EU reports 741 H5N1 cases in wild birds since February

first_imgJun 1, 2006 (CIDRAP news) – The European Commission (EC) reported yesterday that 741 cases of H5N1 avian influenza have been detected among about 60,000 wild birds tested in European Union states since February.The EC presented its data during the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) International Scientific Conference on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds, which concluded yesterday in Rome.In other news from the 2-day conference, scientists reported that the spread of avian influenza has been aided by the legal and illegal trade in wild birds, according to news agencies. Meanwhile, experts are trying to define the role that migratory birds play.The EC and the Community Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in Weybridge, UK, began testing wild birds in all European Union (EU) states in July 2005. The EC, in a press release yesterday, said that, though final figures are still being collected for recent months, 741 wild birds in 13 member states tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza between February and May 21 of this year. Most of those were confirmed to be H5N1 cases. About 60,000 birds were tested in that period, and about 99,000 over the entire 10 months of testing.Germany had the most cases, with 326, followed by Austria (117), Poland (64), France (62), and Denmark (42), the EC reported. EU member states reporting from 1 to 32 positive tests were the United Kingdom, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, and Greece.Cases of H5N1 peaked in March, with 362, and have gradually declined since then, with 162 in April and 17 in the first 3 weeks of May, according to the EC. The third week of February was the most active week, logging 116 cases, while February as a whole witnessed 200 cases.Swans made up 62.8% of the wild birds found to be infected, the EC said. Other kinds included ducks, 16.3%; geese, 4.5%; birds of prey, 3.9%, and various others, 13%.The EC said only four outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu have been found in domestic poultry in the EU, and all were swiftly eradicated. Romania, which has reported numerous poultry outbreaks in recent weeks, is not an EU member.”Extensive surveillance for avian influenza in wild birds and poultry has been one of the key tools used by the EU to fend off the virus over the past months,” said EC Commissioner for Health and Human Protection Markos Kyprianou in the press release. “We cannot let our guard down when it comes to avian influenza, as it is likely to remain a threat for Europe and the rest of the world for many months to come.”Animal trade and avian flu spreadScientists at the Rome FAO/OIE conference cited the legal and illegal trade of wild birds as playing a significant role in spreading avian influenza, according to a report yesterday from Bloomberg news service.”We have to focus on this issue of trade, because it’s the most frequent way of spreading disease from one region to another,” said FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech in the Bloomberg story. “This includes legal and illegal trade, which is quite significant and often ignored.”The Bloomberg report said that each year about 350 million live animals are moved worldwide to become pets or serve other domestic needs, at a cost of about $20 billion. About a fourth of these animals are transported and sold illegally, according to the story.”Focusing efforts at markets to regulate, reduce, or, in some cases, eliminate the trade in wildlife could provide a cost-effective approach to decrease the risks in disease for humans, domestic animals, and wildlife,” Domenech told Bloomberg.Domenech, according to an Agence France-Press (AFP) story from yesterday, also discussed the role of migratory birds. The main problem, he said, is that scientists don’t know with certainty whether wild birds can act as long-term reservoirs for H5N1.”We still have a long way to go to fully understand the disease,” he said in the AFP story. “Before saying there is no role for wild birds in Africa, we should be careful. We have to wait a little bit.”Domenech told AFP that one of the main achievements of the Rome conference was to gather people from the poultry trade, wildlife experts, and policy makers to begin a discussion on how avian flu travels long distances.”We have identified gaps and the need to continue and intensify research, in particular with regards to the species which can be involved [in spreading the virus],” Domenech told AFP.See also:European Commission press releaselast_img read more


4th Regional Forum of Family Accommodation in Zadar County

first_imgZadar County Chamber is organizing the fourth Regional Forum of Family Accommodation of Zadar County, which will be held on March 14, at 10 am, in the concert hall Kneževa plače, at Poljana Šime Budinića 3.Regionalni Forum obiteljskog smještaja (FOS) regionalni je skup pružatelja ugostiteljskih usluga u domaćinstvu, koji razmatra aktualne teme te nudi edukativne sadržaje i umrežavanje s ponuđačima proizvoda i usluga za obiteljski smještaj. FOS okuplja vlasnike pružatelje ugostiteljskih usluga u sobama, apartmanima, kućama za odmor i kampovima u domaćinstvu te u pansionima i seoskim domaćinstvima, a zanimljiv je za sve mikro i male poduzetnike koji prate aktualne promjene i trendove u obiteljskom smještaju.This year’s forum will host a panel discussion on current problems that burden the business of family accommodation, will present trends in family accommodation, effective marketing tools and everything else that can help family accommodation owners to monitor fast-growing trends in domestic and foreign tourism market. B2B meetings of exhibitors will also be held, who will present their services specialized in improving family accommodation and will be available for all questions and the possibility of business cooperation.Participation is free with the previous one registration online the pattern below. The application deadline is March 12.last_img read more


Republicans should be scared by results in Virginia

first_imgBefore this race, Gillespie was as establishment as an establishment Republican could be, aligned closely with George W. Bush, who has made his distaste for Trump’s viciously divisive politics clear.He typified a coolheaded, practical approach to politics. He was more tradesman than ideologue.Until the last few months, when he utterly transformed.The impression he left on voters was an ugly one, and he and the GOP have nothing to show for it.That should scare Republicans most of all.Frank Bruni is a columnist for The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Ralph Northam will be the state’s next governor.That’s a gigantic relief, because a Northam defeat would have prompted a Democratic meltdown — and rightly so.In statewide races, Virginia is increasingly blue: Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump there by 5 percentage points a year ago.And Trump’s ceaseless assault on propriety, decency and ethical, responsible government is supposedly firing up liberals as never before. Virginia on Tuesday was the place to demonstrate that. The demonstration was convincing.Not only did Northam beat his Republican opponent, Ed Gillespie, by about 9 points — a margin of victory larger than either Clinton’s or the 2-point advantage that ushered the state’s current Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, into office four years ago — but Democrats also performed strongly in other Virginia races.So strongly, in fact, that one Democrat, Danica Roem, unseated a longtime Republican incumbent in the House of Delegates and will become the nation’s only openly transgender state representative.The history that she made flies squarely in the face of the bigotry and divisiveness that Trump sows. Politically speaking, there are eons between now and then, and the Virginia governor’s race had facets all its own.But there are reasons for Republicans to be very afraid.One is that Northam outperformed Clinton without being a particularly energetic, forceful candidate.Republicans should also worry that they’ve oversold themselves on the moderate-progressive divide in the Democratic Party and how severely Democrats would be hobbled by it.“If the Virginia results showed anything, it’s that ideological purity isn’t necessary to win in the Age of Trump,” Lis Smith, a Democratic operative who worked for McAuliffe, told me Tuesday night.“Northam came out as a two-time George W. Bush voter, and he failed some key liberal litmus tests. Still he won.”In rooting for a Gillespie victory, the GOP was looking for something larger: an assurance that a Republican in a swing state or swing district could find the right recipe for energizingTrump supporters without alienating Trump skeptics. Categories: Editorial, OpinionAlthough at times over the last week it seemed that Democrats were doing their damnedest to lose the Virginia gubernatorial race, they failed in that endeavor, which is to say that they succeeded at the polls.center_img Gillespie’s answer was to keep Trump at arm’s length physically but not spiritually.So while he never — not once — had Trump stump for him in Virginia, he parroted the president’s tough talk about criminals and immigrants and denounced professional football players who didn’t stand for the national anthem.Trump didn’t cry foul during the campaign, but he did on Twitter on Tuesday night, griping that Gillespie “worked hard but did not embrace me” and showing again that he’s all too content to spar publicly with lawmakers and candidates in his own party.Republicans should be afraid for that reason as well.Beyond the returns, this was a governor’s race that made the skin crawl, which is to say that it was a sufficiently accurate mirror and microcosm of American political culture in the Age of Trump.Partisan groups and panicked candidates trafficked in overblown fears, appealed to the worst in voters and debased themselves in pursuit of their prize — reasoning, I suppose, that dignity could be recovered on the far side of ugly victory. I’m not sure that’s ever wholly true.Gillespie’s campaign “has not been just a dog whistle to the intolerant, racially resentful parts of the Republican base; it’s been a mating call,” wrote The Washington Post in a blistering — and wholly warranted — editorial that noted what many other observers were also fascinated by: how radically Trump’s ascendance and omnipresence changed the way Gillespie comported himself, a transformation with dark implications for the GOP and scary ones for America. Just when we needed a sign that his America is not all of America, Virginia came to the rescue and gave us one.And I guarantee you that the Republicans up for re-election in 2018 saw it, shuddered and will spend the next weeks and months trying to figure out just how much trouble their party is in and precisely how to repair it.Democrats are exceedingly familiar with that feeling.The returns in Virginia suggested that Trump antipathy is indeed real and that it is definitely animating.“Virginia shows that in non-red states, Trump is a heavy load for Republican candidates to carry,” the Democratic strategist Doug Sosnik told me late Tuesday night.Does it mean that Democrats can wrest one chamber of Congress from Republican control in 2018?Impossible to say.last_img read more


Indian Premier League IPL 2019 MI vs KKR highlights: Mumbai beat Kolkata by 9 wickets

first_img 22:45 (IST) 23:23 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rana and Uthappa are trying their best to help Kolkata Knight Riders reach a respectable total. In 17 overs, they have been able to score 114 runs.  Mumbai is now just 6 runs away!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In That’s it from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join us for the first qualifier one which is scheduled to happen on May 7 at Chepauk in Chennai!  Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn are out in the middle. Mumbai players are out there too. And it’s game time!  23:14 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:40 (IST) RESULT: Mumbai beat Kolkata by 9 wickets; Hyderabad through to playoffs 21:37 (IST) Mumbai Indian, the host will look to add another win under their belt and finish in top two in points table. Kolkata, on the other hand, need to win this game if they want to qualify for the playoffs.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The powerplay belongs to Kolkata Knight Riders here. They saw the bowlers at the start, and then went after them. After 6 overs, it’s 49/0.  WICKET: Two in two overs for Hardik Pandya! Pandya bowls a slower one, and Chris Lynn played away from his body, gets a top-edge and straight to the keeper. Openers back to the pavilion.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:11 (IST) 100 up for Mumbai Indians in 13.2 overs! 20:59 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:26 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:32 (IST) 23:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:59 (IST) Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The penultimate over went for mere 7 runs. Mumbai Indians came with a set plan and has been able to execute it perfectly. After 19 overs, it’s 130/5.  So, Mumbai Indians has managed to finish at the first spot and will play Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1. Delhi, on the other hand, will play Sunrisers Hyderabad in Eliminator.  21:11 (IST) 19:37 (IST) 22:29 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:48 (IST) 20:09 (IST) The first leg in the chase belongs to the hosts. The skipper is still out in the middle and helping his team reach near the total. After 10 overs, it’s 76/1.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:26 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:55 (IST) 21:42 (IST) 50-up for Mumbai Indians!  23:01 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The last league game of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League will be played between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, and one has to say, this is a game to be watched out for. 16 came off the 15th over and Kolkata Knight Riders is one shy off three figure mark. Nitish rana is looking solid, Robin Uthappa , on the other hand, needs to play with maturity.  WICKET: Another wicket down. What a spell this has been from Lasith Malinga. A fine cameo of 26 runs off 13 balls comes to an end. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:20 (IST) What an over this has been from Mitchell McClenaghan. It not only produced six dot balls, but has also created more pressure. Robin Uthappa is looking out of touch today. After playing 17 balls, he has just scored 7 runs.  21:41 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked Incenter_img 22:30 (IST) TOSS: Mumbai Indians wins the toss and opt to bowl first INNINGS BREAK: Kolkata 133/7 in 20 overs vs Mumbai (Chris Lynn 41, Lasith Malinga 3/35) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:53 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Just a slight nip and through to the keeper. GOLDEN DUCK for Andre Russell! Lasith Malinga picks second wicket in same over!  22:59 (IST) 21:02 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:11 (IST) 23:05 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Mumbai Indians has been able to make all-important comeback. Rohit Sharma made a right choice to introduce Hardik Pandya into the attack at the end of the powerplay, and he has delivered with perfection, sending both the openers back to the pavilion. With two experience batsman at the crease, Kolkata will be hoping for a comeback. After 10 overs, 61/2.  18:11 (IST) Last three balls – 4.6.6 – Momentum shifting towards Kolkata Knight Riders? WICKET: Jasprit Bumrah bowls a slower and as has been the day for him, Robin Uthappa couldn’t time it. OUT for 40 20:30 (IST) For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. 21:27 (IST) 50-run partnership between Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav!  Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:03 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:11 (IST) ALERT: Rohit Sharma slams 36th IPL fifty!  It’s time for STRATEGIC TIMEOUT!  19:37 (IST) Here are the playing XI for two sides:  WICKET: Rohit Sharma introduced Hardik pandya into the attack, and he delivers on the first ball itself. The young sensation Shubman gill departs after scoring 9 runs. Trapped right in front. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:22 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Mumbai Indians middle-order batsman, Yuvraj Singh is likely to return into the playing XI and provide stability. You can read here: Yuvraj Singh is likely to return in playing XI against Kolkata Knight Riders Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav are ticking the ball and picking singles on almost every ocassion. Mumbai Indians is now just 43 runs away from victory. After 12 overs, it’s 91/1.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: WHAT A CATCH! This is Dinesh Karthik’s wicket. He had to run backwards around 40 meters to send Quinton de Kock back to the pavilion.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The powerplay belongs to Mumbai Indians. They have been able to hammer the ball all-round the ground. After 6 overs, it’s 46/0.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The toss is scheduled to happen at 19:30 IST and team winning will look to have a bowl first and restrict the opposition for a low score. However, this remains to be seen if toss-winning captain goes with the same mindset.  Mumbai Indians bowlers have been able to keep the two openers quiet. KKR haven’t been able to score a boundary yet, and Rohit Sharma will be happy with this start! Afetr 2 overs, it’s 5/0.  New Delhi: A stupendous all-around performance by the hosts managed to hammer the Kolkata Knight Riders in most obnoxious manner possible. They came with a set plan and managed to execute them perfectly. Bowlers bowled in the right areas and restricted Knight Riders for a below-par score of 133 runs. Chasing that target, Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma set the innings beautifully to keep the momentum on their side. Once de Kock departed, Rohit Sharma continued the innings maturely and eventually managed get his team over the line with 3.5 overs to spare. They will now take on Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1. SCORECARD 18:17 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Absolute blinder. What a delighful catch! Malinga bowls a sloer obe on pads, and Karthik tried to flick it over short mid-wicket fielder. However, he couldn’t clear the fielder, and gets out.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:17 (IST) Hello and a warm welcome. We are all set to witness the last league game of the Indian Premier League as Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians hosts Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked Inlast_img read more


United fans and rivals rally round stricken Ferguson

first_imgJuventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, who is on the verge of leading the Turin giants to a seventh successive Serie A crown, said: “Stay strong Alex Ferguson.”Stay Strong Alex Ferguson!!!— Massimiliano Allegri (@OfficialAllegri) May 5, 2018 News of Ferguson’s condition also had an impact beyond the world of football.Top American baseball side the Chicago White Sox posted a heartfelt message on their Twitter page weeks after one of their players, Danny Farquhar, recently suffered a brain haemorrhage while sitting in the team dugout.“The #WhiteSox stand with the @ManUtd community in sending our positive thoughts to Sir Alex Ferguson,” said the message on @whitesox.“Having been recently impacted by a brain hemorrhage in our own family, we know the dramatic impact it causes, and the strength that can be drawn from those who care.” Sir Alex FergusonLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Messages of support continued to pour in as legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson fought for his life on Sunday following emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.Considered the most successful manager in the history of British football, Ferguson won 38 major trophies in just over 26 years in charge of Manchester United, including 13 Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League twice.It is a measure of the Scot’s success on the pitch, and his stature off it that tributes poured in from around the world of sport, and beyond, to wish the 76-year-old a speedy recovery after he underwent surgery on Saturday.“Everyone at AC Milan wishes Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery,” said a statement by the seven-time European champions on their official Twitter page early Sunday morning. Ferguson, who retired from management five years ago, appeared in good health when presenting a commemorative vase to old rival Arsene Wenger, who is stepping down as Arsenal manager, at United’s Old Trafford ground last week.But on Saturday an ambulance was called to the Scot’s home in Cheadle, near Manchester, at 9:00 am (0800 GMT).Concerns for Ferguson’s health mounted when it was announced his son, Darren, the manager of English third-tier club Doncaster, would miss his side’s match against Wigan because of “family reasons”.News of Ferguson’s operation was made public by United in a statement that appeared to be cautiously optimistic about his prospects for recovery.“Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage,” the statement said on Saturday.“The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter.“We will keep Sir Alex and his loved ones in our thoughts during this time, and we are united in our wish to see him make a comfortable, speedy recovery.” Pending updates on Ferguson’s condition on Sunday, messages of support from all walks of life poured in.“I wish Sir Alex Ferguson a speedy and full recovery,” said British Labour MP John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor.“A brilliant manager and a good man, who won the respect of all of us football supporters worldwide.”Wenger, who spent many years as Ferguson’s main managerial rival in England’s Premier League, offered his support to the Scot in a short statement to the Daily Mail on Sunday.“I am concerned and I’m thinking about him and his family,” said the Frenchman.“I trust his strength and his strong character will get him well very quickly.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Leafs eager to bounce back after dismal start

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorAccording to Chris Shaw it’s not about how you start the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, but what is important is how you finish.So two losses out of the gate, even to rival Castlegar, isn’t going to set the rookie Leaf coach into a state of panic. “We had a late camp and only had two practices before we played our first games and it showed,” Shaw said on the eve of a three-game weekend starting Friday night against the 2-0 Beaver Valley Nitehawks.“We lacked conditioning and it showed because Castlegar was in better shape in the third periods (of both games).”Which is why the players spent most of the week working a little harder than if the team won both games against the Rebels.“We concentrated conditioning Monday and Tuesday and have been working on systematic stuff . . . team stuff to help better prepare the kids on the ice.”After Beaver Valley, Nelson travels to Grand Forks to meet the winless, and hurting, Bruins Saturday. Sunday the Leafs conclude the three-game set against Shaw’s old club, the Penticton Lakers.Shaw promises Leaf faithful there will be a different team on the ice this weekend at the NDCC Arena.“We have 13 new players on the team who had yet to figure out their teammates,” Shaw said. “But I believe we have firepower here and fans will see that once the players start to jell.”Shaw comes with many of the same coaching philosophies the franchise enjoyed under the leadership of former coach and GM Simon Wheeldon.So there will be no revolving door no matter what the result is on the ice.“I may make one or two moves but I definitely won’t be burning through cards,” Shaw admitted. “Once I make a team selection I stick with those players. I’m pretty confident in this group and know what this team is capable of doing.”ICE CHIPS: Defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk is the only Leaf out of the lineup due to injury. The Kelowna product injured a shoulder during the season opener and looks to be at least two weeks away before playing again. . . .Look for goalies Marcus Beesley and Darren Hogg to split the weekend games between the pipes. . . .A new promotion by the Leaf executive has a minor hockey player skating during the National Anthem skate. The promotion called, The Seventh Man, selects players at random. Nelson Minor Hockey players can enter online at the Leaf website.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more