H5N1-infected bird found in Hong Kong

first_imgJan 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong government officials recently announced that a wild bird found dead near a busy shopping district on Dec 31 tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza.The infection in a scaly-breasted munia, a species often imported from mainland China and released in religious ceremonies, marks the first case found in Hong Kong since February 2006, according to reports published by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Hong Kong has reported no human H5N1 cases since 1997, when the virus first jumped to humans.The Hong Kong government’s Jan 6 press release on the H5N1 finding doesn’t specify if the virus was the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, but Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that it was.Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) announced Jan 4 that a preliminary test for the virus was positive and confirmatory tests were being conducted. AFP reported that the bird was the only one of 6 dead birds found that tested positive for the virus.A bird watcher from Hong Kong who posted an item yesterday on ProMED-mail, the Internet-based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, said the scaly-breasted munia is not frequently seen in urban Hong Kong but is said to be one of the 2 species most commonly released during religious ceremonies at temples. The practice of releasing these birds is a concern, he said, because they’re not subject to the disease-prevention measures used with poultry, and sellers and buyers can come into contact with infected bird droppings.The Hong Kong AFCD, in a Jan 6 press release, advised the public not to release birds, because they have little chance of surviving in the wild. A department spokesperson said the AFCD has contacted community groups, including religious groups, to warn them about releasing birds.The statement did not refer specifically to the H5N1 case, but it said pet birds imported from mainland China must come from registered farms and be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate certifying that the birds have been quarantined and have tested negative for H5 avian flu viruses.Farms on the mainland that are allowed to export birds to Hong Kong are inspected by mainland authorities and occasionally by AFCD authorities and must have had no avian flu outbreaks in the past 180 days.The government said its records show that 38,000 munias, including white-backed and scaly-breasted ones, were imported into Hong Kong from the mainland in 2006. It added that the scaly-breasted Munia is a resident bird in Hong Kong and has been found all over the territory.A department spokesperson advised Hong Kong residents to avoid personal contact with wild birds and live poultry and to wash their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with birds.Meanwhile, in Vietnam, several ducks have died in the past few days in the southern province of Soc Trang, prompting concern about the further spread of avian flu. Xinhua, China’s official news agency, reported yesterday that specimens from the ducks were sent for avian flu testing.If tests are positive, Soc Trang will be the fourth province affected in the recent series of outbreaks, which started in early December in the south Mekong Delta provinces of Ca Mau and Bac Lieu, spreading to nearby Hau Giang province. OIE reports list 32 outbreaks during that period.Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are in talks with the Vietnamese government about sending experts to investigate the source of the outbreaks, Voice of America News reported today.Aphaluck Bhatiasevi, a spokesperson for the FAO office in Hanoi, told VOA the outbreak isn’t surprising, because officials believe the virus is still present. “The information that we’ve got so far is that the recent outbreaks were triggered as a result of raising illegal ducks,” she said. In earlier news reports, officials blamed local animal health officials and farmers for not maintaining poultry vaccination programs and farmers for hatching poultry illegally.In December, an FAO-OIE crisis management team traveled to South Korea to investigate the H5N1 outbreaks in poultry that occurred south of Seoul in late November.See also:Jan 6 Hong Kong government press releasehttp://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200701/06/P200701060189.htmJan 6 Hong Kong press releasehttp://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200701/06/P200701060187.htmWikipedia photo of scaly-breasted muniahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaly-breasted_muniaJan 7 ProMed mail report on Hong Kong birdOIE reports on Vietnam 2006-07 outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phplast_img read more

Arsene Wenger rates Guendouzi and names two more Arsenal youngsters with ‘big potential’

first_imgArsene Wenger believes Matteo Guendouzi has ‘big potential’ and praises Arsenal youth focus Comment The French midfielder has played a key role for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has been impressed by Matteo Guendouzi’s impact at Arsenal and believes he will have a big future, though holds Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson in similar esteem.The French midfielder has been one of the stand-out players for the Gunners so far this season, starting all eight Premier League matches, and even earned a call-up to the French senior squad last month.Guendouzi was signed shortly after Wenger’s departure, though he still keeps a close eye on his old club and is a fan of his compatriot – as well as two players who he saw emerge through the academy. Guendouzi is back with the France Under-21s after his call-up to the senior squad (Getty)Wenger has yet to return to the Emirates since leaving but watches the games on television avidly and continues to support the club through thick and thin.Asked what it’s like watching Arsenal now, rather than managing the side, he added: ‘Ups and downs, like for every fan! I don’t judge too much, I just want Arsenal to win and play well.‘For me winning is the consequence of the quality of the game, of the quality of the football you play. So I am more attentive to how the players develop, how the young players come up and how we play football.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img Wenger was honoured at an event in London this week (Picture: Arsenal Media)Asked about Guendouzi’s potential for both Arsenal and France, Wenger told Arsenal’s website: ‘He looks to be a good potential.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think there are many other players who have fantastic potential, who played already with me, like Joe Willock and you have Reiss Nelson.‘You have many players who come out and have a big potential and Guendouzi is one of them.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOn the youth emphasis at Arsenal, he continued: ‘It’s part of our DNA at Arsenal. It has always been part of it, to give a chance.‘I think when you are a manager and you can give a chance to a young boy, it’s always fantastic. And when they can play at such a high level like Arsenal, it’s even better.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Oct 2019 10:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.5kShareslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Tours All Sports America, Touts Collaboration in Reshoring and New Jobs Creation

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Tours All Sports America, Touts Collaboration in Reshoring and New Jobs Creation Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Northumberland, PA –  Governor Tom Wolf today visited All Sports America, a manufacturer of athletic uniforms, to highlight the administration’s support for the project and manufacturer’s efforts to reshore jobs from overseas to Pennsylvania.“In an era in which so many companies choose to move their operations overseas, success stories like All Sports America show that the best place for a company to grow and thrive is often right here in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “I applaud All Sports America for their success so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing them continue to grow in the years to come.”In April of last year, the Governor announced that All Sports America would expand and create 42 new jobs over the next three years, reshoring the manufacturing of products currently being produced overseas. Since the announcement, All Sports America has hired five additional employees, and expects to hire 15 more by the end of 2018.“All Sports America is honored to be working with Governor Wolf and his Action Team in bringing jobs back to Pennsylvania,” said Richard Rock, President & CEO, All Sports America. “With the help of the Governor, we are expanding our operations and expect to hire 42 new full-time employees over the next 3 years.”Last year, All Sports America received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $40,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and $42,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of the new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.center_img January 09, 2018last_img read more

Fitness star Sophie Guidolin selling Gold Coast home

first_img2 The Links, Robina.Ms Guidolin said designing her twin daughters’ nursery was also a highlight.“It was so special,” she said. “We had their room designed and the massive bedrooms allowed for two cots and a rocking chair with ease.”The 553sq m property is on the market with James Massey of Harcourts Coastal.It’s listed with a price guide of $799,000 to $849,000.The highest sale on The Links is No. 30 which sold earlier this year for $1.17 million. 2 The Links, Robina. 2 The Links, Robina. 2 The Links, Robina. 2 The Links, Robina.center_img Fitness identity Sophie Guidolin is selling her Robina home. Sophie is pictured holding Evie, 2, Nathan Wallace with Aria, 2 and (front), Ryder, 9, and Kai, 10. Picture: Mike BatterhamFITNESS guru Sophie Guidolin is bidding a sad farewell to her “forever” home.The 28-year-old never intended leaving the four-bedroom Gold Coast house – but a joyful surprise forced a change of plans.“Eighteen months after we moved in, we found out we were expecting twins – a shock we certainly didn’t see coming,” said Ms Guidolin, who also has two older children.“We felt that as the four kids grew up we may require acreage to suit the needs of four active children.” Sophie Guidolin and husband Nathan Wallace with Kai, Aria, Evie and Ryder. Picture: Mike BatterhamMs Guidolin and husband Nathan Wallace bought their Robina house in 2014 for $645,000 after she moved from Adelaide.“We lived in a few different rental properties prior to buying to ensure we liked the area before settling into our forever home,” Ms Guidolin said.“When I saw this property I fell in love with the pool area and the fact I could see the kids playing while I was in the kitchen cooking.” Fitness identity Sophie Guidolin is selling her Robina home. Picture: Mike BatterhamMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe mother-of-four, who has released a range of fitness programs and recipe books and runs Burleigh Heads gym Hold Your Own with her husband, said the house would always hold fond memories.“It was the first place we brought our twin girls home to and even walking through now brings a tear to our eyes,” Ms Guidolin said.The split-level house at 2 The Links overlooks Palmer Golf Course and features an open-plan kitchen, covered pool, intercom and cathedral ceilings.“I loved that it was on the golf course and felt like the land was so much larger because the rooms overlook the golf course,” Ms Guidolin said.“I also loved that there are two main bedrooms both with walk in robes and full bathrooms – it was perfect for guests.”last_img read more

Pellegrini worried by away form

first_img City lost 1-0 at Sunderland for the fourth successive season on Sunday afternoon and have now taken only four points from a possible 18 on the road during the current campaign. Pellegrini was at a loss to explain exactly how his team had come away from the Stadium of Light empty-handed after dominating for long periods, but admitted their hopes of glory could be dashed unless they can arrest the trend. Manuel Pellegrini has warned that Manchester City’s bout of travel sickness could derail their Barclays Premier League title challenge. He said: “I am concerned because we are losing too many points away and, of course, that’s very difficult if you don’t win away to try to fight for the Premier League. “But I don’t think we are playing badly, so we must have a reaction, we must improve to make sure we are going to win.” Former Manchester United full-back Phil Bardsley’s 21st-minute strike – his second goal in five days – proved enough to claim three priceless points for the Black Cats after he shrugged off James Milner and curled a shot across keeper Costel Pantilimon and inside the far post. The Romanian was once again preferred to England international Joe Hart and Pellegrini refused to be drawn on where he currently ranks his goalkeepers. He said: “At the moment, of course, Pantilimon is playing. He hasn’t had any problems in the three games he has played.” Pellegrini introduced Jesus Navas as a half-time substitute and later added Edin Dzeko to the mix as he sought a way back into the game. But with Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone and a defence marshalled superbly by Wes Brown – starting his first league game in almost 22 months – holding firm, there was no way through. The City manager said: “The reaction is very similar to the other games that we have lost away. It’s incredible the way we lost this match. “Sunderland played really well also defending. The team is not in a good position, so I understand the way they played. “But they had just one shot on our goal. We had the possession, we had the chances and we didn’t score.” Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was thrilled by a win which gave the Black Cats’ survival hopes a major boost, but did his heart little good. Asked if that was the biggest victory of his managerial career to date, even eclipsing a 2-1 defeat of arch-rivals Newcastle, he said: “Yes, probably. “I know that for the fans, for the club, for the history, it’s always more important to beat the biggest rivals without any doubt. That’s when you have to win. “But in terms of opposition, quality, world-class players, this is the biggest of my career, so it’s going to be a good evening tonight without any doubt. “I don’t know how my heart is right now. I don’t want to check it just in case it’s bad news, but it’s going to be a great evening. “I am so pleased for the players. They need to believe. It’s easy to talk – we can say things and you can write. But at the end of the day, it’s the players on the pitch who need to be convinced that this new way of playing football and defending is working, which is great for the future. “So let’s see if we can keep this going. It’s a good time to go into the international break.” Sunderland remain three points adrift of safety, but having won their last three home games, two of them in the league, the table makes for much more satisfying reading. Poyet said: “Right now, yes. Three hours ago? I’ll tell you what, when I looked at that table, it was awful – and we were playing Manchester City. “But that’s the key. It’s the feeling that you are sending to the rest above you. I would be thinking, ‘They are coming’.” Press Associationlast_img read more

GCF selects quartet for Pan American Track Championships

first_imgTHE Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) has selected four cyclists to represent Guyana at the 2017 Pan American Cycling Championships scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago’s National Cycling Centre in Balmain, Couva from August 30 to September 3.According to information received, Romello Crawford, Geron Williams, Scott Savory and Daryl Rogers will make up the Guyanese team and they will be managed by Joseph Britton, while former Guyana Olympian James Joseph will be the team’s coach.This will be the second time that Guyana will be a part of this Elite Championships, having been represented last year when the event was held in Mexico where Guyana was represented by Joseph and GCF president Horace Burrowes.Joseph represented Guyana at the 1980 Moscow Olympics as well as the 1984 Los Angles Games.Crawford, who hails from the Ancient County of Berbice, represented Guyana at last year’s Junior Pan American Track Championships held in Trinidad and Tobago last year and he is expected to give a good account of himself at this year’s Elite Championships in the Twin Island Republic.Williams and Savory are the two most experienced members of the four-man team and have both been campaigning on a regular basis on the United States cycling circuit with very good results. They are both capable of medalling come August 30.However, little is known about Rogers, who, according to information received, will be making his debut at this level. He is based in the United States.Team manager Britton, along with Crawford and Rogers, will depart Guyana tomorrow when training will commence for the two cyclists at the competition’s facility.Savory, due to work commitments, will join his colleagues on August 27.Joseph and Burrowes will join the local cyclists on August 28.This year’s championships will showcase Olympic medallists and reigning world champions and is being organised by the Pan American Cycling Federation in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation.last_img read more

Hunters trailing 12-2 at break

first_imgBoth sides tested each other in the opening minutes in a tussle to get early points on the board.After gathering up some momentum, the Jets found the try line in the 12th minute through fullback Carlin Anderson, who flew over to score on the wing.Anderson added the extras for his own try to put the home side out for an early 6-0 lead.The Hunters put the pressure right back on the Jets from the kick off with a good set of six that brought them within striking range to score.A penalty to the Hunters 10 metres out gave them first points after Noel Zeming lined up the ball and struck it through the posts.But the Jets continued to build pressure and this turned into more points in the 26th minute when quick hands to spread the ball out to winger and fellow Papua New Guinean Richard Pandia to cross over for a first for the game.Anderson converted right from the sideline to make it 12-2.last_img read more

Alas shrugs off verbal spat with Beermen governor Non, coach Ravanes

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ The altercations happened at the 4:11 mark of the fourth quarter with San Miguel holding a 105-88 lead, just a few minutes after the Beermen capped off a 21-7 run for a 92-77 that turned the tide to their favor.Murphy, who was called for a flagrant foul penalty 1, and Abueva got tangled up on a box out situation that subsequently spilled to the baseline barriers near the audience.Upon review, three technical fouls were called against Alas, Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia, and big man Doug Kramer.Alas, however, said what happened was just a sudden burst of emotion between the two teams and that it’s nothing personal.“That was just Gov’s emotion out there, that’s not like him at all,” said Alas, whose team dropped to 6-3. “After the game, he was there and Gov also shook my hand and it just shows that it was just a spur of the moment type of thing.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Standhardinger, SMB respond to ‘regular team’ comments with rout of Phoenix Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe game between San Miguel and Phoenix in the PBA Governors’ Cup had it all from blown leads to game-changing runs with a little bit of extra curricular on the side.After Beermen import Kevin Murphy and Calvin Abueva got tangled up near the Fuel Masters’ bench, the two teams engaged in a heated verbal spat as the referees reviewed the incident.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix head coach Louie Alas tried to cross the halfcourt line and had to be restrained by security officials at Mall of Asia Arena.Alas said San Miguel team governor Robert Non was shouting expletives at Calvin Abueva during the heated moments in the game where the Beermen won, 117-100, on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSan Miguel assistant coach Biboy Ravanes also joined the fray and also shouted toward Alas and the Phoenix bench.“Gov started it, he was cursing at Calvin and we can’t let that happen because we weren’t even cursing their players. We’re just trying to pacify the situation but we won’t curse at them,” said Alas in Filipino. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Linden joins in observance of Child Protection Week

first_imgThe Linden office of the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) joined with other agencies across Guyana on Tuesday in observance of Child Protection Week 2019, with the hosting of an awareness symposium.Child Protection Week is being observed from September 22 to 28 under the theme: “Promoting social change to stop the violation of children”.The symposium, which was held at the Egbert Benjamin Centre, saw representatives from Schools Welfare Department, Blossom Inc – which is responsible for the Child Advocacy Centre— social workers, Police divisions, religious bodies, Toshaos’ Council, and educators in attendance. According to Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Senior Childcare and Protection Officer (ag) Huette Moore, the aim of the activity is to spread the message that the protection of children is everybody’s business and all need to get involved.“We find children are violated in many different ways in terms of abuse, even in the school setting. So our invitees here today include headmasters and headmistresses from the primary and secondary schools…our message basically is to let people know that Child Protection cannot do this work alone, we need everybody’s participation…We should not abuse our children and if we see children are being abused, we shouldn’t let it go by the wayside,” Moore said.She added that child abuse is a sore issue in Region 10, more so within its riverine areas. Moore explained that presently, there is no Child Protection Officer overseeing communities in these areas and there have been calls for an officer to be placed in the riverine community of Region 10.“Currently, Region 10 only has 2 Child Protection Officers and there’s a lot of work to be done. Nevertheless, we’re trying our best…we’re going to start an outreach next month, going up the river. We’re going to start from Kwakwani…We’re trying to put it out there that Child Protection is here and there’s a place you can go for help. And if we cannot help you, we know where you can go to get help”, she noted.One of the most prominent issues dealt with in the Region, Moore stated, is child neglect, with sexual abuse next in line based on monthly reports. She noted that the Agency also assists in terms of ensuring both parents have access to their children. Moore said one positive improvement seen in the Region is that fathers are taking a more prominent role in being a part of their children’s lives and are fighting for access to their children. She noted that the Agency is proud of this development and encouraged more fathers to play an active role in the lives of their children. Moore further made calls for more collaboration in curbing the issue of child abuse.She further urged anyone who knows of a child being abused to report the issue. She said, regretfully, even in some cases where justice is served, children are left damaged for life. Moore believes that parents, guardians, and adults all need to play an active role and take the responsibility of protecting children as she urged all to step up, support and be a voice for children as well as pay attention to them when they speak. Moore said the Agency is also interested in hosting another symposium within the first quarter of the new year, which would include members of the business sector along with governmental organisations in Region 10.Region 10 recorded the highest rate of child abuse cases in Guyana in 2017, with a 22.1 per cent of the country’s total, with most of the reported cases deriving from Linden. Director of the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA), Ann Greene just last year during an interview with this publication indicated that the Region also had the highest rate of child neglect and sexual abuse at the time as she noted that child abuse is “a hidden crime”. As such, Greene had made calls for sexual regulation at the family level, as she explained that there is much more work to be done. Other cases, she had indicated, came from riverine areas such as Kwakwani.last_img read more

Paraguay proved too tough for Guyana

first_imgAmericas Rugby Challenge…Guyana Men’s Rugby Team suffered a massive defeat at the hands of their Paraguayan counterparts when they locked horns proverbially in the Americas Rugby Challenge which continued on Wednesday in Medellín, Colombia. Selwyn Henry scored a try and Ryan Gonsalves made good on the conversion, but Paraguay won 86 – 7 and Guyana picked up their second loss in as many games.Gonsalves, the Guyanese captain, believes defence was the common denominator that contributed to the blowout result. According to him, they were too scrappy on second and third phases when defending.He also mentioned that the level of play in Colombia is altogether higher than the local ruggers have to offer, but the locals are not far away.The scrum-half further noted, “The team is very disappointed, and will use the remaining days before our final game against Mexico on Sunday to clean up the errors that cost us, and look for the win.“This is a learning experience for the entire team playing 15s rugby at this level. We can only build from this and adjust to it; work to improve on our weaknesses, and build on our strengths,” he admitted.The final round, slated to be held on Sunday, September 1, will see Mexico clash with Guyana, and Colombia come up against Paraguay as the closing match. The winners will be the team accruing the most tournament points.last_img read more