Turkey, Laos report more H5N1 in poultry

first_imgMar 19, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Veterinary officials in Turkey have confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in the western part of the country near the border with Greece, according to a report yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The virus struck 22 backyard chickens at a village near Ipsala in Edirne province, according to the OIE report. The remaining 16 birds were destroyed. Turkish officials listed fomites, which could involve contamination spread by humans, vehicles, or animal feed, as the source of the outbreak.Turkey’s last H5N1 outbreaks occurred over several weeks in January and February at six sites, all of which involved backyard poultry. The OIE report on the outbreaks said the source of the virus was contact with wild species.All of the previous outbreaks occurred near villages along the Black Sea, an area that officials from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have said is vulnerable to H5N1 outbreaks, because surrounding countries are a winter home to migratory birds from Siberia and often have poor separation between wild and domestic birds. However, the OIE report map detailing the most recent outbreak location shows that the Ipsala area is close to the Mediterranean Sea.Elsewhere, government officials in Laos reported a fresh H5N1 outbreak in chickens in Luang Namtha, in the northwestern part of the country near the border with China and Myanmar, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported today.Yong Chanthalangsy, the country’s foreign ministry spokesman, told VNA that 800 birds were destroyed in a 2-mile radius around the affected village and that the outbreak is the sixth to strike the area in the past month.In mid February, Laos reported that the H5N1 virus had reemerged in poultry after about a year’s hiatus, according to previous reports.In other developments, authorities in India today began culling thousands of chickens in West Bengal’s Malda district after about 1,000 birds died over the past few days at a state-run poultry farm, Reuters reported today.Officials are testing samples from the birds to see if they died from H5N1 infection, according to the Reuters report. In early March animal health officials confirmed that the virus was responsible for killing poultry in neighboring Murshidabad district.Since mid January West Bengal authorities have been working to stamp out the outbreaks that began in the village of Margram. The virus spread quickly, striking poultry in 13 of the state’s 19 districts and prompting the culling of almost 4 million birds. In late February, the outbreaks in West Bengal appeared to be over and FAO praised the country for its control efforts. However, the group warned that the H5N1 virus could return if the county didn’t maintain its control and surveillance efforts.See also:OIE reports on 2008 Turkish outbreaklast_img read more

Ilirija from Biograd na Moru proud holder of the award “Friend of Health”

first_imgAs of today, Ilirija dd is the second tourist company in the Republic of Croatia to hold the award “Friend of Health”Ilirija dd, a tourist company from Biograd na Moru, was awarded the “Friend of Health” company for introducing special labels in the work environment, enabling its employees to adopt healthy living habits, promoting and encouraging health in the workplace and expressing concern for employee health. Having in mind the need to promote health in the workplace, the Ministry of Health and the Croatian Institute of Public Health have designed a module called “Company Friendly Health” within the National Program “Living Healthy”, related to the economy and preservation and promotion of health in the workplace. The “Health Friendly Company” module is aimed at employees and clients and encourages the introduction of special labels for work environments that enable employees to adopt healthy living habits, promote health in the workplace and show positive concern for the health of employees, consumers and clients and the environment.Ilirija as a socially responsible company starts its business from the principle that employees are the key to its success, ie the best promoters of its values, then promoters of destinations, service and business process holders, said Goran Ražnjević to the President of Ilirija dd and added that therefore continuous care includes and concern for their working conditions and safety and health in the workplace represents the company’s long-term commitment and policy in the area of ​​human resource management. “Ilirija’s commitment to continuous improvement of health and safety of our employees, permanent and seasonal, of which there are over 460 during the main season, through safe working conditions, adequate equipment and continuous education reduces the number and frequency of injuries, increases productivity and satisfaction of our employees. today’s event speaks in favor. By joining this project, we have further contributed not only to the creation of a healthy work environment but also  and educating and informing our employees what each of them can do on a daily basis for their health. “Raznjevic concluded.It is important to point out that this is not a “proforma” certificate, but about specific measures by which the employer voluntarily undertakes, ie in order for the company to receive the label “Friend of Health”, it is necessary to meet certain criteria, such as: availability of meals in accordance with the principles of healthy eating, promotion of fruits and vegetables, availability of drinking water, co-financing of physical activity for employees, stimulating coming to work on foot or by bicycle, preventive examinations of employees, etc.…A team of experts from the Croatian Institute of Public Health comes to a supervisory visit to the company, where they assess the working environment of the company that is applying for the title “Friend of Health”. The implementation of the module “Company friend of health” was carried out at the level of the whole company, it included education, informing our employees and assessing the working environment of the company in seven areas: (I) nutrition, (II) promoting physical activity, (III) in the workplace, (IV) a ban on smoking, (V) a ban on alcohol consumption, (VI) environmental regulation, (VII) protection of the health of consumers and clients.The label “Company Friend of Health” is awarded for a period of two years. Find out more about the whole project and the criteria in the attachment.Attachment: Brochure Company Friend Healthlast_img read more

Kim showed off executed uncle’s headless body: Trump

first_imgTopics : “He killed his uncle and he put the body right in the steps,” Trump said, in an apparent reference to a building used by senior officials. “And the head was cut, sitting on the chest,” he added in excerpts from the book seen by AFP.The North has never officially stated how Jang was executed, although multiple reports say an anti-aircraft gun was used.Trump’s account — apparently intended as a demonstration of the closeness of his relationship with Kim — is the first from any senior official to mention decapitation.  The headless body of Kim Jong Un’s executed uncle was displayed to senior North Korean officials, US President Donald Trump told the author of an upcoming book on the US president.Jang Song Thaek, the North Korean leader’s uncle by marriage and a hugely powerful figure within the regime, was purged for treason and corruption in 2013, in what was widely seen as Kim mercilessly asserting his authority.Kim “tells me everything. Told me everything,” Trump told the Washington Post investigative journalist Bob Woodward, according to his forthcoming book “Rage”. center_img Nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been at a standstill since the collapse of the Hanoi summit last year over sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in return.Pyongyang officials said they had offered to “dismantle all the nuclear production facilities in the Yongbyon area”, but analysts say the North has several other nuclear sites.According to the book Trump demanded five sites be given up.”Listen, one doesn’t help and two doesn’t help and three doesn’t help and four doesn’t help. Five does help,” he said.Yongbyon was the North’s biggest site, Kim countered according to excerpts from the book seen by AFP. “It’s also your oldest,” Trump told the author he retorted.Kim, though, would not offer further concessions, and Trump told him: “You’re not ready to make a deal.””I’ve got to leave,” he added, to Kim’s shock.’I am really, very offended’ The collapse of the summit came despite high expectations on both sides beforehand, but according to the book Trump continued to insist on full denuclearization even after the pair’s surprise meeting several months later in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula.”It was an honor to cross into your country,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim two days after the encounter, when he became the first sitting US president to set foot in the North.He urged Kim to strike a “big deal” that “sheds you of your nuclear burden”.”Rage”, scheduled to hit the book stands next week, unveils 25 letters the pair exchanged, in which Kim repeatedly flatters Trump. The DMZ meeting was supposed to restart the talks process but the US and South Korea held military exercises a few weeks later and Kim subsequently wrote to Trump: “I am clearly offended and I do not want to hide this feeling from you. I am really, very offended.”Negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have remained at a standstill ever since, and ties between the North and South have plummeted, but Trump insisted that he still had a good relationship with Kim.”He likes me. I like him. We get along,” he said.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Provides Multi-Agency Update on Response to Flooding

first_img July 25, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf this afternoon provided the following update on state agency activities in response to this week’s heavy rain and flooding throughout Pennsylvania:National Guard/Department of Military and Veterans Affairs:The Pennsylvania National Guard has been tasked by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to assist first responders with rescue and transportation missions.Presently, 73 personnel are on state active duty supporting this event. The troops are maintaining and operating four vehicles capable of fording flooded roads and two Black Hawk UH-60s as well as manning the PEMA CRCC. The UH-60 Black Hawks are part of the PA Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART), a partnership between the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (PANG), the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), and PEMA, along with credentialed civilian rescue technicians.The Pennsylvania Guard assisted in a water search operation for a missing woman using the UH-60 Black Hawk in Dauphin county Monday evening. This morning a vehicle and crew rescued a local resident in Dauphin County from their flooded home.Additional personnel are closely monitoring the situation at the joint emergency operations center at Fort Indiantown Gap and are prepared to dispatch additional personnel and equipment as directed to do so.PennDOT:As of 3 p.m., a total of 88 roads are closed due to flooding. No major highways are closed at this time.PennDOT cautions motorists to never drive through flooded roadways, as it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car. Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs.Public Utility Commission:While no significant issues involving utility systems have been reported, the PUC continues to monitor storm issues and utility responses across the state and will work closely with the governor’s office and the other state agencies involved in Pennsylvania’s coordinated storm response.The Commission urges residents to remain focused on safety, including reporting outages to their utilities, avoiding downed lines and staying clear of trees, limbs or other objects that may come in contact with power lines.Pennsylvania State Police:Impacted stations continue to monitor the situations and report closures, evacuations and other significant weather-related events to the Department Watch Center as they occur. They are also remaining in contact with local emergency management offices.With heavy rain and the threat of flooding continuing throughout today and into tomorrow for much of eastern Pennsylvania, state agencies are monitoring conditions to respond quickly to keep citizens safe.The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) was fully activated this morning at PEMA with staff from: Pennsylvania State Police; the departments of Military of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection, Human Services, Transportation, and Health; the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, the Fish and Boat Commission, the Game Commission, the Public Utility Commission, the Turnpike Commission, and the American Red Cross.Additional agencies not covered under the activation were asked to continue to monitor the situation and be prepared to staff the CRCC if the need arises.Many small creeks and streams have flooded, causing road closures and evacuations in multiple counties, but no major roads are currently closed. While only minor Susquehanna River flooding is expected at this time, anyone with river interests should keep an eye on conditions as forecasts will continue to change.Pennsylvanians are encouraged to follow ReadyPA on Twitter @ReadyPA and Facebook for the latest on the weather and how to prepare, and motorists can check road conditions on over 40,000 miles of roadway at 511PA.com.center_img Wolf Administration Provides Multi-Agency Update on Response to Floodinglast_img read more

Photo of the Day: Beatrice Jacket Readies for a Lift

first_imgBeatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) has shared a photo of the teams at Burntisland Fabrications’ (BiFab) facility in Methil preparing to upend one of the jacket foundations built for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm.In June 2016, the Fife-based BiFab won a GBP 100 million contract to manufacture 26 jacket substructures for the 84-turbine wind farm located in the Outer Moray Firth, Scotland.The fabrication contract, awarded to BiFab by the EPCI Contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting, is due for delivery in two campaigns. 10 of the jacket substructures will be ready for delivery in August 2017, with the remaining 16 scheduled to be completed and delivered in April 2018.The substructures are being manufactured in BiFab’s facilities in Arnish, Burntisland, and Methil, which is also where the units will undergo the final assembly and loadout.Alongside BiFab, Beatrice foundations have put to work Bladt Industries, Smulders, Sif, and EEW SPC.The Beatrice wind farm will comprise 84 Siemens 7MW turbines and is expected to be commissioned in 2019.Photo: BOWLlast_img read more

‘Pusher’ falls in buy-bust

first_imgWhen frisked, Concepcion yielded three more sachets of suspected shabu. The 36-year-old Dennis Concepcion was caught in a drug-buy bust operation in Barangay Gabion, Roxas City, Capiz. Concepcion – resident of the Barangay Culajao, Roxas City – was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected illegal drugs to an undercover cop for P500 around 6:20 p.m. on June 16. ILOILO City – He allegedly sold shabu.center_img The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Roxas City police station. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against him./PNlast_img read more

12 new cases added to WV’s COVID-19 stats

first_img* 30-year-old female from Tubungan, Iloilo (Patient No. 229)* 23-year-old male from Escalante City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 230)* 29-year-old female from Victorias City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 231)* 24-year-old female from San Enrique, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 232)* 48-year-old male from Hinigaran, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 233)* 21-year-old female from Himamaylan, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 234)* 27-year-old male from Cadiz City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 235)* 52-year-old female from Victorias City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 236)* 29-year-old female from Bacolod City (Patient No. 237)* 42-year-old male from Pototan, Iloilo (Patient No. 238)* 25-year-old female from Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 239)* 25-year-old female from Cadiz City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 240)All of them were asymptomatic and under quarantine, said Pulmones. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. Here’s the breakdown of the region’s 240 cases – Aklan, six; Antique, 14; Capiz, six; Guimaras, zero; Iloilo province, 23; Negros Occidental, three; Bacolod City, 11; Iloilo City, 20; and repatriates (overseas workers and LSIs), 157. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. These new cases brought to 240 the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region, said Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, chief of DOH-6’s Local Health Support Division, yesterday. According to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6, 10 of these 12 new cases were based in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City while the two others were based in the towns of Tubungan and Pototan in Iloilo province. ILOILO City – Western Visayas has 12 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Eleven of them were newly-returned locally stranded individuals (LSIs) while one was a repatriated overseas worker. Proper disinfection and infection prevention and control measures should be regularly practiced at home, especially focusing on frequently-touched areas like the door, light switches, tables and cellphones among others, Villanueva added. These were the new cases: “Those with history of travel to COVID-19-affected areas or possible exposure to the disease should undergo either home or facility quarantine for 14 days. Wear face mask. Minimize interaction with other people, and frequently wash hands with soap and water,” she said. Patient No. 238 was the only repatriated overseas worker in this batch of COVID-positive cases.Of the 11 LSIs, four were from Cebu while seven were from Metro Manila.DOH-6 assistant regional director Dr. Ma. Julia Villanueva urged Western Visayans to continue being vigilant. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales./PNlast_img read more

Delilah Rose Tindall, age 85

first_imgDelilah Rose Tindall, age 85, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016 at The Waters of Batesville. The daughter of Simon and Roxie (Elmore) Collins was born on January 4, 1931 in Cincinnati, OH.Delilah was a graduate of Woodward High School and worked as a Home Health Care provider and helper. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Aurora, IN.She was survived by her son David Tindall of Cincinnati and two grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Daonald Tindall, she was also preceded in death by her son Donald Tindall, sister Deloris McGuff and brother John Collins.Her wishes were to be cremated. Private service will be held at a later date.  Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville is serving the family.  Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Lady Cats Take EIAC Golf Crown

first_imgThe Lady Wildcats continued their winning ways at the EIAC Conference Championship hosted by Rushville at Antler Pointe Golf Club. They were able to shoot their best 18-hole score of the season with a 349 and earn their third straight conference championship.Dana Branstetter earned her third straight conference medallist and MVP honors by shooting her season low of 79. Four members of the team were able to earn All-Conference honors: Dana Branstetter, Kendyl Brack, Abby Orschell, and Maggie Brack.“Needless to say I am very proud of my team today. We knew going in that winning today wasn’t going to be an easy task with some to the rising talent in the conference. It was a tricky course and I feel that we were the team that managed the course the best, which is why we came out on top. My team stepped up in a big way and just went out and took care of business.”2017 Girls EIAC Golf Tournament SheetLady Cats Scores. Dana Branstetter – 79; Kendyl Brack – 85; Abby Orschell – 89; Maggie Brack – 96; Gracie Graf – 117.Team Scores.  Franklin County 349, Greensburg 365, Connersville 385, East Central 412, Batesville 420, Rushville 431, Lawrenceburg 453, South Dearborn 494.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Marissa Mears.last_img read more

Greensburg policeman disciplined for ‘poor judgement’ in recent accident

first_imgGreensburg, In. — A Greensburg police officer has been disciplined as a result of an accident on June 18. Members of the board of safety and public works suspended officer Devin Moore for five days and suspended his take-home car privileges for 90 days.Officials say Moore has been a competent officer but used poor judgment in the incident that occurred at Main and Franklin Streets.Minor injuries were reported.last_img