Avian flu hits ostriches in South Africa

first_imgAug 6, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – South Africa has stopped all poultry exports and plans to slaughter 6,000 ostriches on two farms because of an avian influenza outbreak, but the flu is a different strain from the one that has plagued Southeast Asia this year, according to news services.Reports by Reuters and other services today listed the strain as H5N2. The virus that swept through Southeast Asia early this year and has recurred in several countries this summer is H5N1.The South African outbreak began about 3 weeks ago and has killed 2,000 ostriches on two farms in the Eastern Cape province, according to an SABC (South African Broadcasting Corp.) News report today. Authorities planned to kill the remaining 6,000 ostriches on the two farms, and farms in the surrounding area were under quarantine, the report said.The SABC story described the H5N2 virus found in the ostriches as “extremely infectious but not transferable to human beings and poultry.” The H5N1 strain in Asia earlier this year caused at least 34 human cases and killed 24 people.Reuters quoted the South Africa Department of Agriculture today as saying it has “stopped exports of poultry and poultry products from South Africa until the outbreak has been dealt with successfully.”A note posted yesterday on ProMED-mail, the online reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, said avian flu outbreaks in ostriches don’t necessarily affect poultry. The note, by a ProMed-mail moderator, said various low-pathogenic strains of avian flu infected ostriches in South Africa in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995. The first report of highly pathogenic avian flu in ostriches came from Italy in 2000, the note said.In other recent developments, a new avian flu outbreak was reported in Vietnam this week, according to Xinhua, China’s state news service. The Aug 3 report said the disease cropped up on a farm in the southern city of Can Tho. Including that outbreak, southern Vietnam has had outbreaks in 11 areas since late June, leading to the death of 63,000 chickens by disease or culling, the story said.See also:Aug 3 news release from South Africa National Department of Agriculturehttp://www.nda.agric.za/Aug 5 ProMED-mail postings on avian flu in South Africa, including note by ProMED moderatorlast_img read more


DBS looks to boost green investments over next five years

first_imgSingapore’s largest bank the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) is seeking to boost the amount of funds it will channel into green investments as investors’ appetite for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment products increases.DBS, Singapore’s largest bank, recently announced that it planned for 8 to 10 percent of its total assets under management (AUM) to be channeled into sustainable investments within the next five years. As of 2019, the bank’s AUM stood at S$245 billion. “Eight to 10 percent of AUM we believe is a very good target. Just to give you a sense of comparison, the average bank in Asia currently has about 5 percent of their AUM in ESG-type investments,” DBS group head of private bank Joseph Poon said during a media briefing on July 14.“We all believe that social good is good for the soul, it’s good for business, it’s good for the community,” Poon went on to say. “So, we want to be ambitious and double that amount in five years’ time”. Although a standard definition is lacking, sustainable or ESG investing largely refers to financing efforts that contribute to mitigating the impacts of climate change. This may include financing the pursuit of a low-carbon economy, or supporting businesses that implement ethical conduct and empower the local community, among other criteria.Poon added that the bank had seen growing interest among millennials in ESG investing. “Millennials are more willing to express their values through investments,” he noted. The pandemic has left an indelible mark on investors, with reports indicating that the pandemic has altered how they think about their finances. It is especially true among millennials, a survey has shown. A UBS investor watch news release, published on July 13, said that millennials had been the most affected by the pandemic, writing that they were now more concerned about their finances than older generations. “They are also concerned about having their money make a societal impact,” the report said. A third of millennials surveyed have increased financial support for family and friends, 69 percent are interested in sustainable investing and 60 percent in philanthropy because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   These preferences will likely determine long-term trends in investing, Moody’s Investors Service wrote in a report published on Feb. 27. It said that the shift toward ESG products would be enduring, as the young cohort that was beginning to invest in the financial market was characterized as being more socially conscious. The desire to avoid future losses is another reason investors are turning to ESG products. “With greater recognition of the risks and opportunities arising from ESG considerations, such as climate change, investors are increasingly focused on avoiding investment losses connected to these risks, and on positioning themselves to profit from correctly anticipating climate and social trends,” the report reads. Moody’s Investors Service estimated that the total addressable market size for ESG products was a rather significant US$89 trillion, more than half of the $129.6 trillion in total global invested assets. “The United Nations expects that within the next 20 years, Indonesia will be one of the top 10 economies in the world. So, Indonesia, in the long run, is a great economy to invest in if you want to be in ASEAN,” DBS Bank group head of consumer banking and wealth management Sim S. Lim said.Topics :last_img read more


Premier’s big two clash in Munster Junior Cup

first_imgClonmel Town meet holders St Michael’s in the Dr Pat O’Callaghan Complex at 2 o’clock.There are two other ties in the South Tipp section of the competition – St Nicholas and Tipperary Town kicks off  at 11 while the encounter between Peake Villa and Clonmel Celtic starts at 2.last_img


Furcal to have minor surgery on knee

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Shortstop Rafael Furcal, who signed a $39 million, three-year contract with the Dodgers last month, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Monday the procedure on Furcal’s meniscus cartilage will be minor. Furcal is expected to recover fully in two to three weeks and should be ready when spring training opens, Colletti said. The surgery is scheduled for Wednesday in Los Angeles. Colletti said the Dodgers were aware of the problem when they signed Furcal on Dec. 7 at baseball’s winter meetings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“It hindered him last season a bit and he had it drained a few times. But it gave us no concern,” Colletti said during a conference call. “We knew there was a possibility he would need a little cleanup on it at some point in time.” The Dodgers’ GM said Furcal probably could have made it through the upcoming season without having surgery, but the Dodgers decided it was better to have it done now. The switch-hitting Furcal, the 2000 NL Rookie of the Year, hit .284 for Atlanta last season with 12 homers, 58 RBIs, 100 runs and 46 steals in 56 attempts. His steals total was third-highest in the NL – and only 12 fewer than the Dodgers had as a team. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Furcal is a .284 career hitter with a .348 on-base percentage. He scored 130 runs in 2003, when he made the NL All-Star team. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more