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Flu kills more migratory birds in China

first_img Hall called for the immediate testing and electronic tagging of birds to identify infected ones and trace where they go, the story said. No birds have been killed to control the outbreak, because some of the birds are protected species. WHO statement on human case in Vietnamhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_28/en/index.html WHO and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officials reported the increased death toll among birds at a refuge in Qinghai province, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. See also: AFP quoted Julie Hall, the WHO’s communicable-disease expert in China, as saying, “This is the first time we’ve seen large numbers of migratory birds dying from bird flu. So the virus has obviously changed to be more pathogenic to animals. What it means for humans we don’t know.” Wild waterfowl are recognized as the natural reservoir for all influenza A viruses and commonly carry them without getting sick, according to the WHO. A WHO official said 20 birds a day are still dying at the refuge, but the outbreak appears to be waning, according to an Associated Press report today. WHO and FAO officials voiced concern that China had tested only 12 birds, all of them dead, AFP reported. The officials worried that infected but asymptomatic birds could spread the virus to distant places when they migrate in August and September. WHO officials expressed concern that only two people have been tested for avian flu in connection with the outbreak, AFP reported. They also urged China to supply virus sequencing information as soon as possible so that experts can assess whether the virus has become more pathogenic. Also today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Vietnam had confirmed another human case of H5N1 infection. That brings the WHO’s tally of human cases in Vietnam since December to 60, with the number of deaths remaining at 18. The case occurred in May in the northern province of Ha Tay. Hall said no human cases have been reported, but the presence of the virus in new bird species could mean an increased risk for humans. Initial reports of the outbreak, in May, said 178 birds had died of H5N1 flu. China later increased the number to 519 in an official report, and a Chinese official subsequently raised the number to more than 1,000. The dead birds were said to include five species. Jun 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – About 5,000 migratory birds have died of avian influenza at a wildlife sanctuary in northwestern China, close to five times as many as reported previously, United Nations officials who visited the site said today.last_img read more

Quilters display their work in Greensburg

first_imgExample of a “Fractured Quilt”Greensburg, In. — The Art on the Square Gallery and the Decatur County Arts Connection presents the display, “Quilted” through the end of February. All the works have been produced by the Tree City Quilt Club.The public is invited to a free “Second Friday” Wine and Cheese Reception hosted by the Gallery, February 9 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.The show includes exceptional and imaginative examples of Fine Arts Quilting using original patterns of hand and machine quilting, appliqué, hand dyed fabrics, embroidery, and other intricate techniques. The show has been organized by Nancy Derheimer, Judy Glore, and Margaret Parker.  “Of special new interest this year are fractured quilts made by the Club members dividing themselves into groups of 4 or 5 with each group taking one original drawing and crafting it using their own fabric choices.  The quilters then met again, cut up the quilts into pieces, mixed up the pieces and sewed them back together!  The result is what is called a “fractured quilt”, said Nancy Derheimer, quilter.Featured Artists include, JoAnn Baldwin, Dottie Bilbrey, Rose M. Colllins, Kathy Denny, Nancy Derheimer, Judy Glore, Rita Hellmich, Donna Hermesch, Nancy King, Sue Koors, Janet Meyer, Alice Rust, Jean Schoettmer, Jean Shultz, Jan Wantz, Susan Wilson, and Alice Woodhull.  Most of whom created the iconic and exquisite “Decatur County Barn Quilt”, a special Indiana Bicentennial offering that is on permanent display at the Decatur County courthouse.The ongoing “Gallery Night Out” painting opportunities are held each month.  The public is invited to bring family and friends of all ages and abilities to a fun evening at the Gallery on Tuesday, January 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants are encourage to bring their favorite beverages and snacks to enjoy during the evening. “We will be creating in easy acrylic painting and techniques either “Happy Snowman” or “Cardinal on a “Winter Branch”, said Judy Glore, instructor and President of the Decatur County Arts Connection.  “No prior painting experience is needed and all supplies and professional instruction will be provided for a $25 fee and you leave the evening with a finished painting.”, said Margaret Parker, instructor and officer of the Decatur County Arts Connection. Register by calling 812-663-8430 and indicate the Snowman or Cardinal.  Sample paintings are on display in the Gallery window or on the Facebook page ‘Art on the Square Gallery” or the website.   Other times, dates, and subjects can be arranged for small groups for the Gallery Night Out classes.Art On The Square Gallery is located at 114 E. Washington Street in Greensburg on the North Side of the Town Square with regular gallery hours, Wednesday to Friday from 11 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., and Saturday from 11:00 A.M., to 2:00 P.M., closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Exhibits will be on display throughout the year with monthly special shows. For more information call 812-663-8600.Art on the Square Gallery is a subsidiary of Decatur County Arts Connection, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization promoting arts events and activities through creation, exhibits, and education for the community’s enjoyment and growth. Become a financial supporter or the arts events sponsored by the Gallery by joining us as a Patron. Forms will be available and donations are tax deductible. “Supporting the Decatur County Arts Connection and the Art on the Square Fine Arts Gallery and their programs financially will ensure that the arts stay strong in our community.  The Gallery has been serving the community for almost 10 years and looks to expand its programming opportunities in the future with your support”, expressed Fred Craig, local fine arts photographer and VP of the DCAC..Our catch phrase is: Express yourself through Art.last_img read more

AFCON 2019: Black Stars XI v Benin – Kwadwo Asamoah benched

first_imgGhana begins the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign against West African neighbours Benin on Tuesday evening in Ismailia. Coach Kwesi Appiah has named his lineup to face Benin nine hours before kick-off as the Black Stars seek to start this year’s tournament on a good note. Ghana will open their account in Egypt tonight, but how have they fared in their AFCON openers since 2000?3 wins ✅2 losses❌3 draws🤝#JoyAFCON #AFCON2019 #TotalAFCON2019 #BlackStars #FootballTogether #GoGhana #GHABEN pic.twitter.com/cHsY4c2zoj— JoySports #JoyAFCON (@JoySportsGH) June 25, 2019 Kwasi Appiah relied heavily on the 4-4-2 formation during the qualifiers but he is set to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation. A system he tried in Black Stars last pre-tournament friendly against South Africa which ended 0-0. Despite the team failing to score, the performance exhibited according to Joy Sports’ tournament correspondent, Benedict Owusu, who watched the game, was very impressive. Making their debuts in the Africa Cup of Nations will be Lumor Agbeyenu, Kasim Nuhu and Thomas Agyepong. The shock omission is vice-captain of the side Kwadwo Asamoah who was expected to play in a midfield role. The Inter Milan star was reportedly Ghana’s best player in two pre-tournament friendlies. As expected, Maritzburg goalkeeper Richard Ofori is the first choice to start in goal. With Harrison Afful failing to make the squad due to injury,  Reading defender Andy Yiadom starts right back with Lumor Agbeyenu starting ahead of Baba Rahman.Metz defender John Boye will partner German-based Kassim Nuhu with Mubarak Wakaso and Partey shielding the back four.Atsu will play from his favourite right flank and Thomas Agyepong will be on duty on the opposite flank. Skipper Andre Ayew will play behind his brother Jordan Ayew.Ghana’s starting XI to face Benin: Richard Ofori- Andy Yiadom, Lumor Agbeyenu, John Boye, Kasim Nuhu- Mubarak Wakaso, Thomas Partey, Thomas Agyepong, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew-Jordan Ayew.Follow all the tournament games with #JoyAFCON. There’s live radio commentary on Joy 99.7FM, post-match programs on Joy FM, JoyNews TV (available via MultiTV Digibox and on DStv channel 421), Joy Prime (on DStv 281), analysis shows, and fan zones. Follow complete social media coverage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with @JoySportsGH.last_img read more