France finds H5N1 in wild birds

first_imgJul 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – France’s agriculture ministry said today that three swans found dead in Moselle department in the eastern part of the country tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, making France the third European country in recent weeks to report new outbreaks in wild birds.The swans were found in a pond in Assenoncourt, about 30 miles from the German border, according to a report that French officials filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) today. Officials set up a control zone around the pond, ordered measures to protect poultry from wild birds, and banned pigeon racing and other bird-related activities, according to a an Associated Press (AP) report.The new findings mark France’s second confirmed H5N1 outbreak. In February 2006 the country reported finding H5N1 in several wild birds, including mute swans and ducks, in Ain department in east-central France. Soon afterward the virus was detected at a nearby turkey farm, which led to the culling of 11,300 birds, according to OIE reports.Though the outbreaks prompted France to raise its avian flu threat level from moderate to high, Health Minister Roselyn Bachelot sought to quell alarm, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. “France is not threatened by a bird flu pandemic as there has not been, for the moment, a human contamination from the H5N1 virus,” she told AFP.The Czech Republic and Germany also have reported wild bird outbreaks in recent weeks. Veterinary officials in Germany said today that the H5N1 virus has now been detected in birds at the border between Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt states, raising the number of states that have recently found the virus in wild birds to four, Deutsche Presse-Argentur (DPA) reported.The 38 birds that tested positive for H5N1 were among 100 found dead in a manmade lake, the DPA report said. In the past week, wild swans, ducks, and geese from two other sites in Germany—Leipzig in Saxony and Nuremberg in Bavaria—have tested positive for H5N1, according to DPA.In other European developments, state television in Austria said veterinary officials are testing eight birds that were found dead on a promenade in the lake town of Altmuenster, about 20 miles east of Salzburg, Bloomberg News reported today.Six European nations—Russia, England, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, and Germany—and Turkey have reported H5N1 outbreaks this year, according to the OIE and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Many of the recent H5N1 case confirmations in birds have involved swans, which is important, Dr Albert Osterhaus, a virologist based in the Netherlands, told Bloomberg News. “They are the sentinels of the disease” and may signal that more avian flu infections will follow, he said in the Bloomberg report.In other news, the OIE announced yesterday that it gave Togo 1 million doses of avian flu vaccine from its vaccine bank to protect adult poultry from H5N1.In late June officials in Togo announced an H5N1 outbreak at a chicken farm near the country’s capital, Lome. The positive findings, which were independently confirmed recently at an Italian laboratory, raised the number of affected African countries to 10.The vaccine bank, which consists of physical stocks as well as commitments from suppliers, was established in May 2006 to help African countries rapidly respond to H5N1 outbreaks in poultry, the OIE report said. Countries can also request supplies from the vaccine stock for prevention programs.Meanwhile, officials in Vietnam have put in an urgent order to China to buy 50 million doses of H5N1 vaccine for poultry, Reuters reported yesterday. The country has only 15 million doses left, and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved an order to import 200 million doses of the vaccine for a nationwide control campaign.In the past few months, Vietnam has reported five human H5N1 cases and two deaths, and 18 of the country’s provinces have reported poultry outbreaks.Vietnam’s agriculture minister, Cao Duc Phat, was quoted in a Saigon newspaper as saying that though outbreaks were declining in the northern region, the southern regions were at serious risk for recurrence of avian flu, the Reuters report said.See also:OIE report on infected swans in FranceMay 2007 FAO reportJuly 4 OIE statement on H5N1 vaccine for Togo read more

Up in smoke

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US faces unemployment crisis amid record trade drop

first_imgIn further signs of the crisis facing the world’s largest economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, new data Thursday showed a record plunge in United States exports as layoffs exceeded 42 million.The two key reports on economic health indicate that even as Wall Street regains its strength and some industries show signs of recovery as virus lockdowns ease, the United States is not out of the woods yet.The Labor Department said 1.87 million workers filed new jobless claims last week, 249,000 fewer than the week prior but still a grievous figure nearly three times higher than the weekly record in the pre-pandemic economy. That is a grim omen for Friday, when the Labor Department releases the all-important May jobs report, which will likely show national unemployment climbing to around 20 percent from 14.7 percent in April, which was the highest unemployment rate in 90 years.Wall Street indices muddled through the day, with the Dow ending up just 0.1 percent and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq both closing lower, ending three days of gains that Peter Cardilo of Spartan Capital Securities said were “a little overboard” ahead of the unemployment report.However, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said he remains confident the jobless rate will fall below 10 percent by year end, telling Fox News, “Many of these jobs will come back quickly because they were still there.”But Bernstein warned high unemployment is here to stay. “(The) National unemployment rate is likely at or above 20 percent, twice that of the Great Recession peak, and full employment years away,” he said.Trade slammedMeanwhile, the Commerce Department reported that US exports and imports dropped by a record amount in April and the trade deficit jumped more than US$7 billion to $49.5 billion as the coronavirus shuttered businesses and closed down transportation worldwide.Compared to March, exports of US goods and services fell more than 20 percent or $39 billion to $151.3 billion, the lowest level in 10 years. Imports in the month dropped to $200.7 billion, a more modest 13.7 percent or $32 billion decrease.”Trade activity slowed again, this time nearly to the worst of the contraction in the financial crisis,” Oxford Economics said in an analysis.”We think trade activity will see its worst year on record in 2020.”For the year to date, the US trade gap swelled by $26 billion or more than 13 percent compared to the same period of last year, according to the report.The impact of the COVID-19 shutdowns were widespread throughout the data and in all industries and products, including aircrafts, air travel, oil, auto parts and clothing.Travel alone fell nearly $3 billion in the month, the report said.Although the collapse of trade in most cases meant the US deficit in goods alone narrowed with most countries, the deficit with China jumped to nearly $26 billion from $17 billion in March.”Exports and imports will continue to be restrained by weaker global growth and falling demand at home and abroad in the aftermath of the virus outbreak,” Rubeela Farooqi of High Frequency Economics said in an analysis.Topics : “This and other indicators suggest not that the job market is improving, but that it’s getting bad less quickly,” Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities think tank, said on Twitter.The decline in initial claims means the wave of layoffs caused by businesses closures ordered in mid-March to stop the spread of COVID-19 are slowing. More than 42 million workers have lost their jobs, at least temporarily, since mid-March, but the new data showed 21.5 million people were receiving benefits in the week ended May 23, an indication that millions either had their benefit claims rejected or have since been rehired, or more likely a combination of the two.After falling last week, the insured unemployment rate ticked up half a point to 14.8 percent – a huge number of Americans not working, but that only reflects those with unemployment benefits.last_img read more

Stunning update of a cottage classic rewarded with auction success

first_imgThe stunning home at 87 Tooth St, Paddington.Three registered bidders battled for a turn-of-the-century worker’s cottage at Paddington recently.The property at 87 Tooth Ave went to auction on May 13 in front of a large crowd.The property has been transformed into the ultimate modern family home thanks to an amazing renovation that cost more than $1 million.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 201987 Tooth St, PaddingtonAfter a starting bid of $1 million, the property sold under the hammer for $2.2 million.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home was marketed by Place – New Farm agent Alex Rutherford. Inside 87 Tooth St, PaddingtonSurrounded by prestigious million-dollar homes, the architects retained and restored the original home, creating a classic entry to the contemporary residence. Set on a 503sq m block, the outlook to the lush Paddington surrounds can be had from the elegant master suite’s private timber balcony.This public area of the residence showcases a tranquil backdrop with a relaxing outlook across the leafy back yard and to the in-ground pool.last_img read more

Charlton sure of Man Utd revival

first_img City’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa means they need just one point from their final game of the season to win the Barclays Premier League. United, meanwhile, are 20 points behind their neighbours in seventh place. They are likely to miss out on European qualification altogether thanks to a disastrous campaign under David Moyes, who was recently fired just 10 months after being appointed successor to Sir Alex Ferguson. Press Association Sir Bobby Charlton is certain Manchester United will finish above their bitter rivals City next year. Van Gaal’s appointment will not be confirmed until after Ryan Giggs’ final game of his interim spell as player-manager on Sunday at Southampton. Giggs could play on for another year, join the new manager’s backroom staff or manage at another club. The Welshman picked up the United lifetime achievement award at Thursday night’s ceremony at Old Trafford – an honour usually reserved in sport for those coming towards the end of their careers. But Giggs insists he has not yet made his mind up yet. “I have not decided,” the 40-year-old said. “I am too busy trying to prepare a team for Southampton and that is my priority at the moment. “When the season ends I will go away and think about what I want to do next. “I said five or six years ago that if my career ended tomorrow I would be happy so every year is a bonus. “I still enjoy training and playing but I have really enjoyed the last couple of weeks so it has been a good experience to take me on to the next chapter of my life.” Just like Charlton, Giggs is sure United will perform much better next season. “It’s been a disappointing season but if you are a proper club, which we are, you always bounce back,” said Giggs, who made his debut for United in 1991. “In football you have setbacks. In my first full season we lost out to Leeds in the league and I was sat in the dressing room as an 18 year-old watching grown men cry. “We came back the next year and won the league for the first time in 26 years and there is not a doubt in my mind that we will be back next year, we will be challenging and that is what proper clubs do – they have setbacks and come back stronger.” Goalkeeper David de Gea took home the main two awards of the evening. De Gea topped a fans’ poll to win Player of the Year and the Spaniard’s team-mates voted him Players’ Player of the Year. Wayne Rooney won goal of the year for his volley from the halfway line against West Ham. James Wilson, who scored twice on his first-team debut against Hull on Tuesday, won Academy Player of the Year. But the club’s all-time top goal scorer, who is now a director at Old Trafford, has told City the balance of power will swing back in United’s favour next year. “This year has been an tremendously interesting year,” said Charlton, who played 758 times for the club. “We have done our best, we have changed manager, and it has not worked. “But next year I guarantee that we will be number one in Manchester.” Charlton confirmed that Moyes’ successor, likely to be Louis van Gaal, will have money to spend. “We will have to buy a couple of players, which will happen,” added Charlton, who was speaking at the Manchester United player of the year awards. “I am looking forward a lot to next year because Manchester United is not renowned for being second. “We like to be first and we will be first. We have the most fantastic organisation and that organisation when it works is unstoppable.” last_img read more

Ward-Prowse shrugs off Koeman loss

first_imgSouthampton may have to start their Premier League campaign without Ronald Koeman, but James Ward-Prowse is confident the manager’s absence would not derail them at Newcastle. “We knew we had to perform well and the job was half done,” Ward-Prowse said. “But we were very professional and managed the game well and, obviously, the early goal helped us settle into the game. It’s just a case of doing things the right way for Sunday.” It certainly looks a tough start to an important Premier League season for Ward-Prowse. The 20-year-old has already made 74 top-flight appearances, but has yet to establish himself as a regular starter. That task will be even harder in what Ward-Prowse believes is a better squad than last term, although he is confident of progressing and earning a maiden senior international call-up. “I want to start every game I can,” he said. “I’ve had a few years of starting games and not starting games so I want to nail down a permanent place in the team. “Obviously international-wise, I want to be heading for the full England squad. So hopefully if I keep performing well for the club, then hopefully the first team with England will come calling.” On the eve of the second leg the former Dutch defender ruptured his Achilles, meaning he took to his place on the bench with crutches and his foot in a protective boot. Koeman told Press Association Sport after the match he was seeing a specialist in his homeland on Friday morning and admitted he was unsure whether that could sideline him for Sunday’s season opener. Missing the trip to St James’ Park would certainly be a blow for Saints, but midfielder Ward-Prowse is confident they have the wherewithal to manage such a scenario. “He joined in training as he does and it was a freak thing where he stepped back and it went,” he said. “These things happen, it’s just one of those things. “I am not sure yet (about Sunday) – he hasn’t really said yet. “(It would not impact us) at all. You can see he focus of the lads. I think some teams it may affect, but we were solid and focused on the job in hand.” Ward-Prowse believes this weekend’s clash with Newcastle will prove “very difficult” as Steve McClaren’s arrival will have “rejuvenated” them. However, Southampton will arrive in the north east bubbling with confidence after securing a 5-0 aggregate win from what had looked to be a tricky clash against Vitesse. The Europa League has proved costly to English clubs over the years, but returning home sweating on the manager’s fitness is not a scenario anyone could have foreseen. Saints secured progress to the play-offs with a 2-0 win at Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday evening, giving Koeman something to smile about at the end of a painful return to the club with whom he began his managerial career. Press Associationlast_img read more

Akmal three-year ban halved

first_img(BBC) –  Umar Akmal’s three-year ban has been reduced by one-and-a-half years by an independent adjudicator, retired Supreme Court judge, Faqir Mohammad Khokhar. The batsman attended the hearing in person in Lahore, and with the reduced ban, he will remain suspended effectively from February 2020 until August 2021.Akmal said he might appeal again to try and get it “reduced further.”Akmal had been banned from all representative cricket in April this year after he failed to report details of corrupt approaches made to him ahead of this year’s PSL.He did accept then that the incidents which formed the basis of the two charges pressed against him by the PCB had taken place, but pointed out that the circumstances were such that they did not merit reporting to the board.Each charge carried a three-year ban which was running concurrently.In May, Akmal filed an official appeal against the ban, challenging the length of the sanction and hoping to get it reduced.His appeal was based on the narrative that players who had fallen foul in a similar manner to Akmal previously were handed far lighter sanctions, with Mohammad Irfan banned in 2017 for six months, and Mohammad Nawaz given a two-month ban.But it had emerged that he had been handed the stiffer-than-expected penalty for failing to show sufficient remorse.“I am thankful to the judge for listening to my lawyers properly,” Akmal said after the hearing. “I will decide about the remaining sentence and try to get it reduced further. For now I am not satisfied and will consult my lawyers and family how to take this ahead.“There are many players before me who made mistakes and just look at what they got and what I got. So all I say right now is thank you very much.”Akmal initially did not contest the PCB charges, forgoing the right to plea his innocence.The case was directed to the chairman of the PCB’s independent disciplinary panel who, after hearing both the PCB and Akmal handed down the three-year ban.The judge Justice (ret’d) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan had observed that Akmal had failed to give any plausible explanation for not reporting the matter to the PCB’s vigilance and anti-corruption departments and was in breach of Article 2.4.4, and was deemed to have engaged in corrupt conduct under the anti-corruption code of the PCB.Akmal had attended that hearing without a lawyer, presenting his case himself. Should he wish to appeal against the reduced ban, Akmal’s recourse would have to be the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.After Akmal had been banned for three years in April, the PCB counsel had said he was satisfied with the verdict, indicating the penalties for breaching the anti-corruption code needed to be made stiffer.“This three-year ban on the basis of non-reporting is considered appropriate,” he had said. “The PCB was asking for a stiffer sentence. It’s high time that duration of the ban should be increased because it’s very clear that players are not learning the lessons as much as they should.So as far as the legal side is concerned, I am very satisfied that the duration of the ban is reasonable, justified and proportionate.” There has been no comment yet from the PCB on today’s ruling.last_img read more

Price panel discusses terrorist attacks in Paris

first_imgOn Thursday, the Price School of Public Policy held a discussion about the effects that the recent Paris terrorist attacks will have on U.S. national security policy.The event, entitled “The Paris Massacre: What are the implications for the U.S.?” featured Dr. Erroll Southers, director of transition and research deployment at the CREATE National Research Center, and Dr. Raphael Bostic, director of the Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise.The panelists divided the discussion into three segments: Paris, the United States and future international governance.Southers, an expert on homegrown terrorism, provided his view on the events in Paris.“Paris has been challenging for some time,” Southers said. “You have a really interesting dynamic there, where you have a very large collection of Muslims, the largest population of Jews outside of Israel and a growth of both anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic sentiment.”Southers also explained how the Paris shooting reflected the inefficacy of our current counterterrorism strategy.“I was not surprised of the [Paris] attacks. Just look at the numbers. French intelligence knew of three to five thousand radicalized Muslims living in France. But you need 20 to 25 agents to properly monitor a suspect,” Southers said.A possible solution to terrorism, Southers argued, would have to come not from the government, but from the vulnerable communities themselves — what he called a change in our present “top-down” mentality.Bostic suggested a different form of addressing the dangers of terrorism: “De-evolution of governance. There is a tendency to tell the lower levels what to do, but we should actually be letting them dictate policy. If you do not engage the constituents, they do not own the policy and they won’t help you.”Southers also explained how he is currently working to implement this policy in a burgeoning national initiative that would include Los Angeles, Boston and Minneapolis as pilot cities.“We are really trying to become an equal partner with the people in the community and figure out what we can do about it. It takes a network to defeat a network. Terrorism is all local. Terrorists have families and live in communities. That’s why 40 percent of successful arrests related to terrorism come from people calling up,” Southers said.Another policy issue discussed by the panel was the tendency to profile terrorists as originating from certain places.“We tend to think of terrorists as coming from other countries, what I call ‘tourist terrorists.’ But some people that don’t necessarily have personal links discover these connections and become radicalized,” Bostic said.Southers noted that the terrorists that targeted Paris this year and Madrid in 2004 were nationals of the countries they attacked.“I was not surprised that the Paris attackers were French. In the Madrid bombing they were all Spaniards. These organizations are recruiting from the homeland,” Southers said.Southers explained that the public’s unwillingness to cooperate with Muslim communities was also concerning.Some of the students present at the discussion agreed with Southers’ community-based approach to fighting terrorism .“I think it’s all about framing the dialogue in a way that communities feel they have ownership in the solution,” said Justine Dodgen, a graduate student studying public administration. “They must feel that the government is supporting them so that they don’t turn to terrorist organizations for recruitment.”“One of the best parts of the talk was hearing Southers’ views on how we perceive terrorism,” said Jeremy Loudenback, a graduate student studying public policy. “We use certain code words that are misleading, such as labeling someone a ‘lone wolf attacker’ instead of a ‘terrorist attacker.’ We need to figure out how to properly designate someone as a terrorist.”last_img read more

Fabio Capello Denies Chelsea FC Approach

first_imgFabio Capello has played down reports that he has been approached to take over from Rafael Benitez at Chelsea. The Italian manager is currently in charge of the Russian national side.With Benitez set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the current season, Capello has been linked with a short-term deal with Premiership club. However, the former England boss denied he had been in talks with owner Roman Abramovich.He told Radio Anch’io Sport: “No offer has arrived from Abramovich, none of it is true. I’m happy in Russia.”Capello resigned as England manager in February and accepted the Russia job following Euro 2012. He has guided his new team to four wins from four games in qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Meanwhile, Benitez is concentrating on Thursday’s Europa League clash at Steaua Bucharest, and the upcoming FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United:“One game at a time,” he said. “We have to go to Bucharest before we can concentrate on (the United) game.“Both games are important, but one is just one game and one is two legs.”last_img read more

FULL LIST: CAF Award Winners

first_imgTanzanian Mbwana Aly Samatta was named best African Player of the Year based in the continent becoming the first from East Africa to win the coveted prize.Samatta garnered 127 points, ahead of his TP Mazembe teammate and DR Congo goalkeeper Robert Muteba Kidiaba, who amassed 88 points. Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah trailed in third place with 63 points.Cameroonian Gaelle Enganamouit was adjudged Women’s Player of the Year becoming the first from her country to pick up the prize after her impressive performance at the women’s World Cup.Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen claimed the Youth Player of the Year while Etebo Peter Oghenekaro won the Most Promising Talent of the Year.   Herve Renard was named Coach of the Year for guiding Cote d’Ivoire to continental glory since 1992 while ‘Les Elephants’ were named National Team of the Year.Cameroon won the Women’s National Team of the Year prize while DR Congo giants, TP Mazembe claimed Club of the Year with Gambian Papa Bakary Gassama going home with the Referee of the Year award.Former Ghana coach Charles Kumi Gyamfi and Cameroonian Samuel Mbappe Leppe were honoured posthumously in the African Legend category FULL LISTAFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG (Gabon)AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR – BASED IN AFRICA – Mbwana Aly SAMATTAWOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Gaelle ENGANAMOUIT (Cameroon)YOUTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria) MOST PROMISING TALENT OF THE YEAR – Etebo Peter OGHENEKARO (Nigeria)COACH OF THE YEAR – Herve RENARD (France) – Former Coach of Cote d’IvoireREFEREE OF THE YEAR – Bakary Papa GASSAMA (Gambia)NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR – Cote d’IvoireWOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR – Cameroon CLUB OF THE YEAR – TP Mazembe (DR Congo)AFRICAN LEGENDCharles Kumi GYAMFI (Ghana)Samuel MBAPPE LEPPE (Cameroon)–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more