China says no avian H5N1 outbreaks detected

first_imgFeb 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – China’s agriculture ministry said yesterday that it hasn’t detected any poultry outbreaks in the provinces where recent human cases were reported, an apparent response to speculation that the country isn’t reporting outbreaks and to suspicion about possible gaps in the surveillance system.In a statement to China Daily, a newspaper based in Beijing, the ministry said its assessment of the outbreak status of seven provinces linked to human cases was based on an assessment of the overall epidemiologic situation and investigations it conducted in January.China has reported seven human cases this year, four of them fatal. The cases hail from a range of locations across China, including two from Hunan province; one each from Shangdong, Shanxi, Guizhou, and Guangxi provinces; and one from Xinjiang Autonomous Region.Investigations into the sources of these infections found that nearly all may have been exposed to sick or dead birds, such as at live bird markets, according to previous statements from the World Health Organization (WHO).The country submitted its last H5N1 outbreak report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Dec 19, 2008, which described outbreaks at two large farms in Jiangsu province, in eastern China. However, the virus is considered endemic across large parts of China.The agriculture ministry’s statement to the China Daily said the country had kept international organizations, including the OIE and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) aware of current avian influenza developments.Some health officials, including York Chow, Hong Kong’s secretary for food and health, have raised questions about a possible change in the virus or if asymptomatic H5N1-infected chickens might be contributing to the spread of the virus.Hans Troedsson, the WHO’s representative in China, told China Daily, “The fact that this is the highest number [of human infections] for a single month in China reminds us that the virus is entrenched and circulating in the environment.”China’s agriculture ministry said that not all human cases have links to poultry outbreaks, and it said that, of 37 human cases reported in the country since 2005, only 4 were linked to poultry outbreaks, according to the China Daily report.Vincent Martin, a senior technical adviser in FAO’s Beijing office, said he met with Chinese authorities to discuss surveillance findings in seven provinces, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. “The Ministry of Agriculture in China has been extremely proactive in investigating the situation in domestic poultry in provinces where these cases have occurred,” he told AFP.”So far, despite a large number of samples from poultry being collected and laboratory tested, no evidence of infection in poultry has been found to explain these human cases,” Martin said.Avian influenza experts have said that the size and make-up of China’s poultry population creates a difficult surveillance task. They said that low levels of outbreak reports could be related to rigid vaccination requirements, but suboptimal vaccination can mask symptoms without stopping viral shedding.See also:Dec 19, 2008, OIE report 21 CIDRAP News story “China’s recent H5N1 cases raise transmission questions”last_img read more

British Land closes on £200m resi deal

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COVID-19: Jokowi cancels Idul Fitri open house event at State Palace

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will not host an open house public gathering at the State Palace on the first day of the Idul Fitri holidays on Monday to comply with physical distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.Last year, the President hosted a similar event at Merdeka Palace, with thousands thronging to greet him.“An open house will involve a large mass gathering that can increase COVID-19 transmission, therefore, the President will not host the event,” presidential staffer Angkie Yudistia wrote in a statement on Friday. Read also: Some regional leaders to allow mass Idul Fitri prayers despite calls to worship at homeShe added that Jokowi understood that Idul Fitri was a moment to forgive each other and to strengthen ties with relatives and friends. However, people needed to maintain physical distance and communicate online instead, Angkie said.“All meetings held and attended by the President are conducted virtually using video. There should be no exception for Idul Fitri gatherings.”The government previously declared a ban on all mass religious activities, including Idul Fitri congregational prayers, to prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

India Wants to Ban Birth Surrogacy for Foreigners

first_imgNew York Times 28 October 2015The Indian government says it wants to prevent Indian women from becoming surrogate birth mothers for foreigners, according to an affidavit filed Wednesday with the Supreme Court.The filing represented the latest development in a recent push to regulate an industry that has been booming in India. Estimates of the size of the surrogacy trade in India vary, with one study by Sama, an advocacy group in New Delhi, measuring it at more than $400 million.Critics say that foreigners can find surrogates in India relatively easily, especially among impoverished women, and that this creates great potential for exploitation. Some experts, however, are concerned that banning surrogacy for foreigners would do more harm than good. “Our apprehension and fear is that the whole business will go underground,” said Manasi Mishra, who heads the research division at the New Delhi-based Center for Social Research, an organization that has published studies on surrogacy in India. “The bargaining capacity of the surrogate mother will further go down.”In the affidavit, the Department of Health Research of the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said, “The Government of India does not support commercial surrogacy.” The department also said that surrogacy should be available “to Indian married infertile couples only and not to foreigners.”The new restrictions sought by the government would require approval of Parliament. The draft of a bill posted online mentions that foreigners would be excluded from the practice, but it allows exceptions for foreign passport holders of Indian origin and foreigners married to Indians. The affidavit does not mention these exceptions. The bill will be open to public comment until Nov. 15. read more

May 2012 criminal assizes opens today

first_img Sharing is caring! 11 Views   no discussions LocalNews May 2012 criminal assizes opens today by: – May 8, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Court gavel. Photo credit: lazytechguys.comSix murder cases are down for trial in the May 2012 criminal assizes which gets underway at the Roseau High Court this morning.The court will hear the murder trial involving Shane Degallerie who was charged in 2010 for the murder of 19 year old Justin Joseph of Fond Cole.Gallarie is currently on a $30,000 bail.The murder trial of Sherman Webb who is charged with the killing of Barbadian Corey Rohan Poleon is also set to begin in the May criminal assizes.Skeletal remains which were found in Elmshall more than two years ago were subsequently confirmed by Dominica police as the decomposed body of Poleon.The Barbadian was at that time an employee of a Bridgetown bank and in the final year of studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.Webb was charged with killing Poleon between August 31, 2009 and March 18, 2010.The murder trials involving David St Jean, Dean Davis, Clement Labassiere and Jackie Languedoc will also be heard. All four are in custody.The attempted murder trial of Albert Steven Junior will also be heard.There are five wounding with intent cases, three cases of grievous bodily harm, two unlawful sexual intercourse cases, an indecent assault and one attempted rape.There are several burglary cases and theft cases on the May assizes agenda which commences at 9 o’clock this morning.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Short-handed Orange roster may become even thinner this weekend

first_img Published on October 31, 2013 at 1:10 am Contact Ryan: Facebook Twitter Google+ Every week during practice, Syracuse assistant coach Erin Little literally must work as a coach on the court.Due to Syracuse only having 11 players it uses on the roster, Little, who played at SU from 2008-11, must practice with the team every day just so it can run six-on-six scrimmages during practice.But as Syracuse heads on the road this weekend to take on No. 18 Duke (18-3, 9-1 Atlantic Coast) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Wake Forest (14-8, 3-7) on Saturday at 6:30, its already small roster may be shrinking. Gosia Wlaszczuk did not play last weekend, although she practiced Tuesday and dressed for SU’s (10-12, 5-5) victory over Clemson on Sunday. Redshirt freshman Valeriya Shaipova, who has played a key role in the Orange’s recent victories, left the court on crutches Tuesday after it appeared her knee gave out at the end of practice.While the Orange travels south with a short-sided bench, its opponents, the Blue Devils and the Demon Deacons, have 15 and 12 players, respectively.“I know it is unfortunate when we have injuries, we don’t really have a lot of subs,” redshirt junior captain Lindsay McCabe said. “But again, the benefit of having a small team is that we’re all really close.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re all used to playing with each other. Everyone’s a contributor so that always builds good team morale.”Having a smaller team limits some of the things the team can do in practice, as evidenced by Little, a coach needing to practice with her players.Teams such as No. 2 Penn State, which has 19 players on its roster, have the advantage of being able to do more in practice. Teams with larger roster sizes cannot only do six-on-six scrimmages without the coaches, but also more positional specific drills that improve techniques specific to position, Little said.Having a large roster size can slow a young player’s development, though. On game days, many players never get to see the court. This can be hard when younger players begin to get starting opportunities when they are older, but have not had much match experience.“When you have a larger team, a lot of the girls are on the bench,” Little said. “They don’t get to see as much playing time, and it’s hard that way.”Little, who also has experience playing with small rosters and large roster sizes, believes as a coach she can better develop her players with a smaller team.“With a small roster, you know you can keep it, the group tight,” Little said. “You can work more in depth with players. So like rather than having to focus on 18, you can focus on just the 11, focus on getting them better.”Although several players on the team said that they enjoy the small roster, many would argue that teams like Penn State have had so much success with a larger roster size for a reason.For sophomore Silvi Uattara, however, she does not believe that the team would improve if it had more players.“Our team is small but we’re all really close and really good friends,” Uattara said. “I don’t think that if we had more players on the roster we would be better.” Commentslast_img read more

“I Played With A Sense Of Joy” – Read Full Text Of Jay Jay…

first_imgCredit: FIFA.comRelatedWATCH: Jay Jay Okocha Declares Support For Former Club PSG Ahead Of UCL FinalAugust 23, 2020In “Europe””Jay Jay” Okocha Reveals Why He Failed To Win CAF Best Player And Ballon d’Or In His Hey DaysApril 30, 2020In “Featured”INSIDE AFCON 2019: Iwobi Outlines Differences Between Him and “Jay-Jay” Okocha Ahead of Cameroon Clash (AUDIO)July 6, 2019In “AFCON” Former Super Eagles of Nigeria midfield maestro, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, has given a hint on who he thinks would take over the reigns from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as “The Best”.Jay Jay Okocha, who appeared in three FIFA World Cups from 1994 to 2002, caught up with, and gave his opinion on this year’s FIFA world footballer of the You were one of those players who managed to dazzle on the pitch while always seeming to enjoy yourself. Are those qualities sufficient to be crowned The Best?Jay Jay Okocha: Anyone aspiring to be the best or one of the best, needs more than that. You also need to be able to focus, work hard, and be consistent, as natural talent alone is not enough to elevate you to that level. If you understand that, and you have the raw talent, then you can compete at that level.Is there anyone today who resembles you as a player?I’d say the player whose style most resembles mine would be Neymar. That’s because I played with a sense of joy and you can see that he feels the same and really enjoys his own play. He doesn’t play for himself or just to entertain the fans – he plays for his team. He uses his quality and skill for the good of the team.Do you see him as a future successor to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi?Yes, I think he will be the one to do it. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated world football for a decade and, given the nature of football, at a certain point the baton will have to pass to someone else. I think Neymar has a great chance of filling that role.Ronaldo and Messi have the shared the glory over the last decade, but do you favour one over the other?I have to be diplomatic here, especially as I’ve a lot of Portuguese friends, but I tend to lean towards Messi. He’s a more natural talent. Ronaldo is a fantastic player, one of the best I’ve ever seen, but he’s been a bit unfortunate to be of the same generation as Messi. Consequently, they have to share the limelight.Can you think of an African player with a chance of being among the final three for The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award?It’s hard to name one at present. If you’re talking about the top tier of players internationally, we don’t consider ourselves good enough to compete at that level. We have to change that attitude, and then we’ll be able to produce a player of the stature of the other top guys.last_img read more

CSU Revises Hurricane Forecast, Doubles Number of Named Storms

first_imgIn addition, the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration plans to release their updated forecast for the 2020 Hurricane Season on Thursday.Currently, the NOAA is also calling for an above average season with 13 to 19 named storms, 6 to 10 hurricanes and 3 to 6 major hurricanes, that is category 3 or greater. This season has seen nine named storms thus far. The unusually amount by this time of the season is two named storms. In addition, five of the storms have made landfall in the United States.Researchers cite warmer than normal sea surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic, as well as vertical wind shear that is well below average, as the reasons for the above-average probability in predicted storms.View their data here. Colorado State University on Wednesday updated its forecast for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.They are now predicting that we will see 24 named storms, 12 hurricanes and 5 major hurricanes this year.For that reason, CSU expects the Greek alphabet to be used later in the season, if or when the regular name list is completely exhausted.The only other time the Greek alphabet was used was during the historic 2005 season, which had a a record 28 named storms.last_img read more

Northwestern State Names Anna Nimz Head Women’s Basketball Coach

first_imgNimz joins Pat Nolen Pierson, James Smith, Jennifer Graf, Brooke and Scott Stoehr, Jordan Dupuy and Bilderback as coaches whose first Division I job came at Northwestern State. “They seemed excited about things instead of being more reserved. What excited me is, when this broke, I got text messages from all three girls.” Nimz credited her time at both junior college programs for giving her insight into the totality of running a college basketball program, something that was evident in her two seasons at UTRGV. That list grew by one Saturday as Anna Nimz, the 34-year-old associate head coach at UT Rio Grande Valley, was named the 10th full-time head coach in program history. “Anna is a hard-working winner,” said UTRGV head coach Lane Lord, who took Nimz on his Pittsburg State staff as a graduate assistant after her playing career ended. With Nimz on staff, the Vaqueros led the WAC in scoring defense in 2018-19, produced five All-WAC selections and tallied the most WAC wins (10) in program history. Nimz arrived at UTRGV after eight years as a junior college head coach, spending five seasons at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas, before coaching three years at Kilgore College in Texas. In three seasons at Kilgore, Nimz posted a 58-36 overall record, reaching a pair of NJCAA Region 14 championship games. “To be 34 and to have an opportunity to take over a great program, in a place where you feel you fit, that’s important,” Nimz said. “I’m excited about the intangibles surrounding this opportunity.” A two-year letterwinner and team captain at Pittsburg State, Nimz spent the past two seasons as the associate head coach at UTRGV, helping the Vaqueros reach the 2019 Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship game and earn a 2019 Women’s Basketball Invitational berth. “It’s a place you can win,” she said. “It has a strong basketball tradition. The facilities put you in a position to excite kids. It presents itself as an exciting opportunity. I like the Southland Conference. It’s a very competitive, tradition-rich conference.” In addition to averaging 10.9 points and 3.1 assists per game in her two seasons at Pittsburg State, Nimz was named the Pittsburg State Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year for 2006-07 and was named a Student Major of the Year in Health, Human Performance and Recreation. A two-time Pittsburg State graduate, Nimz was the 2008-09 Graduate Student of the Year in Health, Human Performance and Recreation. From Labette, Nimz was hired to rebuild a once-proud Kilgore College program that had fallen to seven wins in 2013-14. Hired in June 2014, Nimz took the standing Kilgore roster and improved from seven wins to 16 in her first season. Nimz takes over following Missy Bilderback’s decision to step aside two weeks after accepting the job March 17. Nimz’ hiring is subject to approval of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, which governs Northwestern State. “Anna’s resume also reflects one who leads by example and gets involved,” Burke said. “She is going to be a great addition to our department, our campus and in our community. She will place value on cultivating relationships and engaging all constituencies, including Lady Demon alumni. She has a tremendous work ethic and will work tirelessly to enhance the profile of the program.” Nimz took over the Labette program at 25 years old, giving her ample opportunities to grow in an on-the-job atmosphere. The similarities in Pittsburg and Natchitoches appealed to Nimz. She was Kilgore College’s Employee of the Year in 2016-17. That approach helped Nimz recruit three all-conference and three all-region players at Labette while five of her student-athletes earned scholarships to NCAA institutions. “I was able to meet with Lacee (Savage), Tristen (Washington) and Halei (Gillis),” Nimz said. “The thing that stood out is they’re ready to work. Every one of them mentioned making the conference tournament. I asked them if they wanted to make the tournament or put in the work to make the tournament. The responses I got back from them were great. I’m really happy with everything they brought to the table. “I enjoy the small town and heard how family-oriented the university is,” Nimz said. “I heard amazing things about the people in town and the people at the university. For me, that’s attractive.” Although unable to visit campus because of issues surrounding the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Nimz was able to speak to several current Lady Demons during the interview process. The Lady Demon tradition also appealed to Nimz. “Anna brings successful head coaching experience and a commitment to the total student-athlete that is going to pay dividends for Lady Demon basketball on several levels,” Director of Athletics Greg Burke said. “She also exudes boundless energy and passion that will inspire and motivate the young ladies in the basketball program. People who know her describe her personality as ‘infectious’ and that will resonate well in areas such as recruiting, fundraising and public relations.” “She knows how to handle every facet of our program to the point I could leave for a week and she would not miss a beat overseeing the team. She will win games but academics and family will both be high priorities for her, too. People are going to love her because she will take an interest in them. She is going to make somebody feel important every day.” She followed with consecutive 21-win seasons, marking the first time in 21 years Kilgore College had won at least 20 games in consecutive seasons. Courtesy of Northwestern State AthleticsNATCHITOCHES, La. – The tradition-rich Northwestern State women’s basketball team long has enjoyed success with first-time Division I head coaches. Nimz began her coaching career at Pittsburg State as a graduate assistant, helping lead the Gorillas to their first 20-win season in 14 years while recruiting and coaching eight All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association honorees. “Having an opportunity at such a young age, being thrown into the fire, made me grow quickly as acoach,” Nimz said. ” I was going to clinics, watching videos, working through trial and error, and it made me grow into the coach I am today.  Labette provided me a great opportunity to step in and figure out who I was as a coach and I am forever grateful for that.”last_img read more


first_imgAUTHENTIC ‘LOOKS GOOD’ AFTER SHAM ROMPBob Baffert was sitting pretty Sunday morning after Authentic emerged in good order from his authoritative 7 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, the West Coast’s first major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 and beyond that the Kentucky Derby on May 2.“He looked good this morning,” said the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer (American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify 2018). “He’d never done that, and I think it was the noise,” Baffert continued, addressing the colt’s ducking to his left in midstretch and again a sixteenth out in the one-mile Sham.“He heard the noise, he went to the rail, and when he saw the rail, he got scared from that, so I think we’ll either use ear plugs or blinkers next time, but his competition might be a little closer to him in his next race, and that might help, too.”While the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7 was initially mentioned as Authentic’s next race, little if anything is written in stone when it comes to racing, particularly on Baffert’s often 11th hour agenda.“I’m not sure right now,” he said.Stay tuned.RACING FAREWELL FOR OMAHA BEACH BUT NOT MIKE SMITHMike Smith is poised for another major conquest, this in the Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at a mile and an eighth at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.The 54-year-old Hall of Fame rider doesn’t have much space left on his glowing resume in a career that began in 1982 when he won 36 races and his mounts garnered $109,111.That’s tip money in today’s inflated economy. Last year, Smith’s mounts earned just over $10 million and he hopes to get off to a rousing 2020 aboard Omaha Beach in the Pegasus.Trained by Richard Mandella for Fox Hill Farms, the son of War Front captured the Grade I, seven furlong Runhappy Malibu Stakes on Dec. 28 at Santa Anita, but Smith sees no reason he can’t successfully negotiate the additional three furlongs.“He won the Arkansas Derby at a mile and an eighth, and in the Breeders’ Cup (Dirt) Mile, other than getting away real bad and having a lot of kickback, he ran the mile pretty easy,” Smith said Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner.“His next race, a mile wasn’t going to hurt him. As a matter of fact, it probably would have helped us in that situation, so I’m not really worried about the distance . . . I’m riding for a man like Mr. Mandella, and he can get them ready for anything they have to do.”Like Omaha Beach’s legion of fans, Smith, too, is ambivalent about the colt’s retirement to stud following the Pegasus. “He’s starting to really come around, and there’s no telling what he’s capable of achieving,” Smith gushed. “He’s got that kind of ability, but hopefully he’ll retire nice and healthy before becoming a stallion.”While the racing career of Omaha Beach nears its end, for Mike Smith at 54 and his agent of 15 years Brad Pegram, they still see Emerald City at the end of the Yellow Brick Road.“In a career that has its ups and downs, I’ve been extremely blessed,” Smith said. “Even my downs are pretty good, other than when I broke my back in 1998 (he suffered two broken vertebrae in an Aug. 31 spill at Saratoga and was sidelined more than five months).“Hopefully, I can finish out my career on an upswing. I don’t think I’d ride off into the sunset. I’d still like to hang around and do some things in TV or publicity, but I plan on riding another few years.”Amen to that.STORM THE HILL RETURNS TO SPRINT IN LAS CIENEGASStorm the Hill shortens up in Saturday’s Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.The six-year-old mare is coming off five straight races of a mile or longer, including a fifth in the Grade I Matriarch Dec. 1.“She’s won sprint stakes twice at Santa Anita,” said trainer Phil D’Amato, alluding to the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy in 2018 and the Unzip Me in 2017. “She’s doing very well. She breezed this morning (five furlongs on the training track in 1:00.40) and should be set to go.”Flavien Prat was aboard for the drill and rides back in the Las Cienegas.FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm the Court worked five furlongs under Flavien Prat today in 1:01.60 for trainer Peter Eurton, who plans to attend the Eclipse Awards Dinner Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park in hopes that in a wide open division, the son of Court Vision is named two-year-old champion male of 2019. In all there were 223 recorded workouts Sunday, 31 on the training track . . . Clockers’ Corner celebrated the life of trainer Gary Sherlock this morning with friends and family enjoying a repast of delicious sandwiches and sweet pastries thanks to the efforts of Rosie Ybarra, Debbie Baltas, Aiden Butler, Nate Newby, Isabel Estrada, cooks Tony and Isaac, baker Colt and Geovanni Franco‘s agent, Jimmy Giannone. Sherlock died last Sunday at the age of 74. One of his horses, stakes winner Show It N Moe It, runs in next Sunday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes with Sherlock’s long-time assistant Edwin Alvarez listed as trainer . . . Santa Anita is dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, Jan. 6 through Jan. 9, resuming live racing with first post time 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. There will be simulcast racing Wednesday, Jan. 8, and Thursday, Jan. 9 in the Paddock Room starting at 10 a.m., with free General Admission and free parking.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 5th, 2020Quick Questions With Trainer Eddie TrumanWORKOUTS:Storm the Court (Eurton) 1-05-20Ax Man (Baffert) 1-05-20Grinningeartoear (Koriner) 1-05-20Storm the Hill (Behind), Just Grazed Me (Light Blue Cap) and Violette Szabo (Red Cap) (D’Amato) 1-05-20Flagstaff (Sadler) 1-05-20Vallestina (Meah) 1-04-20Speed Pass (Outside) and Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 1-04-20Bolo (Gaines) 1-04-20Higher Power (Outside) and Aggressivity (Sadler) 1-04-20Time is Now (Outside) and Show Business (Mandella) 1-03-20Show It N Moe It (Sherlock) 1-02-20 GOOD NEWS AT 54: SMITH TO CONTINUE RIDING STORM THE HILL IS BACK SPRINTING SATURDAYcenter_img AUTHENTIC WON’T ‘DUCK’ HIS FUTURE RIVALSlast_img read more