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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: September 26, 2020

Ex-Kaizer Chiefs legend: Akpeyi still the best in South Africa

first_img “We can only hope that he continues. But what you must know is, there is pressure. Chiefs people, they are not easy to please because of the previous success. That’s why most of these youngsters who come to Chiefs have struggled sometimes to live up to expectations of those that were there before, because the fans are spoiled. “But another thing that maybe is a bit different… the likes of Akpeyi are people who didn’t grow up in their development with goalkeeper coaches. They were using their own talent you know. He was only exposed to proper goalkeeper coaching when he arrived at Chippa [United], Akpeyi. I’m talking about the basics of goalkeeping. “These are some of the challenges that are faced with goalkeepers that come from the rest of the continent. You know there are certain basics that you build the positions from when you are training a goalkeeper. “These ones, that’s why you’ve got to appreciate them so much more, because they didn’t have all these privileges of being coached, and yet they are such quality. And with the little bit of coaching they are getting now, even if it’s a little bit late, they can only get so much better. “There’s very little I can give him [in terms of advice] because you know what, he is very strong-minded, he’s got a very strong personality. Another goalkeeper would have crumbled under this pressure that he has been going through. But he didn’t. “For me, it’s a pressure position, that you must admit if you are going to be a goalkeeper. You will be blamed for things that you are not even responsible for. You are a scapegoat you know. Read Also:Akpeyi’s Kaizer Chiefs resume New Year fixture in defeat “At this point where you even have to fill up the shoes of Khune, even more pressure. But he’s proved to be a very strong individual, and I think that is what has actually helped him survive. Others would have crashed.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Kaizer Chiefs legend, William Shongwe, says the club’s supporters should appreciate their current number one goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and stop comparing him to Itumeleng Khune. Kaizer Chiefs and Super Eagles no. 1 Daniel Akpeyi Although underrated in Mzansi, the 33-year-old Akpeyi was named goalkeeper of the year in Nigeria at the inaugural Ballers Awards Ceremony. Shongwe says that proves the quality the Nigerian international possesses. “I don’t think he is underrated, it’s the Chiefs fans who’ve got a challenge,” Shongwe tells KickOff.com. “Chiefs fans are so used to Khune, Khune. Without a doubt he’s class, and he’s kept the team going, and as a result, if this one [Akpeyi] commit errors they are quick to reflect back to their favourite. “If you are a real football fundi, you will realise and appreciate him. First of all, to keep goals for Chiefs there is a lot of pressure. And Akpeyi went through that pressure at the beginning, he survived it. And he got his groove back, and he started performing like the goalkeeper that they signed you know. “So me personally I’m happy for him because I have always believed… I mean look at the quality of Nigerian goalkeepers that were there [at AFCON]. For them to choose him ahead of the others…r emember there’s this one who played at the World Cup, the young star. For Akpeyi to get ahead of that one, that said a lot about his ability and his experience. “As much as we can deny it, the experience has been showing. The quality of Akpeyi has been there for all to see. It’s just that the supporters are spoiled. They don’t want to see anything less than Khune.center_img Promoted Content8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Everything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 13, 2020

Lewandowski will never break Gerd Muller’s record: Dieter Muller

first_img“For me, Lewandowski is one of the best and most complete strikers of the past decade and currently the best attacker. He has exceptional skills,” added Muller.After having secured their eight consecutive Bundesliga title, Bayern are turning their attentions to the fight for a treble, as they have advanced to the final of the German Cup and are close to reaching the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, after defeating Chelsea away in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie.“Hansi Flick has done a really great job so far, he has given the team confidence. I trust Flick and the players”, concluded Muller.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | Former Germany international Dieter Muller described Robert Lewandowski as the best striker in the world, but says the Pole will never break the record set by Gerd Muller, who scored 40 goals in the 1971/72 Bundesliga season.Poland’s captain has found the net 33 times this season and looks set to be crowned the Bundesliga’s top scorer for the fifth time in his career, as he has scored seven more goals than second-placed Timo Werner with just one game left to play. There had been speculation that “Lewy” would be able to break Muller’s record, but his namesake Dieter expressed his doubts.“It’s incredibly difficult to reach that result. You may have an injury and the season is over for you. I think no one will beat Muller’s 40 goals in the future, this record is unthreatened,” Muller told Germany’s Abendzeitung newspaper on Tuesday.However, the two-time Bundesliga top scorer praised Lewandowski as a complete striker. “He shoots equally well on the left and on the right, he is strong at heading and can use his teammates well,” said the German.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 13, 2020

Chilmark of old

first_imgListen to fascinating stories and see forgotten photos in a special “Old Chilmark Tales” online presentation from Chris Baer. Discover more about Chilmark’s eclectic past, including mysterious inventors, iron mines, buried treasure, alligators, transgender siblings, apes, schools, and someone — or something — called Jimmy Town. Chris Baer teaches at M.V. Regional High School, he is the author of “Martha’s Vineyard Tales,” and he writes the popular “This Was Then” column for The MV Times. To join the storytelling Zoom room on Wednesday, August 19, from 5 to 6 pm, contact the Chilmark library: tthorpe@clamsnet.org, 508-645-3360.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 4, 2020

Laborers’ Union Rallies For Transportation Trust Fund

first_imgLewandowski said that about 1,400 members of his union have lost their jobs since the TTF was run dry, and it could not have come at a worse time.“The fact is, this would be like retail (businesses) losing the Christmas and holiday season,” he said, in regards to summer as the key construction season in New Jersey.Recently laid-off Victoria Barden, who was a foreman at George Harms Construction Company in Howell for the past year, said that state officials need to step up to the plate.“It’s not a matter of Democrats and Republicans, it’s a matter of potholes and bridges,” said the Berkeley Township resident.Barden, along with about 50 other workers, saw their last day of work on Aug. 17. She considered herself to be one of the lucky few who made it through to the second round of layoffs.One veteran union laborer who was not afforded that opportunity was Jackson resident Wayne Goldman.“I just got forced into retirement after 31 years because they won’t release the money for the transportation fund,” said Goldman, who was a member of Local #172.While he does have a partial pension still coming in the mail monthly, the balancing act between mortgage payments and ensuring his college-student daughter can make it through the semester, the TTF depletion has worn him down.When asked if he had seen a similar occurrence in his career, Goldman responded by saying “Never. I’ve seen ups and downs, some years we’re slow and some years we’re really busy, but now it’s completely dead.”“Everybody is responsible for putting us in this situation, but everyone can be part of the solution,” Lewandowski said. Story and photo by Jay CookRED BANK – In a showing of both solidarity and disappointment, unemployed workers suffering from a halt in construction throughout the state took peaceful protests to the Two River area earlier this week.On Aug. 23, the Laborers’ International Union for North America (LIUNA) converged on Red Bank and Middletown to voice their displeasure to state elected officials regarding the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and its depleted bank account.On Tuesday, the TTF, which is used to fund the planning, construction, engineering and repairs of bridges and roadways in New Jersey, reached the 54-day mark since Gov. Chris Christie first announced its funding had ceased.The unemployed workers are calling on senators throughout the state to take action in reinvigorating the TTF.An advertisement truck, which the Laborers’ Union of North America (LIUNA) used throughout the day, projected blaring music and pro-TTF ads on the body.“They (state officials) know the importance of this, they know what transportation means, but I don’t think they understand the urgency of why they have to do it now,” said LIUNA spokesman Rob Lewandowski.Dressed in bright orange shirts, about three dozen LIUNA members gathered outside Sen. Jennifer Beck’s Red Bank office on Monmouth Street Tuesday afternoon, using whistles and music to grab attention. Earlier in the day, the same group was outside of Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos’ office in Middletown and at the foot of the southbound side of the Route 35 bridge to Red Bank.LIUNA embarked on this protest campaign two weeks ago, and has traveled the state spreading awareness for the political traffic jam they are currently caught in.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 3, 2020

Shaw continues to shuffle deck chairs

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsChris Shaw continues to shuffle the deck chairs on the Good Ship Leaf.The rookie coach and GM traded local Nelson Minor Hockey League product Adrian Moyls to the Kimberley Dynamiters in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League trade between two Kootenay Conference teams.Also rumoured to be going to the Eddie Mountain squad, but not confirmed by Shaw, is the KIJHL rights to defenceman Bennett Hambrook.Hambrook, with a goal in 12 games, now plays for Prince George Spruce Kings of the B.C. Hockey League.Heading to the Heritage City is 6-foot, 184-pound Brennan Foreman.“We’ve added another player in Brennan Foreman who scored 20 goals last year,” Shaw said from his office in the NDCC Arena Wednesday. “He’s a two-way player whose a shutdown guy and proven offensive player.”Shaw said it was tough to trade the local player from the team. However, Moyls really didn’t produce for Nelson as a 20-year-old, scoring three goals for 11 points in 18 games.“This was a very tough decision,” Shaw confessed. “This was a situation where (Adrian) had never played away from home and Kimberley really wanted him.”“Brennan (Foreman) is also a local kid (from Marysville) so hopefully the change will be beneficial to both kids,” Shaw added.The deal comes on the heels of the Leafs acquiring rugged winger Joel Stewart from the Spokane Braves.Both players are expected to be in the lineup when Nelson travels to Grand Forks for the return visit of a home-and-home series.The Leafs fired the first serve, winning 5-2 Saturday in fight-filled contest.Nelson plays host to one of the hottest teams in the entire KIJHL, when the Kamloops Storm visits the Heritage City Saturday. Kamloops has reeled off nine wins in its last 10 games.Sunday Nelson hosts Columbia Valley Rockies in an afternoon affair.As for the shuffling of the deck chairs, Shaw hopes his wheeling and dealing is complete.“I hope so,” he said. “I’m not really looking to make any other deals but at the same time when you have a bulk of injuries you don’t really have any choice.”sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more