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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

Land trusts provide gift of preservation

first_imgWith over 90 land trusts in New York, the mission of such groups is to provide the permanence and stewardship to keep local landscapes, farmland and special outdoor places left just as we have known them, for us, our children and our children’s children. I know first-hand how MHLC is helping our Capital Region with over 5,000 acres of preserved land. It’s reassuring to know that this permanence will be provided regardless of who is in power.Of course, it takes resources to provide this stability. I encourage everyone during this time of giving to consider supporting a local land trust.Knowing that we can make a difference is empowering, and our actions today can affect the lives of generations to come.Dan LewisDelmarMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAlbany County warns of COVID increase Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTwo recent news events have me thinking about what it means to provide permanence and stability in this ever-changing world.The plan by the Berkshire Art Museum to sell works that have been a part of their “permanent” collection, and the plan by the current administration to significantly reduce the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments, makes one wonder if there is anything that we can hold onto as permanent. There is.We need to look no further than our local land trusts.As a business owner in Troy and a long-time board member of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC), I see the good work that local land trusts are doing on both sides of the Hudson River to preserve land in perpetuity.last_img read more

GO-TIME: Partnership with State Archives, Ancestry.com Provides FREE Online Access to Valuable Records, Saves Taxpayer Dollars

first_img Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In response to growing interest in accessing genealogical records online, The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission partnered with Ancestry.com to digitize documents held in the Pennsylvania State Archives and make them available free of charge to  residents. Last year, 4.9 million unique users searched Pennsylvania documents on Ancestry.com.“The Archives has developed partnerships with other groups to create digital images, but nothing on the scale of what we’re currently doing with Ancestry.com,” according to Pennsylvania State Archivist David Carmicheal. “There at least 250 million documents that need to be scanned in order to be made available online. Because of this partnership, we are about 14 million documents closer to completing this goal.”In addition to birth and death records, other items available online include veterans’ burial cards, World War II bonus applications, Spanish-American War compensations, Civil War Border Claims, the Septennial Census, tax and exoneration lists, naturalizations, marriage records, court papers and several other important genealogical resources.In the last fiscal year this project saved nearly $50,000 in digitization costs.  An additional $100,000 in cost avoidance is expected this year. The Pennsylvania State Archives is projecting a savings of nearly $2 million through the life of the project with all costs being borne by Ancestry.com. In addition, Archives staff time has been freed up for other projects. The combination of cost savings and increased productivity helps the PHMC meet the administration’s GO-TIME challenge for state government to work smarter.GO-TIME works with state agencies to maximize efficiency, modernize operations and improve the delivery of services. These efforts saved more than $156 million in FY 15-16, exceeding the $150 million savings goal set by the Governor.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.The Pennsylvania State Archives is an important resource for scholars, historians, genealogists and the public. The primary function of the Pennsylvania State Archives, part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, is to acquire, preserve and make available for study the permanently valuable public records of the Commonwealth, with particular attention given to the records of state government. In fulfilling its general responsibility for the preservation of historic documents, the State Archives also collects private papers relevant to Pennsylvania history.The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Visit the commission online at www.phmc.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf GO-TIME: Partnership with State Archives, Ancestry.com Provides FREE Online Access to Valuable Records, Saves Taxpayer Dollars October 13, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The Case Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

first_imgUniversity of Otago – Faculty of Law – Rex AhdarMarch 2016New Zealand Law Review, ForthcomingAbstract: The arguments in favour of legalising voluntary euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide initially appear convincing. We should, it is said, respect people’s autonomy, euthanasia is a compassionate response to unbearable suffering, it has (supposedly) worked well in those nations that have implemented it, and so on. But on closer analysis, the arguments are far less persuasive. Such a new law is unnecessary given the current legal ability of all but the most incapacitated to take their own life and the availability of palliative care. Any euthanasia law — even one carefully drafted with requisite safeguards — is susceptible to noncompliance and vulnerable to abuse. Moreover, any law would face the ineradicable reality of self-imposedpressure the vulnerable experience to “do the right thing”. This article sets out ten reasons why euthanasia should not be legalised and contends that the case for decriminalising it has not been made out by the proponents of it.  http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2791236last_img read more

Jakarta extends restrictions ahead of Ramadan

first_imgJakarta Gov. Anies Baswedan said therestrictions that were to end Thursday will be extended to May 22. In a live-streamednews conference late Wednesday, Baswedan urged Muslims to suspend mosqueactivities during Ramadan to break the coronavirus transmission chain. BANGKOK – Social restrictions inIndonesia’s capital have been extended as Muslims in the world’s most populousMuslim nation prepare for a month of fasting. Residents practice social distancing as they queue for donated food during the coronavirus pandemic in a slum area in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. APcenter_img Islam’s holiest month is expected tobegin Friday after clerics agreed on the sighting of the moon. Faithful Muslimsusually fast during the day then congregate for night prayers, called Tarawih,and share communal meals called iftar. (AP)last_img read more

Gabriel: I used to play as Willian and Luiz on FIFA

first_img Loading… read also:Gabriel confident of building up winning partnership with Saliba But clearly playing with Brazil internationals Luiz and Willian mean a lot to him as does working stars as big as Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He will wear the No.6 shirt which was worn by Arsenal legend Tony Adams. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal defender, Gabriel Magalhaes is excited by the prospect of being in the same team as David Luiz and Willian. According to the Mirror, Gabriel, 22, told fellow Brazilians David Luiz and Willian that he used to play as them on the FIFA video game just two years ago – and is now training and playing alongside them. Brazilian centre half Gabriel joined Arsenal for £27m after moving to the Emirates despite interest from Everton, Manchester United, and Napoli.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBO10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

UDFA GT Beer semi-finals on tonight

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanBOTOFAGO eliminated Topp XX while Net Rockers prevailed against Blueberry Hill to reach the semi-finals of this year’s Upper Demerara GT Beer football year-end championship.The first semi-final will be between the reigning champions Silver Shattas and Botofago at 19.00hrs at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground tonight.Botofago will have in goal Ronaldo Hernandez while defensively they will look towards Kevin David and up front will be the in-form Donovan Francis, Jamal Haynes and his brother Shane. The midfield will be controlled by Jashawn Moore.Shattas, on the other hand, are confident that they can reach the final with Kelon Major between the uprights and Romel Matthews on the back line.At midfield are Dexter Garraway, Orwin hope and the energetic Michael Wilson while up front are Robin Adams, Dameon Williams, Jamine Samuels all with goals so far and youth player Jehus Regis.The other semi-final at 21.00hiurs will feature the Net Rockers and Eagles United.The Rockers are building their hopes on winning as coach ‘Axeman’ Wills said, nobody is playing to lose. He admitted that in their game against Blueberry Hill they relaxed somewhat after a tactical change defensively when they had four goals and seemingly coasting to a victory. However, he expects that no such lapses will be seen this time aroundEagles United are seeking to upset the champions as they will have Tevin Crawford in goal, with Randy Small in defence while at midfield are Kwesi Quintin and Clive deNobrega while up front will be the dangerous Kellon Primo.In the second set of quarterfinals, Botofago were off to a flying start in the 11th minute when Jamal Haynes received a cross from his brother Shane before dribbling past two players and unleashing the full force of his left foot.That score remained until halftime but changed seven minutes into the second half when Botofago made it 2-0.Donovan Francis collected inside the 18-yard box after three of his players were unable to connect and he fired in for the second of the night.The third and final goal came in the 1st minute of added time (90+1) off the boot of Shane Haynes who was able to finish a cross coming off the right side from Hussein Canterbury.The second game of the evening saw Blueberry Hill surprise Net Rockers with an early goal which came in the 5th minute off the boot of Roydon Arthur.However, Orande Wills levelled the score in the 11th minute after which a 36th minute Denzil Pryce goal put the game back in favour of the Rockers side and completed his brace in the 44th to end the half 3-1.Pryce went on to score two more in the 80th and 87th minutes of the game while the other was netted by Clarence Huggins in the 78thApart from Arthur’s goal, Blueberry Hill’s Kwesi Tafawa netted in the 77th minute and a brace from Troy Miller in the 85th and (90+3) carried the score line to 6-4 at the close.last_img read more

Mackenzie Sports Club AGM and Elections set for tomorrow

first_imgTHE Mackenzie Sports Club will tomorrow stage its Annual General Meeting and Elections from 17:00hrs at the MSC Lounge.Incumbents, president Avery Trim and general secretary Marlon Pearson are expected to deliver their reports to the membership while there will be no financial report in the absence of the treasurer John Trim who is overseas.The MSC remains the oldest club to be serving the community of Linden, since it was established in 1956 at the present location on Greenheart Street, Mackenzie.Membership of this club has dwindled due to the fortunes of the bauxite industry over the years but there is hope that this once live-wire centre for sports in Linden would again become the eye for sports in the mining town.Over the past two months the club’s Committee of Management has been clamouring for the members to pay up their monthly subscription dues, to ensure they are eligible for participation in the business of the meeting but the response has been slow.However, it is expected that the members will get involved. The important elections will take place after the meeting tomorrow.last_img read more

Injuries create chances for underclassmen to shine

first_imgTeams in any sport would agree the one thing they could do without is the plague of injuries. That plague may be one answer to explain the struggles of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team.Injury woes resurfaced for the Badgers in their frustrating series split with St. Cloud State this past weekend.Senior forward Kyla Sanders was sidelined for both games, while sophomore forward Brooke Ammerman was briefly sidelined during the series’ first game.Despite the issues the Badgers have been experiencing in that regard, the rest of the roster has answered the call as best they can when a teammate has been absent.Injuries have not been the only reason for the season-long roster shuffling. Sophomore forward Carolyn Prevost missed the series against North Dakota two weeks ago as she was playing for Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team in Germany.She was joined by junior Mallory Deluce who missed the North Dakota series as well as the following series against Minnesota-Duluth.Interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser has cited the constant roster rearranging as the cause for some of the struggles the team has experienced all season, such as taking full advantage of scoring opportunities, which the team had trouble doing Saturday.“I think part of it is because all year we haven’t had consistent lines because, if you noticed today, we had one person [Sanders] out to start, another person [Ammerman] left after the second period, all forwards,” she said. “We’re just riddled with injuries and it’s hard to develop chemistry with your lines when it’s ever-changing.”The most easily recognizable result from all of the roster movements is junior Geena Prough, who plays forward as well as defender for Wisconsin. She registered a goal in Saturday’s win and showed her versatility by playing in multiple spots.“She’s played center, she’s played wing, she’s played defense, she’s at the point on the power play, she’s on penalty kill,” DeKeyser said of Prough. “She’s been a great asset to our program.”DeKeyser also acknowledged that even though players like Prough have filled in spots comfortably, players missing from the ice have at times made the team stretch itself a little too thin.Nevertheless, several younger Badgers also have stepped up in light of the roster adjustments.The Badgers have struggled to put rebounds in the back of the net, but those concerns turned out to be a non-issue in Friday’s 5-3 win, in which Prevost put back three goals for a hat trick.“I’ve been on the other side where you do all the work and then the other player just puts it in the open net,” Prevost said. “Pretty much what happened was my right wingers were making amazing plays and then the goalie was coming out with a big save and then I just happened to be in the right spot.”Offensive involvement overall is widely influenced by underclassmen as well. Two of the three goals and all five assists were tallied by underclassmen in Saturday’s 4-3 loss.Although St. Cloud’s high-scoring forwards got the best of Wisconsin in Saturday’s game, DeKeyser noted that freshman defender Saige Pacholok, who also added two assists in Saturday’s game, has upped her play as well.“Saige did a great job of getting in the right position to break down the two-on-one or just getting in front of the passes and blocking those passing lanes, so I give her credit,” DeKeyser said. “She has some great bounces going her way and I think that’s a function of just working hard out there.”The Badgers have eight games remaining in the final season to smooth things out for a playoff run. Should the injuries persist, Prough believes compensation will be found among the eager and primed younger players.“We have a lot of young girls and they’ve been thrown in the fire early and they’ve embraced that with open arms,” Prough said. “They’re just ready to work hard and play hard — and it’s really helping us.”last_img read more

Trojans find small chances on pro day

first_imgEven with all of the fans lining the barrier of Cromwell Field on Wednesday, USC’s annual pro day was a somewhat subdued spectacle.Maybe it was Texas’ concurrent pro day drawing away scouts. Maybe it was the fact that Pete Carroll didn’t make a return to Los Angeles — instead he was in Austin, Texas, scouting Longhorns. Or maybe it was the lack of a player like Mark Sanchez to draw everyone in.In any case, Wednesday’s audition for the NFL draft lacked the hyperbole that normally accompanies such events. Former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford and former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant received more attention for their individual workouts than more than dozen Trojans.But even in such a quiet setting, there were still plenty of small opportunities for many USC players to sway NFL teams.For safety Taylor Mays, it seemed odd that he was even on campus. Touted as one of the best physical specimens in college football since his freshman year, Mays seemed like a lock to leave after his junior season. But Mays has found that even the most physically gifted prospects are closely scrutinized.“It’s like I’m a newborn baby,” Mays said. “It’s what everybody has to do; it’s part of the process. That’s what makes it special, having to prove yourself again.”After running a disputed yet undoubtedly fast 40-yard dash time at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Mays elected not to run the drill at USC. But the safety still had something to prove to scouts in attendance and participated in defensive back drills.“These drills were most important to me because they show what I don’t show on film,” Mays said. “They know I can run fast and hit, but being able to be a big safety and move is the biggest question mark.”Part of Mays’ preparation for the NFL has been a rewiring of his playing style. After meeting with several NFL teams, Mays realized that the role he played at USC will be different from the one on his future team.“I was taught to go for the receiver. In the NFL, you get paid to make interceptions,” Mays said. “I wasn’t really coached to do it at USC, but I know I can do it in the NFL.”Fellow safety Will Harris might have had the most impressive day of anyone in attendance. After making the most of his sole year as a full-time starter, Harris ran a 4.59 40-yard dash and posted an incredible 35 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.Harris doesn’t generate the same kind of recognition that Mays or USC’s other elite prospects do, so making the most of this opportunity could prove critical in catching a team’s attention.“There are a couple of things I could have done better, but I did well on a lot of things, so at the end of the day I’m happy,” Harris said.Joe McKnight used the day as a means of distancing himself from his USC career. The running back repeatedly stated that he felt his three years in Los Angeles did not live up to expectations. After a somewhat tumultuous ending to his time at the school, McKnight is looking forward to starting a new chapter.“I could have done more these past three years,” he said. “But things happen for a reason.”Comparisons to Reggie Bush followed McKnight around USC since his arrival as a freshman from Louisiana. As he moves on to the professional level, McKnight just wants the chance to be himself.“I tried to do too much of the stuff [Bush] did instead of playing my ball,” McKnight said of his playing career at USC.For running back Stafon Johnson, the day was an opportunity to restate his perseverance — not that anyone needed confirmation of that. Johnson has remained resolute in returning to football since a grisly weightlifting accident forced him to undergo emergency surgery on his vocal cords.Johnson proved that he belonged by returning to the field and working out at the level of any other prospect expecting to get drafted. Wearing a shirt that said “God has a plan” on the back, Johnson displayed confidence in his performance and NFL future.“Mentally, I’m stronger than ever,” Johnson said. “Right now, just going through the process had made me mature and more determined to get the job done.”If there was one thing that was universal for all of the players Wednesday, it was the sense that the process was wearing on them. With three weeks until draft day, there’s only so much the players can do before the process comes to an end.Maybe then it will be easier to find meaning in this pro day.“Tackling Dummy” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Michael at middlehu@usc.edu.last_img read more