Avian flu resurfaces in Russian poultry

first_imgJan 29, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Russia reported its first H5N1 avian influenza outbreak of the season today, as more suspicious bird deaths were reported in Japan and Hungary, where agriculture authorities are battling other recently confirmed outbreaks.The Russian government’s agricultural watch group Rosselkhoznadzor announced today that poultry deaths were reported at three farmsteads in southern Krasnodar territory, RIA Novosti reported. Spokesperson Alexei Alekseyenko told the news agency that samples from the birds tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza.Krasnodar is in southwest Russia near the Black Sea. Reuters reported today that the outbreaks occurred at three settlements, Labinsk, Upornaya, and Borodinskaya, and that further tests on the samples would be conducted in Moscow.Russia’s last confirmed outbreak was in July 2006, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The country experienced its first significant poultry outbreak in 2005 but has reported no human cases.Meanwhile, Japan’s agriculture ministry announced today its third avian flu outbreak of the season, this one on a chicken farm in Okayama prefecture, about 340 miles west of Tokyo, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). The birds have tested positive for an H5 virus, but further tests are pending to determine if it is the lethal H5N1 strain.The announcement came 2 days after the ministry confirmed Japan’s second H5N1 outbreak in poultry, which occurred at a farm in Hyuga in Miyazaki prefecture, Japan’s main chicken-producing region, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. On Jan 26, authorities began slaughtering the farm’s 49,000 remaining chickens, the AP report noted.Hungary’s agriculture ministry today announced a suspected outbreak at a goose farm in the southeastern part of the country, an AP report said. The ministry said authorities culled 9,400 goslings at a farm in Derekegyhaz in Csongrad County after some showed nervous system symptoms, the AP reported. Veterinarians tested the birds for a bacterial infection, but results were negative.Also today the European Union confirmed that the lethal H5N1 virus was the cause of goose deaths on another farm in the same county, as first reported by the Hungarian agriculture ministry 5 days ago, the AP reported. The outbreak marked the first appearance of H5N1 in Europe this winter.WHO confirms human caseOn the human H5N1 disease front, the World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that a 6-year-old girl from Indonesia’s central Java province died of avian influenza. Her case was announced by the Indonesian government Jan 25. She fell ill Jan 8 and died in the hospital 11 days later. Investigators reported that she had been exposed to dead poultry, the WHO said. Her illness was Indonesia’s 81st case and 63rd fatal one.In Azerbaijan, health officials said a 14-year-old boy who was hospitalized with suspected avian flu died yesterday before his diagnosis could be established, Reuters reported today. The story said he was the brother of a girl who died of H5N1 disease last year, but an AFP report said the two were cousins. They lived in the southern region of Salyan.Three initial tests indicated only that the boy had pneumonia, Anar Kadyrly, a health ministry spokesman told Reuters. He said samples were sent to a WHO laboratory in London for further testing.Meanwhile in Nigeria, a health ministry official said today that the country is conducting H5N1 tests on samples from 14 patients, including 3 who died suspiciously and 11 who were exposed to them, Reuters reported.Two of the samples are from a mother and daughter from Lagos who died within 2 weeks after eating chicken bought from a live-chicken market during the holidays. According to a previous AllAfrica News report, the family had slaughtered the chickens they bought after one died mysteriously. The third fatality from suspected avian flu is a woman from remote Taraba state who died after experiencing flu-like symptoms.Abdulsalam Nasidi, a Nigerian health official, said the samples were being tested at a laboratory in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.However, Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesperson in Geneva, told the AP that preliminary tests came back negative and that samples were sent to a British lab for more testing. “The early results are encouraging, but we won’t know anything definitive until later this week,” he said.In other developments, the avian flu virus infecting people in Indonesia this year hasn’t mutated into a strain that poses a higher risk to humans, Bloomberg News reported today. Georg Petersen, a WHO representative in Indonesia, told Bloomberg the WHO has not detected any alarming mutations in the virus, which has claimed five lives in Indonesia so far this year.“We don’t see these new cases coming in January as any major situation,” Petersen told Bloomberg. “It’s too few cases to say there’s a trend.”See also:Nov 22, 2006, FAO avian flu bulletin with chart of H5N1 outbreaks by countryhttp://www.fao.org/docs/eims/upload/217700/aidenews_nov06_no44.pdflast_img read more

Županja: 13th in a row manifestation “At the horse fires”

first_imgLast Sunday, as part of the County Summer, the traditional event “Kod konjarskih vatri” was held.Horse fires are lit for the 13th time in a row in the park of the Stjepan Gruber Homeland Museum and attract many lovers of tradition and local history. The event was launched in 2004 on the initiative of the Stjepan Gruber Homeland Museum in Županja, and is realized through the cooperation of the Museum and the horse breeding association “Stari graničari” from Županja. Since its founding in 2006, the Military History Unit “Serežani” has been participating in Konjarski vatra. Through dedicated and persistent work, this event revives the border customs from the time of the Military Border every year in a rather special way.The atmosphere that exudes the spirit of history with its melancholy resistance to the ravages of time is complemented by the location where the event takes place. Namely, it is one of the remaining several border balconies built for the needs of the Military Border. The old loggia is also a key part of the presentation of this Museum to the public.This year’s ceremony began with the opening of the exhibition of the Museum of Cvelferija from Drenovac and the County Museum entitled “We guarded the border on the Sava”. At the exhibition, the works were exhibited by the director of the Cvelferija Museum, Martina Kelava and Marta Stjepanović.The people of Županja traditionally open the ceremony “At the Horse Fires” with a parade of horsemen and visiting historical units. This year, Županja was visited by units from Bakar, Pregrada, Osijek, Požega and Vinkovci. The line-up is followed by a cultural and entertainment program in which, in addition to numerous guest appearances, many folklore groups and male and female singing groups also participate. The entertainer and singer Šima Jovanovac and TS “Žeteoci” held their concert in Županja, as well as the Best Croatian Tamburitza Players, Dike, Bosutski bećari and others.Numerous theatrical and costumed performances are held as part of the event. This year, members of KUD Tomislav, in cooperation with the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, interpreted parts of the historical novel “Dragon of Bosnia” to the audience. The cultural and entertainment program was rounded off by the performances of KUD “Josip Kozarac” from Posavske Podgajec by showing the customs dodole and the first male singing cavalry Sinđir from Županja.”This event awakens memories of former times, preserves heritage and presents the culture of Šokac, Slavonia and Županja in a modern way. I am really happy with the fact that these are the 13th Horse Fires in a row, and they could not be realized without the excellent cooperation of several factors: Horse Breeding Association “Stari graničari”, the City of Županja, the Tourist Board of Županja, and the Tourist Board of Vukovar-Srijem County , producers of traditional food and beverages and dance and music associations from this area”, Said the director of the County Museum, Janja Juzbasic.The goals of this valuable historical event are the presentation of the heritage of Slavonia, as well as the connection of traditional gastronomy, music and dance into an interesting tourist destination. The Stjepan Gruber Županja Museum pointed out that the event seeks to encourage cooperation between institutions and civil society organizations, local government and, finally, citizens because they want to put heritage in the function of preserving cultural heritage and contribute to the development of continental tourism.At the center of this attractive attraction are the serezans, a former specialized border police unit. The historical unit Serežani, in cooperation with historical units from all over Croatia, presents to visitors every year a staging of an alert during the Military Border, the so-called lighting horse fires.Photo: Kod konjarskih vatri, Županja 2018 / Šokački portallast_img read more

Hinterland estate expected to attract international buyers

first_imgAnd one of four bedrooms. The architecture is “chic wine country style”.“Sarabah Estate Vineyard is owned by a prominent private Brisbane family who have improved the property in every aspect and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience,” said marketing agent Michael Vettoretto of Sotheby’s International Realty, who is selling the property on behalf of owners Cameron and Toni-Maree Bishop. “They have loved growing their own grapes and having their wine bottled, exploring the branding options of an established vineyard name and developing all other aspects of the property for their personal enjoyment. Even their friends and family have participated in the annual traditional vine pruning festivities.” The kitchen features marble and stainless steel. The wrought iron staircase.Past a larger-than-life chess set resplendent at the entry way, inside the grand entrance lobby a chandelier enhances an undulating staircase with wrought iron balustrades. Further exploration of the house reveals a rooftop terrace, a basement wine cellar, generous bedrooms and a master suite with a sitting area and fireplace, one of five in the house. The valley surrounds are captured through multiple vantage points inside the home, while concertina doors open to whimsical garden settings and sun-filled patios. 46 Rymera Rd, Sarabah is on the market via an expressions of interest campaign.TOWERING white pillars, creamy tones, elaborate decor and a strikingly regal facade. The mansion looks as though it’s been plucked from a European countryside, to rest in the Sarabah Valley, in the Scenic Rim.Like a fine wine, the residence has deepened its characteristics, pairing with the picturesque valley to produce an exclusive estate. There are multiple patios.“The property could be remodelled as a boutique hotel with room to develop additional accommodation on site, subject to council approval,” Mr Vettoretto said. “It’s the perfect home for entertaining all year round with endless options, formal and informal, indoors or outdoors.”The property is on the market through an expressions of interest campaign and Mr Vettoretto expects attention from both domestic and international buyers. Most living spaces overlook the tranquil valley. One of six bathrooms. The property features a large pool.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoPillars lend grandeur to the home.As well as the vineyard, olive groves and main residence, the property encompasses a cellar door bistro, wedding function centre, marquee, a working market garden and citrus grove. At the heart of it all, yet tucked away at the end of a long driveway lies the manor, currently used as a private residence.last_img read more

Ellsworth Woman Spends Two Weeks as Sports Volunteer at South African School

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 ELLSWORTH — Laura Archer is back home in Ellsworth now after spending two weeks in South Africa introducing youngsters in grades 4-7 to the world of organized sports.Laura Archer of Ellsworth is surrounded by some of the youngsters with whom she worked during two weeks as a sports volunteer at a South African school near Cape Town.ELLSWORTH — Laura Archer is back home in Ellsworth now after spending two weeks in South Africa introducing youngsters in grades 4-7 to the world of organized sports.And her first volunteer experience has convinced her that she’d like to do it again.Like many of her contemporaries, Archer has been a bit at loose ends since graduating from Husson University in 2009 with a degree in business sports management.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWith the national and state economies still struggling to recover from a prolonged recession, Archer was unable to find a job in her field.“I’d gotten done with school and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” said Archer, who had excelled at basketball as a student at Ellsworth High School and went on to play for four years at Husson.“I made a ‘bucket list’ of things I wanted to do in my life,” she said, “and the number one thing was to volunteer in a foreign country.”Through some Internet research, she discovered Global Vision International in London.“They do a lot of different programs but a few sports-specific volunteer ones,” she said. “It was a good fit. I talked with people in South Africa who worked for the company and decided that I really wanted to do it.”Archer had to come up with the money to fund the trip herself, which she managed to do.“More than half of what I paid goes directly to the school where I was working, so it didn’t really bother me too much,” she said.Archer left for South Africa on Oct. 9, traveling to Gordon’s Bay, about a half-hour from Cape Town, where she would work with youngsters at the Nonzamo ACJ School.“They don’t really have much in the way of organized sports,” she said. “The only reason they have any is because volunteers from this company go and do it.”After getting settled in at the company’s gated apartments, located just a few minutes from the school, Archer and her fellow volunteers began their work with the youngsters in their group.“Sports is a huge part of everyone’s life there,” she said, noting that the World Cup soccer competition held earlier this year in South Africa was “a huge deal for them.”Soccer — football to them — is the sport of choice, said Archer, and they play it whenever they can.But there were other activities, too, including netball, a game with some similarity to basketball.“You can’t move your feet when you have the ball,” said Archer, “and you must be in a designated area to shoot. And there’s no backboard, just a rim.“The girls were much better than the boys at this,” she added.For the first week, the focus was on netball and cricket.In the second week, the youngsters learned ultimate Frisbee (“they’d never seen a Frisbee before”) from another volunteer who had played the game.Archer and her colleagues also set up circuit training sessions in which the youngsters worked with hula hoops, did sit-ups, sprints and push-ups and worked on hand-eye coordination.Archer puts some of her young charges through a round of push-ups.“They try to have the volunteers do things they know,” said Archer. “They want students to know why you do it, and how it benefits.”Archer also found some time for herself while in South Africa.That included a weekend visit to Cape Town, a hike of Table Mountain and a visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.There even was time for a brief safari in a regional game preserve.“We saw elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes and even got charged by a rhinoceros — that was scary,” said Archer.“It was a good mix of being with the kids and being able to see the sights there,” she said.All too soon, the two weeks were over.“I would definitely go back,” said Archer. “And I definitely want to try to do another volunteer experience. It was worth it.“I had never gone off by myself,” she explained. “It made me realize that, if I think I can do it, I can do it.”For now, though, it’s back to the job hunt.This winter, Archer will be putting her basketball skills and knowledge to use as freshman girls’ coach at Mount Desert Island High School.For more community news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.center_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 adminlast_img read more

Syracuse solving struggles at plate ahead of Big East crunch time

first_img Published on April 17, 2013 at 12:37 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse It was as if weeks of offensive struggle had become too much to bear.After going down 5-0 in the first inning against Georgetown on Sunday, the Syracuse offense adjusted its focus and mounted a comeback that could propel it into the latter half of its Big East schedule.Nine innings and nine unanswered runs later, the Orange defeated the Hoyas 9-5 on the heels of a surprising offensive outbreak.Syracuse (14-22, 2-7 Big East) will square off with Villanova (15-20, 2-9) in a doubleheader at Skytop Softball Stadium on Wednesday. While the Orange’s pitching has struggled, its anemic offense hasn’t been able to pick up the slack. Heading into its next conference test, SU will need its offense to build on Sunday’s success and start a new chapter in what has been a disappointing season thus far.“It’s always easier when the offense is clicking,” head coach Leigh Ross said. “It’s easier to play with a lead and it helps the pitching staff get comfortable.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has scored first in five of its nine conference games. But after striking first blood, the team’s bats have tended to shrink as games move on.But Sunday was different.After Lindsey Larkin yielded five runs to the Hoyas in the top of the first, the Orange seemed to be heading toward another defeat. Then, Corinne Ozanne pulled off a quick turnaround.“I really struggled on Saturday and I was pretty discouraged,” Ozanne said. “Sunday, they threw the same pitchers as Saturday. I just did my best to feel out the sequences and put the ball in play.”Ozanne went 0-for-5 combined in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, then followed it up with a performance of a lifetime. On a 2-2 fastball, she jumpstarted the Orange offense with a solo home run in the top of the fourth. In the next inning, she hit a two-run home run down the left field line to make the score 5-3. After her sacrifice fly tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh, her three-run homer in the ninth put the Orange ahead for good.Her final line: three hits, three home runs, seven RBIs.Along with Ozanne, Julie Wambold and Jasmine Watson each hit two home runs on the weekend, giving the Orange a jolt of power when it needed it the most.“We work a lot on our offensive game, and for us to pull through with eight long balls on the weekend is big,” Ozanne said. “That gives our pitching staff both a cushion and some confidence.”With the absence of sophomore Lindsay Taylor, SU’s pitching staff has struggled in Big East play. Syracuse has given up an average of nine runs in the team’s nine conference games, but the offense hasn’t been much better.The Orange is averaging a little more than three runs per game. With two games against Villanova on Wednesday and a home series with Seton Hall this weekend, it’s still not too late to mitigate the season’s struggles and right the ship.“We just need to hit the ball,” Ozanne said. “That’s going to be the key moving forward. To hit the ball and let the other team make the mistakes.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more