Four countries report avian flu outbreaks

first_imgDec 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Poland, Russia, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia reported new outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza in birds today, according to news reports.Poland has new outbreaks at two sites well separated from the five outbreaks reported recently in two areas northwest of Warsaw, according to a Reuters report.The disease cropped up at a small farm near Elblag, near the Gulf of Gdansk in northeastern Poland, the story said. Ewa Lech, Poland’s chief veterinary officer, calling the site “an entirely new location,” said the farm has about 40 birds, according to the report.Lech also confirmed a report that the virus was found in wild birds near the town of Orneta, according to the story. A separate Reuters story said the birds were a stork and two buzzards, all of which died. Maps show that Orneta lies roughly 30 miles east of Elblag, and both are approximately 100 miles from Plock.Poland’s recent series of outbreaks—its first in domestic birds—began Nov 30 at two turkey farms near Plock, about 60 miles northwest of Warsaw. On Dec 8 and 10 the disease killed laying hens on two large farms near Zuromin, according to Poland’s Dec 11 report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Zuromin is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Plock, according to Reuters.As of Dec 10, the OIE report said, 1,181 birds had died of avian flu in the Polish outbreaks and another 4,258 had been destroyed. But the affected farms had a total of about 510,000 birds that were at risk and destined to be culled, the report said.Meanwhile, a government official said today that an H5N1 outbreak on a farm in southern Russia has killed more than 35,000 chickens over the past 5 days, according to an Associated Press (AP) report from Rostov-on-Don.Sergei Kozhemyaka, Rostov regional emergency services officer, said more than a half million remaining chickens on the farm would be destroyed to stop the virus, said the story.The last previous H5N1 outbreak in Russia was at a poultry farm in the Krasnodar region in September, the story noted. The virus also killed hundreds of domestic birds in the Moscow area in February.In Saudi Arabia, the agriculture ministry today announced an H5N1 outbreak at an egg production farm south of Riyadh, according to the Kuwait News Agency. The ministry said the farm, in the Alsahba area in Al-Kharj governorate, has about 400,000 hens.Saudi Arabia has had a series of avian flu outbreaks in the Riyadh vicinity that began Nov 12, according to previous reports.In Vietnam, which has battled many outbreaks this year, the virus has recurred in the northern province of Bac Giang, according to a Xinhua report published today. The virus has killed more than 1,000 ducks in the Viet Yen and Yen Dung districts, said the story, which cited the newspaper Saigon Liberation as its source.Vietnam’s latest report to the OIE, filed Nov 12, says the country had had 106 outbreaks for the year to that point, with 64,524 birds destroyed in control efforts.See also: OIE reports on 2007 outbreaks in Poland and Vietnamlast_img read more

Look at the sins of Obama, Clintons

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The lack of civility and the pretentiousness of some of your letter writers is incredible. They berate Trump and Republicans, and with their simplistic answers feel they can save the world. I don’t recall the issues being raised when Obama was president, and Trump is already being labeled one of our worst presidents.Where was the criticism when Sandy Hook happened? Both the Executive branch and Congress were Democrat controlled. As horrible as the recent shootings have been, many similar mass killings have occurred under Democrats, who did nothing to fix the situation — of course, blaming the minority Republicans who were in office at the time.  And what presidential tenure made heroes of thugs and of thug nations — Syria, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela?The Russian interference —two years and nothing. But you had the Russians giving $1.5 million to the Clinton Foundation,so Russia could have controlling interest in uranium mined in the United States by a Canadian company. What about the United States’ interference in other countries’ elections? Israel comes to mind when staff from the Obama campaign actually went there to interfere. If only there was some criticism for the abject horror of the eight Obama years.Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Breaking: Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation President resigns

first_imgRelatedPosts Suspended President of Nigeria’s Para-Powerlifting Federation banned for life Sports Minister, others caused my resignation, World Cup hitches — Ex- NPPF President Enugu emerges host of 2020 Para-Powerlifting World Cup Queen Uboh, President, Nigerian Para-Powerlifting Federation, has resigned after successfully hosting the Abuja 2020 Para-Powerlifting World championship. Uboh announced her resignation on Friday night during the closing ceremony of the World Championship at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Efforts by journalists to speak to the President on the reasons behind her resignation were unsuccessful as officials of the body denied journalists access to her. She promised to issue a statement at a later date to explain reasons for her action. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the seven-day Abuja 2020 Para-Powerlifting World Championship, which ended on Friday in Abuja, featured athletes from Georgia, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon. Others came from Italy, Libya, Maldova, Ivory Coast Guinea Bissau, Kenya and Brazil.Tags: Nigeria Para-Powerlifting FederationQueen Ubohlast_img read more

Syracuse draws Chattanooga in 1st round, looks to win 1st tournament game in program history

first_img Published on March 18, 2014 at 12:31 am Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb The waiting game was brutal enough for Syracuse, and ESPN analyst Kara Lawson’s awkwardly funny player descriptions didn’t make the suspenseful atmosphere any more comforting.The Orange sat through the announcement of the first three full regions, as highlights of the national powerhouses rolled. Small seeds of doubt grew in some of the minds of the players that SU’s name wouldn’t be called, but relaxed head coach Quentin Hillsman knew his team had the necessary resume.And finally the Orange heard its name announced in the South Bend Region.“Heck yeah, it was painful to wait,” sophomore Brittney Sykes said. “It’s kind of funny because half of the team didn’t even know who we were playing at first when they called our name, because they said Syracuse was a sixth seed and we all just started screaming. I know I was one of them.”For the first time in school history, Syracuse is returning to the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons. The Orange (22-9, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) earned a No. 6 seed, which ties the program’s best, and will face 11th-seeded Chattanooga on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Lexington, Ky.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the most important piece of SU history the team hopes to eradicate is the goose egg that sits in the Orange’s all-time win column in the NCAA Tournament.“I want it so bad. Probably as much as I want a degree,” senior point guard Rachel Coffey said.A year ago, the seventh-seeded Orange was knocked out in the first round by No. 10 seed Creighton, which advanced after a five-point win. Syracuse’s senior class left without a Tournament victory, and the possibility of the same fate transferred to the shoulders of this year’s group of seniors.But now, the Orange has Tournament experience under its belt.“We’re excited. It’s just good to be going back to the Tournament,” Hillsman said. “It’s good to have a team that went last year going back again so we know what to expect. “We had freshmen playing on a very big stage and obviously now we have sophomores and a couple of seniors that can help step in and contribute.”Through a game and a half of ACC tournament play, Syracuse appeared to be on pace to make serious noise in its first tournament in the league.SU defeated Clemson by 10 in the opening game and had No. 14 North Carolina State on its heels. The Orange led by as many as nine points, but a 25-1 Wolfpack run coincided with 16 consecutive Syracuse misses and N.C. State sailed to a 16-point win. But since that March 7 loss, Hillsman said, the Orange has hammered out its own issues. Now it’s time to study up on Chattanooga. Neither Coffey nor Sykes had any insight on the Mocs immediately after the selection show, but Hillsman said Chattanooga’s a balanced, well-coached team. But by the time tipoff comes around Saturday, he said, his team will know too much about the Mocs.After Syracuse’s matchup was announced Monday night and Hillsman had received a congratulatory phone call from SU Director of Athletics Daryl Gross, he turned to his team in the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.“Congratulations, y’all,” he said to his team. “Let’s go get this ‘W.’ Let’s get it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Viterbi hosts ITP Gaming Industry Career Night

first_imgOn Tuesday night, the Viterbi School of Engineering hosted the Information Technology Program Game Industry Career Night in the Ronald Tutor Hall which featured a panel of gaming professionals with years of experience in the industry.Tom Sloper, video game designer and producer who has taught in the ITP department at USC for the past seven years, moderated the event. Panelists discussed a range of topics such as synthesizing creativity within programs and motivating yourself while creating large projects.Sloper started working for Activision in 1988 and has worked on projects for Atari and Sega, as well as doing freelance games for Xbox Live and Nintendo DS.David Dalzell works for Treyarch as the Principle Technical Artist. He began working at Activision 20 years ago and has worked on games such as Call of Duty. He worked in the corporate and publishing sectors of the company and now does game scripting.“My job right now has a bunch of artists, designers and animators who make content and my job is to make all the stuff fit on the plastic disc,” David said.Dalzell said he was always interested in doing art on the computer, but joining a large gaming company was a career he did not anticipate.“The adaptability part is important,” David said. “You have to be able to change jobs very quickly because you will do 20 or 30 different things.”Game designer Karen McMullen got an invitation to visit Ensemble Studios, which has produced games like Age of Empires and Halo, while interning for an architecture firm out of college. Inspired by the facility, she started learning 3D art and within three months, the studio’s executive producer had her build a game level that eventually launched into a massive campaign. She worked there for 10 years.“Architecture prepared me well for that career,” McMullen said. “When you get opportunities like that, grab them.”Currently, McMullen teaches at the Los Angeles film school and stressed the importance of the people you meet rather than each individual project.“The people you work with are gong to be more important than any project you work on,” McMullen said. “Beyond that, you have to love what you do.”Jeffrey Buchanan, who worked at the Department of Defense with technology such as the eight-inch gun system and weapon systems on standard ships, designed some of the first virtual fighter games and worked with Sega in Japan. He stressed the importance of staying committed to a project, which can often be exhausting and require hundreds of thousands of hours.“When you start a project, do your best to finish what you start,” Buchanan said. “Don’t burn bridges. Hang in there. Get the project done. Get that project on your resume and keep the friendships you make.”Bill Black began working in the music business and has worked on sound effects design and directing voiceovers. He worked on an exclusive contract with Activision from 1993 to 2001 and a company in Irvine that designed World of Warcraft.“My early experiences really helped me learn everything such as animation, programming, production and all the areas of art,” Black said. “I really learned end-to-end development.”Panelists gave their advice on balancing creativity, technical knowledge and connections.“When you get older, it’s more about experience than the technical skill,” Black said. “You get to a point where you have to manage that next generation; you’re more valuable; your wisdom, experience, knowledge and contacts in the industry are more important than you actually doing the job.”Dalzell described synthesizing creativity with the logistics of translating that onto a program.“The main task of making games is solving problems,” Dalzell said. “Lots of people start [making games] as artists with creative ideas … once you learn how to get things in the game and you make it less [sic] complicated.”McMullen said the industry has been incredibly self-motivating and rewarding for her.“I’ve found being more technical empowering,” McMullen said. “I ask myself, ‘How do I get this in the game?’ Well, I figure it out.”The panelists told attendants to anticipate the stress of a project’s “crunch time,” the time when a company deadline is fast approaching, and to expect some disastrous projects as well as immensely successful ones.“The difference between the nightmare project and a project that’s just hard is the success of a project,” David said. “When you’ve worked seven days a week and 20 hours a day and it doesn’t go anywhere, that’s pretty awful. When I worked on the last Call of Duty, it was completely worth it because people knew about it.”Buchanan advised students not to get discouraged by difficult or unsuccessful projects.“Sometimes you’ll work really hard on a project and just like anything in life, the pieces just might not all fit together,” Buchanan said. “You did your best; be proud of your work and know the work you put into it.”McMullen urged students to continually work on gaming projects throughout their careers, even if only for personal practice.“Never stop making games,” McMullen said. “You should always have games that you’re kicking around and showing people for fun.”The panel concluded with a Q&A where students had the opportunity to ask questions about gaming.“I want to get into the game industry, so it was useful to hear firsthand from professionals about their opinions on the industry and get their background about how they got involved,” said Zach Hyter, a senior majoring in natural sciences and minoring in video game design.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that the name of one panelist is Jeffrey Ken. His name is actually Jeffrey Buchanan. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Brewers, pitcher Gio Gonzalez agree to 1-year deal, reports say

first_imgMORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNHe finished 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA in 32 combined starts for the two teams in 2018.Gonzalez signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees in late March, but became a free agent again Monday when he officially opted out of that contract. He was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in 15 innings with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.The Mets had expressed some interest in Gonzalez during the offseason but reportedly were “more intrigued now,” according to SNY.However, Gonzalez and the Brewers settled on a $2 million deal that also includes $2 million in potential performance bonuses.  The Brewers and free-agent starter Gio Gonzalez have agreed to a one-year major-league contract, bringing the left-hander back to Milwaukee, The Athletic reported Wednesday, citing unidentified sources.Gonzalez, 33, was traded by the Nationals to the Brewers in August. He went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts for the NL Central champions but was used only in relief in the postseason, going 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in two appearances covering three innings. In an interesting twist to the deal given the way pitchers are used today, Gonzalez’s performance bonuses will be based on a points system, according to MLB Network. He will be awarded points based on appearances, rather than games started, protecting him if he is used as an opener or after an opener. Gonzalez offers help for a Brewers rotation that thus far has struggled in 2019. Its 5.74 ERA is 26th among MLB teams as the Brewers, who’ve lost three straight and are 3-7 over the last 10, are 13-12 with a minus-11 run differential and stand two games out of first place in the NL Central entering Wednesday’s play.A two-time All-Star, Gonzalez is 127-97 with a 3.69 ERA over 11 MLB seasons, having also pitched for the Athletics, in addition to the Nationals and Brewers.last_img read more

The top 100 funniest fantasy football team names

first_img Getty Images 49. Silence of the Lahms48. Hit Me Bebe One More Time47. Pjanic at the Disco46. You Petr Cech Yourself45. Pepe Pig44. For Fuchs Sake43. Tinchy Sneijder42. Obi-Wan Iwobi41. One Flew Over Lukaku’s Nest40. When Harry Met Alli 39. Expected Toulouse38. Dukes of Hazard37. Willian Dollar Baby36. Enter Shaqiri35. Chicken Tikka Mo Salah34. Game of Stones33. Giroud Let the Dogs out?32. Fiorentina Turner31. All the Smallings30. Gylfi Pleasures As Premier League fantasy football games get under way ahead of the new season, Goal is here to save you some time and energy.We’ve collected the 50 funniest (family friendly) fantasy football team names. Have a quick read of these and you’ll have your fantasy football side sorted in no time!100. Teenage Ninja Skrtels99. Only Kruls & Horses98. Purple Reina97. Hakuna Juan Mata96. Top Dier95. Bony & Clyde94. Ibe Gotta Feeling93. Batshuayi Crazy92. My Little Bony91. Two’s Kompany90. Best Ings In Life Are Free89. Delph & Safety88. Earth, Wind & Maguire87. Citizen Kane86. Krul Intentions85. Giroud Awakening84. Sarri, Not Sarri83. Goals Aloud82. Cry Me a River Plate81. Dynamo Chicken Kiev80. Cameroon Diaz79. Ivory Toast78. Diego Costa Coffee77. Lads On Toure76. No Kane, No Gain75. Luke KyleWalker74. Obi Wan-Bissaka73. Krul and the Gang72. Jurgener Believers71. Alisson Wonderland70. Dolly Barton69. Gangster’s Allardyce68. Crouch Potato67. The Big Lewandowski66. Olympique Mayonnaise65. Chiellini Con Carne64. Bilbao Baggins63. Top of the Klopps62. Come Digne With Me61. Kings of Leon Osman60. Curious Jorginho59. Deeney in a Bottle58. Turkish De Ligt57. Tea & Busquets56. Pique and the Bruyne55. Dzeko and the Bunnymen54. The Cesc Pistols53. TAA Very Much52. Moves Like Agger51. Sonic Huth50. Neuer Gonna Give You Up 29. Kroos Control28. Murder on Zidane’s floor27. The Zarate Kid26. Bacuna Matata25. Pique Blinders24. Baines on Toast23. Blink-1 Eto’o22. The Passion of the Cruyff21. Egg Fried Reus20. How I Met Your Mata 19. Dirty Sanchez18. Absolutely Fabregas17. Cesc and the City16. Balotelli-Tubbies15. Boom Xhakalaka14. Neville Wears Prada13. Klopps and Robbers12. No Weimann No Cry11. Lord of the Ings10. Guns ’N Moses Getty Getty Images Getty Images 9. Ayew Ready?8. The Wizard of Ozil7. Flying Without Ings6. Benteke Fried Chicken5. Show Me Da Mane4. Game of Throw-ins3. Ctrl Alt De Laet2. Who Ate All Depays?1. Lallanas in Pyjamas Getty Images You’ve signed up to play fantasy football, carefully selected your squad, designed a kit and then… the dreaded team name screen hits you.We’ve all been there – spending far, far longer than is healthy trying to devise some kind of witty football-related pun with which to draw a laugh or two from the rest of the league. Getty Images read more


first_imgStunning Miss Donegal Natasha McFadden. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Miss Donegal Natasha McFadden has brains as well as beauty.The stunner is to appear on RTE’s money spinning Winning Streak show this Saturday night.But the Newtowncunningham stunner isn’t going to splash the cash on champagne and clothes. Nastaha revealed she has much more concrete plans for her minimum winnings of €20,000.“I know I’ll be getting €20,000 which is great and anything after that is a bonus.“I’m planning to put some of the money down on a deposit for a house,” she revealed.She will be joined by Edward Hutch, who is a nephew of one of Ireland’s most notorious gangsters Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch and who has more than one hundred criminal convictions.Natasha, who is guaranteed at least €20,000, had heard of the Monk but says that won’t put her off enjoying the show! “Oh really, I never heard he was on he show. Sure that’s grand. It won’t put me off. I’m going up to have a bit of fun and win as much money as I can,” she laughed.Natasha, who has just started work as a restaurant manager in Letterkenny, said she thought her family were joking with her when she heard she was appearing on the show.“I got the phonecall and I thought it was a joke. Even when I checked the website and read my name, I thought they had fixed the website,” she laughed.She will be joined by at least 24 family and friends for the show.One person who will be by her side is boyfriend Chris Coyle, who has even put off a stag party trip to Spain to be at the show with her. “I told him not to be silly and go to the stag party but he insisted on coming along to the show.“I’ll have to get him something special out of my winnings now,” she said.MISS DONEGAL PLANNING TO SPLASH THE CASH ON A HOUSE DEPOSIT – AND PERHAPS THE BOYFRIEND! was last modified: September 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:MIss DonegalNatasha McFaddenlast_img read more