Avian flu reported in China, Thailand, Vietnam

first_imgNov 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – About 9,000 chickens have died and close to 370,000 have been culled in China in the largest of several outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza reported this week in Asia.Several small avian flu outbreaks have been reported in Thailand and Vietnam, while Japan reported another H5 outbreak in poultry. In addition, an H5 virus was found in some healthy wild ducks in British Columbia, but authorities were confident it was not an H5N1 strain.In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday, Chinese authorities said 8,940 chickens, plus 20 magpies and other wild birds, had died of H5N1 infection in the northeastern province of Liaoning, which borders North Korea.The outbreak triggered the culling of 369,900 more birds within 3 kilometers of the site and the vaccination of another 13.9 million, the report says. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report said the virus struck farms in six villages.The outbreak was China’s fourth since Oct 19, according to AFP. The other recent outbreaks were in the Inner Mongolia region and in Anhui and Hunan provinces in central China. The country has had no confirmed human cases of H5N1.In Thailand, about 1,700 chickens, broiler ducks, and fighting cocks died in five small outbreaks in two provinces, according to a report authorities filed with the OIE Nov 1. The report listed the disease as highly pathogenic avian flu but did not specify the viral strain. However, Thailand has reported many small H5N1 outbreaks in poultry since a nationwide surveillance program was launched in July.Japanese authorities reported plans to kill 180,000 chickens after finding signs of avian flu on one farm, according to AFP and Associated Press (AP) reports today. The AP said antibodies to H5 viruses had been found in some of the chickens.The reports conflicted on the location. AFP reported that the outbreak was in Ibaraki prefecture near Tokyo, where a number of H5N2 outbreaks have been reported in recent months, but the AP said the outbreak occurred on “a northern farm.”Vietnam has confirmed avian flu outbreaks in three northern villages, according to another AP report today. The story quoted a local official as saying that more than 3,000 poultry died or were destroyed in Bac Giang province.In Canada, about 174 wild ducks out of more than 700 sampled in central British Columbia tested positive for an H5 virus, according to a Nov 1 Canadian Press (CP) report. The report came a day after the announcement that an H5 virus had been found in 28 ducks in Quebec and five in Manitoba.Dr. Ron Lewis, British Columbia’s chief veterinarian, said it was “very unlikely” that the H5 virus found in the ducks was the same as the H5N1 strain in Asia, according to an AFP report.He said the samples all came from young, healthy birds. Fourteen of the samples tested strongly positive, and another 75 were weakly positive, the CP report said. The birds tested were from the Merritt area in south-central British Columbia.The testing was part of a “cross-country” search for viruses carried by wild waterfowl, AFP reported. Lewis said this type of surveillance had not been done before, so authorities didn’t know if the finding should be considered unusual or not, according to the CP.In other news:Croatian authorities reported Nov 2 that a swan that had been shot last week tested positive for H5N1, AFP reported. The swan, which had been tagged in Hungary, was shot in the village of Zdenci, where other swans had tested positive for the virus recently.In Macedonia, tests ruled out avian flu in one of about 1,000 chickens and turkeys that were found dead in mid October, according to AFP. A veterinary official said the tests showed the country is free of avian flu.See also:Chinese report to the OIEThai report to the OIElast_img read more

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New Euro ruling scuppers UK regeneration plans

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‘Trouble shared is…’: South Korea’s Moon conveys support for Jokowi against COVID-19

first_imgSouth Korean President Moon Jae-In has expressed support for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in Indonesia’s battle against the coronavirus outbreak.In a statement dated April 21 posted to the official Instagram account of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Indonesia (@koremb.idn), South Korean Presidential spokesman Kang Min-seok said that the two Presidents engaged in a 20-minute conversation about the global pandemic and its effect on their countries.”I heard that Indonesia has seen a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases as well as in the number of deaths, and that the Indonesian government has tried its best to curb the outbreak, including declaring [the outbreak] as a national disaster,” Moon said during the conversation, as quoted in the statement published on Wednesday. According to the statement, Jokowi congratulated Moon for South Korea’s success in halting the spread of coronavirus, and that he wished to learn more about Seoul’s experience in managing its outbreak.South Korea has earned praise for its swift response to the COVID-19 pandemic after quickly slowing the rate of infection and deaths, including by rapidly establishing testing facilities across the country and imposing physical distancing measures to limit the spread of the virus.Jokowi also thanked Moon during the call for Seoul’s pledge to donate medical equipment, protective gear and test kits to Jakarta. Moon also expressed his confidence that the Jokowi administration would soon overcome the outbreak through good coordination between the Indonesian government and its citizens.center_img Read also: Emergency aid from South Korea reaches virus-crippled IndonesiaThe South Korean government has pledged a US$500,000 grant-in-kind to Indonesia, which includes medical supplies, COVID-19 test kits and rechargeable power sprayers.The statement said that Jokowi asked Moon to join Indonesia to strengthen international cooperation in addressing the COVID-19 health crisis and the post-pandemic economic crisis.In ending the phone call with Jokowi, Moon quoted the Indonesian proverb “ringan sama dijinjing, berat sama dipikul” (trouble shared is trouble halved) and expressed his hope that the two leaders would intensify communication during this difficult time. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

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Brisbane Gatsby-esque mansion hits the market

first_imgThis property in King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, is for sale.ONE of Brisbane’s most decadent riverfront mansions has hit the market.This property in King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, is for sale.The lavish estate at 121 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson, is like something out of the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.The decadent dining room in the home.The property encompasses more than 3,500 sqm of riverfront land, with a five-bedroom main residences, a three-bedroom guesthouse and a third building that could be used as a gym or office — all spread across three titles.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe view from the living and dining area of the home.Features include an eight-person spa with sweeping views, internal lift, a wine cellar, 12-seat cinema, riverside pavilion with its own kitchen and bathroom, private jetty and pontoon, in-ground pool and tennis court.One of the bathrooms in the property at 121 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson.Records show the property was last listed for sale in 2004 for $4.2 million.It’s for sale via tender through Sarah Hackett of Place – Bulimba, with inspections by appointment only.This property at 121 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, is for sale.last_img read more

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Ban on abortion after 19 weeks (Sth Carolina)

first_imgFox News 18 May 2016Family First Comment: 17th state to introduce this law! NZ needs to be the 18th The South Carolina Legislature passed a bill Tuesday prohibiting abortion after 19 weeks, becoming the 17th state to pass the restrictive ban.The legislation will now head to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk. The Republican said in March she will almost certainly sign it, but wants to look at the details once it reaches her.Similar laws are in effect in 12 states. They’ve been blocked by court challenges in three others, and the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to rule on the ban’s constitutionality. A South Dakota law signed in March takes effect this summer.In Utah, a related law, also signed in March, requires doctors to provide anesthesia to a fetus at least 20 weeks in the womb.The South Carolina bill is among several fronts abortion rights supporters say make having the procedure tougher. Abortion opponents have also passed laws in other states requiring clinics to get admitting privileges for doctors and banning a procedure commonly used in the second trimester, called the dilation and evacuation method.The sponsor of South Carolina’s bill, Rep. Wendy Nanney, said she’s hopeful the law is a step to eventually “get rid of abortion altogether.”READ MORE: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/18/south-carolina-lawmakers-approve-bill-banning-abortion-after-19-weeks.htmllast_img read more

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Chinese football teams rush home again to avoid virus

first_img However, getting back to China is not straightforward because of flight disruptions and strict quarantine rules when coming home. Wuhan Zall were stranded in Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday, according to Chinese media, and their current location was not immediately available. The Beijing News reported that Li Tie’s national team were curtailing their stint in Dubai and had planned to fly back to the Chinese capital from Dubai. Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role Models Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge However, their return is also becoming complicated, as Beijing authorities are now sending all international arrivals in the capital to quarantine facilities. After declaring it had “basically” curbed the spread of the disease within the country, China is now worried about an influx of infections from other countries. There have been more than 6,400 confirmed deaths globally from the coronavirus, which emerged in Wuhan in December. Many prominent sports competitions across the globe have been halted. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Most Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs fled abroad when the deadly coronavirus hit the country but they are now rushing back again as it takes hold elsewhere. Chinese fans held a message of support for Wuhan during a women’s Olympic football qualifier in Sydney The national side is still training in Dubai – where many CSL teams also went in recent weeks – but they too are now making hasty arrangements to get home as soon as possible. Wuhan Zall, from the city at the epicentre of the outbreak, had been training in Spain since late January but left at the weekend because of the worsening situation in Europe, now the focal point of the pandemic. Wuhan will reportedly continue their chaotic pre-season preparations in Shenzhen. Wuhan itself is still in lockdown, despite virus numbers in China reducing. The CSL season was supposed to begin on February 22 but was indefinitely postponed. It could start behind closed doors in May, according to reports. Leo Baptistao, Wuhan’s Brazilian attacker, told Chinese media before departing Spain that the situation “has flipped”. “We are more in danger (here). It now appears… better to leave,” he said. Fabio Cannavaro’s CSL champions Guangzhou Evergrande, who were in Dubai, and runners-up Beijing Guoan are among the clubs that have recently returned to China. Guangzhou R&F, coached by former Arsenal and Barcelona star Giovanni van Bronckhorst, on Monday became the latest club to say they were cutting short their Dubai training camp. Loading… last_img read more

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Man City cruise past 10-man Fulham in FA Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Holders Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup fifth round with a 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Fulham at the Etihad on Sunday. Tim Ream’s sixth-minute red card gave the Championship side a mountain to climb after he hauled down Gabriel Jesus inside the box. Ilkay Gundogan converted the resulting penalty before Bernardo Silva’s smart turn and shot quickly doubled City’s advantage. The visitors then held out for nearly an hour but two headers in three minutes from Jesus gave the scoreline a more accurate reflection of the English champions’ dominance. Pep Guardiola’s men have now won 17 domestic cup ties in a row. The Catalan is relying on more cup success for silverware this season after conceding the Premier League title is beyond his side with Liverpool 16 points clear at the top of the table. Guardiola made eight changes to the team that won 1-0 at Sheffield United in midweek, but still named a strong side with both David and Bernardo Silva and Gundogan among those coming into the team. Fulham boss Scott Parker also rotated with his priority securing a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Any hope of an upset was quashed within minutes by a rash challenge from Ream. City have had problems from the spot this season with Guardiola even claiming goalkeeper Ederson is his best taker after Jesus’ latest miss at Bramall Lane on Tuesday. However, with the Brazilian on the bench with Claudio Bravo keeping his starting spot in goal for the cups, it was Gundogan who took responsibility to dispatch the spot-kick. A moment of magic from Bernardo then gave the hosts breathing space as the Portuguese international fired into the bottom corner from outside the box. Only a lack of killer instinct prevented City from further running up the score as Raheem Sterling came off the bench to hit the crossbar. Jesus, though, bagged a confidence-boosting double by heading home Joao Cancelo’s cross before nodding in the rebound after Marek Rodak had saved Phil Foden’s initial effort.Tags: EtihadFA CupGabriel JesusIlkay GundoganManchester CityPhil Fodenlast_img read more

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Rodwell: Advocaat can save us

first_img The 67-year-old Dutchman was handed the task of preserving the club’s Barclays Premier League status on Tuesday just hours after Gus Poyet’s reign on Wearside was brought to an abrupt conclusion. Advocaat will have just nine games in which to complete his mission with the Black Cats sitting precariously a point above the drop zone, but midfielder Rodwell is confident his knowledge and background will stand him in good stead. He told SAFSEE: “His CV speaks for itself, really. A man of his experience, it’s always good to come into, especially for young players like myself and a few of the other lads, so it’s all good. We are all raring to go. “He has come in, he’s had a little initial meeting with us. Obviously, he’s only been here two days and I’m sure the next couple of days, he will have a lot more to say about opponents and all that. “But he just expects us to give our 100 per cent best, as we always do, so things like that, which are standard, really.” Advocaat’s track record is extensive and includes spells as the national manager of six different countries as well as in club football in Holland, Scotland and Russia, but rarely have his talents been needed to have such an instant impact as they do at the Stadium of Light. He is due to meet the media for the first time on Friday before sending out his team at West Ham the following day. In the meantime, he will have to repair the psychological damage of last Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat by Aston Villa which ultimately cost Poyet his job and engineer the kind of finish masterminded by the Uruguayan at the end of last season to complete a remarkable escape. Advocaat will be able to call upon former England winger Adam Johnson, whose club suspension was lifted on Wednesday, as a police investigation continues following his arrest on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16 earlier this month. However, he will have to weigh up the player’s state of mind and fitness – he has been training alone at home – before he can consider using him in a game. Jack Rodwell is backing the vast experience of new head coach Dick Advocaat to drag Sunderland out of relegation trouble. The first opportunity to do so will come at Upton Park, where Sam Allardyce – one of the men heavily linked with the Sunderland job on a longer-term basis – will attempt to end a run of eight games without a win in all competitions which has taken some of the gloss off a fine start to the campaign for West Ham. Rodwell said: “It’s a massive game. Obviously, we were disappointed with the last game against Aston Villa – I think we are all a little bit hurt from that. “But we have got to take it in a positive way for it to motivate us, because this game is crucial for us. We need three points to bounce back going into the international break. “They [West Ham] started off flying and they have not been as good as of late, but I’m sure they’ll be wanting the three points as well to kick up the league. “There are nine games left and I am sure everyone wants to win now, people chasing for fourth place, the Europa League, people trying to stay away from the relegation zone, so everyone is playing for points now, so it will be a massive game. “They will want to win and so do we.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Wawa Warns that Data Breach May Have Hit All Locations

first_imgWawa says it fell victim to a “data security incident” which may have collected debit and credit card information from thousands of customers at all the chain’s locations, including Florida.According to a press release, the company’s security team discovered malware on payment processing servers December 10. That threat was contained two days later.The malware affected customer payment card information at potentially all 850 Wawa locations nationwide, beginning on March 4 of this year through December 12.The company says that in-store payments and payments at fuel dispensers were affected, although ATM machines were not.“I want to reassure you that you will not be responsible for any fraudulent charges on your payment cards related to this incident,” Wawa CEO Chris Gheysens states in the press release. “I apologize deeply to all of you, our friends and neighbors, for this incident.Gheysens continues, “You are my top priority and are critically important to all of the nearly 37,000 associates at Wawa. We take this special relationship with you and the protection of your information very seriously. I can assure you that throughout this process, everyone at Wawa has followed our longstanding values and has worked quickly and diligently to address this issue and inform our customers as quickly as possible.”Pennsylvania-based Wawa is in the process of notifying customers individually and is offering free credit card monitoring and identity theft prevention services to anyone whose information may have been collected.If you think you may have been affected, click here for information on protecting your information.last_img read more

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Obafemi Martins : Gets Shanghai Shenhua’s Life Line

first_imgSHANGHAI, CHINA – FEBRUARY 08: Obafemi Martins #17 of Shanghai Shenhua drives the ball during the AFC Champions League 2017 play-off match between Shanghai Shenhua and Brisbane Roar at Hongkou Stadium on February 8, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images) Unfortunately however, Martins’ dream of a second World Cup hit the rock after he ruptured his hamstring playing for his Chinese club in what was expected to last six to seven months, but was taking forever.The 35-year-old has since been without a club and retirement was surely on the cards.However, in an unexpected twist, more than two years since his last competitive match, the former Inter Milan star made headlines again and rejoined Shenhua ahead of the 2020 Chinese Super League season which will belatedly start later this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shenhua did not reveal the details of Martins’ contract in the official statement, but it is widely believed that he has signed a short-term deal after being tasked to fill the boots of his compatriot Odion Ighalo, whose loan deal at Manchester United has been extended until next year. Obafemi Martins is back in football and rejoins the Chinese Super League.Shanghai Shenhua official website has received huge plaudits since Ighalo swapped Shenhua for United. At the end of last month, he scored his fifth goal for the Premier League powerhouse at Carrow Road, becoming the first United player in 95 years to score in their first four competitive starts.Martins, meanwhile, netted 32 goals in 59 appearances during his impressive first stint at Shenhua and played an extremely crucial role in helping the club clinch the Chinese FA Cup title in 2017.He also scored 18 goals for Nigeria before retiring from national duty.Martins’ arrival will undoubtedly add firepower to Shenhua, who will play their season opener against defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande on July 25.The 35-year-old striker rejoins the Chinese Super League outfit on a free transfer in the wake of his compatriot’s loan deal extension at Old Trafford having left Seattle Sounders in 2015, Martins scored 32 goals in 59 games across all competitions for the Chinese heavyweights, while playing a key role in the Hongkou Football Stadium giants’ Chinese FA Cup success in 2017.However, he left the Shanghai-based team in 2018 after suffering a hamstring injury, and has been without a club ever since.Martins’ return will strengthen Choi Kang-hee men’s attack ahead of the resumption of the Chinese Super League.The former Super Eagles striker recently told Goal that retirement was not on his agenda despite being without a club since leaving Shanghai in 2018.“After my career-threatening injury in China, many people advised me to quit, but I told myself I still have a lot to offer the beautiful game,” he told Goal. “Football is my life; I eat, drink and sleep football so I don’t see any reason to call time on something that makes me happy.“I’m 34, but I feel like a teenager, and with this sensation, I can still play for any big team across the world. I’m thankful for what I have achieved in football but I thirst for more.“That desire is still there, the desire to score more goals and win more titles. For my next move, I have got offers from the United States, China and Saudi Arabia but I will only move when I see the right bargain.”After featuring for Reggiana and Inter Milan in Italy, Martins joined Newcastle United in 2006 and helped them win the Intertoto Cup in the same season.He also represented Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan, Birminham City and Levante before moving to Seattle Sounders in 2016.In international football, Martins scored on his Nigeria debut in May 2004, against the Republic of Ireland, and ended his Super Eagles career with 18 goals from 42 appearances.Martins was a part of the Nigerian team that finished third at the 2006 African Cup of Nations scoring two goals in the competition, both coming against Senegal in the first round.Pix±: Obagol.jpgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram During Nigeria’s preparation to the 2018 World Cup, Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr was fast to identify that scoring was one area the team would having issues and the searchlight for a potent striker was being turned on Obafemi Martins. But just as the voice for the recall of the former Inter Milan’s marksman was becoming stronger injury knocked him out of what would have been his second Mundial for Nigeria, and ever since his career had nosedived and retirement was looming. It however came as a shock to many that Obagol was signed by Shanghai Shenhua as a replacement for compatriots, Odion IghaloObafemi Martins is arguably one of the most travelled African players –having played in Italy for Reggiana and Inter Milan, in England for Newcastle and Birmingham City, in Germany for Wolfsburg, in Russia for FC Rubin Kazan and in Spain for Levante. In 2013, he move to the United State to play in the Major League and then to China to join the legion of Nigeria players.“I am not imposing players on Rohr, but I think the likes of Obafemi Martins can help strengthen the defective areas. He is an experienced player and he knows the in and out of Nigeria football,” Joseph Yobo had said of Martins before the 2018 World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

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