November 24, 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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Orioly is looking for a Content Marketing Manager

first_imgStart-up company Orioles, which has created excellent software that aims to help tour business owners and guides to more easily run their business, tours and departures in one place and easily sell their offer via the web, is looking for Content Marketing Manager.As they point out from Orioly, they are looking for a creative and proactive person who will change with them the way small tour and activity organizers run their business and sell online. Trust me, they think seriously and have a great product. Below I convey what and how to become a new bird in their flock.We want to strengthen our marketing team with the person who will be in charge of content marketing.A little about us and “our car”For those who don’t happen to know? …Orioly is a modern cloud application for small tour and activity organizers that speeds up and simplifies their business flow, helps increase online sales and automates online marketing. The result is: tour and activity owners sit and watch online reservations fall from the sky! ?We have regular foreign clients we love to work for and can’t wait to expand our team with a new member who will enjoy developing online content and marketing activities for the purpose of gaining new clients.Do you want to work in a dynamic and relaxed team and participate in the development of our brand? You write great and are you a creative person? Is the theme of the trip great for you?Excellent. What are you waiting for? Contact us at ivan@orioly.com and we are going to create a new exciting story together.We are looking for a person who will:create quality content on our website and blog (copywriting)develop the content of the onboarding process by which we teach our users how to use the applicationWrite content for email marketingDevelop a marketing strategy and online promotion plancreate presentation content for larger partnersdesign unique content for social networksproactively study new trends in tourism promotion and together with all team members develop the Orioly brand platformThe person we will hire will work exclusively on the Orioly project. So there is no agency job. Only and only Orioly!What do we expect from the person we will hire?One needs to know what copywriting isHe has excellent English in speech and writingHe has a high level of literacyHe knows how to write articles for SEOHe knows the basics of PhotoshopHe has experience planning marketing activities on various online channelsWorking for quality presentations at Powerpoint is a bonusWorking with tools like Mailchimp, Intercom, Adobe Premier are a bonusKnowledge of social media profile management is a bonusShe must be a positive, proactive person who will be willing to learn new trends in online marketingWhat do we offer?Dynamic environment, young and relaxed team (average age – 28)Flexible working hoursContinuing education (expect to have one “learning” task in each two-week cycle)Free online education and literature on requestPossibility to visit foreign fairs and start-up eventsWorking with super interesting clientsA positive and creative environment in the Technology Park Zagreb where a bunch of young people are working diligently on their ideasSend us your resume and LinkedIn profile at ivan@orioly.com and let’s go create a new super start-up story together!Related news: CROATIAN TRAVEL AGENCIES URGENTLY NEED TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESSlast_img read more

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Nontariff barriers disadvantage poor people: Think tank

first_imgIndonesia’s nontariff barriers on food imports may limit the accessibility and affordability of nutritious foods, which have become increasingly important for poor communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a think tank has said.Indonesia has 433 nontariff measures related to food imports, which include quantitative restriction or quota, sanitary standards and inspection before shipment in the exporting country, according to data compiled by the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS).Beef imports, for example, need 11 administrative requirements and four technical requirements just to get a recommendation from the Agriculture Ministry, the first of six steps in a long process.“With this, now our beef prices are significantly higher than international prices, which makes it harder for people, especially those with lower incomes, to afford beef,” CIPS head of research Felippa Amanta said in a virtual discussion on Thursday.While the government aims to reduce food imports, the average price of beef in Indonesia stood above Rp 100,000 (US$6.93) per kilogram in October 2019, while the global average was slightly lower than Rp 80,000 per kg, according to data compiled by CIPS.The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the country’s economy this year, with the government expecting full-year growth to reach only 1 percent under a baseline scenario or contract by 0.4 percent under a worst-case scenario. On top of an estimated 3 million job loss as of May, the government predicts up to 5.5 million workers could lose their jobs, while 4 million could fall below the poverty line.With the possibility of worsening poverty this year due to the health crisis, eliminating nontariff barriers to minimize price hikes may help Indonesians maintain a sufficient food intake, especially for import-dependent commodities, CIPS stated. Indonesia’s import dependency rate for staple foods is highest for wheat, which stands at 100 percent, followed by garlic at 93.7 percent, according to a report released in May by the World Food Program’s (WFP) Indonesia branch.As it stands, 19.4 million Indonesians are unable to meet their dietary requirements, compounded by poverty and high food prices, according to WFP data. The price of rice in Indonesia is 50 to 70 percent higher than in neighboring countries.Iqbal Wibisono, an associate researcher at CIPS, said on Thursday that eliminating nontariff barriers could lower prices and increase staple food consumption, especially among the poor.For example, reversing nontariff barriers for rice might raise consumption by 1 percent for the poorest 20 percent of Indonesians.“When the price of rice is high, the poor cannot afford it. They have to substitute rice with inferior or cheaper carbohydrates,” Iqbal said.The government is planning to import 612,011 tons of sugar, 603,911 tons of garlic and 282,842 tons of beef to meet demand between May and December.However, the pandemic has disrupted the logistics of food trade as some producing countries like India is under lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.With multiple layers of buyers and sellers, the logistical disruption has affected Indonesia’s food supply chain quite badly, said John McCarthy, an associate professor at the Australian National University in Canberra.“When we have these shutdowns or logistics problems, a lot of people fall out of the systems,” McCarthy said. “This, of course, varies across different commodities.”Topics :last_img read more

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Manchester United target Kalidou Koulibaly will ‘wait and see’ over summer transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Apr 2019 5:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link470Shares Kalidou Koulibaly will consider his future at Napoli at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has again refused to rule out a departure from the club this summer and says he’ll ‘see’ over a transfer at the end of the season.The Senegalese centre-back is high on Manchester United’s wishlist as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to rebuild at Old Trafford.Koulibaly, 27, was a target for Jose Mourinho but he signed a new deal at Napoli in 2018 before he was aware of United’s interest.The defender has faced Premier League opposition twice in the last week after Napoli’s 3-0 aggregate defeat to Arsenal in the Europa League quarter-finals.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd the centre-back was quizzed about his future in Naples after the game with Koulibaly remaining coy over a move.Asked if he was still satisfied playing in Italy, Koulibaly replied: ‘Why? I grew up in this league. It’s the league that made me the player I am today.‘To me what matters most is to finish the season well, then we’ll see.‘I am sorry because we wanted to go through.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsSolskjaer will be handed significant funds to spend this summer and he wants to strengthen in four key areas.A right-back, centre-back and left-back are all considered priorities, while a right winger – in the mold of Jadon Sancho – is also preferred.United could be forced back into the market for a midfielder if Juan Mata and Ander Herrera both depart.MORE: Aaron Ramsey to miss Arsenal’s clash with Crystal Palace while Granit Xhaka is an injury doubt Commentcenter_img Manchester United target Kalidou Koulibaly will ‘wait and see’ over summer transfer Advertisementlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Vetoes House Bill 321

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release,  Women’s Rights Governor Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 321.The governor’s full veto message:TO THE HONORABLE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THECOMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA“Pursuant to Article IV, Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, I am returning herewith, without my approval, House Bill 321, Printer’s Number 1404.“This legislation is a restriction on women and medical professionals and interferes with women’s health care and the crucial decision-making between patients and their physicians. Physicians and their patients must be able to make choices about medical procedures based on best practices and standards of care. The prohibitions under this bill are not consistent with the fundamental rights vested by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.“There is no evidence that this bill is needed in Pennsylvania. I have significant concerns that enforcement of this legislation would upend the doctor-patient relationship and impede on patient confidentiality.“Further, I am not aware of a single disability rights group that supports this bill. I support continuing the bipartisan work that’s been done to help people with disabilities. I also believe there is much more Pennsylvania could do to help women and families facing complex pregnancies. However, this bill does not aid in either of these efforts.“For the reasons set forth above, I must withhold my signature from House Bill 321, Printer’s Number 1404.”Governor Wolf also signed House Bill 947. November 21, 2019 Governor Wolf Vetoes House Bill 321center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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‘Selfie’ body image warning issued

first_img 31 Views   no discussions Tweet Women post more photographs on the internet than menSpending lots of time on Facebook looking at pictures of friends could make women insecure about their body image, research suggests.The more women are exposed to “selfies” and other photos on social media, the more they compare themselves negatively, according to a study.Friends’ photos may be more influential than celebrity shots as they are of known contacts, say UK and US experts.The study is the first to link time on social media to poor body image.The mass media are known to influence how people feel about their appearance.But little is known about how social media impact on self-image.Young women are particularly high users of social networking sites and post more photographs of themselves on the internet than do men.To look at the impact on body image, researchers at the University of Strathclyde, Ohio University and University of Iowa surveyed 881 female college students in the US.The women answered questions about their Facebook use, eating and exercise regimes, and body image.‘Unrealistic images’The research, presented at a conference in Seattle, found no link with eating disorders.But it did find a link between time spent on social networks and negative comparisons about body image.The more time women spent on Facebook, the more they compared their bodies with those of their friends, and the more they felt negative about their appearance.“Spending more time on Facebook is not connected to developing a bad relationship with food, but there is a connection to poor body image,” Petya Eckler, of the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, told the BBC.She added: “The attention to physical attributes may be even more dangerous on social media than on traditional media because participants in social media are people we know.“These comparisons are much more relevant and hit closer to home. Yet they may be just as unrealistic as the images we see on traditional media.”‘Sense of identity’A spokesperson for the Beat eating disorders charity said body image was a key part of our sense of identity and not a trivial matter or personal vanity.A preoccupation with weight and shape was one of the key features of current popular culture, and was a global phenomenon, she said.“The fascination with celebrities, their bodies, clothes and appearance has all increased the pressure that people typically feel at a time when they seek to establish their own identities and when their bodies are growing and changing,” she said.“Young people compare themselves to the images that bombard them and feel it is their fault that their bodies compare so unfavourably.”BBC News Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img EntertainmentHealthLifestyle ‘Selfie’ body image warning issued by: – April 10, 2014 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Angello Allen calls Dave Bruney’s appointment to IPO unfair.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 150 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Angello Allen calls Dave Bruney’s appointment to IPO unfair. by: – April 16, 2011 Popular talk show host Angello Allen in reacting to the appointment of his long time acquaintance Mr. Dave Bruney says that whereas he is a good man personally, several of his public pronouncements make him unsuitable for the appointment to the Integrity in Public Office Commission.Mr Allen in explaining to a caller on his radio programme stated that Mr. Bruney should do the honourable thing and decline the position in the interest of fairness and justice.Click here to listen to audio: Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Lady Pirates Fall Short Against Lady Owls

first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates hosted a talented squad from Seymour Tuesday evening and held the Lady Owls scoreless for the first 18 minutes. During that time the defense forced 4 offside traps and put pressure on many runs and shots. The Lady Owls scored at the 22, 13, 7 and 6 minute marks for a 4-0 halftime lead. The visitors added 5 goals in the second half for a 9-0 victory.The Lady Pirates were able to generate some offense and were unable to convert a penalty kick in the second half. Shots on goal were provided by Abby Easley, Sierra Huffman, Emily Rosales and Sara Brown. Emily Lowe and Keirsten Lynette shared keeper duties and each saved 12 shots. Seymour outshot the Lady Pirates 38-4 on the evening.The #17 and EIAC opponent East Central.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

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Tiger doubles awards for IMCA drivers in 2017

first_imgMOUNT ULLA, N.C. – Tiger Rear Ends doubles the dollar amount of awards to be given to IMCA drivers this season, with $5,000 in product certificates designated for Modified and Late Model competitors.Top five finishers in national standings for both divisions, and in point standings for the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models and the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour for Modifieds all receive $250 certificates from the Mount Ulla, N.C., aftermarket rear end manufacturer.Tiger had given national Late Model and Deery awards in its first three years as an IMCA sponsor.Certificates will be presented during the national IMCA awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the home office, and can be redeemed directly through Tiger.The next events for both series are June 6 at Marshalltown Speedway.The national Late Model point season concludes with the final Deery event in September. The point season for the Modifieds ends on Sept. 24.“The Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour is becoming a high profile series of events and Tiger is capitalizing on that exposure by adding awards for those drivers,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It is a great next step in their support of IMCA racers.”More information about Tiger-manufactured rear ends is available at the www.tigerrearend.com website or by calling 704 603-4431.last_img read more

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State park properties to temporarily close for deer hunts

first_imgStatewide—Select Indiana State Park properties will close temporarily for controlled deer management hunts in the coming weeks. Each hunt runs two days. The first hunt is on Monday, Nov. 18, and Tuesday, Nov. 19. The second is on Monday, Dec. 2, and Tuesday, Dec. 3. The participating state park properties will close to the general public on the evening before each of the two hunts.Participating state park properties are: Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, and Whitewater Memorial state parks, as well as Cave River Valley Natural Area and Trine State Recreation Area.These state park properties will re-open the morning after each two-day hunt. All Indiana state park properties not mentioned will be operating under normal hours.Indiana DNR biologists evaluate which state park properties require a deer management hunt each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The state parks are home to numerous natural communities that serve as significant habitat. The deer management hunts help control browsing by deer to a level that helps ensure a healthy habitat for native plants and animals.Only individuals selected from the draw may participate at any site..last_img read more

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