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UK reports H5 flu outbreak in turkeys

first_imgNov 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Veterinary officials in England today announced an avian influenza outbreak in turkeys at a farm in Norfolk, after initial tests showed that the birds were positive for an H5 strain of the virus.Officials are awaiting full test results to determine if the turkeys have the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of the virus, according to a press release from England’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Fred Landeg, acting chief veterinary officer, told BBC News today that he expects test results in the next 24 hours.To date, the deadly H5N1 strain has been identified in British poultry just once, at a turkey farm in February of this year.The site of the new outbreak is a farm 107 miles northeast of London, near the town of Diss, that also has ducks and geese, DEFRA said. All of the birds will be slaughtered. The number of birds slated for culling is about 5,000, according to the BBC report.Authorities have established a 3-km protection zone around the farm, along with a 10-km surveillance zone. “We are also urgently considering with ornithological and other experts what wider measures may be needed,” DEFRA said.Landeg said the disease was discovered yesterday when a veterinarian noted an increasing number of turkey deaths in one of the farm’s five barns, according to the BBC report. He said the affected birds had access to the outdoors and may have been at increased risk of contracting the disease from wild birds, which migrate in autumn.A few weeks ago, the chief veterinarian for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warned that apparently healthy geese and ducks in Europe could be harboring the H5N1 virus. He advised authorities in regions that have significant duck and geese production to reinforce their monitoring and surveillance systems.In the UK’s February outbreak, the lethal H5N1 virus was found at the Bernard Matthews turkey operation in Suffolk, about 70 miles northeast of London. The source of the virus, which led to the culling of 152,000 birds, was never conclusively identified, but authorities said it was probably contaminated turkey meat imported from Hungary.The UK had an outbreak of a different avian flu type in March. In that case, a low-pathogenic H7N2 virus was detected at two small farms, one in northern Wales and one in northwest England. The outbreaks were linked to a handful of mild cases in humans.The lethal H5N1 virus has turned up in wild birds in Britain once, in a swan found dead on the coast of Scotland in March 2006. Also, the virus was identified in October 2005 in a parrot that had been imported from Suriname and quarantined in Essex with birds imported from Taiwan.See also:Feb 5 CIDRAP News story “England reports first H5N1 poultry outbreak”May 29 CIDRAP News story “Welsh officials announce four H7N2 flu cases, suspect human-to-human transmission”Oct 26 CIDRAP News story “FAO warns H5N1 may be lurking in Europe”Apr 6, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Avian flu reaches Scotland as FAO reports progress”last_img read more

Swiss pension funds cautious of ‘captive’ relationship with local banks

first_imgSwiss pension funds are increasingly aware they must not be seen as captive clients of the country’s largest banks, a locally active currency manager has argued.James Wood-Collins, chief executive at Record Currency Management, attributed some of his company’s growth in Swiss hedging mandates to an increasing awareness of the counterparty risk inherent in employing the custodian bank to safeguard against currency fluctuations.According to IPE’s annual survey of managers of Swiss institutional assets, the company has seen local institutional assets increase from €14bn to €25.4bn, while assets managed on behalf of pension clients more than doubled to €22bn in the nine months to the end of June.“One of the many changes that has taken place throughout the financial crisis is the standing of at least some of the Swiss banks in their local community has taken quite a hit,” said Wood-Collins, noting that the institutions were no longer as well regarded as they used to be.  “As a result of that, pension funds are increasingly aware they can no longer be seen to be captive clients of any one bank relationship – and that goes both to the prices they receive for the hedging and the concentration of counterparty risk that arises if they only have one bank relationship.”Despite such concerns, asset managers associated with two of Switzerland’s largest banks – UBS Global Asset Management and Credit Suisse Asset Management – have seen their assets under management increase in the nine months since September 2013.The IPE survey showed that UBS Global AM had seen its share of Swiss pension assets increase from €38.6bn to €52.7bn over the period.Assets disclosed by Credit Suisse AM were harder to compare across 2014 and 2013’s surveys, as the company did not disclose like-for-like data.However, it said corporate and institutional Swiss clients entrusted it with €215bn at the end of June 2014.Wood-Collins predicted his company would continue to see interest in hedging, but not only due to the requirement of Swiss funds to ensure they protected themselves against rate changes.He questioned how long Switzerland’s central bank (SNB) would be able to maintain its “loss-making” cap to the euro, which pension funds initially welcomed, despite concerns over inflation.“If the SNB were to change that policy, the market would immediately price it in, almost instantaneously – far more quickly, certainly, than anyone could react,” he said.“All our clients are maintaining their hedge on the euro.”For more on the Swiss pensions sector and the 2014 IPE survey of Swiss institutional managers, see the current issue of IPElast_img read more

‘Joke’ community work sentence for man who beat, deafened wife

first_imgNZ Herald 7 August 2016Family First Comment: “We’re never going to change the culture if we don’t give a strong message to violent offenders.”A man who beat his wife as she held their baby, hitting her so hard in the head that he deafened her, has been sentenced to just 130 hours of community work.But he will likely be deported before he can complete the sentence, described as a “joke” by his victim.Jone Vuetaki, 26, was sentenced to 130 hours of community work in the Timaru District Court on Tuesday for the vicious assault of his wife in November last year.The Fiji-born meat worker denied the charge but was found guilty after a trial before Judge Joanna Maze.Victim advocate Ruth Money was appalled at Vuetaki’s sentence.“This joke of a sentence simply serves to enable and grow New Zealand’s notorious family violence epidemic.”“It is no wonder that the victims of such violence in New Zealand have little faith in the system and are reluctant to report violence when offenders are given such nonsense sentences.”She said the courts needed to come down harder on perpetrators of family violence in order to make any difference.“This disgraceful family violence behaviour is not deterred when some judges in New Zealand continue to make a mockery of the system and community that they are there to serve.”Family First national director Bob McCoskrie echoed Money’s message.“The judiciary needs to reflect the disdain the New Zealand public have for family violence by giving a sentence that reflects the seriousness of the crime,” he said.“In this case… there is also the aggravating issue that a baby was present during this particular altercation who could have easily been seriously harmed by the violence.”He said Vuetaki’s sentence was inadequate, and he doubted whether it would have any real impact on the offender.“Doing some community service simply doesn’t communicate the seriousness of the situation.“We’re never going to change the culture if we don’t give a strong message to violent offenders.”“This is a weak sentence with a weak message,” he said.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11688724last_img read more

Ilog man killed in road mishap

first_imgBACOLOD City – He was walking along theroad in Barangay Delicioso, Ilog, Negros Occidental when a car hit him. The 33-year-old resident Joaquin GeneveJr. died in a crash, a police report showed. He sustained fatal body injuries, itadded. According to police investigators, theincident happened around 3:50 a.m. on Feb. 25. Officers of the Ilog municipal policestation have yet to identify the suspect, who fled after the incident./PNlast_img

Consistency is key for Killingbeck in quest for Big Daddy Southern Region rookie title

first_imgBig Daddy Race Cars Southern Region IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock Rookie of the Year Richard Killingbeck. (Photo by Crimson ‘n Cream Photography) CORTEZ, Colo. – A decade after hanging up his helmet, Richard Killingbeck returned to racing to earn rookie of the year honors in the Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.From Cortez, Killingbeck became the first Colorado driver to win the regional ROY prize for the division on the strength of one feature victory and another 10 top five finishes in just 24 starts.“I’d driven a Ford Escort years and years ago in a non-sanctioned wasp class. It had been 10 years since I raced but I’d been wanting to get back in it,” he said. “I was out on the golf course one Saturday and heard the cars on the track hotlapping. I caught the bug and got pulled back in.”Getting a car was first on the to-do list. Killingbeck used Facebook to locate a pure stock in Price, Utah, got it home and converted it to an IMCA legal ride.He rebuilt it in just three days after a crash only six starts into the season. Killingbeck found victory lane five weeks later, in the July 6 show at Aztec Speedway.“That was an exciting race. I was very pleased with the way my rookie season went and hopefully we can build on our success next year, he said. “I’ve got a lot of family and friends who have helped me this season. Jerry and Archie Clark let me use their shop for both the original build and the rebuild.”Killingbeck finished third in point standings at both Aztec Speedway and his hometown Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway.He was also third in the Border State Challenge for drivers at the two tracks.“My biggest goal at the start of the season was to stay in the top 10 points for that. Then I adjusted my goal to stay in the top three,” said Killingbeck. “I looked on the IMCA website and in the IMCA newsletter and saw my name rising in the rookie standings and kept racing for points.”Wins-1                    Top Five Finishes-11         Starts-24HIS CREW: Father Gene Ring and Justin Lewis.HIS SPONSORS: Advantage Glass, Champion Graphics and Sparks Plumbing, all of Cortez.last_img read more

DOJ: No charges in Chokehold Death of Eric Garner, family “Can’t Breathe”

first_imgFederal prosecutors are not going to file civil rights charges against the NYPD cop involved in the death of Eric Garner.Garner died while being arrested for suspicion of selling single cigarettes from packs without tax stamps.He denied selling the cigarettes and said, “he was tired of being harassed.”Garner, a 43-year-old, 350-pound father of six, was held in a chokehold for 15 seconds during his arrest.He previously worked for the parks department but had to quit due to health reasons.Garner’s mother Gwen Carr was outraged after officials told her about the decision during a meeting in Brooklyn on Tuesday.“Five years ago my son said ‘I can’t breathe 11 times,’ and today we can’t breathe,” Carr said at a press conference Tuesday.We can’t breatheThe decision comes one day before the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death and the expiration of the statute of limitations.In July 2015, the family received $5.9 million in an out of court settlement from the city of New York.Garner’s family members were hoping to get one last chance to convince federal prosecutors that they should criminally charge Officer Daniel Pantaleo.Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the city medical examiner’s office, but a grand jury on Staten Island did not charge Pantaleo.Protests are set to take place in Manhattan and Staten Island on Wednesday.Carr said via Twitter Tuesday that “This is not the end.”last_img read more

City of Alpena Fire Chief explains reason for flames at DPI

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. —Emergency responders were called to a fire at Decorative Panels International this morning.Police and fire got the call around 11:06 a.m. City of Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush says fires aren’t a rare occurrence at the facility.“It’s a dryer for the hardboard that they make and that’s inherently a hazardous process because obviously, that wood powder is highly flammable. So they do get fires here quite regularly. Sometimes they get out of hand, and when they do, they call us.”Forbush says there was extensive damage to machinery, but no one was injured in the fire.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Decorative Panels International, DPI, fire, Flames, ForebushContinue ReadingPrevious League of Women Voters to hold open forums ahead of presidential primariesNext Alpena woman celebrates 100th birthdaylast_img read more

Man Utd fighting to be second best – Mourinho

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho effectively conceded the Premier League title to Manchester City on Friday, admitting that his Manchester United side are competing to be “first of the last” in the table.United lost in midweek at Tottenham, allowing their local rivals to open up a commanding 15-point lead, with just 13 games remaining.But Mourinho insisted that there is still plenty for his team to play for in the league this season, with second place and qualification for the Champions League his primary focus.“It makes me feel that they are doing so, so well that they are not letting the others come close to that, as simple as that,” said Mourinho when asked how City’s dominance made him feel.“With the number of points and improvement we have in relation to last season, in normal conditions the distance would be a distance that leaves the fight open.“And, at the moment, the fight is open for second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth but it is practically closed for the first.”However, the Portuguese insisted that falling short to Pep Guardiola’s rampant City, who have dropped just seven points all season, shouldn’t be classified as a failure.“If you tell me all six want to be champion and only one will be champion and the other five fail, I think is too pragmatic a way to look at it because you can do positive work and not win the title,” added Mourinho.“I cannot say that we are doing bad or Tottenham is doing bad or Chelsea is doing bad because the number of points we have are a very reasonable number of points.” Mourinho was talking ahead of the home Premier League meeting with Huddersfield, where United will mark the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster that falls on Tuesday.The United manager paid his respects to the tragedy that shaped his club’s history but insisted that it is also vital that they return to winning ways.“It’s not because of this Munich disaster that the game becomes important for us,” he said. “The game is important because we need points to be the first of the last, we have to try to finish second.”– Better than last season –And Mourinho challenged his players to shrug off the after effects of defeat at Spurs to continue their upward curve in the league this season compared his debut campaign at United last year.“We were first for a few weeks and then we were always second, I don’t remember us being fourth, fifth or sixth, we have been there since the beginning of the season, better than last season in every aspect – points, position, number of goals scored, conceded, better in everything.“So we have to try to stay there and is not easy because there are very good teams. Chelsea is champions again, (had a) fantastic (transfer) market, Liverpool is a great team, Arsenal improved a lot in the market, Tottenham is a fantastic team and they are five points behind us.“So we are doing quite well, with some negative moments, Wednesday was one. It is very important to do better than last season and try to win something, and, if not, do better.”United look set to be without midfielder Marouane Fellaini for several weeks due to a knee injury, but Mourinho had more positive news on Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who he hopes can both return before the end of the month.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Double gold for Cheptegei

first_img1962 Perth114611 Gold Coast, Australia | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Joshua Cheptegei emulated Moses Kipsiro’s 2010 double gold winning feat by winning the 10,000m final in a new Commonwealth Games record 27:19.62 on Friday.Cheptegei was stretched all the way by Canadian  Mohammed Ahmed as he added the 10,000m title to the 5000m gold he won last week. That sees him equal Moses Kipsiro’s double achievement at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.Kipsiro, the most successful Ugandan track and field athlete with three gold medals, won both the 5,000m and 10,000m in Delhi, before adding the 10,000m title at the 2014 Games.Cheptegei, 21, has been in formidable form since winning 10,000m silver at the World Championships last year.  In the past 6 months, he has run the  world’s second fastest 15k race ever at the Seven Hills Race Zevenheuvelenloop in Nijmegen, The Netherlands in November and dominated all the cross-country races he participated in this year.  SilverAli Rojo1974 ChristchurchBoxingBantamweight 2006 Melbourne201315  SilverSilver Ayoo1974 ChristchurchAthletics400 metres 2002 Manchester020230  SilverKesi Odongo1962 PerthBoxingLightweight  SilverLeo Rwabwogo1970 EdinburghBoxingFlyweight  SilverWilliam Koskei1970 EdinburghAthletics400 metres hurdles Share on: WhatsApp RELATED STORY Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei crosses the finish line ahead of Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed in the athletics men’s 10,000m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 13, 2018.  AFP PHOTO  10,000m final  ?? |  Cheptegei GOLD |  Kiplimo 4th | Toroitich 7th | 1994 Victoria002224  GoldBenson Masanda1970 EdinburghBoxingHeavyweight 2010 Delhi200218  SilverShadrack Odhiambo1974 ChristchurchBoxingFeatherweight  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2014 GlasgowAthletics10,000 metres 1954 Vancouver010114  GoldMohamed Muruli1974 ChristchurchBoxingWelterweight  SilverThomas Kawere1958 CardiffBoxingWelterweight  GoldGodfrey Nyakana1990 AucklandBoxingLightweight (– 60 kg)  GoldAyub Kalule1974 ChristchurchBoxingLightweight 2014 Glasgow104518  SilverPeter Rwamuhanda1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles Uganda’s history at Commonwealth games  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics10,000 metres  GoldJames Odwori1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Flyweightcenter_img  SilverJoseph Lubega2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Heavyweight  SilverRuth Kyalisima1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles  GoldJustin Juuko1990 AucklandBoxingLight Flyweight (– 48 kg)  SilverDeogratias Musoke1970 EdinburghBoxingFeatherweight  SilverMohamed Kayongo2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Welterweight Uganda medals Commonwealth games  GoldDorcus Inzikuru2006 MelbourneAthletics3000m Steeplechase  SilverJames Odwori1974 ChristchurchBoxingLight Flyweight  GoldGeorge Oywello1962 PerthBoxingHeavyweight MedalNameGamesSportEvent  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics5,000 metres  GoldMohamed Muruli1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Welterweight 1974 Christchurch243910 1998 Kuala Lumpur001132  SilverPatrick Etolu1954 VancouverAthleticsHigh Jump GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotalRank 1958 Cardiff010117 Total1315214918  GoldBoniface Kiprop2006 MelbourneAthletics10,000 metres 1970 Edinburgh33179 1982 Brisbane030318  SilverVictor Byarugaba1982 BrisbaneBoxingLight Middleweight Tweets about #GC2018 uganda 1966 Kingston001119 1990 Auckland202411last_img read more

Father of 6 dead after being hit by a strong beach wave

first_imgA mother of 6 is reporting that she lost her husband in a freak accident after he was struck by a beach wave so strong that it broke his neck and deprived him of oxygen to long for him to be saved.The accident occurred Thursday Oak Island’s beach in North Carolina.The victim’s wife, Shannon Dingle, reported on Twitter that her husband Lee Dingle, was playing with three of the children in the water when suddenly he was hit by a strong wave which pushed him over and into the sand and immediately snapped his neck.Dingle continued saying the impact also caused his throat to swell which deprived his brain of oxygen for an extended period of time. Despite the efforts of Oak Island Water Rescue and several others on the beach the victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.Lee Dingle was the president of Atlas Engineering in Raleigh, North Carolina, the company has since released a statement on his passing:“He was a dream employee and coworker, a good friend, a loving, dedicated father, and a wonderfully kind person,” said Chris Coutu, chief engineer and executive vice president at Atlas Engineering.“The loss to his family and to our company is profound. He served his state and community as an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Engineering Specialist. He was brave, calm, and reassuring; he was somebody one would want around when conditions were dangerous or chaotic. He will be greatly missed.”last_img read more