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Aug 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#
The former Spurs midfielder laid out his unconditional commitment to attacking football in that match and he repeated that stance at White Hart Lane on Boxing Day. Sherwood omitted a holding midfielder from the line-up, and Tottenham were exposed as a result, but he insists the team will become a more cohesive unit once they have spent more time working together at the end of the hectic festive schedule. Still, with his only previous managerial experience coming at youth level, he knows his appointment is a punt on Levy’s part. “It’s a gamble because I’ve never done it before,” the 44-year-old said. “But there are a lot of good managers who had never done it before and become a success. “I was never a professional footballer until I stepped on to the field.” The fact that he only has a contract until the end of next season has prompted suggestions that Sherwood is keeping the seat warm for someone with more experience. “I regard (that) as an insult, but it is only an insult if I go and win all the games,” Sherwood said. “What can we do? If we win all the games and someone else comes in and keeps it and brings someone else in after I’ve won the league then I’m going to Real Madrid,” he added with a smile. Sherwood says the players have responded well to his appointment, and bemoaned the fact that he had almost a full team of unfit players unavailable. On paper this was a perfect first league match for the newly-appointed Tottenham boss. West Brom sacked their manager Steve Clarke two weeks ago after they started tumbling down the table. Caretaker manager Keith Downing has steadied the ship somewhat, and had it not been for a couple of good saves from Lloris, the former Wolves midfielder could have recorded his first win. Former Real Betis manager Pepe Mel is understood to be the front runner to succeed Clarke, and Downing – who does not want to be considered – wants the vacancy to be filled soon. “I hope (an appointment) is close for the players’ sake,” said Downing, who will stay in London with his players ahead of Saturday’s game against West Ham. “I know there’s a lot of speculation but I have really tried to concentrate (on the game). “As far as I know (I will be in charge for Saturday). I’m down (in London). We have planned for the next two or three days. We are ready to go and if anybody steps in then I will gladly support whoever comes in. “I spoke to (director of football) Richard Garlick but the interview process is ongoing.” Eyebrows were raised on Monday when Sherwood was handed an 18-month contract as Spurs’ new head coach, and it was clear from the Boxing Day display against Albion that he still has much work to do. Spurs drew 1-1 against the struggling Baggies after Jonas Olsson’s easy tap-in cancelled out Christian Eriksen’s stunning free-kick. Tottenham held onto the lead for less than two minutes and they were regularly exposed at the back by some fluid counter-attacking from the visitors, who arrived at White Hart Lane having not won in their previous seven games. Emmanuel Adebayor – whose error led to the Olsson goal – had an off day up front and had it not been for some good goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris, Tottenham could have suffered another damaging defeat. A smattering of boos rang out at the final whistle to sum up how the home supporters viewed the performance. “The fans will be disappointed, obviously. I understand that,” Sherwood said. “We are at home and, with respect, against West Brom you should be winning. “It’s a game we should have won. We should have played better and we are capable of playing better. “I thought we could be a bit more adventurous around the penalty box and show a little more guile.” Sherwood was appointed caretaker following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas and he delivered an encouraging win over Southampton last weekend. Tim Sherwood admits Daniel Levy has taken a gamble on him after he came away from his first match in charge of Tottenham with an underwhelming draw against West Brom. Press Association
Source: BBC Sport Mohamed Yattara scored twice as Guinea beat 10-man Burundi 2-0 to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Africa Cup of Nations last 16.Yattara swept in the opener from a corner before Christophe Nduwarugira was sent off for Burundi after committing a foul as the last man.Yattara made the win safe in the second half with a composed strike.Guinea must now wait to discover if they will progress as one of the best third-placed teams.They finish the group stage with four points. The four third-placed sides with the best records will go through.Madagascar’s 2-0 win against Nigeria meant the Africa Cup of Nations debutants topped Group B with the Super Eagles progressing to the knockout stage as runners-up.
Source: (klix.ba) Playing well from the beginning of the match, the cadet basketball team of Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated Croatia with the result 86:59, as part of the European Championship in Lithuania.Yesterday night’s triumph helped them qualify for the quarter-finals of EuroBasket. It was clear which team was dominant from the offset, since our team showed a better game from the start. Shots were made one after another, while the defence was doing its job flawlessly. Croatia managed to score only 11 points, so the result at the end of the first part was 22:11 in favour of Bosnia and Herzegovina.It is interesting that our team scored 22 points in the second and the third quarter as well, and an even more interesting fact is that the first and the third quarters ended with the identical score of 22:11. In the second period Croatia was somewhat better than in the first and the third, scoring 17 points.The excellent defence of our team was also flawless in the third quarter, and power forwards were successful in making shots as well. We entered the final part of the match 27 points ahead.Since the final score was resolved by then, our team was more relaxed during the last quarter, letting Croatia reduce the advantage at times to even to minus 23 points. By the end of the match we started playing a proactive game like we did in the beginning which resulted in the excellent triumph with the final result 86:59.The MVP for B&H was Sani Čampara with 21 points, Musa added 17, Sikraš 12 and Janković 10 points. In the opposing team Darko Bajo stood out with the 16 shots.EuroBasket in Lithuania:B&H – Croatia 86:59