November 19, 2020

Feds change plan for reporting avian flu in wild birds

first_imgNov 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Because federal officials expect to keep finding low-pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses in wild birds, they recently announced a new procedure for reporting the findings: posting them online but not issuing news releases.Since August the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of the Interior (DOI) have announced 12 avian flu detections as part an expanded wild bird monitoring program, and all have been low-pathogenic forms, which pose no human health risk.Low-pathogenic avian flu viruses often occur naturally in wild birds and cause only minor sickness or no noticeable disease. However, low-pathogenic strains sometimes mutate into deadly strains.In an Oct 26 news release, the USDA and DOI said they expected to find additional cases of the low-pathogenic “North American” strain of H5N1 in wild birds in coming months. The agencies said they would list all routine detections on the National Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Early Detection System (HEDDS) (see link below). The USDA will also include a link to the list on its Web site.In unusual cases, such as a large number of sick or dead birds or a finding that suggests a highly pathogenic virus, the agencies will issue a news release or hold a technical briefing to alert the media and public, officials said.Since the USDA and DOI switched to online reporting of low pathogenic cases, there have been four new reports of such findings in wild birds. They include mallard ducks killed by hunters in St Claire County, Mich., Grundy County, Ill., and Niagara County, N.Y., and a green-winged teal killed by a hunter in Tuscola County, Mich. Confirmatory testing is underway in all four instances.As they announced the new reporting protocol, the federal agencies said avian flu had been ruled out in a previously announced suspected case in Ohio. In mid October the agencies reported finding H5 and N1 avian flu proteins in apparently healthy ducks in Ottawa County. However, the Oct 26 announcement said confirmatory testing revealed no H5 or N1 subtypes, and no virus could be grown.The USDA said it’s not unusual for a specific subtype to be identified in initial screening tests but not be isolated in confirmatory testing.last_img read more

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PensionsEurope warns of ‘back door’ tactics with IORP II Directive

first_imgHowever, it does not provide further guidance or detail on what schemes should actually produce.While conceding the seen version was only a draft, and the Commission may make amendments, Leppälä said some of the organisation’s members were concerned over the lack of detail in the Directive.“It leaves a lot of room for European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) to develop the binding rules,” he told IPE.“This measure should not, and can not, lead to a risk-based solvency framework.“This risk evaluation framework has to be something that does not actually necessitate having the capital requirements, in the same way as the envisaged holistic balance sheet,” he added.“When it is unclear what the content is, it leaves room for EIOPA to bring in the holistic balance sheet model through the back door.”Leppälä stated the amount of secondary legislation to be added into the Directive by EIOPA was a main concern.“The level I [of regulation] is very open to democratic debate within the European Council, in public, and in the Parliament,” he said, “but many essential rules are set in levels II and III, where it is binding legislation but really up to EIOPA to prepare it.“It is far from open and democratic,” he said.“EIOPA does play a very central role, and it is difficult for us to see what the outcome will be and have our views represented in that process.”The finalised Directive is expected to be published within a month, and will include provisions for governance, transparency, long-term investing and a framework for cross-border schemes.It also expected to remove the requirement for cross-border schemes to be fully-funded.The secretary general did say there would be many aspects of the Directive where the lobby group and the Commission would fully agree.He also stated the organisation’s support for increases in governance and transparency, but “only where it makes sense for IORPs and is proportionate”. PensionsEurope has warned of potential “back door” tactics with the revised IORP II Directive, as a lack of clarity on certain articles leaves gaps for solvency requirements to be forced onto schemes.Matti Leppälä, secretary general of the lobby organisation, said while still in draft, he feared the lack of clarity in the Directive, in particular on risk evaluations, could see solvency requirements resurface.A leaked copy of the a draft IORP II Directive showed, among significant detail on member communications and scheme governance, plans for a risk-evaluation framework for pension schemes.It requires schemes to produce risk evaluations immediately after any change in its risk profile, taking into account funding requirements for specific risk profiles, and a qualitative assessment of sponsor support.last_img read more

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MLB spring training schedule 2019: Pitcher, catcher reporting dates for all 30 teams

first_imgIt’s a precursor to many MLB games being played around the globe this year: The Mariners and Athletics will play a two-game series in Tokyo to start the 2019 season on March 20-21 — a week before the rest of the league opens — while the Yankees and Red Sox bring their rivalry to England’s London Stadium on June 29-30.MORE: Your favorite spring training clichés, explained, dissected and translatedBelow you’ll find the reporting date for pitchers and catchers, followed by the respective team’s first full-squad workout. Dates will be added as they are announced.When does MLB spring training start 2019?The first spring training game in 2019 will be played Feb. 21 between the Mariners and A’s at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., to begin the Cactus League schedule.The Grapefruit League opens the following day (Feb. 22) with a game between the Rays and Phillies in Port Charlotte, Fla.MLB spring training report dates, 2019 scheduleGrapefruit League in Florida  Spring will be here before we know it, which means the sounds of bats cracking and gloves popping will grace your earholes once more.This year’s spring training features some wrinkles, as some games will be played in new territories. The Diamondbacks and Rockies will meet south of the border March 9-10 in a pair of spring training games to be played in Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico. TeamPitchers and catchers reportFirst full-squad workoutAtlanta BravesFriday, Feb. 15Thursday, Feb. 21Baltimore OriolesWednesday, Feb. 13Tuesday, Feb. 19Boston Red SoxTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Detroit TigersTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Houston AstrosWednesday, Feb. 13Monday, Feb. 18Miami MarlinsTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Minnesota TwinsWednesday, Feb. 13Monday, Feb. 18New York MetsTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18New York YankeesWednesday, Feb. 13Tuesday, Feb. 19Philadelphia PhilliesTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Pittsburgh PiratesTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18St. Louis CardinalsTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Tampa Bay RaysTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Toronto Blue JaysTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Washington NationalsWednesday, Feb. 13Tuesday, Feb. 19Cactus League in ArizonaTeamPitchers and catchers reportFirst full-squad workoutArizona DiamondbacksTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Chicago CubsTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Chicago White SoxTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Cincinnati RedsTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Cleveland IndiansTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Colorado RockiesTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Kansas City RoyalsTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Los Angeles DodgersTuesday, Feb. 12Tuesday, Feb. 19Milwaukee BrewersWednesday, Feb. 13Tuesday, Feb. 19Oakland A’sSunday, Feb. 10Saturday, Feb. 16San Diego PadresTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18San Francisco GiantsWednesday, Feb. 13Tuesday, Feb. 19Seattle MarinersMonday, Feb. 11Saturday, Feb. 16Texas RangersTuesday, Feb. 12Monday, Feb. 18Spring training locations for all 30 teamsGrapefruit League in FloridaTeamLocationVenueAtlanta BravesLake Buena VistaChampion StadiumBaltimore OriolesSarasotaEd Smith StadiumBoston Red SoxFort MyersJet Blue ParkDetroit TigersLakelandJoker Marchant StadiumFlorida MarlinsJupiterRoger Dean StadiumHouston AstrosWest Palm BeachThe Ballpark of the Palm BeachesMinnesota TwinsFort MyersHammond StadiumNew York MetsPort St. LucieFirst Data FieldNew York YankeesTampaGeorge M. Steinbrenner FieldPhiladelphia PhilliesClearwaterSpectrum FieldPittsburgh PiratesBradentonLECOM ParkSt. Louis CardinalsJupiterRoger Dean StadiumTampa Bay RaysPort CharlotteCharlotte Sports ParkToronto Blue JaysDunedinDunedin StadiumWashington NationalsWest Palm BeachThe Ballpark of the Palm BeachesCactus League in ArizonaTeamLocationVenueArizona DiamondbacksScottsdaleSalt River Fields at Talking StickChicago CubsMesaSloan ParkChicago White SoxGlendaleCamelback RanchCincinnati RedsGoodyearGoodyear BallparkCleveland IndiansGoodyearGoodyear BallparkColorado RockiesScottsdaleSalt River Fields at Talking StickKansas City RoyalsSurpriseSurprise StadiumLos Angeles Angels of AnaheimTempeTempe Diablo StadiumLos Angeles DodgersGlendaleCamelback RanchMilwaukee BrewersPhoenixMaryvale Baseball ParkOakland AthleticsMesaHoHoKam StadiumSan Diego PadresPeoriaPeoria Sports ComplexSan Francisco GiantsScottsdaleScottsdale StadiumSeattle MarinersPeoriaPeoria Sports ComplexTexas RangersSurpriseSurprise Stadiumlast_img read more

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Davis Cup: BiH in the First Group of Euro-African Zone! (Video)

first_imgTennis national team of BiH came to the third point in the last round of the Second group of Euro-African Zone of the Davis Cup against the team of Lithuania.Mirza Basic and Tomislav Brkic defeated the combination of Lithuanians Laurynas Grigelis / Lukas Mugevicius and thus ensured the triumph of our selection in the Davis Cup and qualification for the first group of Euro-African Zone, which is a historic success for our team.Basic and Brkic dominated in the first two sets and resolved both of them in their favor with the score 6: 4.Our team played even better in the third set and resolved it with 6: 2, and thus achieved a historic success for BH tennis.This is the first time for our best tennis teams to be in the first group of Euro-African Zone.(Source: read more

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