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Oct 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”
For information check out the new website.Register online or at the club this Friday October 14th at 7 p.m. The Nelson Curling Club is ready for another year on the ice.The 2016/17 season kicks off this week with open ice all week for your chance to practise up or give it a try for the first time.The Club is re-energised and ready to go, so curlers are urged to hurry out onto the ice and practice your slide into action.
Kylian Mbappe (Monaco) received 31 per cent of the vote – The second most preferred striker this summer is Mbappe of Monaco, who is wanted by every club in Europe. Realistic destinations include Real Madrid and Arsenal, though any club wishing to sign the 18-year-old will have to match the huge £120m asking price set by ASM. Mbappe scored 26 goals in 44 games last season as he broke onto the scene in superb fashion, and 31 per cent of people believe he would be the best signing made this summer. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) received 23 per cent of the vote – Gabon star Aubameyang has spent four very successful seasons at Dortmund, scoring 120 goals, and it appears his time in Germany could be coming to an end. A number of clubs want to sign the 28-year-old, including PSG, Real Madrid and Liverpool, and 23 per cent of people feel he is the best striker available this summer. You can see the strikers, ranked by number of votes received, by clicking the right arrow, above…Tune into the Transfer Tavern with Nat Coombs on talkSPORT at 20:00 every Sunday throughout the summer 4 4 Transfer Tavern POLL!Who out of these summer transfer targets would you have in your team?— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 25, 2017 Goalscorers are always one of the most in demand players when the transfer window rolls around – and it’s no different this summer.Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe, Romelu Lukaku and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have all been linked with big-money moves to various clubs, while Alvaro Morata, Robert Lewandowski and Diego Costa could also be switching teams this summer.But which forward do talkSPORT listeners think their club should sign?The Transfer Tavern asked football fans which of the summer transfer targets they would have in their team, out of Kane, Mbappe, Lukaku and Aubameyang. 4 Romelu Lukaku (Everton) received nine per cent of the vote – click the right arrow to see the other in demand strikers ranked – Despite Lukaku scoring 71 goals in 133 games across the last three seasons, the Belgium forward is not wanted by that many football fans. It seems he is set to sign for Chelsea before the end of the summer transfer window, with an £80m deal rumoured, but only nine per cent of people want him at their club. Hopefully those nine per cent all support the Stamford Bridge outfit. 4 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) received 37 per cent of the vote – Most fans would prefer their team to sign Kane out of the four strikers, on the back of another excellent season for the England star. The 23-year-old won his second successive Premier League Golden Boot in 2016/17, and has now scored 94 goals in the last three seasons. Manchester United are said to be considering a £100m bid for Kane, though Spurs have no desire to sell the local hero. 37 per cent of talkSPORT listeners rate Kane as the best in demand striker right now.
Pam Green of Second Chances believes that true change is possible if everyone plays a part in improving the lives of their fellow citizens. (Images: Second Chances)A complicated break-up left Pam Green destitute, but she managed to overcome adversity with the help of close friends who lent her their support.Following her personal triumph, Green took it upon herself to help other people going through similar struggles who had also been left without a home or a means to provide for themselves.Shortly after making this decision, she founded Second Chances, an initiative aimed at creating social upliftment and embracing ubuntu, the spirit of helping your fellow citizen, through social media.“I have always felt the desire to help,” Green told Independent Online.“In my school days I used to go a couple of times a week and volunteer at orphanages in the afternoons. I started actively initiating projects and getting more involved… It is very important to pay it forward and always remember where you come from.”THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIASocial media has fast become a powerful tool for companies and organisations to get their names into the public eye and drive their business.It is no surprise then that Second Chances tapped into this potential to help drive social upliftment and get South African citizens to play an active role in improving the lives of the less fortunate.The organisation makes use of social media to bring pressing issues such as unemployment, poverty and substance abuse to the attention of people who are in a position to help. In this way, it acts as a link between the source of help and where the help is needed.GET INVOLVEDIf you would like to play a part in this online initiative that is changing people’s lives one tweet at a time, visit its get involved page for more details.To see some of the great work Second Chances is doing, visit its Facebook page.“I’m so grateful to those who now follow the work that I do, who support the work that I do and get involved,” Green said.“But most importantly (I am grateful) to the people who trust me enough to get involved in their lives.”Watch Green pay it forward:PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jenna Lee and John FultonWhat will sharing my farm data accomplish and what is the value?Many farmers may find themselves thinking about this very question as they weigh the benefits and drawbacks of sharing their farm data. The potential to realize value from data can often stem from sharing it via digital technologies to service providers or other consultants. In many cases, it may be necessary for a grower to share farm data with multiple entities in order to obtain the largest return on investment possible. While many simple solutions have been presented to farmers that make it easier than ever to share data, the benefits and tangible value of doing so have not been clearly or accurately conveyed.Sharing data for use in collaborative tools may result in benefits such as:Reducing the number of duplicate datasets generated or collected.Innovative digital tools allow for drawing of site-specific information and learnings.Allowing for one common data source that all decisions can be made from in order to eliminate confusion or inaccurate interpretation from outside sources.Moving from collected data to actionable decisions quickly, and on-the-go.Verifying original analyses and developing new insights from same data.Generating trustworthy, data-backed answers and solutions for complex issues like water quality.Identifying opportunities to improve efficiencies, reduce risk, and increase bottom line.Empowering scientists and researchers to explore and develop new analyses.Beyond these numerous benefits, growers may also find a tangible value in sharing their data by utilizing digital technologies. In an effort to determine that value, The Ohio State University, Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska surveyed 120 soybean producers. The producers surveyed owned a smartphone or tablet and were utilizing some sort of variable rate technology, suggesting that many had already started to implement digital technologies in their own operations and were using them for business decisions.The study defined “digital technologies” as ag data tools that require the use of producer data to provide products, information, and recommendations. These tools can come in the form of mobile applications, web platforms, or agricultural technology provider managed services.Farmer comments about using digital technologies and sharing data from the study include:“Utilizing digital technologies allows me to make better decisions about inputs next year.”“In a game of moving variables, there is a ‘peace of mind’ value that you are putting yourself in the best position for success.”“I am raising a better quality [crop] by utilizing digital tools to understand what it requires for the current growing season.”“There isn’t any one way to view all your information. The question is how do we use [digital tools] together to the best of our ability.”By utilizing these technologies, growers were sharing their farm data in some form.Results from the survey indicated that more than 92% of farmers are sharing data with at least one person, 66% are sharing with two or more people, and 34% are sharing with three or more people.These farmers most commonly shared their data with agronomic consultants, seed sales representatives, retailers, university extension/researchers, crop insurance personnel, and marketing consultants. Over 60% indicated that they share data with both seed representatives and agronomic consultants. When farmers do make the decision to share data, more than two-thirds of them indicated that they have “high” or “very high” expectations that sharing their data will provide value to their operation.Nearly all (96%) of survey respondents also revealed that data they are collecting is being used as a direct input for management decisions, and 91% are using some sort of digital technology or service. While each of the results discussed above provide some insight to the perceived value in terms of qualitative outcomes from sharing data, the survey also asked producers to quantify the value of digital technologies in terms of dollars per acre. All of the respondents selected an answer of $2.50 per acre or above.While the option of $0 per acre was listed, none of the farmers selected this response. This clearly demonstrates that farmers who are utilizing digital technologies and sharing their data have found a significant benefit in their operations.Find additional data resources and information on The Ohio State University’s Digital Ag website: digitalag.osu.edu. Dr. John Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at email@example.com. Jenna Lee, Student Research Assistant, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column is provided by the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
[Click CC for Closed Captioning – Klicke auf CC für Untertitel][vsw id=”AMrr7D-hqsg” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Watch this video to see the story behind the first geocache in Germany. It started a craze that’s led to a quarter million active geocaches. Back on October 2, 2000 the owner of a brand new GPS device decided to try an experiment. He hid a geocache. Ferenc loaded the coordinates and a description onto Geocaching.com. He wondered if anyone might have heard of this new GPS-powered treasure-hunt. Days and weeks passes. Ferenc says he lost interest in geocaching. Years passed, and eventually he wondered if anyone had ever found his geocache or if geocaching ever caught on in Germany. One look at the cache page answered both questions. Watch, “GC77 Germany’s First Geocache” to discover a geocache that’s been logged nearly 4000 times.First German GeocacheThe video discusses how the geocache was initially buried. Geocaches are not allowed to be buried. This historical geocache is no longer buried and complies with the guidelinesSubscribe to the Official Geocaching.com YouTube channel for the latest tips and tricks in geocaching. Watch the more than 100 videos produced by Geocaching.com on our video page. Schau Dir dieses Video an um die Geschichte des ersten Geocaches in Deutschland kennenzulernen. Der Geocache GC77 half den Boom auszulösen, der zu bisher einer viertel Million Geocaches in Deutschland führte.Damals, am 2. Oktober 2000, machte der Besitzer eines brandneuen GPS-Gerätes ein Experiment. Er versteckte einen Geocache. Ferenc veröffentlichte die Koordinate bei Geocaching.com. Er fragte sich, ob schon jemand von dieser neuen GPS-unterstützten Schatzsuche gehört hat. Tage und Wochen vergingen. Ferenc sagt, daß er das Interesse an Geocaching verloren hat. Jahre vergingen und irgendwann fragte er sich, ob jemand seinen Geocache gefunden hat und ob sich Geocaching in Deutschland etablieren konnte. Ein Blick auf die Cacheseite beantworte beide Fragen. Schau Dir “GC77, Deutschlands erster Geocache” an und entdecke einen Geocache, der fast 4000 mal geloggt wurde.First German GeocacheDas Video erörtert, daß der Geocache ursprünglich vergraben war. Geocaches dürfen nicht vergraben sein. Dieser historische Geocache ist nicht mehr vergraben und entspricht den Guidelines.Abonniere den offiziellen Geocaching.com YouTube-Kanal, um die neusten Geocaching-Tips- und Tricks zu sehen. Schau Dir über 100 Videos von Geocaching.com auf unserer Video-Seite an.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Presents: “Geocaching Without GPS”December 1, 2011In “Deutsch”Geocaching.com Presents: FavoritesOctober 20, 2011In “Learn”Behind the Scenes with a Geocaching.com Volunteer ReviewerJanuary 13, 2011In “Community”
Tags:#headlines#links#mandatory#related headlines#relevant#twitter The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Twitter wants to make it easier for you to find news, and today decided to do so by adding a “related headlines” section to newsworthy tweets—whether the authors of those tweets like it or not.Related headlines only appear on the Twitter website—specifically, that is, on the permalink page for any given tweet. They will point to Web pages that embedded the original tweet. (Related headlines, however, won’t appear on the tweets embedded in those pages themselves—just at their permanent home on Twitter.) The new feature aims to provide context beyond 140 characters and to connect users with more in-depth stories about a given topic.Essentially, related headlines act as backlinks supporting the publications and websites that embed Twitter posts. Twitter’s related headlines feature will link to all stories that embed the user’s tweet.Twitter demonstrated the feature with Jason Collins’ tweet referencing his coming out as the NBA’s first openly gay player. The related headlines section to that tweet now provides links to nine different websites documenting reaction to Collins’ announcement.Who Pays The Piper?Many publications and authors will be happy to have the social network throw them some traffic, but some users find it intrusive that Twitter is deciding what readers of their tweets will find relevant:Until now, users have exercised some control over what gets attached to their tweets, simply because Twitter took its cues from the links, photos and videos users chose to include. Twitter, however, chooses related headlines (presumably algorithmically), giving it the ability to associate new links with particular tweets, even if the original author didn’t share them. According to a related post on Twitter’s developer blog, publishers who are already using embedded tweets will be among the first to have their article headlines linked to the tweets in question. Twitter will roll out the feature to additional publications and partners “in coming weeks.”The company didn’t say how it will determine the order in which headlines appear, which could give it leeway to charge publications, or even advertisers, for ranking. With sponsored tweets quickly filling up our Twitter feeds, it’s not a big leap to think that both Twitter and its advertisers can capitalize on link placement, as prominent Twitter users like actor Wil Wheaton have been quick to point that out.By adopting related headlines on tweets that become news, Twitter clearly aims to maintain its position as a premier news source while opening up a new channel that provides feedback to its online publication “partners”—i.e., those that embed tweets, extending Twitter’s reach as they do so. But as it adds another way for users to follow the news, Twitter is also starting to curtail its users’ control over the context in which their tweets appear. Related Posts selena larson Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…
By: David Lee Sexton, Jr.Pexels [Photo Dawn Desert Dusk Gold, CC0]What is Resilience?Waugh, Thompson, and Gotlib (2011) define resilience as one’s capability of maintaining mental health during difficult times. Think of it like balancing a scale; everyone possesses a limited amount of resources to deal with life’s demands. In dealing with these demands, Waugh (2017) states that people can react in one of three ways. First, one may commit too many of their resources to deal with the demands they encounter. In contrast, they may not dedicate enough resources to handle their current demands. Finally, individuals may find a balance between the two to match their demands with just enough resources to deal with them. This is known as adaptive responsiveness. Similarly, Waugh et al. (2011) refer to the capability of finding this golden ratio for one’s emotional reactions to the environment as flexible emotional responsiveness.Emotional CamouflagePersonally, I sometimes find it difficult to enjoy the simple things in life during times of stress. It can be very easy to become so consumed with daily hassles, looming deadlines, and other stressors that we forget to enjoy the simple pleasures. Somehow, when I’m deep in the trenches of a stressful situation, I find myself limiting my own access to little things that could brighten my day, like an overpriced coffee or a leisurely (rather than frantic) walk to my destination, to avoid “distractions”.However, Waugh (2017) suggests that it is one’s ability to allow themselves to feel appropriate levels of positive emotion during times of stress that leads to resilience. Waugh et al. (2011) found that individuals displaying the most resilience were more easily able to match their emotional responses to appropriate stimuli. In other words, they reacted in an appropriately positive manner to a positive stimulus and in an appropriately negative manner to a negative stimulus. Furthermore, those with higher levels of resilience could adapt their emotional responses more quickly to environmental changes. Waugh et al. (2011) provided the example of reacting to a loved one undergoing surgery. Those with higher levels of resilience are likely to be able to more quickly experience relief over a good outcome despite immediately preceding stress and anxiety. These findings emphasize the importance of not allowing oneself to experience tunnel vision during stressful times. Allowing yourself to experience positive emotional reactions to daily positive stimuli, as well as embracing positive emotions once a stressor has ended, is not a distraction.Want to Learn More?To learn more about the effect of positive emotion on resilience and its effects, please take some time to watch the MFLN Family Development Team’s free, recorded Virtual Conference session presented by Christian Waugh, Ph.D. Dr. Waugh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Wake Forest University. His research and publications focus on resilience and the temporal dynamics of emotion and resilience and positive emotions in times of stress.ReferencesWaugh, C. E. (2017). Bending, not breaking: Resilience and the role of positive emotions during times of stress. MFLN Family Development. Retrieved from: /2017virtualconference/waugh/Waugh, C. E., Thompson, R. J., & Gotlib, I. H. (2011). Flexible emotional responsiveness in trait resilience. Emotion, 11(5), 1059-1067.This post was written by David Lee Sexton, Jr. of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
The CBI on Friday opposed in the Supreme Court the bail pleas of DMK MP M.K. Kanimozhi and co-accused Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar in the 2G case on the ground that if released, they could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses. In an affidavit filed before the apex court, the investigating agency contended that Kanimozhi and Kumar were key conspirators and Rs 200 crore transferred to the Kalaignar TV was part of the “bribe” amount and not a loan as claimed by the accused. The agency said that since investigation in the 2G case is at an advanced stage, it will not be proper for the apex court to grant bail to the accused. The CBI submitted that the special CBI court and later the Delhi High Court had carefully evaluated various material evidence and other factors to decline bail to them. The apex court had on June 13 asked the CBI to explain where the Rs 200 crore, allegedly diverted to DMK-owned Kalaignar TV in 2G scam, has gone and also to file a response on their bail pleas in a week’s time A bench of justices B.S. Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar, while terming “corruption as the worst form of human rights violation,” had asked CBI to come out with a status report on the loss to the state exchequer due to the award of 13 licences to one of the telecom operators and trial proceedings in the CBI special court. Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the apex court seeking bail on June 10 challenging the Delhi High Court verdict rejecting their bail on the ground that they have strong political connections and the possibility of them influencing witnesses cannot be ruled out. Named as accused in the second charge-sheet for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 200 crore, the two were arrested on May 20 after the special court dismissed their bail pleas in the case. Both Kanimozhi and Kumar have 20 per cent stake each in Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd which allegedly received Rs 200 crore through a “circuitous” route from Shahid Balwa promoted DB Realty. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisement
India all-rounder Hardik Panaya, it seems, is leaving no stone unturned to keep himself in the perfect shape for his maiden World Cup appearance. Hardik is part of India’s 15-member squad for World Cup 2019, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.Hardik is likely to be India’s first-choice all-rounder in England and Wales, considering his exploits for the senior national team in the recent past. Hardik was in fine form Mumbai Indians as well, contributing both with the bat and the ball in the team’s title-winning campaign in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Showcasing his eagerness shine at the biggest cricketing tournament of the year, Hardik Pandya took to social media on Sunday to share a video of himself working out hard at the gym.”No rest days when the World Cup is around the corner,” Hardik wrote as the caption.No rest days when the World Cup is around the corner pic.twitter.com/SJgrAgYeUEhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) May 19, 2019Hardik has been pumped up about India’s World Cup campaign as the big-hitting all-rounder spoke about his title aspirations right after lifting the IPL 2019 trophy with Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad.After shining with 402 runs from 16 matches at a staggering strike rate of 191.42 in the IPL, Hardik Pandya had said: “I played well this season, but now time to move on. I want to lift that World Cup trophy as well.”Hardik’s World Cup participation was thrown into doubt when he was handed a suspension over his controversial comments on a popular television show in January. The Baroda all-rounder had missed India’s limited-overs tour of Australia before his suspension was provisionally lifted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.advertisementNonetheless, Hardik has been batting with a lot of maturity and determination ever since his return from the suspension.Hardik’s ability to chip in with a few overs will be crucial as India are relying on their bowling firepower to restrict oppositions on what is expected to be batsman-friendly wickets in the United Kingdom.Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni invaluable to Team India, says Brendon McCullumAlso See: