Avian flu hits Russian farm; Asian officials discuss surveillance

first_imgSep 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Russian officials announced today that hundreds of chickens at a farm in southern Russia died of H5N1 avian influenza, as international experts met in Bangkok to discuss how to better monitor the spread of the disease in Asia.The poultry deaths were discovered in the town of Razdolny in Krasnodar territory on Sep 2, RIA Novosti, Russia’s state news agency, reported today. The disease struck about 500 chickens.A spokesman for the territorial veterinary agency said a regional laboratory identified the H5N1 virus in the dead birds and that further tests were under way to confirm the results, the RIA Novosti report said. Authorities planned to cull 22,000 birds on the affected farm, the veterinary official said.The new wave of poultry deaths occurred in the same territory as a January outbreak that marked a recurrence of the disease in Russia after a 5-month lull. In February, the virus struck backyard birds at several locations on the outskirts of Moscow. Reports filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) show no other Russian outbreaks since then.Measures were being taken to contain the outbreak, the veterinary agency spokesman told RIA Novosti. Russia’s veterinary watchdog agency, Rosselkhozadzor, said authorities have slaughtered 414 birds, according to an Associated Press report.Meanwhile, animal-health experts from a dozen countries are meeting in Bangkok this week at a conference sponsored by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to hear reports from Asian countries on their H5N1 wildlife surveillance efforts and discuss how countries can better coordinate their activities, according to an FAO statement.Yesterday, an FAO official cast doubt on any major role of wild birds in spreading the H5N1 virus, saying more efforts should be focused on controlling the disease in domestic birds, news services reported.Scott Newman, international wildlife coordinator for the FAO, said the virus hasn’t been found in any of 300,000 to 350,000 healthy wild birds that have been sampled in global surveillance activities in the past 2 years, the Australian Press (AP) reported.”We know now that we haven’t found a species that even suggests that it would be a reservoir for this disease,” he said, according to the AP report.Experts said some countries test healthy wild birds, while others test for H5N1 only in sick or dead birds, the AP reported. So far the virus has been found in 90 species of birds.Scarce H5N1 findings in wild birds don’t mean surveillance efforts should stop, Newman said. Instead, countries should fine-tune monitoring activities by, for example, improving testing at sites where domestic and wild birds mingle.Officials attending the meeting, which includes 70 experts, said the only way to get an accurate view of H5N1 in wild birds is to establish a uniform and comprehensive surveillance system, according to a Voice of America (VOA) report dated yesterday.Last year, FAO officials expressed concern that migratory birds would spread the H5N1 virus from Asia and Europe to Africa. However, William Karesh, program director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s field veterinary program, said surveillance has found very few instances of the virus in Africa’s wild birds, according to the VOA report.He said the illegal trade in wildlife in Africa and elsewhere makes tracking the virus particularly challenging, the VOA reported. The FAO meeting ends tomorrow.See also:OIE reports on Russian H5N1 outbreakshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.phpFAO statement on Bangkok meetinghttp://www.fao.org/avianflu/news/bangkok_wild.htmJun 2, 2006, CIDRAP News story “FAO: Wild birds play role in avian flu, but poultry key”last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Food safety, avian flu outbreaks, TB alert, China’s H5N1 vaccine

first_imgMarch 16, 2009USDA finalizes downer cattle banThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently finalized a complete ban on the use of downer cattle for food, including those that become disabled after passing initial preslaughter inspection, according to a Mar 14 press release. Rules governing downer cattle are intended to guard against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and other diseases. The USDA said the final rule ends case-by-case examinations of cattle that become disabled after the preslaughter inspection, increasing the time inspectors can spend on their other duties.[Mar 14 USDA statement]India, Egypt report more H5N1 outbreaksFresh H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks have been detected in the Darjeeling district of India’s West Bengal state, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported on Mar 14. The virus struck two sites where about 150 birds had died over the previous 15 days, and officials said they would cull poultry within a 3-km radius of Naxalbari. Meanwhile, the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) reported another H5N1 outbreak in backyard poultry on Mar 11. The virus struck eight chickens in Gharbiya governorate. The vaccination status of the birds was not known.Seatmates sought after TB case reported on Frankfurt-Detroit flight The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and Northwest Airlines have announced that a passenger who flew from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit on Flight 51 on March 10 was found to have tuberculosis. The CDC is in the process of contacting passengers who were in the same row or seated within two rows behind or ahead of the person. Passengers who believe they may have been exposed should contact their state health department or the CDC.[Mar 15 Bloomberg News story]Promising results for Chinese H5N1 vaccineA phase 2 trial of an H5N1 avian influenza vaccine made by China’s Sinovac revealed that the aluminum-adjuvanted inactivated whole-virus vaccine produced a good response, was safe, and elicited cross-protection against clade 2strains, researchers reported in a Mar 12 online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The double-blind, randomized trial included 402 adults, 301 who received 5, 10, or15 mcg of vaccine in two doses 28 days apart and 101 who received two 10-mcgdoses 14 days apart. Researchers saw the highest immune response after two15-mcg doses, but they reported that the response to the 10- and 15-mcg doses met or exceeded European licensing criteria.[Mar 12 Clin Infect Dis abstract]Flies spread resistant organisms from poultry farmsResearch from the Bloomberg School of Public health at Johns Hopkins University suggests that drug-resistant organisms that have developed in poultry because of antibiotic use on very large farms may leave those farms on the feet and in the guts of flies that have access to open sheds of poultry manure.[March 16 Johns Hopkins press release][April Science of the Total Environment abstract]last_img read more

Hilltop home lands highest price this year for blue chip suburb

first_img2 Castleton Street, Hamilton in Queensland.A JAWDROPPING dream home in Brisbane — with its own bowling alley, 10 car garage, pool, tennis court, wine cellar, lift, river views and more — has sold for a whopping sum.The seven bedroom, eight bathroom home has formally changed hands for $7.6 million in a private treaty sale that’s this year’s highest house price for the blueclip Hamilton bend of the river. It’s crazy how awesome this kitchen is. Heritage features sit alongside modern additions like a lift to all levels.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoThe results were published by CoreLogic today. The highest price ever paid for a house in Hamilton was developer Don O’Rorke’s former home at 33B Harbour Road — which was sold by Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm for $11.8m in April 2015.Mr Lancashire, who also sold this property at 2 Castleton Street, Hamilton, would not comment on the sale. His listing described the home as “one of the finest examples of a grand family home ever to be built in this magnificent suburb”.The home is at the top of the hill on a massive 1,382sq m block. The house itself was built in 1915 but has seen major upgrades to see it emerge with floor space of 1,100sq m, which is almost as big as the block itself. The 10 car garage with a handy turntable is accessed from Anthony Street under the tennis court. A gym to pacify even the toughest of athletes. Lynne and Frank and Mallan in the bowling alley of the Hamilton home that has since sold for $7.6m. The billiard room is ready for some friendly competition.Its outgoing owners, Brisbane businessman Frank Mallan and wife Lynne, have waited patiently for over a year for a price to be set on the home, with CoreLogic listing its days on market at 473 days. The house was listed as having gone under contract in July with CoreLogic listing the property as having officially sold last Wednesday September 6.The home is a triple storey residence with features such as parquetry flooring, chandeliers, a chef’s kitchen with marble benchtops and butlers pantry, formal lounge and dining rooms, stunning views from a covered entertaining deck. The house was originally built in 1915. Anyone up for a spot of tennis and brunch? The bowling alley is fully automated. Girls’ night in maybe?Its 1000-bottle wine cellar has a banquet table so the owners can host special functions in it.The entertainment level has all the bells and whistles including a wet bar, billiards room, a first class triple level home theatre, two-lane automated bowling alley, gymnasium and a 25m dual lane lap pool.The basement garage has parking for 10 cars, as well as a 360-degree vehicle turnstile and a workshop. The championship tennis court is full size and floodlit. Some see a tennis court, others a fenced off area to let the kids go ballistic. The 25m double lane lap pool would be great for a family race.last_img read more

Bacolod dads buck removal of median trees

first_imgHe added that they have conducted acommittee hearing yesterday and he will submit to the city council  hisrecommendation barring the move to remove the median trees. “Trees should remain there; the medianstrips should remain, too. If ever there are trees that are going to be cut,maybe only nine trees, or the ones that are actually causing damage to ourroads,” Councilor Carlos Lopez said. This after the SangguniangPanlungsod’s Committee on Environment agreed not to take the trees down, sayingthese trees do not obstruct the flow of roadtraffic in the metro. BACOLOD City – Trees planted in themedian strips of major arterial roads here planned to be cut down will bespared. Ramos previously authored a resolutionseeking to remove the median strip on Narra Avenue at the Capitol ShoppingCenter to ease the metro’s traffic woes. “These trees are not obstruction, butthey may pose a danger or they are damaging the roads. They need to be uprootedotherwise we have to fix again the new roads,” the councilor pointed out. This proposal, however, earned the ireof local residents, including environmentalists as it entails cutting downtrees in the area. They claim that there is no congestion along that stretch ofroad and by cutting down trees – which brings cleaner air to the city – wouldonly be detrimental to safety and health./PNlast_img read more

Abbey takes IMCA Modified Lone Star Series opener

first_imgBy J.M. Hallas WACO, Texas (July 4) – First-year IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver Dean Abbey had the run of his life in picking up the $1,000 Lone Star Series Texas Nationals win Friday at Heart O’ Texas Speedway. For two-thirds of the race Abbey chased veteran Keith Green until finally making the bottom work on a restart. If that wasn’t pressure enough, a late caution set up a green, white, checkered finish that put former IMCA national champion Keith White and his brother Paul, a past USAC Silver Crown champ, on his tail. Abbey was able to get a good jump on green and got some breathing room while the White broth­ers exchanged slide jobs on each other. Abbey went unchallenged while Paul beat Keith in the second place battle. Josh McGaha was fourth by all of one one-thousandth of a second over Sam Cox. “The bottom finally worked out for me,” said Abbey, already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational bal­lot candidate. “We’ve been here twice this year in the Modified and raced Keith Green for the win then too. I was fighting for the bottom last time and he got the win with us getting second. We had a different outcome tonight and I was able to get by him.”Jake Upchurch methodically worked his way up from his 10th starting spot to win the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod main. After making the top five at halfway, Upchurch picked them off one by one and caught leader Greg Frazer with two to go. In a last lap move, Upchurch drove it to the bottom, made it stick, and edged Frazer coming to the checkers to score the victory. Frazer took the runner-up spot, with Chris Cogburn third, Jacob Pirkle fourth and Garett Rawls rounding out the top five. Chad Estes for himself at the right place at the right time to inherit the lead of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Estes took over the lead after early leader Tristan Carmen and Jason Batt made contact battling for the top spot. Estes had a ringside seat in third when two traded paint, flats and damage enough to see them both stop on track and then head pitside. “I hung in there and was fortunate enough to get out front after that caution,” Estes said after tak­ing the checkers. “They were getting a little rough up front between Carmen and Jason (Batt). As aggressive as they were getting I thought something was going to happen. My car got loose and I al­most spun out, so I decided to sit back and hope I got my chance.” Shannon Dulock showed the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock field nothing but his rear bumper going flag to flag for the win.Throughout most of the race Dulock had Andy Roller trying his best on the bottom. Roller would get along side Dulock in the corner, but momentum on the high side saw Dulock rocket past on the straights. In the late stages, Jeremy Oliver got around Roller and tried the bottom himself. At the checkers it was Dulock, giving himself an early birthday present, in front of Oliver.Unofficial Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. Paul White; 3. Keith White; 4. Josh McGaha; 5. Sam Cox; 6. Jus­tin Radcliff; 7. Pat McGuire; 8. Cody Daniel; 9. Jerry Frydrych; 10. Chad Estes; 11. Joe Spillman; 12. Johnny Sheets; 13. Keith Green; 14. J.P. Dowell; 15. Jarrod Jennings; 16. Eric Tomlinson; 17. Nicholas Littlejohn; 18. Ronnie Warren; 19. Kevin Rutherford; 20. Glen Hibbard. Southern SportMods – 1. Jake Upchurch; 2. Greg Frazer; 3. Chris Cogburn; 4. Jacob Pirkle; 5. Garett Rawls; 6. Sid Kiphen; 7. Johnny Torres; 8. Jeffrey Abbey; 9. Steve Hayes; 10. James Skin­ner; 11. Jeff Sheppard; 12. T.J. Green; 13. Justin Long; 14. Mark Patterson; 15. Albert McCall; 16. James Holder; 17. Jason Honey; 18. Timothy Cummings; 19. Brad Shirley; 20. J.C. Howell.Stock Cars – 1. Chad Estes; 2. Dillon Smith; 3. Billy Wade; 4. Brandon Taylor; 5. Charles Co­sper; 6. Damon Hammond; 7. Dennis Bissonette; 8. Jason Batt; 9. Sam Sovey; 10. Robin Batt; 11. C.J. Gray; 12. Anthony Otken; 13. Jeff Bauser; 14. Joe O’Bryan; 15. Keith White; 16. Tristan Carmen; 17. John Frydrych; 18. Tony Hamil; 19. Chris Cockrell; 20. Brandon Hood; 21. Robert Black.Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Dulock; 2. Jeremy Oliver; 3. Brandon Geurin; 4. Andy Roller; 5. A.J. Dancer; 6. Jamie Herring; 7. Ray Kemp Jr.; 8. April Phillips; 9. Westin Abbey; 10. Stacey Robi­nette; 11. Mark Geurin; 12. Ronnie Gregory; 13. Halie Brown; 14. Chad Bowman; 15. Chase Breese; 16. Jonathan Beard; 17. Tommy Phillips; 18. Richard Shields; 19. Corey Samford; 20. Jamie Haynes.last_img read more

4-H Lego Robotics Club sets meeting date

first_imgBrookville, In. — The 4-H Lego Robotics Club is seeking new members. The club will meet Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 2014 in the Franklin County Government Center.The group will be learning how to build and program Mindstorm EV3 Robots. The robots will be used in competition this fall.For more information please call 647-3511.last_img

NPFL: Heartland stun Enyimba in Aba

first_imgRelatedPosts NPFL: Coach Dogo leaves Sunshine Stars NFF sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table Ex-Eagles’ keeper joins Kwara United Stanley Dimgba missed a first half penalty as Enyimba Football Club lost 0-2 to Heartland Football Club at the Enyimba Stadium on Wednesday evening. After a torrid start to the game, Enyimba appeared to have found the breakthrough in the 27th minute when Reuben Bala was tripped in the box for a penalty, but Dimgba’s kick was pushed away by Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who was making his first return to the Enyimba Stadium since his loan spell two years ago. That proved to be the turning point of the game as the visitors broke from the right three minutes later, with Abubakar Sadiq dribbling past his marker to fire into Stanley Nwabali’s far post. The hosts responded with a barrage of attacks – Victor Mbaoma coming close from range before Nelson Ogbonnaya’s header was cleared off the line. But against the tide, the visitors insured their lead right before the break when loaned forward Chukwuemeka Obioma ran through the Enyimba backline to score against his parent club. Fatai Osho introduced Martins Usule and Chukwuka Onuwa in the second half but indecisive finishing, coupled with a disciplined defensive performance by Heartland, meant the People’s Elephant were unable to get a breakthrough. The result has left Enyimba with a tally of 15 points from their opening 11 matches of the season. The People’s Elephant will be back in action this Sunday with a fixture against FC Ifeanyi Uba in Nnewi.Tags: Enyimba Football ClubHeartland Football ClubnpflStanley Dimgbalast_img read more

Nwosu disqualified, misses long jump mark needed for Big East championships

first_imgITHACA, N.Y. — The length of a toenail: That is how close Victor Nwosu was to qualifying for the Big East Outdoor Championships.On his last jump at the Cornell Big Red Invitational in Ithaca Sunday, Nwosu jumped far enough to qualify for the Big East. But he was disqualified because his toe went over the board. The official yelled ‘foul,’ and just like that, his season was over. No more jumping until next year.‘When it all happened I was shocked and upset,’ Nwosu said. ‘It came down to my last jump and I came through, but I took up almost all the board and I fouled it.’Nwosu was one of a handful of Syracuse track and field athletes who failed to qualify for the Big East championships SundayThe SU junior competed in the long jump and expected to qualify for the Big East Outdoor Championships in his last chance of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, Nwosu qualified for the Big East Outdoor Championships at the same exact meet. But he never got to compete there as a result of injuring his hamstring on the next jump. This season, Nwosu planned to qualify earlier. But when he failed to do so, Nwosu purposely didn’t compete until the Cornell meet this weekend. But he never qualified.‘I was feeling really good,’ Nwosu said. ‘I was so sure that I was going to make it. Coming into the event, I said to myself, we qualify today. But that’s pretty much where it ends for me.’That result marks the end of a disappointing season for Nwosu, who has battled injuries and was looking to come on strong at the meet after finally regaining his form.‘Everything was starting to click, but now my season is cut down and I have to sit back on the bench and wait until December to jump again,’ Nwosu said.Sometimes jumps don’t go according to plan, and in the case of Nwosu, he just couldn’t get anything going.His jumps increasingly improved but were never enough to qualify.When he finally did on his sixth jump, the disqualification followed. It was a tough result for both him and assistant coach Enoch Borozinski.‘They were good jumps, and everything was right there,’ Borozinski said. ‘It’s more frustrating because it was so close. Unfortunately, that’s just the way things go.I take it just as hard as they do. Especially someone like him, who has scored points in the Big East for us before.’Nwosu wasn’t the only one whose season ended early. Freshman Will Watson also had a chance to qualify for the Big East. He, too, misfired. Watson had a chance to qualify in the long jump and the triple jump but was unable to do so in either.‘Nothing happened like I wanted it to,’ Watson said. ‘I hurt myself in the triple jump. I should have qualified.’Still, Watson is just a freshman, and the junior Nwosu only has next year to right this year’s mistakes.But the sting of having a season end prematurely still does not come easy. Neither athlete will travel to Cincinnati for this weekend’s Big East championships.‘Everybody else is going and just to be the odd one out just sucks,’ Watson said. ‘You want to be there to help the team.’Unfortunately, not everyone can be there. You must qualify to be there. Something neither Nwosu nor Watson accomplished.Teams come in with the goal of having as many players as possible gaining qualifying times. But that does not always happen. Miracles do not happen left and right. Pain is a more common sight.‘You hope for the best by the time you come to this meet,’ Borozinski said. ‘But it is what it is. As much as we’d say, ‘Hey, let’s give them another chance,’ it’s not that way in the real world. It’s not always going to work out.’rnmarcus@syr.edu Published on April 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Samsung takes up option to renew Chelsea shirt deal

first_imgChelsea has announced that Samsung has elected to extend its shirt sponsorship deal with the European champion through to the end of the 2014-15 season.The English Premier League giant confirmed the news in a brief statement which read: “Samsung have exercised their right to extend their deal which will see them remain as a premium partner of the club until the end of May 2015.”Although Chelsea declined to comment on the financial terms of the extension, Bloomberg reports that it will remain at the same level as the existing deal while other reports state that it will rise to around £18 million a season.Chelsea first partnered with Samsung in 2005 in a deal worth £11 million per season. This was upgraded to £15 million in 2010 and although the agreement with the Korean electronics giant ranks amongst the largest in English football, Chelsea still trails behind most of its major rivals in the shirt sponsorship stakes.Manchester United in July announced that its new shirt sponsorship deal with Chevrolet will bring in a record-breaking US$559 million (£357 million) over the seven-year duration of the agreement, which commences in 2014-15. Liverpool’s current deal with Standard Chartered is worth £80 million over four years. Manchester City’s groundbreaking sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways, which combines shirt sponsorship and stadium naming rights, was reportedly worth £400 million over 10 years when it was signed in 2011.last_img read more

Kotoko goalkeeper Soulama wants to regain number one role

first_imgGoalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama says he is counting on his Nations Cup experience to retain his number one spot at Asante Kotoko.The Burkinabe goalkeeper was Kotoko’s first choice before leaving for the tournament in South Africa.Soulama played a cameo role in the Stallions historic silver medal winning feat after picking up a red card in their second Group D match against Ethiopia which resulted in him losing his position to second choice Daouda Diakite.He had previously played in three Nations Cup finals and wants to return.“I’m back to training now and hopefully I will keep my position as number one,” Soulama told JOY Sports“I have played about four Nations Cup and I think is a good experience for me as a player.”last_img read more