USDA lab confirms low-path H5N1 strain in Virginia turkeys

first_imgJul 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today confirmed that turkeys at a Virginia farm were exposed to the low-pathogenic North American strain of the H5N1 avian flu virus.Today’s announcement follows a USDA statement 6 days ago that testing at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, revealed the birds had antibodies to an H5N1 virus, indicating they were possibly exposed to a low-pathogenic strain, but further testing was needed to pinpoint the specific virus.Preslaughter testing had revealed that samples from the birds suggested they had antibodies to an H5 influenza virus, but Virginia’s agriculture department, in a Jul 9 statement announcing the outbreak, said none of the birds had shown any signs of illness or had died unexpectedly.”We can say for certain that this is not highly pathogenic H5N1 circulating in parts of Asia, Europe, and Africa,” said John Clifford, the USDA’s chief veterinary officer, in a USDA press release. He said the North American H5N1 stain is not a threat to human health and causes minor sickness or no noticeable symptoms in birds.State and industry officials have culled about 54,000 turkeys at the farm, and because the poultry producer participates in the expanded National Poultry Improvement Plan, it will be reimbursed 100% for the costs associated with the cull, Clifford said.In September 2006 the USDA published an interim rule that expanded the voluntary cooperative federal, state, and industry program to provide compensation for low-pathogenic H5 and H7 poultry outbreak eradication, the USDA press release said.Surveillance in the area surrounding the affected Shenandoah Valley farm is continuing, but so far all tests have been negative, Clifford said.The North American H5N1 strain is commonly detected in apparently healthy birds during routine surveillance, according to the USDA.See also:Jul 17 USDA press releaseJul 11 CIDRAP News article “USDA: turkeys may have been exposed to mild H5N1″USDA fact sheet on low-pathogenic H5N1last_img read more

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New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

first_imgBeijing imposed new legislation on the former British colony earlier this month despite protests from Hong Kongers and Western nations, setting the financial hub on a more authoritarian track.Australia, Canada and the UK all suspended extradition treaties with Hong Kong earlier this month. US President Donald Trump has ended preferential economic treatment for Hong Kong.Peters said New Zealand will treat military and dual-use goods and technology exports to Hong Kong in the same way as it treats such exports to China as part of a review of its overall relationship with Hong Kong.Travel advice has been updated to alert New Zealanders to the risks presented by the new security law, he added.China is New Zealand’s largest trading partner, with annual two-way trade recently exceeding NZ$32 billion ($21 billion).New Zealand’s ties with China have frayed recently after the pacific nation backed Taiwan’s participation at the World Health Organization (WHO).  Topics : New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes following China’s decision to pass a national security law for the territory, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said on Tuesday.”New Zealand can no longer trust that Hong Kong’s criminal justice system is sufficiently independent from China,” Peters said in a statement.”If China in future shows adherence to the ‘one country, two systems’ framework then we could reconsider this decision.”last_img read more

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DAX companies’ liabilities reach record high

first_imgPension liabilities of German companies listed in the DAX index rose to a “historic high” of €396bn at the end of 2016, according to Mercer.The figure compares to €361bn in 2015, an increase of 9.7%.Mercer analysts looked at 20 annual reports covering almost 80% of pension liabilities in the index.This increase is only visible on the companies’ books, as some of their pension plans are unfunded and there is no obligation to hold reserves up to the level of liabilities. Interest rates hit a low in September last year, which especially hurt company accounts with a financial year ending in that month.This was particularly hard on ThyssenKrupp which had to calculate its liabilities with a 1.3% discount rate (“Rechnungszins”). The development could be significant in any possible negotiations with Tata Steel on a takeover.Siemens and Infineon – which also have financial years ending in September – had to lower their discount rate to 1%.Overall the lower rate applied to DAX liabilities led to actuarial losses amounting to around €44bn.“But these losses do not affect the annual results as they have to be listed separately with no effect on earnings,” explained Thomas Hagemann, chief actuary at Mercer Germany.Falling interest rates helped German DAX companies’ bond portfolios create more return, as did favourable equity market developments.Pension assets as calculated under IFRS increased from €236bn to €251bn. Therefore, the average funding level remained almost the same, only dropping slightly from 65% to 63%.According to Carl-Heinrich Kehr, principal and investment expert at Mercer Germany, broad diversification helped last year: “High yield bonds profited in their annual return of 14.8% from the fact that there were fewer defaults than expected.”He emphasised the contribution of emerging market debt (10.2%) and equities (14.9%) – especially compared to European equities (4.5%) – in the wake of Brexit.last_img read more

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Robeco to cease investment admin services

first_imgThe €199bn Dutch asset manager Robeco has confirmed that it will exit the investment administration sector in a bid to further focus on its core tasks.It will transfer the investment administration services of Flexioen, its defined contribution product, to ABN Amro as of 1 January.Of the 12 schemes using Flexioen for additional pensions accrual, three have already stated they accept the “pure play” asset manager concept.These include the Dutch pension fund of Hewlett-Packard, Robeco’s own company scheme, as well as the occupational pension fund for marine pilots (Loodsen). Flexioen enables pension schemes to offer an additional pension, on top of their basic pension arrangements for salaries up to the tax-facilitated maximum of €107,600.Participants invest either through a standard lifecycle in funds selected by their pension scheme, or in individually picked funds through an opt-out offering.Until now, Robeco – which had outsourced the investment administration to InAdmin-RiskCo – had been responsible for strategic asset allocation advice, portfolio construction in addition to investment administration.However, as it decided to fully focus on asset management activities, it no longer wanted responsibility for the latter services.Recently, it announced that it would cease offering fiduciary management for pension funds.It had already transferred its low-cost DC vehicle (PPI) to ABN Amro.Pensioenfonds Loodsen said it had decided to limit the number of investment funds its participants could opt for at ABN Amro, as some funds were not used at all.On its website, the Hewlett-Packard scheme said it hadn’t yet decided on major changes in the lifecycle options.It added that, as the potential benefits of scale at ABN Amro were limited, it would discuss the issues with both Robeco and the new administrator.In a response, Tom Steenkamp, chair of Robeco’s pension fund, said he regretted the employer’s decision, “as we were satisfied with the service provision”.He said ABN Amro had met Robeco’s pension scheme request to increase the number of Robeco options in the lifecycle funds on offer.The company schemes for Rabobank and clothing retailer C&A (Provisum) are among the pension funds that also use Flexioen.Robeco, which declined to provide details about Flexioen’s assets, said the product’s name would remain.last_img read more

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Family First vows to fight move to de-register it as charity

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 7 April 2016Having fought through the courts last year to be recognised as a charity, lobby group Family First must go through the process again.The Charities Board has sent the group notification that it doesn’t consider the Trust continues to qualify for registration, as it has an independent purpose to promote and protect the traditional family.Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie said it’s disturbing that any charity speaking up on issues deemed incorrect by the political elite, are in danger of being penalised.“There’s a number of charities who do speak up on issues that politicians get involved in, so therefore it becomes a political issue, and if the Charities Commission is going to come after us, then there’s a whole lot of other organisations that are going to be looking over the shoulder.”“Samples of organisations that do similar work to us in terms of political advocacy, would be Child Poverty Action Group, Amnesty International, Save Animals From Exploitation, Vegan Society, ASH, New Zealand Drug Foundation, National Council of Women.”Mr McCoskrie said the group will again defend its status in court, but if it loses, a lot of other groups should be worried. He said the move won’t stop their advocacy work, but it will cost it tax breaks.“And obviously there is a lot of credibility in terms of being registered as a charity as well, so all we’re asking for is consistency, and that’s what the Charities Board is not using.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/family-first-vows-to-fight-move-to-de-register-it-as-charity/last_img read more

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Maradona drops charity challenge for Messi amid fight against COVID-19

first_img Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsAwesome Caricatures Of 23 Marvel HeroesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… Football legend Diego Maradona has issued compatriot Lionel Messi with a charity challenge in the fight against COVID-19 According to Mundo Deportivo report, Maradona tasked Messi with a charitable initiative to help with the fight against COVID-19 in South America. The pandemic has shown no signs of slowing down in certain areas of the world, and as a result, Alejandro Dominguez, president of Conmebol, has begun the ‘Together for South America’ ?solidarity campaign. Maradona is inviting Latin American football’s biggest stars to make donations of important football artefacts, in order to raise money which will be used to help combat the effects of the virus.center_img Read Also: Chelsea join race to sign Real Madrid star Mundo Deportivo note that Maradona immediately provided a signed replica shirt, similar to the one he wore in the 1986 World Cup, and challenged Messi to respond with something of his own, as well as instructing his lawyers to find ways for the pair to come together for the charity, including via virtual means. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “CONMEBOL and the national Red Cross societies of its 10 member countries unite to create an unprecedented charity campaign, where all proceeds will be used to recover from the effects of COVID-19,” a statement, published in Mundo Deportivo, read. “Together for South America consists of the largest collection of symbolic objects of soccer (replicas of trophies, clothing of stars of our sport, historical articles) donated by athletes or institutions and that will be drawn before a notary public.”last_img read more

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Walton Wins Fifth Straight Start in Argonauts Victory

first_img Share Walton Wins Fifth Straight Start in Argonauts Victory April 28, 2007 Box Score  FLORENCE, Ala. – For the second time in as many days, Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) shut down the North Alabama offense. Walton held North Alabama to six hits in a 2-0 win on Saturday at Cox Creek Park. West Florida (31-23, 11-10 GSC) won their fourth consecutive front end of a conference double header. North Alabama (32-18, 11-9 GSC) lost for the fourth time in the last five games against a conference opponent.Walton tossed her third complete game shutout in her last four starts. She has not allowed an earned run in her last 32 innings as a starter.Walton and North Alabama starter Megan Niesel held each team scoreless through the first five innings. West Florida left two runners on base in the second and fourth innings, while North Alabama squandered a bases loaded, one out opportunity in the bottom of the fourth inning.With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Nicky Van Camp (Davenport, Iowa/Kirkwood CC) drew a walk. Staub then followed with a double to deep left to plate the first run of the game. West Florida added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning on Melissa Chastang’s (Saraland, Ala./Satsuma HS) RBI double.North Alabama put runners at first and second with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning after a walk and an error. But Walton settled down and retired the next three Lion hitters to seal the Argonauts victory.Walton (16-8) limited North Alabama to six hits, while striking out two and walking one in the complete game win. Niesel (9-5) suffered the loss after allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Staub and Van Camp combined for four of West Florida’s six hits, while Lindsey Greene was 3-4 for North AlabamaPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Standoff Between Protesters, Officers Ends in Wellington

first_imgPalm Beach County Sheriff’s officers dressed in riot gear faced off with protesters until nearly 2 a.m. Sunday in Wellington.The situation originally started as a peaceful rally for Black Lives Matter at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach on Saturday afternoon.That is when three Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) deputies met with organizers to discuss a plan for the march.The goal was to keep the participants and the public safe on their way west on Forest Hill Boulevard heading to Highway 441.A Facebook live video captured by our TV news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5, shows that PBSO agreed the organizers could use the sidewalk to travel to the major intersection in Wellington.However, participants discovered a lack of sidewalks along Forest Hill Boulevard shortly thereafter. At that point, rally leaders moved the event into the right lane of the street.A statement from PBSO says, “The protesters failed to comply with several orders to stay out of the roadway.” That is when the tension began.According to The Palm Beach Post, the protesters were greeted by officers in riot gear as they approached the Olympia neighborhood.The standoff ended up lasting for hours, and created traffic closures in the area.PBSO and protesters cleared the scene, and traffic began moving normally in the area.last_img read more

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Ramdhani siblings advance to semi-finals in CAREBACO C/ships

first_imgNarayan and Priyanna Ramdhani advanced to the semi-finals in the boys and girls events respectively, as well as the Under-19 mixed doubles when the Caribbean Badminton International Championships (CAREBACO) continued on Friday in Aruba.No. 1 seeded player, Narayan Ramdhani defeated Jehu Gaskin of Barbados 21-11, 21- 12 to reach the semi-finals in the singles event while on the distaff side, Priyanna Ramdhani, the youngest player in the championships, defeated Cheyanna Burnett-Griffith of Barbados 21-5, 21-2 to reach the semi-finals.In the Under-19 mixed doubles, the Ramdhani’s defeated Jascha Atmodikromo and Santusha Ramzan of Suriname 21-10, 21-10 to qualify for the semi-finals.Meanwhile, their Guyanese counterpart, Jonathan Mangra lost to Shea Michael Martin of Barbados 21-16, 21-18 in the quarter-final singles event.The championships continued yesterday with the finals in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.last_img read more

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Banks stands out in preseason win

first_imgAll of the off-season hype surrounding the Wisconsin women’s basketball team was about 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jolene Anderson.Sophomore point guard Janese Banks was lost in the shuffle, but made a name for herself Sunday in the team’s season exhibition opener.Banks led the way for the Badgers in their 98-56 win over the UW-Parkside Rangers with 30 points, five rebounds and three assists.Even UW-Parkside head coach Jenny Knight admitted she knew little about Banks coming into the game, but was more than impressed with the impact she made.”I didn’t know much about (Banks) to be honest coming into the game besides a couple of films that I watched,” Knight said. “She’s a much better basketball player than she was last year, a better more complete player. She did a great job at the point guard position for them, really handled the ball well on the offensive end, was able to knock down open shots.”On the defensive end she’s so athletic and quick that she’s able to put a lot of pressure on whoever she’s guarding so she’s a complete player,” Knight continued.While Anderson was the team’s leading scorer a year ago with 17.8 points per game, she was still looking to get the ball in the hot hands of Banks.”When you have Janese (Banks) over there going 11-for-15, she was kind of on fire,” Anderson said. “Janese was shooting the ball well so (my goal was) to keep getting her the ball and have her go off.”Anderson displayed her strong passing skills in getting Banks the ball, and on a number of other passes, as she dished 6 assists.Wisconsin ran into some trouble early in establishing its post presence with senior forward Annie Nelson collecting two quick fouls, but sophomore Danielle Ward stepped in off the bench and gave the Badgers the boost they needed on the block.”I wanted to make sure I made a presence for the post players and to be able to go in there and box out, rebound, and get the ball to the guards,” Ward said. “Just post up and make good moves, and be able to move around, and go to work without the ball and also with the ball.”Ward scored the team’s first four points as Wisconsin went scoreless for the first three minutes, but then never looked back after capitalizing off of points in the paint (57-14), points off of turnovers (36-4), and fast break points (18-0).”It’s been a long time since we’ve shot over 55 percent from the floor and that came from attacking the basket as well as some defensive pressure,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “We’re trying to be more aggressive on the ball, our close outs still need a little bit of work, hands need to be up in the air, no coach can be satisfied this early in the season, yet I thought we rotated fairly decent, our help was there — it’s early, but some good signs to work on.”In these first two exhibition games, Wisconsin will be trying to work their way into the new “swing” offense and while the Badgers’ run-and-gun transition game in the victory may have overshadowed the offensive set, Stone is still stressing to get the ball into the post.”A lot of our offense early on was off of defense,” Stone said. “We went into transition, scored off of lay-ups, and got to the rim. We are charting post touches and the post doesn’t have to be Danielle (Ward), it could be Jolene (Anderson) or Janese (Banks), just getting the ball in the paint. The whole thing is that our points in the paint can come from a lot of different people.”For Banks, the new “swing” offense may be what helped her most in achieving her career-high scoring game.”(The swing) gives you a lot of versatility just to play on the wing and to go inside,” Janese Banks said. “You know how your post players feel sometimes when you got to bang inside and you know how it feels on the perimeter. I think this has been implemented to help everybody’s game, use everybody’s versatility, and use what you’ve worked on all summer.”last_img read more

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