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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: December 24, 2019

McLAUGHLIN PROMISES TO BE A VOICE FOR THE COMMUNITY ON THE COUNCIL

first_imgWell-known Donegal community activist Siobhán McLaughlin vowed to be an inclusive and effective representative for the Letterkenny/Milford electoral area as she officially joined the list of candidates seeking to serve on Donegal County Council.She becomes the seventh woman to enter the race for a seat on the Council, which currently consists of 3 women and 26 men.McLaughlin, who first ran for the Council as a Labour Party candidate in 2009, was last week selected by the party to contest the upcoming election, as was former Garda Sergeant Christy Galligan. “I have the skills, the capacity, and the expertise to represent and work for communities, families, women, children, and all those affected by poverty and inequality,” McLaughlin, 51, told the Labour Party Selection Convention in Letterkenny. “I will work hard, I will honour my promises, and I will do what I set out to do with honour, transparency, openness, and honesty.”McLaughlin, who has lived in Letterkenny for the past 13 years and previously in Ramelton for 8 years, went to school in Milford. Her mum Mary (Fries) is from Kilmacrennan.McLaughlin has been a respected and effective member of numerous local bodies and committees, including the Social Inclusion Measures Group, the Donegal County Development Board, East Donegal Forum, the County Community Forum, Donegal Local Development Company, and the Intercultural Platform. She has also served on a range of national forums and advisory committees, and for the past two years has been an active voluntary member of the board of Pobal.“Serving on national bodies has given me considerable skills to represent everyone in this area,” said McLaughlin, who is mother to 18-year-old Katie and 30-year-old Fela. “Pobal manages various funding programmes, such as childcare, after-school, and local community development. Everybody who knows me on that board knows that I am never silent! I argue passionately on the issues affecting Donegal.” McLaughlin, who graduated from NUI Galway with a degee in Sociology and two years ago went on to earn a Master’s in Applied Social Studies from NUI Maynooth, said the stakes are extremely high in the upcoming election due to the recent passage of the Local Government Reform Act 2014.“Local authorities in every county in Ireland are now going to have much more responsibility for the allocation and administration of resources,” she said. “The County Development Board has been replaced by a Local Community Development Committee which will have a huge role in allocating local resources. My skills, experience, and academic background mean that I have the expertise needed to make sure this committee and other new structures will work effectively for you, the people of Donegal. I will work tirelessly to make sure everyone, and I mean everyone, is included. We in the Labour Party are committed to making sure that communities have the opportunity to be represented on these new structures and that their needs are articulated. Democracy is not just about elected representatives but about local community participation, as well.”McLaughlin said cornerstones of her campaign would include the importance of ensuring that the Letterkenny/Milford area receives its fair share of resources and sustainable employment as the country emerges from recession. The importance of protecting the interests of individuals and communities experiencing social exclusion is another top priority. “I am passionate about the principles of freedom, rights, community, democracy, and equality,” she said. “I am committed to working for the economic, political, social, and cultural development of every person in the Letterkenny/Milford area.”In conclusion McLaughlin addressed the young people in the audience, saying: “You are not just our future but our present, and I commit my work on the Council to including your voice, your issues, and your interests.” Her speech was received with rousing applause. McLAUGHLIN PROMISES TO BE A VOICE FOR THE COMMUNITY ON THE COUNCIL was last modified: March 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilElectionssiobhan mclaughlinlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 11, 2019

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >This week, Disney began sales of Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, the most recent phase of development in the luxury resort-residential community of Golden Oak. Offering private entry to Four Seasons Resort Orlando, these single-family custom homes include access to a full-service spa, five pool areas, tennis courts and six onsite restaurants.The Resort will also offer these home-owners in-home á la carte services such as spa treatments, residential cleaning and in residence dining and catering for parties. Residents will also have á la carte access to the Kids for All Seasons program for an additional fee. All services and amenities available through Four Seasons Resort Orlando will be overseen by a dedicated Residence Manager.“Homeowners at Golden Oak have the rare opportunity to create unforgettable memories with family and friends for generations to come,” said Page Pierce, vice president of Disney Resort Real Estate Development. “Located within the community of Golden Oak, Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort combines two brands renowned for impeccable service, outstanding amenities and exceptional experiences: Walt Disney World Resort and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.”Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando will include three collections of approximately one-half acre home sites. These custom residences, ranging in size from 6,000 to over 10,000 square feet, will feature three European-inspired styles embodying Venetian, Italianate and Spanish Revival architectural precedents. Home owners will also have the option to include a Four Seasons butler pantry allowing in-home deliveries of everything from groceries to linens, while not permitting staff access to the primary residence.Owners of Four Seasons Private Residences will be members of the Golden Oak Club. As members of the Club owners will have access to other amenities including Summerhouse, the private community clubhouse featuring the full-service Markham’s dining room and Tyler’s Lounge and concierge-style Resident Services which organizes a variety of engaging activities and events throughout the year, including seasonal parties and private theme park events, as well as, park transportation, golf services, and more.The Golden Oak community offers the only current opportunity for families to own homes at Walt Disney World Resort. The community welcomed its first residents in 2012 and Four Seasons Resort Orlando opened in August 2014. Four Seasons Private Residences* prices start at $5 million and construction is anticipated to begin later this summer. For more information about Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, visit www.orlandoprivateresidences.com or call Golden Oak Realty at (407) 939-5577.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more