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Coronavirus spreads after Covid-sceptic bishop’s funeral in Montenegro

first_imgMourners at the event in Montenegro kissed the bishop’s body as it lay in an open coffin.- Advertisement –last_img

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The Nigerians standing up to sex-work traffickers in Sicily

first_imgThe Nigerian leading a battle to help rescue those like herself from a life of prostitution in Sicily.- Advertisement –last_img

Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2020

Pigs, cats in Indonesia infected with H5N1

first_imgOct 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Pigs and stray cats have been found infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus in Indonesia, adding to the few previous reports of such cases, according to news services.A study from Udayana University found that two pigs on the island of Bali were infected with the H5N1 virus in July, senior agriculture minister Musni Suatmodjo told Reuters yesterday. According to news reports, veterinary faculty from the university discovered the infected pigs in Bali’s south-central Gianyar and Tabanan regencies.News reports didn’t say if the pigs were sick or died.Flu experts worry about H5N1 findings in pigs because the animals can carry human as well as avian influenza viruses, which presents the viruses an opportunity to combine and form new strains that could spark a human flu pandemic.This isn’t the first time that the H5N1 virus has been identified in Indonesian pigs. In 2005, a report in Nature said the virus was found in 5 of 10 healthy pigs kept near poultry farms in western Java where poultry were infected with H5N1. The report said the Indonesian government had found similar results among pigs in the same region.The H5N1 virus was also found in pigs in China in 2001 and 2003, but follow-up surveys in 2004 found no evidence of the virus, according to the Nature article.Meanwhile, researchers from the Indonesian Environment Information Center (PILI) in Yogyakarta announced that stray cats had caught the H5N1 virus from infected poultry at live markets, according to a report Oct 7 in the Jakarta Post. There were no details about the location of the stray cats or if they were sick or died.”We are positive that cats can have the virus, although it is yet to be proven that they can transmit the virus to other animals or humans,” said PILI director Iwan Setiawan.Other instances of cats infected with the H5N1 virus have been documented: house cats in Germany, Thailand, and Austria, and a leopard and tigers at a zoo near Bangkok.But the role of cats in transmitting the H5N1 virus is not known. The World Health Organization said earlier this year that no human cases have been linked to diseased cats. However, Albert Osterhaus, a virologist with the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands, said that cat-to-human transmission is theoretically possible and that cat-to-cat transmission has been shown in a laboratory setting.Meanwhile, in the United States, final tests showed that the flu virus found in wild northern pintail ducks in west-central Montana’s Cascade County last month was an H5N3, a mild strain, not the deadly Asian strain of H5N1, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Oct 7.In September, investigators found the H5 and N1 virus subtypes in healthy ducks. The samples were sent to the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, where investigators found a low-pathogenic H5N3 virus in 2 of 16 samples.The USDA said it’s not unusual for a specific subtype to be identified in initial screening tests but not be isolated in confirmatory testing, because the screening tests are so sensitive. In this case, the N1 subtype was weakly identified as positive by rapid screening, but confirmatory testing instead found the N3 subtype. Previously announced genetic testing had already ruled out the presence of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain.Low-pathogenic avian flu viruses often occur naturally in wild birds and cause only minor sickness or no noticeable signs of disease. They pose no risk to human health. However, low-pathogenic strains sometimes mutate into deadly strains.The testing of Montana ducks is part of an effort by the USDA and the Department of Interior to test wild birds throughout the United States for the deadly H5N1 avian flu. Previous tests on birds from Michigan, Maryland, and Pennsylvania have been positive only for the low pathogenic “North American” strain of H5N1.See also:USDA-DOI news release on avian flu in Montana ducksNature report on H5N1 virus in pigs in Indonesiahttp://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v435/n7041/full/435390a.htmlMay 27, 2005 CIDRAP News article “Indonesian pigs have avian flu virus; bird cases double in China”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2020

H5N1 strikes Pakistan poultry again

first_imgAug 21, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials in Pakistan today announced a recent outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in the country’s northwest, as Indonesia worked to stamp out the disease on farms on Sulawesi and Italian officials reported low-pathogenic avian flu outbreaks.The Pakistan outbreak occurred in late July at a large farm in the town of Mansehra, about 50 miles north of Islamabad, Reuters reported today. The birds were tested for the disease after about 14,000 chickens at the farm died, said Rafiq-ul-Hassan Usmani, an agriculture ministry official.After samples came back positive for the H5N1 virus, the remaining 35,000 birds were culled, Reuters reported.A report that Pakistani officials submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said the outbreak affected 16-week-old breeder and broiler chickens.Pakistan has had several poultry outbreaks this year, but the latest incident is the first since May, according to OIE reports. The country has not reported any human H5N1 cases.Elsewhere, local officials on Sulawesi island in Indonesia said they were struggling to contain H5N1 outbreaks on farms near Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi, according to a report yesterday from Antara News, the state news agency. Tests conducted after several chickens in Palu died confirmed the disease in 29 chickens, Antara reported.Infected birds have been found in three of four subdistricts in Palu, and Antara reported that two chickens in neighboring Donggala district died of the disease 2 days ago.In other news, Italian health officials announced that an outbreak of a low-pathogenic form of H5N2 avian influenza had been detected on farms near Ravenna, in northern Italy, Reuters reported today. Some of the birds also had antibodies to an H7 avian flu virus, the report said.A health ministry statement said evidence of infection in the birds was found during routine surveillance on the farm, Reuters reported.A senior official with Italy’s poultry farmers union told Reuters that about 12,000 ducks and geese were culled on an industrial farm, along with about 200 chickens and guinea fowl on a smaller farm.See also:OIE reports on Pakistan outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2020

USDA grants conditional license for E coli cattle vaccine

first_img Though Epitopix is the first company to win conditional USDA approval, other groups are working on E coli vaccines for cattle. In February 2008, Bioniche, a Canadian company that developed Canada’s first E coli vaccine for cattle, said it received word from the USDA that it was in a good position to secure conditional licensure. A conditional license would allow Bioniche to sell the vaccine in the United States if at least one step in the manufacturing process takes place on US soil and the company doesn’t use a trademark name for the vaccine. “We had a decrease in cattle shedding E coli by 54% in our first study,” Thompson said in the press release. “However, we increased the amount of SRP exposure in the second field study and decreased the rate of shedding by 85%.” The large-pen studies involved 20 pens and more than 1,200 head of cattle. Thompson said researchers conducted a challenge study, a natural infection trial, and two large-pen field studies of the SRP E coli vaccine at commercial feedlots. He said the trials demonstrated that the vaccine decreased the number of cattle shedding the bacteria, the concentration of the bacteria that was shed, and the number of “super shedder” cattle. Feb 2, 2008, CIDRAP News story “E coli cattle vaccine nearing US approval” See also: Dan Thompson, associate professor of clinical sciences at Kansas State University, said in a March 27, 2008, press release from the university that foodborne pathogens use siderophore receptors and porin proteins to acquire iron. “Iron is to bacteria as oxygen is to humans. Without iron consumption, the bacteria suffocate and can’t grow or replicate,” he said, adding that the vaccine keeps the pathogen from taking up iron. The company will conduct more potency and efficacy studies to gain full approval for the vaccine, which was developed by the company’s scientists along with researchers from Kansas State University and West Texas A&M University. The vaccine uses “siderophore receptor and porin” (SRP) technology developed by Epitopix. Also, GeneThera, Inc., based in Wheat Ridge, Colo., said in November 2008 that it had signed an agreement to license and distribute an E coli vaccine developed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, according to a previous report. A representative from the company said that the company would launch phase 2 clinical trials soon and take the vaccine to market as soon as possible. E coli O157:H7 doesn’t sicken cattle but is potentially fatal to humans. It produces a toxin that causes diarrhea, often bloody, but usually without fever. Though most patients with E coli O157:H7 infections recover in 5 to 10 days, 2% to 7% develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal form of kidney failure. Epitopix announced the granting of the conditional license on Mar 5 at the Beef Industry Food Safety Council annual meeting in San Diego, according to a company press release. “It represents a significant breakthrough in the beef industry’s ongoing effort to reduce E coli O157,” said Jim Sandstrom, Epitopix’ general manager, in the press release. Nov 3, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Canada approves E coli vaccine for cattle” Because the pathogen doesn’t sicken cattle, it’s unclear how vigorously cattle producers will embrace the vaccine, some industry experts have said. Sandstrom told CIDRAP News that Epitopix has not yet set a price for a course of its vaccine. Bioniche has said its vaccine would likely cost less than $10 per head of cattle. Mar 27, 2008, K-State press release Sandstrom credited the USDA and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association for supporting several public and private E coli preharvest and postharvest interventions. “We are confident that our E coli O157:H7 SRP vaccine will play an important role for beef producers and packers as they work together to implement E coli O157:H7 control efforts,” he said. Mar 11, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently granted a conditional license for the nation’s first Escherichia coli O157:H7 vaccine for cattle, allowing Epitopix LLC, a Willmar, Minn., company, to immediately offer the vaccine to the beef industry.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2020

WHO: Certain H1N1 cases may predict antiviral resistance

first_imgSep 25, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – While antiviral-resistant H1N1 influenza viruses remain rare, clinicians should watch for two particular kinds of H1N1 cases that seem more likely to give rise to viruses resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.So far, 28 oseltamivir-resistant viruses have been detected worldwide, the WHO said in today’s statement. Twelve of these were linked to use of the drug for postexposure prophylaxis, and 6 were in patients who had severe immunosuppression. Four more cases involved other patients being treated with the drug, and 2 patients were not on the drug.In view of the findings, the WHO urged clinicians to watch for resistance in:Patients with severely compromised or suppressed immune systems who have prolonged H1N1 illness and have received oseltamivir (especially if for a long time) but still have evidence of viral replicationPeople who receive preventive oseltamivir after exposure to another infected person but then get sick anyway”In both of these clinical situations, health care staff should respond with a high level of suspicion that oseltamivir resistance has developed,” the WHO said. “Laboratory investigation should be undertaken to determine whether resistant virus is present, and appropriate infection control measures should be implemented or reinforced to prevent spread of the resistant virus.”The agency also recommended conducting epidemiologic investigations in such situations to find out if a resistant virus has spread to anyone else.Person-to-person transmission of resistant H1N1 viruses has not yet been clearly shown, the WHO said. Local transmission may have occurred in some situations, but it didn’t lead to ongoing or wider transmission.The agency also said the resistant viruses do not seem to cause different or more severe symptoms. Except for immunocompromised patients, those infected with resistant viruses have had typical flu cases.The WHO does not generally recommend using oseltamivir to prevent H1N1 illness, today’s statement noted. For people who have been exposed and are at risk for a severe case, an alternative is close monitoring and early treatment if symptoms develop.In August the agency recommended against antiviral treatment for previously healthy people with uncomplicated H1N1 cases. It stressed prompt antiviral treatment for those with severe illness, pregnant women, and people with conditions such as asthma, obesity, or diabetes.See also: Sep 25 WHO statement on antivirals and resistancehttp://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/notes/h1n1_antiviral_use_20090925/en/index.htmlAug 21 CIDRAP News story “WHO: In treating H1N1, save antivirals for high-risk cases”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2020

In the first six months, Lošinj grew by 20 percent in overnight stays and arrivals

first_imgIn the first six months, Lošinj recorded very good tourist results, thus achieving a total of 491.700 overnight stays and 89.500 arrivals with an index of an increase in overnight stays of 19%, and arrivals of 20% compared to the previous 2016.The largest increase in guests was recorded in the segment of hotel accommodation, 19%, and the offer of Lošinj hotels was enjoyed by as many as 35.500 guests who spent 155.000 nights. ”We are extremely pleased with the tourist results so far, especially because this year we have invested a lot of effort to organize numerous events for the needs of all our guests. We expect even better results in the coming months and the continuation of positive indicators of a successful tourist year so far, said the president of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić.After the excellent results achieved in the first six months, the island of vitality with the organization of numerous events continues to successfully navigate the tourist year.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2020

Ivan Mrvoš, after smart benches, presented smart stations for cycling – Monna

first_imgAfter smart Stereo benches, a young innovator, Ivan Mrvoš who started from Solin literally from the garage, a few days ago at the largest Smart City fair in Barcelona presented a new innovative product Monna – the first electric smart bike station in response to cycling.Monna is the most advanced multifunctional bench ever designed – for both urban and rural areas. There are two versions of the system. The first is Monna City for city locations such as town squares, marinas or parks. and Monna Country designed for outdoor locations, such as country bike trails, hills, etc.Using the best of our best-selling Steora smartphones – charging smart devices, Wi-Fi, street lights, digital advertising, sensors, data collection, we have created a bike station that comes with a solarium that comes with a bike stand, repair tools and electric charging sockets electric bicycles and other devices – it is written in Monna’s description for the Include website.Two smart 7-screen electrical outlets provide up to 250 watts of power to charge electric bikes, laptops and other electronic devices.There is also a compressor that fills the tires with air in a simple way and with a few clicks via a digital display. The required amount of air pressure is set on the display, connect the air hose to the valve in the tires and press start on the display. When the proper air pressure is reached, charging stops. There are also mandatory stainless steel tools, which are fitted with standard screwdrivers, 6 regular wrenches and 8 wrenches of different sizes, making it easy to repair all types of bikes.Photo: MonnaAll in all, a rounded story, from free electricity and internet access, to bicycle repair tools as well as a tire inflator. See more about the entire Monna product at official websiteslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2020

Carwiz prints history. The first car rental branch in the American market opened

first_imgRELATED NEWS: “We started the negotiations in February this year and finalized them during the WTM fair in London. The American compared to other markets is the most demanding due to market rules that differ in many ways from European, African and Asian. We believe that the branch office at Orlando International Airport, which is also the largest market for the car rental industry in the world, is a good way to present ourselves to clients from the USA.”, Explained Frane Herceg, Franchise Manager CARWIZ rent a car. Interest from countries such as Qatar, India, Mauritius, Dominican Republic, Florida, Azerbaijan indicates that the global brand can improve local business, give it importance and improve sales, adds Dobrilovic and concludes that their global brand presence indicates that price is not the only and the most important market factor. Thus, Carwiz became a Croatian export product and one of the few companies from the tourism sector, but also from Croatia, which succeeded. In less than a year, through the franchise model, Carwiz is already present in 15 international markets, and with the new franchise partnership, Carwiz continues its global expansion in the most demanding market – American market. Success that opens all doors and literally only the sky is the limit. Of course, one learns it on the market, and something completely different on the market and survives and positions itself, but the first step has been achieved. Awake dreams of becoming one of the strongest players in the car rental industry This is an example of how Croatia can be competitive and present on the global market. One small, for global framework, Croatian company, slowly and surely erases all borders, and awake dreaming of becoming one of the strongest players in the car rental industry in the world.  “The expressed interest comes from European, American and exotic and distant countries thanks to the service we offer to our partners – from daily contact regardless of the time difference, mentoring to their independence, the phase in which we have support from the background. The company’s projected growth by the end of the year is in twenty countries. We achieved a large number of partnerships thanks to our visual identity, which proved to be very attractive at the fair and the success we achieved in just two years of business, during which we established ourselves as one of the strongest players in the car rental industry.”, explains the director of Carwiz, Krešimir Dobrilović, and emphasizes that the main precondition for the company’s growth has been the quality management of franchises and the support they provide to our partners.  “Croatia is currently recognized as a beautiful country with great sporting successes, but we think we can be leaders in many other things. Imagine that we are recognized for our entrepreneurship, for our inventions! We will never be the biggest or the most populous. We know that. But what we can do is be the most creative, the most innovative and the most enterprising.”Said Bagatin, and you can read the whole speech in the attachment. The projected growth of the company by the end of the year is in twenty countries – Krešimir Dobrilović, CARWIZ Date January 30, 2019 will be inscribed in the history of our tourism, and especially our domestic car rental company Carwiz, which in a short time since its inception, has positioned itself as a leader in this segment.center_img But expectations for expansion on the global map for this year have not yet been met. As they point out from Carwiz, at the recently concluded this year’s WTM fair in London, interest in the Cariwz franchise exists from as many as twenty new countries. Carwiz opened its first car rental branch in the United States – in Florida. Thus, after the European, African and Asian markets, Carwiz also enters the American market and continues its global expansion. Frane Herceg, Franchise Manager Carwiz International We should look forward to someone else’s success, encourage and emphasize it – celebrate the entrepreneurial mindset, as pointed out by Ognjen Bagatin from the Bagatin Polyclinic, who in his recent speech explained why it is important to celebrate someone else’s success. Namely, on that date, Carwiz made a big step forward, then unthinkable for many, and that is the attack and expansion into the global market through franchise model. OGNJEN BAGATIN, POLYCLINIC BAGATIN: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE SOMEONE ELSE’S SUCCESS? Being present in the American market is a dream for all companies, especially from a small market such as Croatia. The US market is an extremely competitive and demanding market, few people in Croatia have succeeded, not counting IT companies, and Carwiz has succeeded in this feat. By signing a contract with a company from the world’s largest car rental industry market operating in International Air port of Orlando, in the southeastern federal state Florida, CARWIZ International has opened its first car rental branch in The United States. last_img read more

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Istralandia named the 5th best water park in the world

first_imgThe European bronze medal emphasizes the values ​​of quality and is another in a series of confirmations of excellent international positioning, which sees Istria again in the European Top 10, the only Croatian park on the scale of the Old Continent. Election passenger ratings are processed based on the Tripadvisor algorithm that compares different parameters, including the ranking, quantity, and quality of reviews published by the international user community. “The third European destination for Istria is a sign of growing public respect and comes at the center of a particularly complex season for the sector, fitting in with the task of aligning the entertainment offer and respecting new safety protocols and epidemiological measures.”Said Silvio Kraljević, head of the Istralandia aquapark. Today, the Travelers Choice scale was published, dedicated to theme parks and water parks, and the great news is that Istralandia is once again in first place in Croatia and the only Croatian excellence in the Top 10 European water parks. Photo: Istralandiacenter_img “The award restores employees’ hope that quality always wins because it recognizes effort and constant investment in staff training, kindness and professionalism, care for greenery, entertainment and variety of animation programs, order, cleanliness and quality of pool water, rich and varied gastronomic offer, new adrenaline attractions of the latest generation, always high standardized levels of services, rich sports offer and at the same time great readiness to accept innovative entertainment programs”Says Kraljević and emphasizes that he thanks all the employees of Aquapark Istralandia for this important new achievement and great international success, which is also a great tourist success for the destination of Istria and for Croatia in general. The Travelers’ Choice 2020 ranking dedicated to the category of water parks, published today by the most important internet portal for quality excellence ratings in the world, confirmed that the Istralandia water park is 3. the best European water park in the competition of more than 300 European water parks, and at the same time Istralandia is classified as 5. the best water park in the world. The goal that Istralandia has perfectly achieved by using attractions and services based on a few, clear and simple “rules of the game”, preserving the original formula of the park, says Kraljevic, and these are: a perfectly successful combination of fun and entertainment for all lovers of water attractions. cleanliness in accordance with the highest hygienic standards and of course impeccable safety for all visitors and lovers of water pleasures.last_img read more