Togo confirms H5N1 caused poultry outbreak

first_imgSep 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Togo today confirmed that the H5N1 avian influenza virus was responsible for suspicious poultry deaths that had recently been reported in a village in the southern part of the country.Kossi Messan Ewovor, Togo’s agriculture and livestock minister, said in a statement that tests in Ghana on samples from the birds were positive for the H5N1 virus, according to a report from Reuters.The outbreak was initially reported by media outlets on Sep 9. The outbreak site is a poultry farm in the village of Agbata, near Lome, the capital, according to previous reports. The farm reportedly had about 4,800 birds.The minister’s statement said about 4,000 poultry died, but it’s not clear if animal health officials culled any of the birds.Togo’s last H5N1 outbreaks occurred in June 2007 at poultry farms in the southern part of the country, according to reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Those outbreaks were the first to be confirmed in Togo.In other developments, agriculture authorities in New Zealand said today that low-pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in wild mallard ducks, according to a report from the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA). The H5 strain was identified during surveillance of healthy birds at seven sites in New Zealand, the story said . The surveillance took place in February and involved sampling 1,241 birds.Andre van Halderen, an official with New Zealand’s agriculture and forestry ministry, said the virus that was identified in the ducks is closely related to viruses that have been found in the past and aren’t new to the country.Since 1975 more than 5,000 wild birds have been sampled in New Zealand, of which a small number tested positive for low-pathogenic H5 or H7 subtypes, the NZPA report said.New Zealand has never reported a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in birds, according to the report.Findings in New Zealand’s wild birds are similar to those in the United States. An update today from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Early Detection Data System (HEDDS), representing wild-bird surveillance by federal and state agencies, says 27,231 birds have been sampled this year. Eight samples tested positive for presumed low-pathogenic avian influenza. Confirmatory tests revealed that one of the eight viruses was H2N9; testing is underway to confirm the subtype of the seven others.See also:OIE reports on 2007 Togo outbreaksOIE reports on 2008 Togo outbreaksHEDDS national avian influenza surveillance information Web sitelast_img read more

Pleasures of food and sex ‘simply divine’, says Pope Francis

first_imgFrancis — born Jorge Bergoglio in Argentina — said that there was no place for an “overzealous morality” that denies pleasure, something he admitted existed in the Church in the past but insisted is “a wrong interpretation of the Christian message”.”The pleasure of eating is there to keep you healthy by eating, just like sexual pleasure is there to make love more beautiful and guarantee the perpetuation of the species,” the pope said.Opposing views “have caused enormous harm, which can still be felt strongly today in some cases,” he added.”The pleasure of eating and sexual pleasure come from God.” The pleasures of a well-cooked meal or loving sexual intercourse are “divine” and have unjustly fallen victim to “overzealousness” on the part of the Church in the past, Pope Francis says in a book of interviews published Wednesday.”Pleasure arrives directly from God, it is neither Catholic, nor Christian, nor anything else, it is simply divine,” Francis told Italian writer and gourmet Carlo Petrini.”The Church has condemned inhuman, brutish, vulgar pleasure, but has on the other hand always accepted human, simple, moral pleasure,” he added. Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.3 billion Catholics around the world, singled out a 1987 Danish film called “Babette’s Feast” as reflecting his message on pleasure.Set in the 19th Century, it tells the story of a lottery-winning chef who invites a group of ultra-puritan Protestant worshippers to a sumptuous banquet.The film is “a hymn to Christian charity, to love,” the pope said.Wednesday’s book, “TerraFutura, conversations with Pope Francis on integral ecology” was written by Petrini, the founder of the global “slow food” movement created in the 1980s in opposition to “fast food”.The interviews focus on the pope’s vision of environmentalism with a social face, outlined in his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Cargo Ship Carrying Broken Glass Refloated at Margate

first_imgA cargo vessel was refloated after it dragged anchor and ran aground off the Kent coast, the UK, on October 8, the country’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) informed.The incident occurred near Margate Harbour between 30 and 50 meters from shore at around 3:00 a.m. local time.At 2.20 p.m. the same day, the agency reported that the 2,400 dwt Islay Trader was refloated at high water with the aid of a tug, and towed to deeper water.“The vessel will now conduct a survey to assess its suitability for onward passage to Belgium, where it will offload its cargo and then enter a dry dock in order to conduct a full inspection,” MCA said in a statement.The Barbados-flagged, 75-meter-long general cargo vessel is operated by Faversham Ships, according to data provided by VesselsValue. With six crew on board, the 1992-built vessel has been carrying a cargo of broken glass.As explained, there is no pollution or damage to fuel tanks, and the risk of pollution is assessed to be very low.last_img read more

UTEC Inks Saudi Arabia Pact with Zamil Offshore

first_imgZamil Offshore Services and UTEC, an Acteon company, have formed a strategic partnership where both companies will work together exclusively to execute offshore survey projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. UTEC has up-scaled its operations in the Middle East since establishing a presence in the region 18 months ago. The company has invested in growth and now employs 20 onshore and offshore personnel from its office in Abu Dhabi. UTEC has been working in Saudi Arabia, providing positioning equipment and construction support for pipelay and jacket installation operations, since March 2017.Zamil Offshore is a fully integrated offshore and marine services company which owns and operates one of the largest support vessel fleets in the Middle East.Stuart Cameron, UTEC Chief Executive Officer, said, “We’ve experienced rapid growth since moving into the region last year and with our new office in Abu Dhabi we are set up to increase support to our clients’ survey requirements. The partnership with Zamil makes perfect sense; both companies bring their own unique strengths to create a strong client proposition. We have seen an increase in potential work opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and we expect this to continue going forward. The partnership is the first step in our strategy to increase our presence and contribution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”Sufyan Al Zamil, Zamil Offshore President, said, “The partnership is strategic to Zamil Offshore as we continue to diversify our service offerings to our clients. Surveying services adds a competitive edge to Zamil Offshore and is a sensible continuation of our current services in the marine and offshore construction segments, where synergies will be apparent. We foresee a great opportunity in this growing market and we plan on investing in its localisation.”last_img read more

Area Girls & Boys Basketball Scores (1-30)

first_imgWRBI Area High School Basketball Scores.Girls Scores  (1-30)East Central  55     Connersville  16South Dearborn  63     Franklin County  29Jac-Cen-Del  56     Southeastern Hanover  36Switzerland County  53     South Ripley  40Rising Sun  46     Shawe Memorial  45Heritage Christian  50     Rushville  41Knightstown  71     Hauser  50Morristown  59     Indy Lutheran  52Southwestern Shelby  59      Greenwood Christian  37Trinity Lutheran  76     Edinburgh  43Tri  46     Eastern Hancock  43Boys Scores  (1-30)Greensburg  68     Lawrenceburg  29Union County  44     Centerville  30last_img

Budweiser IMCA Stock Car Shootout shows at Southern Iowa, Lee County

first_imgOSKALOOSA, Iowa – The 21st annual Budweiser Stock Car Shootout takes the Class Too Tough To Tame to Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa and Lee County Speedway at Donnellson.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $2,000 to win on Wednesday, July 6 at Oskaloosa and for $1,000 to win on Thursday, July 7 at Donnellson.Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. all three nights.Qualifying starts Tuesday, July 5 at Osky for the Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Last-chance races and features are Wednesday with Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds running a complete program.A minimum of $250 will be paid to start the 24-car Stock Car main. Entry fee is $100 or $150 for Thursday only; tow money is also $150.SportMods and Hobby Stocks both chase $1,000 top checks and a minimum of $150 to start. Entry fee is $50 or $100 for Thursday only; tow is $100.Top prize for Sport Compacts is $700 with $50 to start. Their entry fee is $20 or $50 on Thursday.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded in all divisions both nights.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $7 for kids and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $25 for adults, $15 for youth ages 7-13 and $10 for six and under.Sanctioned Modifieds, SportMods and Sport Compacts also run at Lee County, along with local late models and sprint cars.Stocks have a $50 entry fee and earn a minimum of $125 to start.All applicable points, including local track points, will be awarded in all divisions for regular race events.The top 20 in points from the sanctioned Stock Car races at Oskaloosa and Donnellson will draw for starting position in a $1,000 to win non-points race Thursday evening. Drivers must have competed all three nights to be eligible.More information is available from promoter Mike Van Genderen at 641 521-0330 and at the www.oskyspeedway.com and www.leecountyspeedway.com websites.last_img read more

Saathoff scores Eagle IMCA Modified win

first_imgJohnny Saathoff was the IMCA Modified winner Saturday at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (June 10) – Johnny Saathoff was in the right place at the right time to collect Saturday’s Kaplan University IMCA Modified victory at Eagle Raceway.“I think it’s been about 11 months since my last feature win here. I’ll take wins any way I can get them,” the four-time Eagle track champion said.  “I just need to get my car figured out a little better. Tonight it was a little closer, so we’ll keep working on it. We’re running an open motor that Speedway built for us and it’s been working out really well. It’s just driver error when we’re not doing very well.”Shane Hiatt, Clint Homan and Bob Zoubelk rounded out the top four.Adam Gullion won for the first time this season at Eagle in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car main event.Shawn Harker started 10th and won his third straight Hoosier Tire IMCA Northern SportMod feature. Roy Armstrong scored his second straight Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock checkers.Erica Krichau was promoted to the top spot in the Mountain Dew Kick Start IMCA Sport Compacts when the apparent winner was disqualified in post-race tech.last_img read more

Aguero double helps sink Stoke

first_imgSergio Aguero and Manchester City rediscovered their touch as the champions turned on the style in the second half to win 4-1 at Stoke. Press Association The first half was a compelling affair but both sides might have had more than a goal apiece after efforts were ruled out at each end. Crouch was first denied by an offside flag and Aguero had what would then have been his second chalked off in confusing circumstances on the stroke of half-time. Handball was the offence, although it was only the faintest of touches and possibly not deliberate. But City reacted well to the controversy and finally showed some champion quality after a disappointing few weeks by running in three second-half goals. City ended as the dominant force but Stoke had a large say in the early proceedings. City did have an early chance but Aguero scuffed a shot when he might have been better leaving it to Fernandinho. After that Stoke looked the more confident for a prolonged spell with the lively Victor Moses troubling Joe Hart with a well-struck shot. Crouch, back in the Potters’ starting line-up after a late leveller at Newcastle on Sunday, got his head to the resulting corner but Milner cleared off the line. There were appeals for handball against Milner but referee Lee Mason gave nothing. Crouch thought he had scored when he pounced on a rebound after Hart parried a Moses effort but the flag was raised. City survived another scare as Hart beat away a strong effort from Steven Nzonzi and Moses smashed the rebound inches wide. They were chances Stoke looked likely to rue missing as City seized the lead following a moment of Aguero brilliance in the 33rd minute. The Argentinian seized on a long clearance and ran at Marc Muniesa and finished with a superb low shot across goal. But City had not yet weathered the storm and Stoke replied immediately. Marko Arnautovic curled in a wicked cross from the right and Crouch ducked as he slid in to expertly guide home a firm header. City thought they had reclaimed the lead just before the interval but controversy erupted as Mason denied Aguero. Stoke were caught flat-footed as Fernandinho picked out Silva with a lofted ball and the Spaniard turned the ball across goal for Aguero. Aguero appeared to have an easy tap-in but the ball deflected off a defender and he had to readjust to use his head. After doing so the ball brushed his hand on the way in. Mason initially seemed to give the goal but Stoke’s players protested and it eventually became apparent the referee agreed something untoward had occurred. It may have been that Aguero had cunningly used his hand but replays suggested that would be a harsh interpretation. If City felt wronged, they soon put it right. Milner made no mistake with his head as he rose to meet a Nasri cross 10 minutes into the second half. Milner, whose future beyond the end of the season remains uncertain as contract talks continue, celebrated by mimicking the action of a DJ in front City fans. Whatever that meant, City appeared to be getting back into their groove. They went further ahead after 70 minutes as Silva proved too tricky for Geoff Cameron and was pulled down. Aguero clinically dispatched the spot-kick. Nasri made victory certain six minutes later as he drove at the Stoke defence, checked inside on the edge of the area and fired a shot across goal and in at the far post. Stoke were beaten although Mame Biram Diouf did threaten on the break and might have had a free-kick after tangling with Eliaquim Mangala – who could have been sent off – but Mason ruled contact accidental. Aguero struck twice as City won for the first time in five Barclays Premier League games to keep some pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table. Aguero’s first strike in six games since returning from injury was cancelled out by Peter Crouch before the break but he grabbed a second from the penalty spot after James Milner had put City back ahead. Samir Nasri claimed the fourth with a fine strike 14 minutes from time. last_img read more

Argentine ‘Hooligans’ Barred from Eagles’ Match in Russia

first_imgFemi Solaja with reportsThe usual vociferous Argentine football fans that have held sway at almost every World Cup matches between the Super Eagles and the South American nation will be absent this summer when the two countries face-off in the final Group D match in Russia next month.Reason, the Argentine government yesterday confirmed that it will sign an accord with Russia aimed at preventing the country’s known more than 3, 000 hooligans who are expected to travel to this year’s World Cup from doing so.At the last edition of the tournament in Brazil, several Albeceleste fans in their thousands stormed the Estadio Beira in Porto Alegre, which was a border city between the host country and Argentina and harassed many Nigerian supporters before the 3-2 win against the African representative. Record of thefts and harassments were prevalent at every venue when the former world champions play at the tournament thus raising a major concern to both the government and the games’ world governing body FIFA.In view of this development, the new deal, which will be formally signed in the coming days, includes the names of fans banned from Argentine soccer grounds and other known members of the notorious barras bravas, the organised fan groups who have wreaked havoc at local stadiums.“A list of 400 names of Argentines who will not be able to enter stadiums was handed over and it is estimated that the definitive database will have around 3000 names,” said, the National Director of Security at Argentine football matches, Guillermo Madero.The information will be shared with airlines and Russian immigration authorities and Argentine officials say the Fan ID, which supporters get when they buy tickets to the games, will act as another barrier.Argentina will also send six law enforcement officials to Russia to help coordinate with local police and officials from the other 30 competing nations.The barras are fixtures at most top Argentine clubs and have been responsible for much of the violence that has sullied the domestic game in recent years.In addition to launching violent attacks on other fans, and sometimes even players, they control the sale of some tickets and are often involved in other illegal activities outside football.Argentine media have reported that barras from Boca Juniors met with their counterparts from Russian clubs Dynamo Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg in February and officials are taking as many preventive measures as possible.“We believe that the barras will go to Russia whatever but they are not going to get into the grounds,” said Juan Manuel Lugones, the executive secretary of the agency set up to prevent violence at sports events in Buenos Aires.Some 44, 882 Argentines have bought tickets for the tournament, according to the latest FIFA figures.The South Americans will kick off their Group D campaign on June 16 in Moscow against Iceland, before facing Croatia in Nizhni Novgorod and Super Eagles of Nigeria in St Petersburg for the last group match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wisconsin hosts 21st WTA’s

first_imgTeams from all over the country are hitting the courts atNielsen Tennis Stadium Thursday for the 21st annual ITA National Women?s TeamIndoor Championship. The prestigious tournament includes many of the top-rankedteams in the nation, including defending national champion Georgia Tech, whothe Badgers will face first in the tournament.While Georgia Tech comes into Thursday’s match as thereigning national champ, Wisconsin head coach Brian Fleishman is still excitedfor the opportunity to face a highly ranked team.?Although we are playing the defending national championsthe first round, our goal is still the same,? Fleishman said. ?Our goal is tobattle and compete. If we do this, everything else will take care of itself. Ifyou?re going to play perhaps the best team in the country, the defendingnational champions, why not get them the first round??Even after winning it all a year ago, the Yellow Jackets arenot the No. 1 team in the country, as they are ranked closely behind Stanford.Fleishman, however, still views them as one of the top teams.?We are looking at them as being the No. 1 team, and we are goingto go into the match that way, knowing that anything can happen,? Fleishmansaid.Although thoughts of beating GT in the first round are nice,Fleishman has other goals in mind as well.?Just to compete is our main goal. We don?t want any teamsto get off easy,? Fleishman said. ?We want them to work for everything theyget. Are we expecting a win? Well, we aren?t expecting a loss, either.?Georgia Tech is coming off of a 6-1 loss to Northwesternover the weekend, which snapped a 23-match win streak.?I told the girls [the Yellow Jackets] are either going tobe [upset] about their loss, or they are going to be very vulnerable, and wehave just got to expect them to come in and try to prove that they aredefending national champions,? Fleishman said. ?But this is our home court. Wehave been practicing here every day, and now we are just hoping that GeorgiaTech will get snowed in and will not be able to make it over here to practiceat our place.?Senior Chelsea Nusslock has high hopes for the team as well.?I just look forward to seeing how we will do against thetop teams,? Nusslock said. ?This year is a whole new year with all newcoaching. Everyone has improved a lot and it will be really exciting to see howwe do. Now it?s up to us to prove to ourselves that we are capable, with theultimate goal still, obviously, being to win.?Nusslock sees the stiff competition the Badgers will face inthe first round as a good thing.?With Georgia Tech coming off of a loss, we are hoping theirconfidence is a little down,? Nusslock said. ?With that being said, we have toplay well right away, then we could have a shot to win.?Fleishman and the Badgers are ready for the challenge thisweekend, despite the competition being higher than what the team is used to.?This is the competition that we want to face on a dailybasis,? Fleishman said. ?Are we ready for this right now? Maybe not, but Ithink a year or two down the road, we certainly need to be competing at thislevel all of the time. ? This opportunity will be great to see how we compareto these other teams thus far.?last_img read more