our field design for tonight’s game, it was meant to be a light-hearted take on a current situation. We did not mean to offend anyone by it. If it did, we certainly apologize.— Tennessee Smokies (@smokiesbaseball) July 4, 2019MORE: Colin Kaepernick doll seen hanging by neck from truck Twitter commenters made sure everyone could still see the deleted tweet. Not to worry, I have a screenshot of you endorsing systematic racism and violating the flag code. pic.twitter.com/hXJmYEuaVL— (((Catherine))) (@pantone165) July 4, 2019The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Nike halted the release of its Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoe after Kaepnerick, a Nike endorser and a former NFL quarterback, objected to the company stitching Betsy Ross flags into the backs of the shoe. According to the Journal, Kaepnerick associates the flag, which Ross supposedly helped to design in the 1770s, with slavery.The stars in the flag represent the 13 original U.S. colonies, who declared their independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, and fought the British army in the Revolutionary War to ensure that independence. The stars are arranged in a circle in the upper left corner.Kaepernick, 31, has not played in the NFL since the end of the 2016 season. He sparked a national firestorm that year with his protests of police brutality and racial injustice during the playing of the national anthem before games.last_img read more

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Monaco’s Mendy completes record Man City move

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy has signed a mega five-year contract with Manchester City, the Premier League club announced on Monday.The 23-year-old, who joined the French champions from Marseille last summer, has agreed a deal reported to be worth a record £52 million (58 million euros, $67 million) for a defender.The France player will link up with his new teammates in the United States where Pep Guardiola’s side are preparing for their second pre-season tour game against Real Madrid in Los Angeles.“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City,” Mendy said. “They are one of Europe’s leading Clubs and in Pep Guardiola they have a manager committed to playing attacking football.“I am sure that over the next few years we will be successful.” Guardiola was desperate to add Mendy to his full-back options after releasing Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta this summer, but City’s original £44.5 million ($55.7 million, 49.7 million euros) offer was rejected.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss had already lured Tottenham’s England right-back Kyle Walker to Etihad Stadium in a deal which could be worth up to £54 million ($70.1 million, 60.1 million euros) and Monaco wanted a similar amount for Mendy.Mendy becomes City’s fifth major signing of the summer and takes their spending to more than £200m (223 million euros, $260 million).The Premier League giants, who have already raided Monaco in the close season having signed midfielder Bernardo Silva, and on Sunday welcomed another full-back, Real Madrid’s Danilo.Mendy made his France debut in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Luxembourg in March, and won Ligue 1 in his first season with Monaco.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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