H5N1 strikes poultry in India again

first_imgJan 15, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A state agriculture minister in India today confirmed that a disease outbreak involving 35,000 recent poultry deaths in West Bengal state was caused by the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus.Anisur Rahaman, West Bengal’s minister for animal resources, told Reuters, “The outbreak is of the deadly H5N1 strain and it has been confirmed to us in a central government notification today.”Over the past few weeks, large numbers of chicken and other poultry deaths have been reported in and around the village of Margram in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, according to the Reuters report. Rahaman told the news service that a second outbreak was detected in West Bengal’s South Dinajpur district but said the sites are not adjacent.Naresh Dayal, India’s health secretary, told Reuters that medical teams have been dispatched to the area, that residents would be monitored for flulike symptoms, and that the government had adequate stockpiles of the antiviral drug osteltamivir.Officials said culling operations affecting about 400,000 birds within a 3-kilometer radius of the outbreak areas would begin tomorrow, Reuters reported.Authorities have sealed off one stretch of West Bengal’s border with Bangladesh, according to Reuters. Bangladesh is also battling H5N1 outbreaks.India’s last H5N1 outbreak in poultry occurred in July 2007 among chickens at a poultry farm in the country’s remote northeastern state of Manipur, near the border with Myanmar, according to previous reports. India has reported no human H5N1 cases.Meanwhile, animal health officials in Bangladesh said on Jan 13 that the H5N1 virus had struck a poultry farm in the northeast. The outbreak killed 500 chickens at the farm in Moulavibazar district, about 155 miles from Dhaka, the capital, according to a Jan 13 Reuters report. About 800 chickens, ducks, and other birds were culled within 1 kilometer of the outbreak site, the report said.The country’s first H5N1 outbreak was recorded in March 2007, according to previous reports. Since then, outbreaks have occurred mainly around Dhaka and in the north.In Vietnam, government officials announced that the H5N1 virus struck a flock of ducks in Thai Nguyen province in the northern part of the country, according to a Jan 11 Thanh Nien News report. On Jan 3 officials said another outbreak in the same province had also affected a duck flock, according to previous reports.In other developments, animal health experts in England have determined that the H5N1 virus strain that infected three swans at a tourist destination in Dorset County on the country’s southwest coast is similar to one that was confirmed in the Czech Republic, Romania, and Poland in 2007, according to a statement today from Hilary Benn, secretary of the United Kingdom Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).Benn said the H5N1 strain found in the swans is also similar to the one that caused outbreaks in November among turkeys at two Redgrave Farms sites in Suffolk.Animal health officials are conducting further tests on a few more dead mute swans at the Dorset County outbreak site, but so far all have tested negative, the UK Press Association reported on Jan 13.Earlier reports said the three infected swans were tested after they were found dead, but today’s DEFRA statement said reports suggest that two of the swans were still alive when found and were euthanized because they were injured and in poor condition.John Houston, general manager at Abbotsbury Swannery, told the Press Association that the number of dead swans at the site is lower than normal because of warmer-than-usual winter weather.See also:Jul 25, 2007, CIDRAP News story “India finds H5N1 in poultry after 1-year hiatus”Jan 15 DEFRA statementlast_img read more

Bidders line up for M&S properties

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Australian scientist David Goodall dies after lethal injection

first_imgThe Sydney Morning Herald 10 May 2018Family First Comment: How ironic. At the bottom of this disturbing article is this statement…“Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline…”Apparently some suicides are okay. Apparently.  www.rejectassistedsuicide.nzAustralian scientist David Goodall has ended his life at a euthanasia clinic in Switzerland, asking in his final words: “Why is this taking so long?”The 104-year old had to answer twice the four questions – what is your name, what is your date of birth, why have you come to the clinic and do you know what will happen when you press this button? – that are asked of anyone seeking to undergo voluntary euthanasia because, due to his arthritis, he was unable to press the button to release the deadly injection on his first attempt.Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke, who revealed he acted as “music director” during the Professor Goodall’s death in Switzerland, said the Australian’s final words were said “flippantly” and impatiently as if to hurry death.In a “final day press release” which included new photographs of Professor Goodall’s final hours, the prominent euthanasia campaigner said he was “proud to have been appointed ‘music director’”.“David’s chosen music was the Ode to Joy of Beethoven’s 9th symphony. David died at the moment the Song (sung in German) concluded,” the statement said.READ MORE: https://www.smh.com.au/national/australian-scientist-david-goodall-dies-after-lethal-injection-20180510-p4zem6.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Tough love: psychology of Argentina’s Messi relationship

first_imgBuenos Aires, Argentina | AFP |Like neurotic parents, Argentines swung from criticism to unconditional love for their star footballer Lionel Messi this week, providing the soccer-mad nation’s many therapists with rich material for psychoanalysis.Fans’ frustration at the superstar’s missed penalty in Sunday’s defeat to Chile in the Copa America Centenario soon gave way to panic as he vowed to quit the national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup.As fans online pleaded “Leo, don’t go,” psychologists, neurologists and philosophers appeared on chat shows and published newspaper columns to analyze the hero’s motivations and help the nation cope.To judge by the past criticism Messi has received, having a player widely rated as the best in the world is not enough for Argentines.They also want him to win — as Diego Maradona did at the World Cup in 1986.Now they have started to ask themselves whether they are too demanding.President Mauricio Macri said Tuesday that Lionel Messi was “God’s gift” to the country and it should “take care of him.”One school teacher became a minor celebrity when she sent an open letter to the player which was read out on television.“Please don’t give up,” wrote the teacher, Yohana Fucks — a not-uncommon surname in Argentina.“Don’t make people think that all we care about in this country is winning and being first.”Football idolatryAndres Rascovsky, former president of the Argentine Psychoanalytical Association, links the country’s intense sporting passions to its dirty politics. “Argentines need idols,” he said.That desire stems from “the humiliation and denigration of the masses by the politicians,” Rascovsky added.“That generates a need for them to redeem themselves through sporting heroes like Maradona or Messi.”The provocative extrovert Maradona “is more identified with transgression and omnipotence,” Rascovsky said.That exuberant spirit is epitomized by what Maradona called his “Hand of God” goal against England at the 1986 World Cup.“The Hand of God was a goal of transgression, a false goal scored with the hand which in a spirit of idolatry was elevated to the status of the divine,” Rascovsky said.The nation’s relationship with Messi is different, however.“A lack of decent values causes a lot of Argentines to identify with the transgressive omnipotence of Maradona,” said Rascovsky.“On the other hand, Messi comes across as a more modest, normal personality.”Maradona himself recently accused Messi of having “no personality.” But he too threw his support behind Messi after he vowed to quit, urging him to stay.“I knew him when he was a kid,” said Enrique Dominguez, who coached the young Messi at Newell Old Boys football club.“He is very sensitive though his face doesn’t always show it.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Coleman returns to city after brief stay at Gateway

first_imgColeman has participated in preseason scrimmages with the team and has participated in all team workouts—minus one week to sort out his enrollment—since his return to the district.“Jaylen is fully eligible to play with the USO team and actually did a great job during our preseason scrimmages,” Obama Academy athletic director Andre McGee said. “We’re really excited to have him back in position with us and we believe that he is going to do everything that is expected for his pursuit of an athletic scholarship.”USO head coach, Lewis Berry, who coached Coleman at Peabody the past three seasons, was unreachable for comment.“It feels good to be back to what’s familiar,” Coleman said. “My experience at Gateway was great. Coach (Terry) Smith was one of the best coaches that I ever had. I’d made friends there and the move is bittersweet. But it’s the best one for me.”In a brief statement Smith said that Coleman “with his family issue (and with their discretion) has decided to leave the program.”He is currently being looked at by as many as 10 major college programs, including Virginia, Purdue, West Virginia, and Pitt. But Coleman really wants to be a Cincinnati Bearcat.“When I visited the school this summer, I really felt comfortable there,” he said. “Out of each of the schools that are interested in me, I think I really want to go (to the University of Cincinnati).”His stepmother Tashika Cox said upon arrival back in the district, Pittsburgh Public Schools gave him two options for attending school.“Since Obama Academy is a magnet program, we had to notify the program beforehand if Jaylen was going to be attending there,” she said. “Since we were obviously too late to make that decision, they gave him the option to enroll in the Boys Academy at Westinghouse or University Prep. Jaylen really wanted to play for the USO team, so he chose UPrep.”Coleman, known for his running ability, will, as he has in the past, also play at running back for USO. A situation that he described as “back to normal.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at malikvincent@gmail.com.) by Malik VincentAccording to USO (U. Prep, Sci. Tech and Obama) for senior linebacker Jaylen Colman, “there is no place like home.”His stay at Gateway High School in Monroeville was cut short by what he described as “family issues that forced him to move back into the city.”The talented multi-position former Peabody football star will attend Pittsburgh University Prep at Milliones for the 2011-12 school year. JAYLEN COLEMAN last_img read more