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Indonesian pigs have avian flu virus; bird cases double in China

first_imgMay 27, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza could be infecting up to half of the pig population in some areas of Indonesia, but without causing symptoms, Nature magazine reported in this week’s edition.Meanwhile, Chinese officials said a flu outbreak among wild birds is twice as large as previously reported, but they denied reports of human cases.In Indonesia, Chairul Nidom, a virologist at Airlangga University’s tropical disease center in Surabaya, Java, was conducting independent research earlier this year. He tested the blood of 10 apparently healthy pigs housed near poultry farms in western Java where avian flu had broken out, Nature reported. Five of the pig samples contained the H5N1 virus.The Indonesian government has since found similar results in the same region, Nature reported. Additional tests of 150 pigs outside the area were negative. However, the story said, lack of funding for surveillance and testing is a concern to Nidom, who said he has samples from 90 more pigs from Banten, but he can’t afford to test them or to broaden his investigation.”I think pigs pose a much greater threat of spreading the disease to humans than poultry,” Nidom told Nature. Pigs are often described as a mixing vessel in which human and avian flu viruses can swap genetic information, which could lead to a hybrid virus with the ability to spread easily among people.The Indonesian government sent a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on May 23 that describes three surveys involving “purposive and pooled sampling” of pigs, with a total 187 samples.The first survey, Nidom’s Feb 23 study on one farm, yielded 5 positives out of 10 samples tested for H5N1. The second, on Apr 14 in another village, involved 10 nasal swabs from 31 pigs and produced positives in 6 of the 10.The third survey included six pigs from the same village as Nidom’s small survey and yielded 1 positive swab. The report says that no pig has shown visible signs of avian flu. It lists the source of the pig infections as “contamination with chicken manure” from adjacent backyard chicken farms.Additional tests included 250 blood serum and swab samples from pigs in seven provinces, the report says. All the results were negative.The Nature report said the H5N1 virus was found in pigs in China in 2001 and 2003, but two surveys last year, involving 8,457 pig samples, found no evidence of the virus.In China, more than 1,000 migratory birds have died of H5N1 avian flu in Qinghai province, according to a report today by Xinhua, the Chinese news agency.The size of the outbreak, initially reported as not being H5N1, grew this week from 178 birds to 519, and now to more than 1,000. Emergency measures are being taken in Qinghai, including increasing infectious disease control and surveillance for animals and humans, Xinhua reports. The agency said earlier that authorities planned to vaccinate 3 million poultry in the region.The Chinese government has repeatedly said that no people have been infected with avian flu, despite unconfirmed claims on Internet sites that as many as 120 people have died of the illness.The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking details on the provincial outbreak, according to a Canadian Press (CP) report quoting Maria Cheng, WHO spokeswoman in Beijing.”We’ve seen those reports about possible human H5N1 cases, and have requested more information from the Ministry of Health,” Cheng said. The WHO is urging China to share virus samples from the dead birds as well as information on human exposure to dead birds.”It would be premature to consider this event over,” Cheng said.In a separate report in Xinhua yesterday, Chinese researchers claimed to have developed two H5N1 vaccines that are “100%” effective for birds, animals, and people, CP reported. Officials at the WHO office in Beijing, however, described that research as involving only birds and said no animal or human clinical trials have been conducted.See also: Indonesian report to OIEftp://ftp.oie.int/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/infos_san_archives/eng/2005/en_050527v18n21.pdfNature report on H5N1 virus in pigs in Indonesiahttp://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v435/n7041/full/435390a.htmllast_img read more

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It took years to painstakingly design and build this riverfront retreat

first_imgTimber floors feature throughout the home.The Brisbane River has featured prominently in their lives at the home since then for recreation including using kayaks, boats and jetskis on the water at various times.The thing Mr Jaffar liked most though was the privacy, with no neighbours behind them.The home took 18 months to design and three and a half years to build. 9 Ivy St, Indooroopilly was many years in the design and build.It was the river that drew the Jaffar family to buy a double block of land at Indooroopilly on which they built their dream home.It took some time to get there, but after years of searching Kevin Jaffar said they found the right spot and then spent quite some time making sure they got the build right. 9 Ivy St. IndooroopillyWindows are toughened Viridian glass which has a special thermal insulation coating and there is commercial-grade ducted heating and cooling with custom zones to each bedroom.The house has a smart home control system plus intercom. DETAILS 9 Ivy St, Indooroopilly 5 bed, 5 bath, 6 car Agent: Matt Lancashire Ray White – New Farm Price: EOI closing November 10, 5pmcenter_img 9 Ivy St. IndooroopillyMr Jaffar and his wife Kim, both health professionals, relied on the support of Mr Jaffar’s brother Hooman – an architect and founder of RealSpace Creative – to help design the home.Father, Fred Jaffar, a builder of 52 years, also played a substantial role.“It had to have the best of everything and it had to be a home to live in forever which is why costs didn’t matter,’’ Kevin Jaffar said.Stonemasons were commissioned to hand-cut all of the natural sandstone used throughout the home. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The home has an infinity pool which overlooks the riverIt was sourced from a quarry in Gosford in New South Wales.“It was all split on site, which included the use of a hammer and chisel,” Mr Jaffar said.Also used were Black Beauty granite and Calacatta Oro marble sourced from Italy and brushbox timber transported from Lismore.“If this home is to be here for hundreds of years, everything needed to be done to the best quality so I said, ‘Go for it boys, I don’t care how long it takes or how much it costs’,” Mr Jaffar said.While it had been the perfect home for his family, it was now time to downsize.The property has a private pontoon, a children’s tree house retreat, a 10m infinity edge pool with pavilion, and a separate gymnasium.There is a V-Max inspired theatre with a cocktail bar, a custom American Oak library, a formal home office, six-car garage and an internal glass lift.There are multiple living and entertainment areas spread over three levels with the lift servicing all levels.last_img read more

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Buyers show interest in new development with plunge pools

first_imgVictoria Residences at Balmoral. Photo: SuppliedA new standard of luxury living has hit Balmoral, with a new five-townhouse development each featuring a plunge pool.With private outdoor entertaining, and bespoke storage solutions, Victoria Residences is attracting downsizers and overseas buyers.Marketing agent, Sam Patterson, from Duke Realty, said there were three townhouses, all on two levels, for sale. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoVictoria Residences is a stunning new Balmoral development. Photo: SuppliedVictoria Residences is close to Lourdes Hill College, Bulimba State School, Bulimba Riverside Park and all the popular cafes and retail hubs of the suburb.Mr Patterson said a former Queenslander-style home on the site was incorporated as part of the new build.“It was a three-bedroom property so they have built it in a way that the two front townhouses are Hampton-style and the back are contemporary,” he said. Townhouses are priced between $979,000 to $1.179 million.Mr Patterson said one of the townhouses had two living areas which was “pretty rare” for that price point.All the townhouses feature timber floors, walk-in robes and some top floor bedrooms have city views.European appliances, marble benchtops and designer lighting are also featured in the townhouses.The project is expected to be completed in March.last_img read more

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ITF Backs Nautilus Over Crew Replacement Plans

first_imgThe International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has just announced its readiness to stand and support its Dutch affiliate Nautilus NL/FNV Waterbouw as it resists plans by marine services and dredging company Boskalis to ditch and replace 20 crew members on five vessels.According to ITF, the latest plans would lead to the likely removal of 20 Netherlands nationals and their replacement by agency workers from other countries. It brings back to life plans that were previously successfully resisted by the union, with international support.Nautilus NL/FNV Waterbouw national secretary Marcel van Dam explained: “Boskalis told us that between now and mid 2019 its Dutch Fairmount crew will be replaced by crew from cheap labour countries, employed by employment agency Anglo Eastern. If Boskalis continues to pursue these plans we will contemplate taking them to court, along with possible industrial action.”ITF inland navigation section chair Nick Bramley added: “We are appalled to see Boskalis turn back the clock and recycle plans that were so effectively challenged last time around. The company’s profits – projected to reach EUR 150 million for 2017 – have been built with the help of its many crews around the world, and it is scandalous to see crew members being threatened with job losses in return.”Nick Bramley concluded that it is difficult not to see this as a case of simple social dumping, and the use of potentially lower skilled, cheaper and less protected workers in safety-critical roles. “The ITF is ready to support our colleagues in the Netherlands in resisting this.”last_img read more

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Duterte wants more calamity-proof evacuation centers built before 2022

first_img“I am very satisfied with the responseof everybody and the fact that no one was killed and no one is really verysick,” Duterte said. “I’m happy that we responded well and that we’re here,especially the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and thehealth authorities.” The Taal Volcano in Batangas, which has been spewing ash for days, appears to be calming down on Thursday, but seismologists say the danger of an eruption remained high and authorities warn evacuees not to return to their homes. Set in the center of a picturesque lake,Taal is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines with an eruptionrecord of 34 times in the past 5 centuries. “I was reading some materials last nightthat there seems to be an eruption of volcanoes around the world. And so we areno exception,” he added. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte hasurged for the creation of a durable evacuation centers in areas vulnerable tonatural disasters considering the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangasrecently. President Duterte also said that he was“very satisfied” with government’s response to the rumbling Taal Volcano as healso lauded the local governments in Batangas for their “splendid response.”center_img President Duterte have also assuredlocal officials that they could speak to members of his Cabinet “anytime” onstate affairs. During the situation briefing withgovernment officials in Batangas City, President Duterte has ordered a“simultaneous” construction of evacuation centers especially for disaster-proneareas such as Samar, Leyte, Isabela. The country is part of the Ring of Fire,a 40,000-kilometer zone on the edges of the Pacific Ocean along which arearrayed hundreds of active underwater volcanoes. Most of the world’searthquakes occur on the Ring of Fire./PN “I hope that you can finish it before myterm ends. I want projects that are doable and can be finished during my term,”he said. “The evacuation centers should accommodate massive numbers of evacueeswhere comfort rooms for men and women are segregated.”last_img read more

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A Feel Good Story

first_imgMost of the time, Joey Votto looks like he is in a trance when he is playing baseball.  From some sources I have talked to, he is quite a kidder in his own right.  I don’t know where the donkey story started, but Joey is obviously going to make sure Cozart will receive his promised All-Star donkey.In the days of “what can I do for myself”, this is a nice variation from normal.  For a baseball team that is trying to get out of the basement in the National League, it is good to know the players like each other and are trying to stay loose and play good baseball at the same time.  It should have given everybody a smile whether you follow baseball or not.last_img read more

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URSS national finale is Saturday at Jerry Soderberg Memorial

first_imgDODGE CITY, Kan. – The final race in the 2016 Myers Racing Engines National Points has the United Rebel Sprint Series headed back to Dodge City Raceway Park for the fourth annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial this Saturday, Sept. 24.Taylor Velasquez will be going for his third Jerry Soderberg Memorial win in a row; Zach Blurton captured the inaugural event win in 2013.Racing action begins at 7 p.m. with Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks joining the Sprints. General admission is $20 with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.So far in the 10 races of the Myers Racing Engines National Championship there have been six different winners with Luke Cranston taking three feature victories. Blurton and Brian Herbert each garnered a pair of wins. Jason Martin, Steven Richardson and J.D. Johnson each picking up sin­gle wins this season.last_img read more

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Even spread for GMR&SC 2018 events

first_img… Karting events addedTHERE will be an even spread of popular racing events when the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s 2018 calendar is released today.The calendar will feature three instalments of the quarter-mile drag-racing action, three endurance races and three of the marquee circuit-racing events.According to a source, the events are to ensure that all racing enthusiasts and competitors get a chance to enjoy at least three of their event types.According to the source, the endurance meet will also take a model of the circuit event with a yearly championship being awarded at the end of the calendar year.In addition to those events, the club has incorporated several karting events which are organised by the GT Motorsports in Georgetown.President of the Club, Rameez Mohamed, noted the plan is to ensure that racing enthusiasts have an event for almost every month of the year.Ryan Lue of Jamaica and Jeremy Ten-pow of Guyana congratulate each other during one of the GT Motorsports Grand Prix. The racing calendar 2018 will feature a number of local as well as exchange events.“What we saw last year is a large number of persons not only competitors, but fans support one particular set of events and we want to encourage maximum support this year.”“While I cannot release the dates just yet as the committee meets tonight (Thursday night), I can safely say that there is an even spread of events to ensure all racing lovers get something out of 2018,” Mohamed added.Meanwhile a proposed shift in the legs of Caribbean Motor Racing Associations (CMRA) calendar will have to wait until next year.The body, through its Trinidad representatives, was opting for a shift to make that country the season-opener in March instead of the usual Jamaica leg but plans were reverted to the original standing following issues.The JAMWEST Raceway will continue to host the first leg set for mid-May following the hosting of its traditional Easter meet.Barbados is set to host round three in early September with Guyana hosting the season finale and presentation during the second week of November.Trinidad and Tobago are the defending country champions with the Riders championship won by Guyana’s Bryce Price, the Group Two title held by Barbados’ Mark Thompson and Group Three by Trinidad’s Paul Vieira.The Group Four all-wheel-drive title was won last year by Guyana’s Andrew King with the two-wheel-drive end of things carted off for another year by Barbadian Mark Maloney.last_img read more

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USC riding late-season momentum

first_imgRiding a four-match winning streak, the No. 15 USC women’s volleyball team looks to close out its season on a strong note this weekend as it takes on Arizona State and No. 19 Arizona at the Galen Center.USC (19-9, 8-8) defeated Arizona State on the road earlier this season behind a career outing by outside hitter Alex Jupiter. The sophomore tallied career highs of 31 kills and 20 digs against the Sun Devils (13-15, 3-13), as the Women of Troy won their first road conference match of the season.USC will try to keep Sun Devils outside hitter Sarah Reaves in check. In the first meeting between the two teams, the junior led Arizona State with 20 kills and 10 digs. Reaves leads the Sun Devils with 433 kills (4.37 kills per set).The Arizona Wildcats have been much more successful than their rivals this year.They posted an impressive victory over then-No. 11 Cal last weekend. The Wildcats (19-8, 8-8) are looking to end their season on a high note against UCLA and USC before heading into the NCAA tournament.The Wildcats defeated USC 3-1 earlier this season when the Women of Troy combined for an uncharacteristic 25 errors in the contest. Arizona’s outside hitter Tiffany Owens ignited her team with 16 kills and 13 digs in the match. The junior leads the Wildcats with 330 kills (3.67 kps) this season.Despite some midseason struggles, USC coach Mick Haley believes his team is peaking at the right time and is ready to finish the season streaking.The action starts on Friday at 3 p.m., when USC takes on Arizona State and continues Saturday at 2 p.m. as the Women of Troy end their regular season against Arizona.last_img read more

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Luckbox recruits David Lyons as Player Engagement lead

first_img Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Recapitalised Luckbox calls for a recruitment drive  June 30, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit David Lyons – LuckboxEsports betting enterprise Luckbox continues to bolster its executive management ranks, as it prepares for its upcoming product launch this 2018.David Lyons becomes the latest former PokerStars executive to join the Luckbox enterprise team, taking on the responsibilities of Director of Player Engagement.Lyons will be tasked with developing Luckbox’s initial player rewards system, a key component for the start-up’s growth strategy. Lyons describes his job as “finding cool ways to give value back to our players”.Working for PokerStars since 2010, Lyons has been a key stakeholder in developing the leading online poker room’s extensive player engagement capabilities and expanding retention dynamics.Lyons now joins former PokerStars executives Vadim Soloveychik (CMO), Quentin Martin (COO) and Luckbox co-founders Lars Lien and Mike Stevens, in seeking to develop the world’s leading destination and community for esports betting.“I was intrigued by Luckbox’s motto of ‘esports betting done right’ and when I saw that industry heavy-hitters Archie Watt (CFO) and Vadim were getting involved, and got a chance to meet the rest of the leadership team, I realised that this was start-up with a difference”“It’s a chance to build something with the right foundations – an opportunity too good to miss,” Lyons commented on joining the Luckbox enterprise.last_img read more

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