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Another Thai province reports H5N1 outbreak

first_imgNov 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Officials in Thailand said today that H5N1 avian influenza struck poultry in Uthai Thani, the second province to report the virus in less than a week.Sakchai Sriboonsue, director-general of the province’s livestock department, said laboratory tests detected the H5N1 virus in chickens from a backyard farm after several of the birds died, according to a report today from the Associated Press. Uthai Thani is in northern Thailand.On Nov 11, Thai officials reported an outbreak in Sukhothai province, the country’s first in about 10 months. Sukhothai is located north of Uthai Thani.In their report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) detailing that outbreak, Thai authorities said five birds at the affected household were first thought to have died from Escherichia coli infections and intestinal parasites. However, samples submitted to the National Veterinary Laboratory in Bangkok revealed the H5N1 virus. The report said authorities were still investigating the source of the virus.Yesterday media outlets in Thailand reported more potential outbreaks in Sukothai province. The Bangkok Post reported that livestock officials discovered the virus on a fighting cock farm in Sawankhalok in the northern part of the province. Initial tests confirmed the birds were infected with an avian influenza virus, but officials were awaiting the results of tests to identify the strain. The Post report said no bird deaths were reported at the farm.Also, The Nation, a Bangkok newspaper, reported that the virus had spread to another farm in Sawankhalok district, killing 30 chickens. Public health officials buried the dead birds, sent samples for testing, disinfected the village, and targeted 385 chickens from nearby farms for culling, according to the report.In other developments, Thailand’s public health ministry today put nine northern provinces under special watch for avian influenza, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The Post listed the provinces as Phitsanulok, Tak, Phetchabun, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Kamphaeng Phet, and Phichit.Officials also told hospitals in the provinces not to wait for lab test results before treating patients who have suspected H5N1 infections or who live in areas where birds have died, Xinhua reported.Elsewhere, a local newspaper in Vietnam, Liberty Saigon, reported that the People’s Committee in Nghe An province, in the central part of the country, confirmed that H5N1 struck about 1,000 birds at the Dien Hong commune, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua.In early October the same province reported that the virus hit about 300 ducks at a small farm, according to earlier reports.See also: Nov 10 OIE reportNov 10 CIDRAP News story “H5N1 hits poultry in Thailand”last_img read more

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Burnley go for Chelsea midfielder

first_imgBurnley are leading the race for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher. Loading… Chelsea reportedly have an option to recall Gallagher, who joined Chelsea as an eight-year-old, if they wish to cash in on the star. Read Also:EPL: Martial, Rashford net as Man United beat Burnley to claim fifth spot However, Frank Lampard would be reluctant to sell a youngster with huge potential – especially given his policy to field youth players this season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Gallagher has been impressing on loan at Charlton Athletic. The Daily Mail says Gallagher’s performances have been enough to interest Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who is also keen on Josh Brownhill of Bristol City.Advertisement Promoted Content13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should SeeIncredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By Mystery8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth20 Historical Things You Won’t Believe Actually HappenedYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Product That Have Wild Origin Stories5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

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Syracuse women’s soccer freshman Taylor Bennett carves out role as free-kick specialist

first_imgWith the game on the line, Phil Wheddon could’ve gone with senior Stephanie Skilton, who has led the team in scoring each of the last three years, to take the free kick. He could’ve picked junior Eva Gordon, who had scored Syracuse’s one goal earlier in the game. Or senior Maddie Iozzi, who takes the Orange’s corner kicks.But instead, Wheddon chose freshman Taylor Bennett, who had just four games and six shots to in her collegiate career coming into the game.The Orange (4-1-1) was down, 2-1, to Bucknell with fewer than 15 minutes left in the game. Bennett struck the ball clean, blasting a shot past Bucknell goalkeeper Jessica Ratner and off the crossbar, straight up and harmlessly out of play.Bennett missed the shot, but she has been in positions to contribute early and often during her brief college career. She’s started all six of SU’s games this season and is tied for the team lead with two assists, despite traditionally being at the other end of the field as a center back. Bennett also has one goal and is tied for the team lead in points with three other players. She’s developed a specialty as the Orange’s free-kick taker.“You come in expecting to be able to contribute to the team,” Bennett said, “but as a freshman you are mentally saying, ‘Alright maybe I’ll take a year on the bench, you never know,’ so I was very excited to come in and see that I can play.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBennett has six shots on free kicks this season. Two hit the crossbar, one went high, one went wide and one was blocked.The other, fired from about 35 yards away against Albany on Aug. 28, flew over the wall and the goalie’s outstretched arms for Bennett’s only goal of the season.“That’s in my range and I have a pretty long shot,” Bennett said, “and we knew coming in if we put things on frame we’d get opportunities so that’s what I was told to do and we executed.”Bennett’s teammates knew she had “strong kick,” but Iozzi didn’t know how consistent it would be around the box. Despite being put in the pressure situations, Bennett doesn’t appear to be nervous on the field like most freshmen, Iozzi said.Against Delaware on Aug. 21, one of her free kicks off the crossbar ricocheted to a teammate, who was able to knock it in for a goal.“We know she can hit a great ball,” Iozzi said. “All she needs to do is aim low and she’ll have a good shot on net. … She’s been a good impact player”Wheddon was hoping that Bennett would be able to assume free kick responsibilities in her debut season, but it was a wish more than an expectation.“Taylor came in and has been given an opportunity to play and has run with it,” Wheddon said. “She serves a great ball and has a very, very dangerous shot, so as far as production goes, I think it’s great for us.” Comments Published on September 6, 2016 at 1:14 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Related Stories Stephanie Skilton’s 2 goals lift Syracuse women’s soccer to 2-1 overtime win against CornellSyracuse women’s soccer allows 2 2nd-half goals and falls to Bucknell, 2-1Syracuse women’s soccer beats Albany, 2-0, for best start since 2003center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Linden Town Week 2018 officially launched

first_imgLinden Town Week (LTW) 2018 activities were officially launched in the mining town on Saturday with a simple ceremony hosted on the Linden-Georgetown mini-bus park.The annual event, slated for April 22 to May 1, 2018, would be executed under the watchful eyes of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC). In delivering the feature remarks at the launching ceremony, Deputy Linden Mayor Waneka Arindell asked that the pride of the town be restored, and actions towards it be improved with the hopes of raising achievement for the economy.Deputy Mayor Waneka Arindell (right) and Acting Town Clerk Orleena Obermuller unveil the LTW 2018 Theme in the presence of other officials“Our sincere objective as a Council is to revamp and elevate our town that was once known as the ‘bread basket of Guyana’. We intend to reinvent and reintroduce this occasion for what it is worth, while we provide exciting activities to engage every person- be it our locals or our visitors. We have identified our town as the ‘entertainment capital for Guyana.”She added that the event is being hosted under the theme, ‘Celebrating culture, talent, creativity in a clean, green 2018’.Project Coordinator for next year’s event, Devin Sears, said the Council is aiming to achieve the best executed activity. He promised the return of the LTW pageant, which was absent off the calendar for a few years.Sears said the LTW Secretariat, which was established a few weeks ago, will be working solely towards inclusiveness. “We want to ensure that we bring back economic stability…This year (2018) will set the foundation of what is to come…”, he noted. Sears further outlined challenges which may have prevented the event from becoming an international highlight, including the town’s inability to accommodate the influx of visitors during that time. Based on studies conducted, Sears said, the town can accommodate only about 1.2 per cent of its visitors to the event. As such, he said, the bed and breakfast concept will be reintroduced. Additionally, he said the Guyana Tourism Authority would also be offering guidance and training leading up to LTW 2018.According to Sears, next year’s event will focus on enhanced standardised vending infrastructure and zoning, which is likely to be colour- coded. He added that the Council is negotiating to have LTW magazines and international advertising. Sears said the concept of a ‘Linden Awards’ will also be introduced.Also of particular focus will be sports, senior citizens’ luncheon, essay writing, tours, spelling bees and the youth village, he explained.Sears explained that the Council is uninterested in executing concept parties or any major for- profit events, but rather will be executing community-based and non- profit events.last_img read more

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Safety of aviation sector to be boosted

first_img…Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system before year-endThe Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) systems which are aimed at bolstering safety in the aviation sector will become fully operational before the end of the year.GCAA Director General Egbert FieldSpeaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Director General, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d), Egbert Field said this would put Guyana ahead of the United States, since their mandatory commencement date is January 1, 2020.The ADS-B Systems are currently installed at the Kaieteur, Port Kaituma, Annai and Kamarang air traffic control towers. The satellite stations at Port Kaituma and Kamarang are up and running. The two at Kaieteur and Annai are yet to come on stream; this is as a result of the uplink of the data being slower as a result of insufficient bandwidth.“We have entered an agreement with E-governance to supply us with the bandwidth. They ran all the cables and necessary equipment to the tower at Timehri and we are awaiting the installation of the IP address. That should be taking place very shortly, which will activate the other two stations,” Field explained.The Director General said the GCAA has included necessary elements of the ADS-B equipment which must be installed in aircraft in its regulation. He noted that the ADS-B programme was critical and necessary for Guyana’s aviation sector. Operators are urged to install the complementary equipment, the transponder, on their aircraft.“On a weekly basis, I see documents where operators are asking for permission to do the modification of the aircraft to have the system installed. So, we are moving ahead and by the end of this year or before, we will be looking at moving from the test mode to fully operational. So, [we] will be ahead of the US in the implementation of the ADS-B,” the Director General explained.An ADS-B system is one that allows an aircraft to determine its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcast its location, enabling it to be tracked. The systems were installed last year, upon acquisition of the simulator.last_img read more

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