Jun 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Hundreds of domestic geese have died and thousands have been culled in an outbreak of H5N1 influenza in northwestern China, a Chinese official told the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) today.Some 460 domestic geese died in Tacheng city of Xinjiang autonomous region, wrote Jia Youling, the director general of the agriculture ministry’s veterinary bureau in Beijing, who filed the report. He reported that a total of 1,042 geese fell ill and 13,457 were destroyed.The report marks the first known cases of H5N1 in poultry in China since July 2004, but it comes on the heels of an outbreak said to have killed more than 1,000 migratory birds of five different species. Those deaths occurred in another province, Qinghai, south and east of Tacheng.The migratory bird outbreak prompted widespread poultry vaccination and other security measures. Last week Chinese authorities were expressing confidence that there had been no cases among domestic poultry. Diagnostic tests positive for H5N1 came back from the domestic geese yesterday, the Chinese report said.Jia’s report said the source of infection in the new outbreak was under investigation, but under “mode of spread,” it said, “Migratory birds take the virus to geese.” The report also stated, “The index farm is a backyard farm.”Dead geese were found on an individual farm in Tacheng City, according to a report out of Hong Kong cited today by Agence France-Presse (AFP).”Mainland authorities also carried out vaccination immediately at all poultry farms in the nearby areas and the situation had now been brought under control,” said a statement that AFP attributed to Hong Kong authorities.Domestic geese have been a concern in the battle against H5N1 because of their ability to carry the virus without showing symptoms. Likewise, migratory waterfowl have generally been considered carriers of the virus.See also: Chinese report to OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/HPAI%20in%20China.pdf
Sep 9, 2009Harvard survey finds business preparedness gapsOnly one third of businesses responding to a national survey said they could sustain operations if half their employees were absent for 2 weeks because of pandemic H1N1 flu, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health reported today. Though 74% offer sick leave, only 35% of businesses allow paid leave for taking care of sick family members. The report’s lead author advised businesses to start making continuity and disease-prevention plans now.http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2009-releases/businesses-problems-maintaining-operations-significant-h1n1-flu-outbreak.htmlSep 9 Harvard School of Public Health press releaseAlabama reports rising school absence ratesAlabama’s school absence rates have doubled over the past few weeks, though officials aren’t able to determine how much of the rise is related to novel flu, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Dr Don Williamson, the state’s health officer, said emergency departments are reporting that 20% of patients have flu-like illnesses. He attributes the rise in pandemic flu cases to schools resuming and said the virus has been detected at most of Alabama’s colleges.WHO urges Southeast Asian countries to prepareA World Health Organization (WHO) official speaking to health ministers from 11 Southeast Asian nations today urged the region to prepare for another wave of pandemic flu cases as the northern hemisphere moves closer to its winter season, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. The WHO told the group meeting in Kathmandu that although the virus has yet to take a big toll in Asia, hospitals should prepare for a surge of severe cases.Egypt orders 5 million vaccine dosesEgypt’s health ministry said in a Saudi News Agency report that the country has ordered 5 million doses of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine and expects to receive the first delivery in October, Dow Jones news reported yesterday. The story did not say what company was under contract to produce vaccine for Egypt. According to a Sep 5 update from the WHO’s eastern Mediterranean office, Egypt has confirmed 727 novel H1N1 cases, including 1 death.
Tourists may no longer be able to visit a former Vietnamese refugee camp on Galang Island, Batam, Riau Islands because the government has built a hospital for COVID-19 patients on the site.Each month, about 6,000 people usually visit the 80-hectare former refugee camp. Most of them were once camp inmates who had become successful in their new countries.The camp’s field coordinator, Said Adnan, said so far there had not been any official instruction to close the former refugee camp to tourists. However, he said tourists might no longer want to visit the camp since the government constructed a hospital for COVID-19 patients in the area.Read also: ‘They should ask us first’: Locals demur as govt plans infectious diseases hospital”Indonesian military commanders have visited the camp several times, but so far there has not been an order to close the camp to the public. We still have no idea whether there would be a special area designated for the hospital or not, but tourists would certainly be hesitant to visit the camp once the hospital starts operating,” Said told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.The camp was used between 1975 and 1996 to house 250,000 Vietnamese refugees who fled their homeland in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.Read also: Police chief aims to persuade locals over COVID-19 hospital plan in BatamMore than 12 million South Vietnamese fled after the war ended and sought political asylum in countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia, but many were cast ashore on the islands of Indonesia.Initially managed by the United Nations during the refugee crisis, Galang Refugee Camp is now under the management of the Batam Indonesia Free Trade Zone Authority (BP Batam). Said explained that in 2000, BP Batam turned the camp into a humanitarian tourist attraction.”Former Vietnamese refugees visit the site regularly. Each year they came here several times in large groups,” Said said.He said at the end of 2019, about 200 former camp inmates held a reunion on the site. Such reunions have been organized since 2005, attended by hundreds of former refugees each time.”They came here to visit the graves of their parents, families, or friends,” he said. (nal)Topics :
First Lady Frances Wolf, Governor’s Residence, Holidays, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today announced opportunities for the public to visit the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg throughout December to view holiday decorations and celebrate the holiday season.The Governor and First Lady will open the Governor’s Residence, located at 2035 North Front Street, for a Holiday Open House from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, which will be held in conjunction with Historic Harrisburg’s Annual Candlelight House Tour. Santa Claus will be in attendance and performers will include Trust Company A Capella Singers, the Susquehanna Flute Quartet, the Governor’s Horns Brass Quintet, Central Dauphin High School Choir, and pianists Karl Hausman, Anne L. Parmer, Roger J. Levin MD and Jon Abel. Additionally, the Residence will be open from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16th for holiday tours.Visitors to the Residence throughout the month will have an opportunity to sign holiday cards to send to members of the military, veterans and their families as part of the American Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy, to be collected by members of the United States Marines for the Toys for Tots Program.“The Holidays are a time to celebrate friends and family and remember all that we have to be thankful for,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This year I am especially thankful for the opportunity to serve Pennsylvanians as Governor, and I hope that many of them will be able to make a visit to the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg as part of their holiday celebrations this year.”“In addition to the magnificent decorations lent by many of our outstanding volunteer designers, I also encourage visitors to take advantage of this opportunity to give back to our community through Toys for Tots and Holiday Mail for Heroes,” said First Lady Frances Wolf.Visitors to the Residence during this holiday season will also be able to view the current art exhibition entitled, “The Pennsylvania Arts Experience,” which is on display in the State Rooms through the end of February 2016 and features work from over 70 local Pennsylvania artists from the York-based nonprofit organization, The Pennsylvania Arts Experience.The Holiday Open House and tours are free, and reservations are not required. No large bags, purses or totes are permitted, and security measures will be in place. For more information, visit www.residence.pa.gov.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Invite Pennsylvanians to Visit the Governor’s Residence this Holiday Season December 02, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
MarineEnergy.biz has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from April 23 – 29, 2018.Atlantis drafts €3.3 billion tidal investment chance for FranceAtlantis Resources has submitted a strategic plan to the French government setting out plans to deliver 1GW of tidal power by 2025 at the Raz Blanchard, located off the Normandy region.The study also determined that Raz Blanchard has one of the best tidal energy resources in the world and after the construction of the first 1GW, the site could be quickly expanded to 2GW by 2027.EU splashes €5 million on wave energy MegaRollerFinnish developer AW-Energy has secured €5 million from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program to develop a power take-off (PTO) unit for 1MW wave energy device.The 3-year MegaRoller project, coordinated by Hydroll, involves the collaboration of 10 partners consisting of companies and research institutes.Atlantis to study Japanese tidal stream Seabased, a Swedish wave energy company, has formed partnership with Infocom Connect to provide renewable energy for commercial projects in Sri Lanka.The first project will power a fish farm with a 1-to-5MW installation, according to Seabased.The agreement goes in line with Sri Lanka’s ambition to gradually increase its renewable energy capacity to become 100% powered by sustainable energy by the year 2050.India invites bids for 150MW floating solar projectsThe Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has launched a tender for the development of 150MW grid-connected floating solar PV power projects in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India.The projects are to be developed on Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) basis, SECI said. Edinburgh-based renewable energy company Atlantis Resources and Nagasaki University have signed a collaboration agreement for a joint study on ocean renewables using tidal stream.Upon the completion of the joint study, Nagasaki University said it plans to move into the next step to clarify project costs and the cost of energy in Japan.Seabased makes Sri Lanka wave energy deal
LNG bunker vessel Coralius, operating on behalf of Finnish gas company Gasum, made its milestone 100th bunkering in late February.Gassum noted that Coralius reached this milestone in 18 months of operations, mainly in the North Sea and the Skagerrak area.Coralius was built by the Royal Bodewes in the Netherlands and is the first European-built LNG bunker and distribution vessel. It has a cargo capacity of 5,800 m3.Coralius delivers LNG through ship-to-ship bunkering at sea and in port. This has increased Gasum’s flexibility and responsiveness to vessels that require LNG but are unable to visit a terminal or a port.“With Coralius, we have been able to perform bunkering to different types of vessels, which is quite unique and demands us to be prepared for all types of vessels,” Kimmo Rahkamo, vice president of natural gas and LNG at Gasum, said. “The bunkering operations are swift and safe, and we have received great feedback from our customers. Coralius has definitely increased Gasum’s flexibility as an LNG supplier.”The company further said it expects an increase in the average amount of delivered stem, as it will perform bunkerings on shuttle tankers and other bigger vessels.
LOOK: Emergency responders of Pavia town, Iloilo in their blue ninja inspired protective suits. Photo by Balita Pavianhon As of noon today, the Department of Health (DOH) has also notyet issued a statement about the Pavia cases. It is expected, however, to givethe latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Western Visayas late afternoon today. The medical technologist of the Municipal Health Officealready collected specimens from the two cases’ contacts, added Gorriceta. He requested further that all contacts of the patients shouldbe tested. He also stated that the Pavia police was “closely monitoringthe area” and that on Tuesday night, April 7, “we conducted disinfection andsanitation operation.” posted on the Facebook page Balita Pavianhon. Gorriceta, however, assured Pavianhons he “immediately calledfor an emergency meeting, and at this very moment, our Municipal Health Office,in coordination with the Provincial Health Office and the barangay concerned,is currently conducting contact tracing of all persons that might have direct contact,as well as the degree of their exposure to the positive patients.” Gorriceta further disclosed that Pavia Pilot Elementary Schoolwould be used as isolation centers for patients under investigation and personsunder monitoring for possible COVId-19 infection. Forty-five rooms with individualcomfort rooms would be utilized. ILOILO – The Municipality of Pavia has its first two confirmedcases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Mayor Laurence AnthonyGorriceta announced around noon today. “I am saddened by the information given to me by our MunicipalHealth Officer…despite the efforts we have done since Day 1 to contain thespread of COVID-19,” according to Gorriceta in a signed statement The statement did not give details about the two cases – wherethey are currently, their health condition and from which part of the town theyare residing. “My beloved Pavianhons, please be assured that we are taking care of all essential services behind the scenes. We are together in this fight,” stated Gorriceta./PN
Injuries have not helped, with influential captain Vincent Kompany, new signing Martin Demichelis and full-backs Micah Richards and Gael Clichy currently sidelined. Nastasic, who formed a makeshift centre-back partnership with midfielder Javi Garcia at the Britannia Stadium, also sat out the first two games. The Serbian said: “We made some changes in the team – in defence we played Javi and me. It was the first time and I think we did a good job, but I think I can play much better. “In defence, it is difficult when we change the partnership every game. We did a good job but we need to play a lot of games, then it is looking better and better.” City should soon be strengthened by the return of Kompany, who suffered a groin injury in the first game of the season. The Belgian has a chance of making Tuesday’s Champions League opener at Czech side Viktoria Plzen and should certainly be back in action for the derby against Manchester United next weekend. Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “We will see if he can play next Tuesday in the Champions League but I am sure he will arrive for the derby.” City were frustrated by an enterprising Stoke side in their latest Barclays Premier League outing and struggled to create meaningful opportunities. Despite clean sheets in the last two outings, questions have been asked about City’s rearguard during what has been a mixed start to the season. Issues emerged in the shock loss to Cardiff in the second game of the campaign, while the back line was also unconvincing in the victory over Hull a fortnight ago and Saturday’s goalless draw at Stoke. Perhaps with an eye on the Champions League fixture, Pellegrini made six changes, five of them tactical, with Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Jesus Navas, Fernandinho and Joleon Lescott out of the starting line-up. Alvaro Negredo was handed his first start in partnership with debutant Stevan Jovetic up front. Jovetic had three opportunities but failed to extend goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. The best opportunities of the game fell to Stoke, most glaringly when Jonathan Walters headed wide from close range in the first half. Joe Hart was worked by shots from Charlie Adam and Kenwyne Jones, who also headed narrowly over. Hart also had to be alert to prevent Nastasic turning into his own net as the defender attempted to deal with a wicked ball from Marko Arnautovic. Given Stoke’s performance, visitors City were happy to accept a point. Nastasic, 20, said: “For every team it is difficult to play here, for us as well. After the national team it is difficult because players are very tired. “The manager is looking at who is fit for the game. We played with six different players. I think we played well but we need to improve and score a goal when we have the chance. “This point is good for us and now we are looking forward.” Press Association Manchester City centre-back Matija Nastasic accepts the team’s defensive work needs to improve.
The 24-year-old, who has signed until the end of the season, got his first experience of English football after joining Liverpool from Paris St Germain in 2008, going on to score 19 goals in 94 appearances for the Merseyside club. He moved to Bolton in 2011 and scored 16 goals, including three in the SkyBet Championship this season. David Ngog is relishing his return to the Barclays Premier League after joining Swansea from Bolton for an undisclosed fee. Press Association Those figures may not be prolific, but the former France Under-21 cap was not surprised to be offered the chance to join Swansea’s battle to remain in the Premier League. He said: “It was not a surprise for me, it’s a good opportunity for me to join a good club in the Premier League showing interest in me. “I was really pleased to get the chance, I thought about it and decided to sign here. “I was a part of Bolton, I was not talking to any other clubs but as a player you want to play in the Premier League and that is why I made the decision. “It’s for others to say if I am a Premier League player but my challenge is to help the team win as many games as I can. The objective is to stay up and to do that we have to win games.” Ngog is available for Tuesday’s meeting with Fulham and, while manager Michael Laudrup may not throw him into immediate action, the Dane believes the forward brings something different to his squad. “If we are talking position-wise we have been low in numbers recently and we are still in three competitions with the possibility of more injuries going on,” he said. “The other thing is to try and find abilities that you don’t have. He’s a different kind of forward, he has got that pace one-against-one that could be useful in games. “What is very important when you look in the January window is that you look to find someone from this style of football. “You can go outside and bring in foreigners with no experience of English football, but everyone needs time to adapt and we only have three-and-a-half months left in the league. “So this is a player who has experience of this league from Liverpool and Bolton.”
European rugby bosses are expected to announce a final agreement on the tournament to replace the Heineken Cup on Thursday. The 20-team tournament is expected to see six Aviva Premiership teams, six clubs from France’s Top 14 competition and seven of the PRO12 sides qualify. The final place would be taken by the winner of a play-off involving clubs from several competitions, including the second-tier tournament that is to replace the Amlin Challenge Cup. There is also to be a new third-tier competition which is expected to run in September, from which two qualifiers would then take part in the second-tier tournament, opening it up to clubs from outside the Six Nations countries such as Georgia, Russia, Spain, Romania, Portugal and Belgium. Press Association Sport understands an agreement is very close, and once signed all parties can then chase a resolution between broadcasters BT Sport and Sky, both of whom have indicated a willingness to agree a compromise TV rights deal. Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said earlier this month: “We are absolutely willing to take part in conversations that lead to a solution that is in the best interests of the game and for the fans. But it will take compromise and compromise between all parties.” European Rugby Cup, the governing body of the Heineken Cup, will be wound up in the summer. Press Association